Two Bullpups medal at Buhler 

BUHLER— The McPherson High School cross country team had two runners medaled on Thursday at the Buhler Invitational.

Courtney Eickbush finished 19th with the time of 23:17.5, and Evie Elder was right behind Eickbush, finishing 20th with 23:36.3 for the Lady Pups. Justus Hampton was McPherson's top runner from boys as he finished 40th with the time of 20:41.9. Cody Achilles represented for the JV by placing first at 19:53.5.

"We had to change our mindset going into this race," Head coach Aspen Lott said. "We found out that the Buhler course had been changed from hills to flat ground. We had to adjust our training to accommodate. Even with the heat, the runners still showed strength."

The Bullpups will host their invitational next Thursday at 4:30 p.m. 

Vikings impressive at Clay Center 

CLAY CENTER— The Smoky Valley High School cross country team remains successful as the girls finished first and the boys took third at Clay Center on Thursday.

All seven girls medaled for the Vikings with each finished in the top 24. Leading the pack was Gracie Lambert, who finished fourth with the time of 22:01/ Ellise Peterson was only a few seconds behind, placing fifth. Ryan Heline highlighted for boys as he was the individual winner at 17:01.

"I'm proud of how well the girls competed today," Vikings Head Coach Holly Toll said. "Our gap between our first- and fifth-place runners is getting smaller. We need to continue to lessen it each week. Gracie and Ellise (Peterson) ran a strong race up front, with Breanna (Priddy), Kajsa (Peterson) and Olivia (Bengtson) supporting them for a first-place finish as a team. Ryan (Heline) ran a great race against Jarrett Pfizenmaier from Clay Center in the boys' race."

The Vikings will travel to Southeast of Saline next Tuesday at 3:45 p.m.

Becker, Darrah receive top ten finish at Herington

HERINGTON— The Canton-Galva High School cross country team traveled to Herington for the invitational on Thursday, and the dynamic duo of Morgan Becker and Christian Darrah did not disappoint.

Becker finished the day as runner-up with the time of 18:09, only two minutes behind Asher Brown of Remington, who ended up winning the invitational. Darrah broke his PR after placing eighth with the time of 18:39.

"Both of the boys keep improving a little each week, and it was great to see Christian break his PR from last season," Eagles Head coach Lyles Silby said. "All their hard work in practice, and in the offseason is really showing. I know Morgan is now determined to break his PR from last season as well."

Sofia Boninsegna just missed the cut as she finished 11th for the girls.

Canton-Galva will travel to Marion for its next invitational on Thursday at 4 p.m.

Teutons races at Bennington

BENNINGTON— The Inman High School cross country team competed at the Bennington Invitational on Thursday.

Nicholas Martisko was the top finisher for the boys as he took fourth. Peter Buller, who finished 35th, continued to make progress after recovering from his knee injury.

Hannah Martisko medaled for the girls after placing 10th for Inman. Aisjha Miles (31st) and Dawn Gunter (40th) also competed.

Next meet for the Teutons will be at Marion on Thursday at 4 p.m.

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