Prairie View girls bring home third place trophy from state

Runners on the Prairie View girls cross country team hoist the trophy they won at the state meet on Saturday, Oct. 30. (Screen capture)

The Prairie View girls cross country team is bringing home a third-place trophy, and freshman Bree Allen is runner-up champion from the Class 3A meet at Wamego today, Oct. 30.

The team placed third with an average time of 21:59 on the 5,000-meter course. Southeast of Saline placed first with an average of 21:00, and West Franklin (Pomona) was second with a 21:37 average.

School official say it is the best performance by a cross country team in the school’s half-century history. Team scores were based on the times of five top runners on each team.

Finishes by other Pioneer League schools were Anderson County, ninth place, and Santa Fe Trail, 10th.

Allen, who set the Prairie View school record this year, ran the course in 19:30 with an average kilometer time of 3:54. Race winner Jentrie Alderson of Southeast of Saline turned in a 18:59 time with a average 1K split of 3:47.

Prairie View freshman Wylie Teagarden placed 24th with a time of 21:49, freshman Ryleigh Lueker turned in a 22:33 time for 39th place, and freshman Kally Stroup was 50th with a time of 22:56.

Sophomore Ella McCammon ran the course in 23:01 for 53rd, and sophomore Kelsie Konitzer in her second state meet was 62nd with a time of 23:31. Senior Jessica Petric finished her high school cross country career by turning in a time of 24:33 for 75th.

“I’m almost beyond words how proud we are of these girls,” said Marcie Caldwell, Buffalo head cross country coach, in a post on the team’s Facebook page. “Their hard work and dedication to the sport and to each other is inspiring. I hope they have enjoyed the journey and enjoyed this day.”

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