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St. John, Ellinwood, Macksville qualify cross country teams
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The Ellinwood girls captured their 10th consecutive regional cross country title.


WICHITA – Last year’s state runner-up St. John returned to the 1A state cross country meet with a first-place finish with 25 points. The Tigers won a state cross country title in 2016 and finished runner-up last year to Beloit St. John’s. 

Runner-up A.J. Miller (17:30.12) was followed by fifth-place medalist Wrangler Walker (18:24.26); ninth-place Cashe McVey (18:35.16) and 14th place Trey Fisher (18:47.99). Others running were 19th-place Uriel Calleros, 18:58.63; 22nd-place Hunter Hanson (19:21.49); 29th-place Mason Osborne (19:49.44).

“We ran fairly well, but we will need to run faster at state,” said St. John coach Joel Delp.

Hutchinson Central Christian’s Collin Oswalt (16:17.34) was medalist. Berean Academy (53), Central Christian (76) and Caldwell (95) also qualified their teams for state at Wamego Country Club.


1—St. John 25 (2—A.J. Miller, 17:30.12; 5—Wrangler Walker, 18:24.26; 9—Cashe McVey, 18:35.16; 14—Trey Fisher, 18:47.99; 19—Uriel Calleros, 18:58.63; 22—Hunter Hanson, 19:21.49; 29—Mason Osborne, 19:49.44)

2—Berean 53 (10—Eli Nord, 18:35.24); 3—Hutchinson Central Christian 76 (1—Collin Oswalt, 16:17.34; 8—Adreone Ibarra, 18:30.26); 4—Caldwell 95; 5—Burden-Central 98; 6—Pretty Prairie 117; 7—Stafford 128 (3—Cayden Brozek 17:54.78; 33—Jovani Valadez, 20:04.35; 39—Marshall Woolf, 20:33.9; 84—Mat Hashizume, 26:05.4; 87—Yichen Zhou, 26:45.02); 8—Cunningham 136 (7—Daylen Schnittker, 18:30.2); 9—Lebo 137; 10—Central Plains 147 (34—Jacob Oberle, 20:05.8; 40—Hunter Green, 20:35.33; 56—Ethan Hurley, 21:25.92; 58—Cole Lamatsch, 21:27.99; 65—Jaydon Whiterock, 22:40.29; 75—Paxton Hammeke, 23:24.06); 12—Wilson 185; 13—Little River 230

ARGONIA—4—Zach Haxton, 18:18.43

OLPE—6—Jed Cole, 18:27.88


MEADE – Runner-up Erin Hammeke (20:41.07) and third-place medalist Ashtin Klepper (20:54.96) led the Ellinwood Eagles to their 10th consecutive regional title to qualify for the girls 2A state cross country championship at Wamego Country Club.

Ellinwood scored 42 points to beat runner-up WaKeeney-Trego (57).

Ellinwood’s girls finished runner-up behind Bennington last year.

Ellinwood’s seventh place Sarah Hammeke (22:02.58); 21st-place Sarah Schlessiger (23:54.74) and 23rd-place Sarah Cook (24:01.16) also counted in the Eagles’ team score. The Eagles also ran 28th-place Saitis Kroulik (23:50.7) and 32nd-place Lauren Petz (22:25.92).

Ellinwood’s Jonathan Whisnant (18:03.86) placed sixth to qualify as an individual for 2A state at Wamego Country Club. Other Ellinwood runners were Peter Joslin (19:32.43), 27th;  Kaden Baird (20:42.64), 45th; William Sturtz (25:05.2), 71st; and Presten McCord (27:19.79) 72nd.  

GIRLS TEAM SCORES—1—Ellinwood 42; 2—WaKeeney-Trego 57; 3—Stanton Co. 87; 4—Skyline 97; 5—Meade 112; 6—Sterling 120; 7—Ellis 148

BOYS TEAM SCORES—1—Stanton Co. 43; 2—Lakin 78; 3—Skyline 99; 4—Sterling 118; 5—Syracuse 125; 6—Ellis 142; 7—Made 155; 8—Ellinwood 203; 9—Oakley 215; 10—Wakeeney Trego 222


TRIBUNE — It was a perfect day for the Macksville Mustangs, who headed west to the Colorado border to qualify both cross country teams for the 1A state meet at Wamego Country Club.

