Achilles places first in home invitational

The McPherson High School cross country team hosted its home invitational on Thursday. The highlight of the evening was Cody Achilles, who chose to stay home instead of traveling to Andover with his soccer teammates.

There were no regrets as he finished first with the time of 18:22.5. Enough points for the varsity boys to be placed second with 54 points.

"He will take this, soak it up and run with it," McPherson Head coach Aspen Lott said. "I can encourage him as much as I want, but he's the one who will push himself and will do anything that he says he wants to do."

Five more runners medaled on the boys' side. Tito Mendez (7th) was also a top ten finisher at 19:10. Justus Powers took 12th, and both Brock Burgess and Riley Shelton tied at 18.

On the girls' side, Courtney Eickbush was McPherson's top finisher after placing fifth at 22:18. Evie Elder took 10th at 22:40, and Emily Heskett finished 16th at 24:11.8. Marissa Pearcy was placed 24th at 25:33.4

"We had a lot of PR today from both the men and women's side," Lott said. Women's team is short this year, but overall they just came out to do what they always did.

Before the kids ran, I told them that it's going to hurt. You're going to have to make it hurt if you want to be successful today, and all of them did exactly that."

JV Boys

Romain Mai 9th 21:53.8

Dalton Weir 23rd 23:26.0

Sam Boese 29th 24:16.9

Varsity Girls

Courtney Eickbush 5th 22:18.6

Evie Elder 10th 22:40.1

Emily Heskett 16th 24:11.8

Marissa Pearcy 24th 25:33.4

Varsity Boys- second as a team

Cody Achilles 1st 18:22.5

Tito Mendez 7th 19:10.5

Justus Hampton 12th 19:55.3

Matthew Powers 16th 20:09.1

Brock Burgess 18th 20:23.7

Riley Shelton 18th 20:26.2

Skyler Lockard 36th 22:54.1

The Marion Invitational

MARION— The McPherson County Cross country teams were off to compete in the Marion Invitational on Thursday.

The Canton-Galva High School cross country team had another record-breaking performance during its 5K. Morgan Becker broke his record after placing second with the time of 17:20.

"Morgan said he felt really good through the first two miles and was able to push through the third mile to finish a strong second place behind Asher Brown of Remington, who won in a time of 16:47," Eagles Head Coach Lyles Silsby said.

Christian Darrah came right behind Becker, finishing third and PR'ed at 18 minutes flat. Hayden Lance also participated, finishing 16th with the time of 20.02, which is his personal best.

"Christian also said he felt really good throughout the race and was able to push harder because of the cooler weather today," Silsby said.

On the girls' side, Sofia Boninsegna set a school record after placing sixth with the finishing time of 22:50. Lucy Brown of Remington High School was the winner of the race at 21:35.

"I knew the way she has been training that she would probably get the record by the end of the season, but now she has several more attempts to better it, so we will see how it goes," Silsby said.

The Eagles compete at the Berean Academy on Oct. 3 at 3:30 p.m.

Dawn Gunther and Hannah Martisko were the only representatives for the Inman High School cross country team, while the rest of the team are focusing on the Rim Rock Classic in Lawrence this Saturday.

Martisko took seventh with the time of 22.54.08, and Gunther finished ninth in the junior varsity division with the time of 26.15.05.

"The fact Hannah ran almost two minutes faster than her previous personal best is what made her performance outstanding," Inman's Head coach Jay Parson said. "In the junior varsity girls' race, Dawn Gunter finished in the medals placing sixth place. However, the fact Dawn ran more than three minutes faster than her previous personal best is what made her performance outstanding. Prior to the race, I told the girls they had a great week of practice, so there is no reason to let it go to waste. They definitely did not let that happen."

The Teutons will reunite next Thursday at the Harvey County East Lake, hosted by Berean Academy. The first race will begin at 4 p.m.

Other runners that participated were Myiah (23rd) of Moundridge High School, and Emma Wright (33rd), Kayla Fox (29th) and Kylie Fox (35th) of Little River High School.

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