BUHLER—On Thursday, in the wind, the McPherson High School cross country teams ran at the Buhler Invitational and landed with seventh and ninth place finishes among 15 teams participating.

The Lady Bullpup runners landed in seventh as a team with Kassidy Beam leading the pack by finishing 23rd, while Natalie Hedlund placed 28th.

For the Bullpup boys, the team placed ninth with Justus Hampton and Isaiah Moyer being the top Bullpup runners finishing 32nd and 33rd respectively.

The lone top-ten finisher for McPherson on the day came in the Lady Bullpups junior varsity race as Evie Elder placed sixth.

“We had a solid race today on both the men’s and women’s side,” noted McPherson Head Coach Aspen Lott. “While Buhler is a tough course, the wind and heat did not make for the most pleasant conditions. However, our runners came out with some good times considering. A majority of the runners’ times were running faster this year when compared to their times last season. We are getting faster as a team. Post season is already just around the corner and will be here before we know it.”

Next up for the Bullpup runners will be next Thursday, Sept. 20 when they host the McPherson Invitational at Rolling Hills Golf Course. Among the teams running will be Buhler, Hutchinson, Salina Central, Salina South, Wichita Heights, Hays, Nickerson, Hays, El Dorado and Circle.

Lady Bullpup Varsity – Finished 7th:

Kassidy Beam finished 23rd running 23:23.1

Natalie Hedlund finished 28th running 23:49.1

Katelyn Beam finished 39th running 24:54.6

Courtney Eickbush finished 42nd running 25:18.4

Marissa Pearcy finished 46th running 26:11.5

Hannah Dossett finished 47th running 26:19.0

Lady Bullpup Junior Varsity:

Evie Elder finished 6th running 25:09.3

Maggie Leaf finished 16th running 27:15.3

Jayln Whorton finished 29th running 30:07.7

Bullpup Varsity Boys – Finished 9th:

Justus Hampton finished 32nd running 19:56.5

Isaiah Moyer finished 33rd running 19:59.9

Jackson Schrader finished 48th running 20:57.5

Graedon Green finished 56th running 21:27.7

Silas Steinert finished 62nd running 21:50.0

Ethan Pickerell finished 67th running 22:15.6

Riley Shelton finished 71st running 23:05.3

Bullpup Junior Varsity Boys:

Kyler Chapman finished 44th running 24:05.9

Brady McWilliams finished 57th running 25:11.6

Sam Boese finished 59th running 25:25.5

Liam Seron finished 69th running 26:51.7

Smoky Valley Runners Finish first, third at Clay Center

CLAY CENTER—It was a solid meet for the Smoky Valley High School cross country teams as they ran Thursday at the Clay Center Invitational.

The Viking boys took the team title while four runners earned medals led by Ryan Heline finishing fourth, Josh Peterson placing seventh, Ty Miller running for 13th and Stephen Peterson landing in 15th place.

As for the Lady Vikings, the team took third-place and also had four medalist including Ellise Peterson who finished seventh, Gracie Lambert placing 11th, Maria Apel running 22nd and Kajsa Peterson finishing in 26th.

“We had another great meet in Clay Center today,” noted Smoky Valley Head Coach Holly Toll. “It was the first time to run their new course, so we weren’t sure what we were in for. This will great motivation and confidence builder as we prepare for our meet next week at Southeast of Saline and other upcoming meets.”

Smoky Valley Girls individual results (* means they medaled):

Ellise Peterson-7th-22:22*

Gracie Lambert-11th-22:40*

Maria Apel-22nd-24:00*

Kajsa Peterson-26th-24:27*

Gracie Lott-32nd-25:07

Savannah Phillips-38th-26:08

Lydia Peterson-44th-26:52

Zoe Grace-7th JV-28:36

Nevada Acheson-8th JV-28:42

Smoky Valley Boys Individual Results (* means they medaled):

Ryan Heline-4th-17:38*

Josh Peterson-7th-18:23*

Ty Miller-13th -18:50*

Stephen Peterson-15th-18:57*

Lukas Apel-22nd-19:26

Garret Huffman-34th-19:59

Trayton Miller-41st-20:31

Adin Replogle-5th JV-20:55*

Logan Bodenhamer-7th  JV-20:59*

Justice Gardner-9th JV-21:00*

Jonathan Puppo-12th JV-21:32

Caden Kibler-13th JV-21:33

Cole Brumbaugh-17th JV-22:16

Julian Maldonado-18th JV-22:18

Kellon Johnsen-20th JV-22:49

Garrett Reidelberger-22nd JV-23:07

Devon VanFosson-26th JV-23:46

Jamison Sattler-30th JV-24:34

Joseph Hunsecker-34th JV-25:13

Chris Mullen-47th JV-28:51

Inman Runners Race at Bennington

BENNINGTON—At Bennington, the Inman High School cross country team ran in the Bennington Invitational on Thursday and placed a runner second in the boys run, while the lone Lady Teuton running landed in eighth.

Aisjha Miles ran a 23:53.59 as the lone Lady Teuton running, which was good for eighth place.

On the boys side, Nicholas Martisko placed second out of 77 runners in helping the Teutons finish fifth out of six in the team standings. Nathan Bashore also medaled by placing thirteenth.

“Despite the wind, the course at Bennington held up its part of being a fast course,” said Jay Parsons, Inman Head Coach. “Several of our runners trimmed as little as a few seconds to almost a minute off their season’s best times. I was pleased with the runners’ performances, as some more of them are starting to show improvement while others are becoming more consistent with their times.”

Next up for the Teuton runners will be on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Marion.

Teuton Individual Results:

Girls:

Aisjha Miles – 8th – 22:55.59

Boys:

Nicholas Martisko – 2nd – 17:26.48

Nathan Bashore – 13th – 19:08.72

Peter Buller – 37th – 20:42.67

Breaton Thiessen – 47th – 21:46.76

Sean Jensen – 69th – 26:05.73

Elyria Cross Country sends two to Buhler

BUHLER—The Elyria Christian School high school cross country team send two runners to the Buhler Invitational on Thursday.

Olivia Peters placed 5th in the girls junior varsity race with a time of 25:05.1, while Josh Beck ran 14th in the junior varsity boys race with a time of 21:45.2.

“The weather and terrain were more challenging factors than the cool, overcast days of last week,” noted Eagle Head Coach Philip Hinman. “Both Olivia (Peters) and Josh (Beck) gained important experience in challenging their competitors. I saw them not only as runners but as racers.”

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