• Roger Sims, Journal Staff

Both Jayhawk teams place second at league cross-country meet

Updated: Oct 27

Jayhawk cross-country teams show off medals earned at the Three Rivers League meet on Thursday, Oct. 13. The coaches posing with the team are head coach Shayla Long, far right, and Juanita Spritzenberger, far left. (Darrah Batcheler, special to the Journal)

Both the men’s and women’s cross-country teams placed second at the Three Rivers League meet on Thursday, Oct. 13.

All of the women’s team was back on the course for the league meet after some of them sat out the Pleasanton meet a week before. The men’s team, which has typically fielded three runners in varsity competition, were joined by two runners that have done well in junior varsity contests.

“I think the boys ran very well,” said coach Shayla Long. “It was good to see our freshman step-up last night. They’ve had a lot of injuries this season.”

Jayhawk Dakota Wallace was 17 seconds behind the first-place winner with a time of 18:22. Dillon Champlin placed fourth at 18:47, and Truman Schneider was 14th with a time of 20:22.

James Spritzenberger finished 18th, William Lloyd was 24th, and Lukas Felix placed 34th. The combined score gave the Jayhawk men’s team 27 points, five points behind the first-place team from Southeast with 22 points.

“Dakota ran a great race for second place, and Dillon ran a nice race as well,” Long said. “I’m very pleased for Truman Schneider on his best race of the season.”

“The girls also ran well. They raced hard and gave their best shot at winning league. Having three in the top 10 is exciting.”

The women’s team, which was also second with 22 points, was only two points behind first-place finisher Crest with 20 points.

Marissa Batcheler, who has shown increased endurance over the last couple of meets, placed third with a time of 22:37. Cynthia Cazares, another one of the Jayhawks’ top runners, was a few steps behind with a time of 22:57 and a fourth-place medal.

The remainder of the women’s team were close to finishing as a group. Adison Randall placed 10th, Madeline Batcheler was 11th, Brylee Doshal finished 12th, and Gia Schneider was 13th.

“The whole girls team and the top five boys will run next week at regionals,” Long said. “I think our success at league will help us run great races next week at regionals.”

The Jayhawks have been assigned to the 2A regional at Central Heights on Saturday, Oct. 22. The women’s race begins at 10 a.m. and the men’s race begins at 10:40 a.m.

At the regional, the top three teams and top 10 individual runners will qualify for the state 2A meet, however, additional runners may qualify as well.

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