* Anjali Hocker Singh wins her fourth-straight 6A girl's state title
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With Kansas historically having sporadic and unpredictable weather, it's no surprise that a chill and sunny morning on Saturday turned into a cold and rainy scene at Rim Rock Farm for the Kansas State Class 3A-5A-6A Cross Country Championships.
Meanwhile, in Wamego, the Kansas Class 1A-2A-4A state championships were dry and yet equally cold as well.
Despite the conditions, runners made their way through the pair of grueling courses, ending the Kansas season on a high note.
* Micah Blomker wins his second 6A cross country state title
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Becoming just the seventh girl in Kansas history to win all four cross country state titles, Hocker Singh pulled away from the field after the mile, winning by 42 seconds in 17:30.2.
As they have all season, the Owls put up a stifling spread among their scoring runners and even put all five of them in the top 20 spots.
Blomker crossed in 15:18.2, with 15 seconds between himself and the field. Blue Valley West's Brock Olsen and Gardner-Edgerton's Parker Walion taking third, as the pair ran 15:33.2 and 15:36.0, respectively.
* The St. James girl's team discuss their race and second straight 5A state title
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When it comes down to it, Katelyn Rupe is her.
The Salina Central junior capped off her second straight undefeated in-state season and added her fifth state title to her collection, running 17:36.2 for a solo win on Saturday.
Her freshman teammate Kaylie Shultz was runner-up in 17:58.9, as the pair went 1-2 for the eight time this season. Seaman's Ryin Miller, a sophomore, was third in 18:36.8.The team title stayed with St. James Academy for another year, as the Thunder put all seven runners ahead of runner-up Great Bend's fourth runner. St. Thomas Aquinas was third, with the three squads posting a score of 68-78-103.
In much closer fashion than he would have liked, Shawnee Heights senior Jackson Esquibel won his first cross country state title in 15:34.5, as Bishop Carroll's Dustin Stephenson was runner-up in 15:39.9.
Kapaun Mt. Carmel sophomore Daniel Enriquez was third in 15:48.6. Posting a 1-5 spread of despite not having the 2022 3rd place finisher Thomas Caul all season, Blue Valley Southwest defended their title, winning 52-65 over Spring Hill . Bishop Carroll edged out Kapaun Mt. Carmel for third, putting up 91 points.
What better way to cap off your high school career than with your first individual state title, especially after finishing second, third, and second in your last three years.
Clay Center junior Lauren Smith was third in 19:02.6. Along with the first two medals, Eudora won its third straight state title over other Class 4A power Baldwin, 57-71, with Clay Center in third with 81.
That caps Muehler's season with his ninth top 10 finish dating back to August. Circle's Blake Logan was third in 16:06.1. After a year-long wait, the Buhler Crusaders are back on top of Class 4A, after a stifling 31-94 win over defending champs Wamego.
How did Buhler do that you ask? All it took was putting all five scoring runners in the top 14 spots. Tonganoxie was 3rd with 113 points.
Not a bad time for an upset of the defending champion!
Despite the strong rain that began as the athletes toed the line, Hein kept her composure and held off Prairie View's Bree Allen, who was runner-up in 19:24.0 Cimarron's Janae Fugitt was a close third in 19:27.8.
For the fourth consecutive year, it was the Trojans of Southeast of Saline which hoisted the championship trophy, dominating both Trinity Academy and Norton Community, 52-112-115. The final score was 49-73-98.
With Breckyn Alderson leading the charge, the Trojan's 57-second pack time and four state medalists was more than enough to make it back-to-back-to-back-to-back.
*Clay Shively and Sam Ferguson of Trinity Academy go 1-2 at the 3A state championship
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The last cross country race for Trinity Academy's historic senior class was a good one, as Clay Shively, Sam Ferguson and Jacob Hobson went 1-2-5, as the Knights completed the tri-fecta and won their third straight title.
Shively and Ferguson ran the bulk of the race side-by-side, finishing in 15:48.0 and 15:48.1 as they coasted down to the finish.
Sophomore Avery Boydston (Ellis) and senior Emma Cubit (Central Heights) rounded out the top three, the pair running 19:16.1 and 19:26.2 respectively. The No. 3 ranking coming into the weekend didn't bother Class 2A champion Sacred Heart, as Knights brought home their first state title since 2004.
After putting their top three runners in the top seven, the Vikings of Central Heights cruised to their fourth state title, with Trinity Catholic and Meade rounding out the podium, with a score of 67-80-90.
* Ellei McCrory wins the Rim Rock Blue Division earlier this season
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Capping off a perfect freshman campaign, Northern Height's freshman Ellei McCrory won her first state title in dominant fashion, running 18:30.7 with 51 seconds between herself and Attica's Cady Hemphill, who was runner-up in 19:21.8.
Elyria Christian's Laney Reiff was right behind Hemphiill in third, running 19:22.3. A pretty crazy statistic from the Class 1A girls race is that only two seniors finished in all-state positions, meaning there's a chance 18 medalists could potentially return to Wamego again next fall.
The defending team champions South Gray went back-to-back, beating Ness City and Quinter 42-99-111. The Rebels packed all four of their scoring runners (only four are scored in Class 1A) in the top 20, going 6-8-9-19.
Ness City sophomore Broxton Gall was third in 16:46.9.Just as they did a year ago, the Quinter Bulldogs won the team title, beating out Beloit-St. John and Ness City, 55-81-81, with the Bluejays's sixth runner beating out Ness City's by two spots for the tiebreaker.