It was a league championship kind of day for several McPherson county schools as the Smoky Valley and Inman cross country teams all ran in their league championships on Thursday, with the Vikings hosted the meet for the Central Kansas League and Inman traveled to Harvey County East Lake to run in the Heart of America League meet hosted by Berean Academy.

Teuton Harriers Finish 5th in League Meet

ELBING—On a cooler day, the Inman cross country team ran well enough to finish fifth in the Heart of America Cross Country League Championships on Thursday at Harvey County East Lake hosted by Berean Academy.

For the third consecutive season, Teuton team leader Nicholas Martisko earned all-league honors by placing eighth in the boys run with a time of 18:41. Nathan Bashore gained the distinction of league honorable mention honors by running thirteenth. Other Teuton boys running to help the team place fifth were Peter Buller finishing 26th, Brenton Thiessen placing 29th and Sean Jensen ending up in 55th-place. Jensen also ran for a personal record for the second week in a row.

In the girls race, only two Lady Teutons ran meaning the team did not qualify for any team honors or standings, but Aisjha Miles ran a solid run to place 17th, while Aurora Scilipoti finished 46th.

“I am starting to think that cooler weather is ideal for us,” noted Teuton Head Coach Jay Parsons. “However, last week at Sterling was both wet and cool while the league meet was just cool with a light north wind. The interesting thing is that individually we ran better in the colder, wetter weather in Sterling than we did today at the league meet. Sometimes it is difficult to repeat a previous performance event though the courses are similar in terms of difficulty and today was one of those days. Times weren’t as good as we hoped for, but I know the effort was there and I was very pleased with everybody’s efforts. The goal now is to carry our best times or efforts into the regional meet.”

Looking toward the regional cross country meet at Belleville on Saturday, Oct. 20, coach Parsons concluded his coach reflections by saying, “We will see some familiar teams like Bennington, Goessel, Ell-Saline, Canton-Galva and Trinity Catholic in our regional, but there will be other teams we have competed against along with running a course we aren’t familiar with. However, all of that doesn’t matter because we along with all of them will have to show up and run our best race to extend the season into the next weekend at the state meet.”

Teuton Individual Results:

Lady Teutons:

17th – Aisjha Miles, 23:37.81

46th – Aurora Scilipoti, 36:06.13

Teuton Boys – finished fifth overall:

8th – Nicholas Martisko, 18:41 (medaled, 1st Team All-League)

13th – Nathan Bashore, 18:58 (medaled, Honorable Mention All-League)

26th – Peter Buller, 20:10

29th – Brenton Thiessen, 20:22

55th – Sean Jensen, 23:45

Viking runners place 2nd, 4th at League Championships

LINDSBORG—In was close, but not close enough as the Smoky Valley girls cross country team came within four points of a league title, while the Viking boys placed 5th while running at home in the Central Kansas League Cross Country Championships on Thursday.

The Lady Vikings took second in the team standings, just four points behind league champion Pratt, with Ellise Peterson leading the way by placing third overall. With Peterson leading the way, all six of the Smoky Valley girls that ran placed in the top twenty, with Maria Apel finishing 9th, Savannah Phillips placed 11th, Kajsa Peterson ended up 12th, Gracie Lambert was 13th, and Lydia Peterson ran 19th. Ellise Peterson, Apel, Phillips, Kajsa Peterson and Lambert all medaled.

For the Smoky Valley boys, the team placed fourth with Josh Peterson being the only medalist by finishing sixth. Others running for the Vikings were Lukas Apel, Garret Huffman, Stephen Peterson, Ty Miller and Trayton Miller.

“We are down to the important part of our season,” noted Viking Head Coach Holly Toll in her coach reflections. “We had a perfect day to run. The girls finished second behind Pratt. I felt like we ran well, despite not having Gracie Lott running today. The boys didn’t finish where I thought we should. We have some work to do before regionals, but I have all faith that the fire will be lit to earn a trip to state. Ryan Heline also didn’t run today as he is battling an injury.”

Smoky Valley Individual Results:

Lady Vikings – finished 2nd overall:

3rd – Ellise Peterson, 21:01 (medaled)

9th – Maria Apel, 22:09 (medaled)

11th – Savannah Phillips, 22:14 (medaled)

12th – Kajsa Peterson, 22:16 (medaled)

13th – Gracie Lambert, 22:17 (medaled)

19th – Lydia Peterson, 23:24

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