3A Southeast of Saline sophomore Luke Gleason takes off from the start at the Lakeside Invitational/NCAA League Meet. Gleason was crowned the NCAA League champion at the meet last week, posting a time of 16:50.00. ~ Photo by Jessica Sprecker.
League meets are often some of the most heated races of the
season. Rivalries are at their peak with every team hitting its stride and a
trophy on the line. The winner gets to call themselves league champs for a
year, while the others will have to wait for their next chance. By this point
in the season, runners are familiar with each other. They know the strengths
and weaknesses of their competitors from racing several times before. Two teams
that are quite familiar with each other are GWAC favorites Hugoton and Scott Community. Both are strong programs with several recent podium finishes, and
this year is no different. On the boys side, the two have met twice already
this season. Hugoton took a victory in week 3, and Scott City placed higher
last week. The third meeting was a tight one, with Hugoton coming out on top
45-46 behind a 1st place performance from Jacob Eckert in 17:42.
Scott City's girls have been dominant this year, and won the GWAC title with just 22
points. Colby's Lara Murdock held off a slew of Scott City runners to win in
20:38. The Beavers took the next 4 spots.
At the Flint Hills/Lyon County Championships, West Franklin's girls won a second straight title, scoring 28 in beatdown fashion.
Central Heights freshman Lily Meyer won the FHL title in 21:10, but it wasn't
enough to topple LCL Champ Macy Smith, who finished in 20:54. For the boys,
Central Heights was hoping to play with a perfect score, but Northern Heights'
Taj Bailey and Council Grove's Jeric Heath were determined to break up the pack
of Vikings, placing 2nd and 4th respectively. The Vikings
still won impressively with a 29-point cushion over Northern Heights though. To
flex their muscles even further, Central Heights dropped their 7th
runner down to win the JV race. Tyler Stevenson claimed the individual varsity
title for Central Heights in 17:45. A group of middle schoolers also
highlighted the meet, with Mission Valley's AJ Rubio edging Council Grove's
Kodi Downes, both ran an 11:08. Kyle Haner from West Franklin was 3rd
in 11:15. Those are the 2nd-4th best times in 1A-3A. Emma Bailey ran a 12:35, good for 3rd best in 1A-3A.
At the Big 7 Championships, Hiawatha put on a show, winning
the boys race with 30 points, and the girls with 38. The Redhawks also won the
individual titles Justin Hodge blazed a 15:43 to cruise in the boys race, and
Elizabeth Kettler won her 4th league title in 19:14. Hiawatha sits
atop the 3A standings on both sides for now, but this was the case at this time
last year as well, but they averaged 35 seconds slower when state rolled
At the Central Kansas championships, Halstead looked good in
their victory, Josh Talbott was the top finisher in 17:09, beating Larned's
Braydon Lothman. Pratt won the girls race behind a 20:10 performance from
freshman Addie Hoeme.
The Heart of America meet, Bennington's girls took down
Berean Academy, scoring 23 points. Ashlyn Harbaugh and Peyton Piepho went 1-2
to lead the way. The Berean boys wouldn't be denied though, and Drew Janzen put
the cherry on top with a 17:52 individual victory. Plenty of HOA teams will be
fighting next week for spots to compete at 1A and 2A state.
Other winners this week were:
Central Plains League:
Claire Leib (Wichita-Trinity), Owen Pearce (Kingman); Trinity's Girls and
CNC League: JP
Rutledge (Riverton/Baxter) Springs, Rachael Stephans (Girard); Girard's boys
Ethan Thompson(Meade), Sarah White(Lakin); Stanton Co's boys and Cimarron's
League: AJ Miller (St John-Hudson), Erin Hammeke (Ellinwood); St John's
boys and Ellinwood's girls
Mid-East League: Brett
Kulp (Riley Co), Julia Streit (Rossville); Silver Lake's boys and Rock Creek's
NCK League: Aaron
Modrow (Chapman), Taylor Briggs (Chapman), Clay Center's boys and girls
Twin Valley League: Tyler
Simmons (Washington Co), Natalie Harlan (Washington Co); Axtell's boys and
Wheat State League: Morgan
Becker (Canton-Galva), Elsie Clark (Goessel); Goessel's boys and girls
NCAA League: Luke
Gleason (SE Saline), Hannah Burkes (Beloit); SE Saline's boys and Beloit's
League: Caleb Eilert (Beloit-St John), Jaycee Vath (Lincoln); Beloit-St
John's boys and Lincoln's girls
Kansas Milesplit is still looking for results from HOPL(at Pretty
Prairie), NEKL(at Jackson Hts), NCAA/NPL/Lakeside, SPIAA(at Coldwater), TRL(at
Cherokee), TVL(at Iola), and Wheatland. Please send these in non-scanned