After getting flooded out of the original course, the McPherson High School cross country teams hosted the AVCTL Division III & IV Championships on a late drawn out course running through a park in the heart of McPherson on Thursday.

Despite the challenges, the Bullpup girls ran for a third-place finish, while the Bullpup boys placed sixth overall in the team standings.

Tops for the Lady Bullpup runners was Marissa Pearcy who finished 10th and earned a medal and second-team all-league honors. Also gaining a medal and second-team all-league was Kassidy Beam who placed 13th. Five of the seven varsity girls finished in the top-twenty for individual times.

For the McPherson boys, Isaiah Moyer was the team leader individually with a 13th place finish, earning him both a medal and a honor of second-team all-league.

McPherson did have one league champion as Katelyn Beam took first in the girls junior varsity league championship.

Bullpup Head Coach Aspen Lott acknowledged the week of changes in her coach reflections by saying, “Preparing for our league meet this week was definitely not what I had in mind. With the amount of rain effecting practices and having to move our course locations due to flooding, we have had to adjust and go with the flow. Even though this was not a typical week for us, I feel as if all our runners came out today and ran some awesome times. Between varsity and junior varsity runners we had six that earned personal records and eight additional runners that earned season bests. Our runners have proved they are ready for next Saturday’s Regionals.”

Bullpup AVCTL Meet Individual Results:

Lady Bullpups – finished 3rd overall:

10th – Marissa Pearcy, 21:42.17 (medaled, 2nd Team All-League)

13th – Kassidy Beam, 22:12.18 (medaled, 2nd Team All-League)

17th – Natalie Hedlund, 22:34.24

18th – Evie Elder, 22:50.03

19th – Courtney Eickbush, 22:53.66

22nd – Hannah Dossett, 23:27.14

34th – Katie Bahr, 25:05.62

Bullpup Boys – finished 6th overall:

13th – Isaiah Moyer, 17:49.96 (medaled, 2nd Team All-League)

25th – Cody Achilles, 18:55.74

30th – Justus Hampton, 19:13.87

31st – Graedon Green, 19:23.71

33rd – Jackson Schrader, 19:41.80

36th – Ethan Pickerell, 20:05.93

40th – Riley Shelton, 21:20.40

Lady Bullpups Junior Varsity:

1st – Katelyn Beam, 22:39.95

13th – Maggie Leaf, 26:15.47

17th – Jaylin Whorton, 26:53.63

19th – Mya Kretzer, 27:42.63

Bullpup Boys Junior Varsity:

5th – Silas Steinert, 19:51.91

21st – Kyler Chapman, 22:11.95

22nd – Liam Seron, 22:12.55

26th – Brady McWilliams, 22:28.09

28th – Sam Boese, 22:31.19

36th – Hayden Trezise, 26:29.88

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