The Macksville girls (42) finished runner-up behind South Gray (39). The Macksville boys (77) earned the fourth state bid behind Wallace Co. (15), Satanta (56) and Quinter (71).

Counting for the Mustang girls were fifth-place Abigail Ibarra (22:57.81); ninth-place Itzel Garcia (23:19.56); 24th-place Krystal Marquez (25:38.69) and 25th-place Karen Hall (25:43.4).

The Mustang boys counted 15th-place Jacob Suiter (20:02.28); 20th-place Gabe Woolf (20:24.45); 27th-place Andrew Cross (20:40.97) and 41st-place Willliam Britton (21:29.04).

GIRLS TEAM SCORES—1—South Gray 39; 2—Macksville, 42 (5—Abigail Ibarra 22:57.81; 9—Itzel Garcia, 23:19.56; 24—Krystal Marquez, 25:38.69; 25—Karen Hall, 25:43.4; 27—Lydia Mendez, 25:47.85; 39—Caren Holguin, 27:56.02; 47—Kaylee Hottovy, 29:20.22); 3—Greensburg Kiowa Co. 44; 4—Tribune Greeley Co. 54; 5—Wallace Co. 56; 6—Spearville 93

OTIS-BISON—31—Ashtyn Butler, 26:34.54; 43—Sheridan Ewy, 28:32.69

BOYS TEAM SCORES—1—Wallace Co. 15; 2—Satanta 56; 3—Quinter 71; 4—Macksville, 77 (15—Jacob Suiter, 20:02.28; 20—Gabe Woolf, 20:24.45; 27—Andrew Cross, 20:40.97; 41—Willliam Britton, 21:29.04; 42—Kyler Evans, 21:32.45; 64—Grant Frink, 24:30.23; 65—Harley Blaske. 24:43.29); 5—Victoria 86; 6—Hill City 88; 7—Greeley Co. 88; 8—South Gray 113; 9—Ingalls 154

OTIS-BISON—23—Grantley Sinn, 20:27.76; 35—Jayce Kohls, 21:09.33; 44—Ethan Schneider, 21:54.6



WICHITA 3A REGIONAL – Larned’s Cierra Nord (21:49.0) placed fifth and Brayden Lothman earned fourth medalist honors to qualify for the 3A state cross country meet at Lawrence’s Rim Rock Farms.

Larned’s Brooke Butler (23:46.0) placed 22nd; and Makayla Leiker (24:00.0) placed 27th. Aylice Clawson (29:23.0) finished 58th. Wichita Collegiate’s Madison Reed (21:25.0) was the girls medalist.

Larned’s Ian Orth finished 67th. Southeast of Saline’s Luke Gleason (16:55.75) was the boys medalist.

GYPSUM 3A REGIONAL – Hoisington’s Dayne Yott (17:32.9) placed ninth to earn a state berth for the 3A state meet. Others running for the Cardinals were 44th-place Daunte Chambers (19:27.13); 45thh-place Ian Doss (19:27.56); 51st-place Aydan Davis (19:43.44); 53rd-place Gabriel Hipp (19:45.06); 76th-place Noah Dolezal (20:59.76); and 81st-place Keaton Klug (21:33.4). 

BOYS TEAM SCORE—1—SE Saline 49; 2—Norton 81; 3—Smoky Valley 108; 4—Scott City 111; 5—Clay Center 125; 6—Beloit 159; 7—Colby 180; 8—Hoisington 193; 9—Minneapolis 216; 10—Council Grove 229; 11—Hays TMP 243


Central Plains runner Hannah Redetzke (22:03.11) placed sixth to earn a 1A state cross country berth at Wichita’s Cessna Center.

ST. JOHN—43—Jaden Reed, 26:41.62

TEAM SCORES—1—Berean 28; 2—South Central 35; 3—Pretty Prairie 57; 4—Caldwell 79; 5—Chase Co. 88; 6—Burden Central 108; 7—Little River 123; 8—Lebo 149

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The St. John boys cross country team qualified for 1A state at Wamego Country Club. - photo by Courtesy Photo by Dick Smith