In the aftermath of the much-hyped race between Girard's Cailie Logue and Shawnee Mission Northwest's Molly Born in Baldwin City,
something more is at play than just the speedy times that these two remarkable
athletes put up on Saturday.
In case you took a realllly
long nap Saturday into Sunday, here's how it went down: Logue won at Baldwin in 16:45, while Born was
second in 17:11. The matchup between two great high school distance runners
lived up to its pre-race billing, and then some.
In a little less -- and a little more -- than 17 minutes,
these two have set the bar for the next wave of Kansas female high school
distance runners. Just a little over a year into the state's decision to move
the championship distance to 5K, these two have proudly taken the flag and
shown current and future generations that Kansas girls can be pretty tough,
Both of them have shown that girls from small towns and big
towns in Kansas can make a splash on the national cross country scene. And here's
the kicker: they have both displayed a high measure of humility in doing it.
Logue is as quiet and unassuming a runner as I've seen. She
has almost an "Aw, shucks!" attitude when interviewers have heaped praise on
her after recent races. I almost feel like she's a little surprised by all the
I also have a hunch it's "good raisins," as my mother-in-law
would say, because she's got parents who are just have displayed the same qualities as they
watch their daughter speed into Kansas running history.
The senior was her school's Homecoming queen Friday night. In a post-race interview Saturday, she remembered her high
school principal, who excused her from attending the dance late Friday so she
could rest up for Saturday's race.
That's right: in the moments after she had run the third
fastest time in the entire United States, and nearly a 30 second PR, she
thanked the school's principal. Uh, probably not what I would have done when I
was 17 or 18 years old…
Born's path to the top 20 in the national rankings has been
a little less publicized, but no less impressive. Shawnee Mission Northwest has
run against great competition and Born has taken on all-comers, most of the
time beating 'em to the finish.
Her post-race interview at Baldwin is pretty telling; she is
filled with the exuberance that most teens should be filled with, and instead
of being disappointed with a second-place finish, she seemed excited about her
We have many talented girls and boys in Kansas, fast runners
who are multi-talented in school and other activities. But I hope that all of
us in Kansas will enjoy the rest of the ride that Logue and Born will take us
on in the next few weeks. Even if you support a different team, I hope you take
a moment to appreciate and cheer for the talent that these two are putting on
And I hope that this moment in our state's cross country
history is only a start for the many girls to come who also want to excel as
athletes and human beings.
AROUND THE STATE…
In what I would say is a statement race, the Olathe East
boys won the Seaman Invitational in Topeka Saturday with a nail-biting,
one-point win over Mill Valley, whose 38 second pack time came up just short of
In fact, Mill Valley put seven runners in front of Olathe
East's fifth runner, but Olathe East's front-running strength got the job done.
The Hawks' Ben Kahnk won the race in a blanket finish, clocking 16:22 to edge
out teammate Ryan Weishaar (16:23), Mill Valley's Greg Haynes (16:24) and East's
Will Tindall (16:25).
Mill Valley, who's going to be a load for St. Thomas Aquinas'
boys in Class 5A, put seven runners in the top 13, all under 17:07. Olathe East,
charging hard in its quest for the 6A boys title, posted a pack time of 51
Dawson Podlena of Seaman (16:29) placed fifth in the race,
sandwiched by Olathe East and Mill Valley runners.
Perhaps overshadowed by the Logue-Born matchup was Shawnee Mission North's team win in the girls division at the Baldwin Invitational. The Indians beat a very good St. James Academy team, which won the Rim Rock Farm Classic one week earlier, as well as Sunflower League rival Shawnee Mission Northwest. Amber Reed (18:55) and Katie Kasunic (19:16) were third and fourth to lead the team win.
Shawnee Mission North also won on the boys' side in a tight four-team race. Just five points separated the top 4; North had 77 points followed by Bishop Carroll (79), Blue Valley Southwest (80) and St. James Academy (82). Dylan Miller of Blue Valley Southwest clocked 16:13 for the individual win.
In Peculiar, Mo., St. Thomas Aquinas' Margaret Pigott was
crowned the Kansas City Classic (formerly KC Metro Invitational) champion as she avenged a loss to Blue Valley North's Lily Strauss the week before at the Rim Rock Farm Classic. Pigott won in 18:49 while
Strauss matched her 18:57 time from Rim Rock, and teammate Sophie Scott was
fourth in 19:04.
Kansas schools whipped their Missouri counterparts in the
girls team standings. Aquinas won the team title with 68 points, followed by
Blue Valley North (89) and Olathe North (122).
In the boys' race, Spring Hill's Dylan Brenneman got
out-leaned at the tape, finishing second in 15:53.9 behind Rockhurst's John Luder (15:53.6). Aquinas' Alex Gill was third in 16:01.3. West Torrance, a powerful team from California,
rolled to the team title, scoring 37 points to runner-up Aquinas' 81.
Kerby Depenbusch of Great Bend and Gabriela Reyna of Wichita
North looked strong in winning individual titles at the Junction City
Invitational. Depenbusch (16:21) held off Salina South's Josh Reed (16:23) for
the win, while Reyna lowered her season PR to 18:44 with a win over Manhattan's
Cara Melgares (19:26). Manhattan swept the boys' and girls' team titles.
On Thursday of last week, Garden City traveled to Canon
City, Colo. and ran quite well in the thin air, finishing second in the boys'
team standings, and fifth on the girls' side against several of that state's
best 3A through 5A teams.
In Council Grove, Hayden's boys and Riley County's girls
were the team champions. Kyler True of Olpe, coming off a bout of
tendinitis, won the boys' chase in 16:40 followed by Hayden's Robbie Schmidt
(16:45) and Parker Ramirez (16:59). Santa Fe Trail's Hannah Honeyman clocked
20:12 to win by more than a minute over Lebo's Kasey Besack (21:22).
GIVE 'EM A BROOM…
Several schools swept team titles at meets held last
Thursday, including Andover Central (Winfield Invitational) Scott Community
(Ness City Invitational), Tonganoxie (Perry-LeCompton Invitational) and Christ
Preparatory Academy (Maranatha Christian Invitational). Results of all of these
meets can be found on MileSplit KS.
Pat Melgares recaps the week's cross country scene in Kansas
each Sunday at about 12 noon. A reminder to all coaches to please send results
of your meets as soon as possible each Saturday afternoon. Excel and HTML
formats work best, but PDF files also can be used in the MileSplit database.
Please send results by email to melgares@LetsGoRun.com,
or to Jim Madison at email@example.com.