Last weekend, all state cross country runners met up in either in Lawrence or Wamego for the state championship, that includes some of the McPherson’s county's top runners.
Eickbush races for McPherson
LAWRENCE— Courtney Eickbush was the lone representative for McPherson High School. Out of 102 runners participated, Eickbush finished 61st overall with the time of 21:20. 4. Hope Jackson of Bishop Carroll High School was the top finisher in 18:17.9, and the St. James Academy was the team winner.
Heline, Lambert medaled for Smoky Valley
In Class 3A, Ryan Heline and Gracie Lambert represented for Smoky Valley High School. Heline medaled in sixth on the boys' side with the time of 16:44. Dylan Sprecker of Southeast of Saline finished first with 16:31.5. Lambert also medaled after taking 15th in 20:51 on the girls' side. Jentrie Anderson of Southeast of Saline was the winner in 18:50.3. The Vikings got a bright future with Heline, a junior, and Lambert, a sophomore, will be the top returning runners for next season
"Gracie and Ryan had a successful day in Lawrence at state cross country," Smoky Valley coach Holly Toll said. "They both ran with grit and earned a spot on the medal stand. Gracie ran to a 15th place finish, and Ryan a 6th place finish. We ended the season with two individual state medalists, which I am thrilled with. Gracie was 10 seconds off her PR on this hilly course, and Ryan did run a personal best. That's just icing on the cake. I am not only proud of these two, but my entire team this season."
Martisko, Becker finish in top ten in Class 2A
WAMEGO—The County's big three of Nicholas Martikso, the Canton-Galva duo of Morgan Becker and Christian Darrah, met up in Wamego for the Class 2A Championship.
Martisko ended his high school cross country career with a third-place finish in 17:06.70, earning him a bronze medal. As a four- year state qualifier, Martisko's time was almost 17 seconds faster than his previous times at state.
"He has had a terrific 2019 season, and he capped off his career in terrific fashion as well," Teutons' coach Jay Parsons said.
From the girls' side, Hannah Martisko, Nicholas' sister, finished 48th in 22:51.16.
"Even though her placing was rather high, the time she ran was tremendous," Parsons said. "In fact, her time was within 20 seconds of the time she ran at the regional meet. The course at state is definitely more challenging than the course for the regional meet. Comparing the terrain of the two courses, I think Hannah ran a tremendous time along with the fact she ran under 23. Hannah has had a terrific inaugural season. I look forward to working with her in future seasons."
Becker and Darrah also took home medals for Canton-Galva. Becker was a top-ten finisher as he was placed eighth at 17:25, just one place behind their rival Asher Brown from Remington High School. Darrah took 12th in 17.34. Henry Nelson from Bishop Seabury High School in Lawrence was the winner of the race with the time of 16:36.
"Both of the boys ran really good races, and it was a great way for them to end their sophomore year cross country season," Canton-Galva coach Lyle Silsby said. "I am really proud of the way these two kids competed, and like them, I am ready to see what next season has in store for them."
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