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Great Bend runners earn third-place medals
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Great Bend Panther Emilia Diaz (20:48.9) races to 32nd at the 5A state cross country meet at Lawrence's Rim Rock Farms. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO Huey Counts

WICHITA – Great Bend’s red-hot runners Emilia Diaz (20:18.7) and Kaiden Esfeld (16:36.7) continue to shine with third-place medalist finishes at Saturday’s Wichita Carroll Cross Country Invitational.

The girls meet featured returning state qualifying teams in first-place Wichita Carroll (28), Andover (57), Great Bend (57) and Buhler (81). Carroll’s Hope Jackson (19:34.0) earned medalist honors.

Also counting for the Panthers were ninth-place Emma Loomis (21:31.8), 11th-place Morgan Beckwith (21:41.3); 15th-place Addy Nicholson (22:02.3) and 19th-place Eliana Jackson (22:40.1).

GIRLS TEAM SCORES—1—Wichita Carroll 28; 2—Andover 57; 3—Great Bend 57; 4—Buhler 81

GIRLS TOP 10 MEDALISTS—1—Hope Jackson, Carroll, 19:34.0; 2—Liz Vetter, Andover, 19:55.4; 3—Emilia Diaz, Great Bend, 20;18.7; 4—Landon Forbes, Carroll, 20:18.9; 5—Leah Bentley, Buhler, 20:20.3; 6—Sofia Wendell, Carroll, 20:55.3; 7—Cameron Pascal, Carroll, 20:58.8; 8—Syd Anderson, Andover, 21:11.3; 9—Emma Loomis, 21:31.8; 10—Ava Dugan, Carroll, 21:38.3

GREAT BEND RESULTS—11—Morgan Beckwith, 21:41.3; 15—Addy Nicholson, 22:02.3; 19—Eliana Jackson, 22:40.1; 24—Haley McCormick, 23:03.1; 27—Brooklyn Ramsey, 24:52.3

BOYS TEAM SCORES—1—Maize High 39; 2—Buhler 56; 3—Carroll 60; 4—Andover 88; 5—Great Bend 116 (3—Kaiden Esfeld, 16:36.7; 23—Matthew Huslig, 18:59.9;28—Malachi Wasson, 19;18.1; 29—Appolos Johnson, 19:18.7; 33—Brody Feist, 19:51.1; 34—Brandon Suppes, 19:51.9