• Roger Sims, Journal Staff

Jayhawk runners wrap up cross country season at state

The Jayhawk-Linn cross country team displays a plaque at the regional meet on Oct. 22. The group competed at the state meet last Saturday. State meet contestants nclude, from left, Cynthia Cazares, Gia Schneider, Madeline Batcheler, Marissa Batcheler, Adison Randall, Brylee Doleshal, and Dakota Wallace. (Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)

The Jayhawk-Linn cross country team finished their season on Saturday, Oct. 29, with a 10th place finish at the state Class 2A meet in Wamego, Kan. It was the final race for five members on the team.

In the women’s race, top finisher for the Jayhawk women’s team was senior Marissa Batcheler, who placed 39th with a time of 22:43.62 on the 5 kilometer course. Senior Cynthia Cazares came in about 12 seconds behind her in 44th place.

Senior Madeline Batcheler was 61st, junior Adison Randall crossed the finish line at 76th, sophomore Brylee Doleshal was 81st, and senior Gia Schneider was 90th. One hundred women qualified for the Class 2A meet.

In the men’s race, Jayhawk senior Dakota Wallace capped off his cross country career with a 42nd place finish with a time of 18:40.22. Wallace was the only member of the Jayhawk men’s team to qualify for the state meet. The number of qualifiers for the state meet was 103.

Following the regional meet on Oct. 22, head coach Shayla Long said that this year’s seniors have run together since junior high when she returned as a coach to JLHS.

“They are a great group and it’s been a ton of fun over the years,” she said. “This last race is pretty special and means a lot to all of us.”

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