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Area Runners Head to State Cross Country

Mike Hammett - November 1, 2013 6:00 am

The Kansas State High School championship cross country meets will be run on Saturday at two different sites. Classes 6A, 5A and 3A will run at Rim Rock Farm outside of Lawrence, while Classes 4A, 2A, and 1A will run at the Wamego Country Club.

Locally, Salina South will send two boys and two girls, while Salina Central will send one boy to the Class 5A meet. Emilee Holloway, Anna Zuercher, Tristan Irish and Josh Reed will represent South, while Daniel Villarreal will represent Central. Irish won the boys regional at Newton last week.

In the Class 3A meet, Sacred Heart will send its boys and girls teams to state, while Southeast of Saline sends its girls team. The Knights won the boys regional title while the girls were second. Southeast of Saline’s girls were third. Southeast’s Allison Stutterheim won the girls regional at Ellsworth last week, while Sacred Heart’s Alex Elmore was seventh. Three Sacred Heart boys placed in the top ten for the Knights at Ellsworth with Chris Sandquist third, Joshua Bergkamp sixth and Stratton Brown seventh. Southeast’s Jackson Montgomery qualified as an individual with an 11th place finish at the Ellsworth regional.

In Class 2A, Ell-Saline sends its girls team to the meet after placing third at last week’s regional. Katie Adam was regional runner-up. Bennington will send its entire girls team as well, led by Aubree Anderson’s 10th place finish at regionals. Herington’s Sara Sanchez placed ninth and qualified. Ell-Saline will be represented on the boys side by Forrest Dreyer, who was regional runner-up. Bennington’s Josh Fief was third and Drake Juenemann was seventh, and both qualified as individuals.

Also around the area, SmokyValley’s Logan Windholz will run in the 4A boys race. Lincoln’s girls teams and Tescott’s boys teams will run in the 1A meet. The Lincoln girls were second in their own regional, while Tescott was third. Lincoln’s Brittni Harlow won the individual title at regionals, and Lindsay Crist was seventh. Tesla Madsen of Tescott was fourth.

On the boys’ side, Wynter Wiebeke of Lincoln was third, and teammate Fernando Rojas was 13th to qualify individually in 1A. Tescott’s Joe Huerta was the top finisher for the Trojans in fifth place. Justin Canterbury of Sylvan-Lucas qualified as an individual with a 12th place finish at regionals.