Updated: Oct 19, 2021
The Jayhawk varsity cross country team made a strong showing at the Pleasanton invitational meet last Thursday, Oct. 7.
The five member Jayhawk girls team placed second with an average time of 24:53 on the 5,000-meter course. Girard placed first with an average time of 24:12
The Jayhawk boys team, also fielding five runners, placed third with an average time of 19:53. Central Heights boys placed first with an average time of 18:53 followed by Girard in second place.
Junior Marissa Batcheler placed fourth in the girls’ varsity race with a time of 23:11.10. She was followed by junior Gia Schneider in eighth place and junior Cynthia Cazares in ninth. Sophomore Adison Randall placed 13th and freshman Brylee Doleshal was 20th.
Junior Dakota Wallace was top runner for the Jayhawk boys, placing seventh with a time of 18.39.46 on the course. He was followed closely by sophomore Dillon Champlin in eighth place and senior Corbin White in ninth. Junior Chance Proffitt finished 22nd, and Colton Wallace finished 28th.
"Thursday was the first meet that we’ve run a full boys and girls team this year," said Jayhawk coach Shayla Long. "Between sickness and injuries, we finally had enough to put five on each team."
Long said the girls team was still missing its number one runner so far this season, Madeline Batcheler. She said she expects them to do even better when she’s back.
"I’m proud of them for their performances last week, and we’re moving in the right direction with all the runners improving on their times," the coach said. "I’m excited to see how we finish the season."
Pleasanton competed at their home meet as well, and participation, particularly by middle school students, indicated that the building of Blu-Jay cross country may be in the making. Freshman Rees Chapman, the sole PHS runner, placed 14th in the junior varsity race.
However, five 7th grade Blu-Jay runners in the girls race combined to win first place in the two-mile run. Jovee Lusher placed ninth, and she was joined by teammates Rylee Crowder, Charlee Brown, Maria Neil-Cox and Baileigh Lister. Gage McGinnis placed fourth in the eighth-grade boys two-mile run, and Elijah Bates took sixth.
While Prairie View did not have a varsity team at the meet, they made a strong showing in the junior varsity race. Five boys received the first-place team prize. Henry Hernandez-Guerrero placed first with a varsity worthy time of 21:28.11. Coltaun Bartlett, a freshman, and senior Alex Petty placed fifth and sixth, respectively. Sophomore Creed Caldwell placed eighth, and Donovan Law was 12th.
In the girls’ junior-varsity race, Buffalo sophomore Ella McCammon and freshman Ashlyn Kennedy placed first and third, respectively. They were joined by senior Alyssa Page, 15th, and sophomore Bryanna Rhynerson.
Other Jayhawk runners in the middle school/junior high races were Coralynn Bukkila, 12th in seventh-grade girls’ race; Brea Dawson, 4th, and Brianne Seely, 17th, in the eighth-grade girls’ race. In the eighth-grade boys’ two mile, Truman Schneider placed second, Jaedon Alone was fifth, James Spitzenberger was seventh and Brennan Gardner was 11th. Coawan David was 20th in the seventh-grade run, followed by Micah Christian, 30th.
"The junior high kids have worked hard, and I think they will race even faster this week in their last meet at League, coach Long said. "Truman Schneider ran an amazing race and time at Pleasanton. It’ll be fun to keep watching these kids grow as runners."
Buffalo runners in the boys’ eighth-grade race included Ian Kennedy, seventh place, and Ethan Teagarden, 18th. Ella Steinle took 10th in the girls’ eighth-grade race. Seventh-grader Laramie Stevens took first place in the seventh-grade race followed by Tiberlyn Browning in third and Kelsee Haupt in 10th.
Both Jayhawk and Blu-Jay runners will be competing at the Three Rivers League meet this Thursday, Oct. 13 at Southeast Cherokee.
Prairie View runners head to the Pioneer League meet at Iola on Thursday.