BY JIM MISUNAS
PRATT – A.J. Miller (18:34.56) placed sixth to spark the St. John Tigers to first place in the Pratt-Skyline cross country meet. St. John scored 44 points followed by Skyline (51) and Kingman (78).
The Tigers’ other medalists were Wrangler Walker 11th (19:32), Hunter Hanson 12th (19:33), Cashe McVey 13th (19:35), Uriel Calleros 14th (19:40) and Dylan Reed 18th (20:00). Trey Fisher was 24th (20:17)
“We had a nice pack from runners two through five, but we have too big of a gap to our top runner,” said St. John coach Joel Delp. “ Our first two miles were decent, but we are going to have to be tougher the last mile. We will get back to work this week and hopefully bring our times down.”
Jackie Rios earned a 15th place medal (26:23) and Jaden Reed earned a 19th place (28:00).
“The girls ran a smart race and it was great to see them get into the top 20. They are getting stronger but they need to continue working on their last mile.” said coach Delp
Dalton Nemec took first place (20:21) in the JV boys race. Other JV boys who medaled were Nick Huston 11th (25:15) and Sead Pepic 14th (25:54). Ethan Huston was 16th (26:02) and Edson Garcia 21st (31:14). Jordon Willinger competed in her first cross country race for the JV girls. She earned a 10th place (34:14).
In the 7th grade boys race, Quade Smith ran a 6:25 to earn a fourth place medal. Chris Fernandez finished 21stt with a time of 9:36. In the 8th grade girls race, August Siefkes earned a runner-up medal with a time of 14:31. Mackenzie Hacker finished in 9thplace with a time of 17:23.
“Our junior high runners are a hard working group and they are getting better each week. I am excited about the way they have started their season.”