Prairie View, Jayhawk women runners take third-, fourth-place
Updated: Sep 28, 2022
Above, Prairie View's Bree Allen battles Josie Walter from Crest for the lead early in the women's 5K cross country race at Garnett on Thursday, Sept. 3. Below right, Jayhawk's Cynthia Cazares charges up a long hill midway through the race. (Photos by Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)
GARNETT – The Prairie View women’s varsity cross-country team took third place, with the Jayhawk-Linn varsity women’s team placing fourth in the first invitational meet of the school year on Thursday, Sept. 3.
Prairie View’s Bree Allen picked up where her season left off last year with a commanding first-place finish. Allen, a sophomore this year who was runner-up champion at state as a freshman last year, finished the 5-kilometer course in 20 minutes, 14.53 seconds.
The second-place finisher, freshman Josie Walter from Crest, was able to keep pace with Allen initially but began slipping back as the race at the Garnett Country Club golf course unfolded. Walter would finish with a time of 21:43.35, nearly a minute and half off Allen’s pace.
Prairie View sophomore Wylie Teagarden placed 10th in race with a time of 23:03.21.
Jayhawk women were led by senior Cynthia Cazares, who came in 15th place. Seniors Marissa Batcheler and her sister Madeline Batcheler were close behind Cazares, placing 17th and 21st respectively.
Above, Prairie View sophomore Wylie Teagarden keeps ahead of a pack of runners, a position she would keep throughout the race. Below right, Jayhawk senior Marissa Batcheler keeps a steady pace through the midpoint of the race.
Prairie View junior Kelsie Konitzer placed 23rd followed by teammates Ryleigh Leuker, a sophomore, in 26th place and fellow sophomore Kally Stroup in 29th. Buffalo junior Ella McCammon placed 46th.
For the Jayhawks, senior Gia Schneider placed 35th, sophomore Brylee Doleshal was 45th and junior Adison Randall placed 51st.
The Baldwin women’s varsity team won the meet with 39 points and an average time of 23:09.80. Louisburg narrowly edged out Prairie View with 61 points for the Wildcats and 62 points for the Buffalos. The Prairie View team’s average time was 23:46.98, about 15 seconds faster than Louisburg’s average of 24:02.35.
Jayhawk’s score was 93 points, with an average time of 25:15.61, nearly 25 seconds faster than Santa Fe Trail’s team, which came in fifth place. Fifty-seven women entered the race.
Above, Jayhawks Dakota Wallace, left, and Dillon Champlin sprint for the finish line in the men's 5K race. Below right, Pleasanton runners DJ Meik, left, and Gage McGinnis work to sooth pre-race nerves at the starting line.
The Jayhawk team was represented in the men’s race by senior Dakota Wallace, junior Dillon Champlin and senior Chance Proffitt. The Wallace and Champlin paced each other throughout the race, and in a grinding sprint up the hill to the finish line, it was Wallace who placed 15th with a time of 19:43.23, with Champlin taking 16th place with a time of 19:43.50. Proffitt was close behind, finishing 25th.
While Pleasanton did not have any women running in the varsity meet, two men represented the team. Senior DJ Meik turned in a 31st-place finish, and freshman Gage McGinnis placed 41st. The race had a field of 62 runners.
The women’s junior varsity race had representatives from both the Buffalos and the Blu-Jays. For Prairie View, junior Quinn Browning placed 12th, junior Breanna Rhynerson was 17th, and sophomore Reaghan McCarthy was 19th. Pleasanton’s Rees Chapman, a sophomore, placed 24th.
In the men’s junior varsity race, Jayhawk freshman James Spitzenberger placed 11th, Prairie View junior Harvey Hernandez-Guerrero was 20th, Pleasanton’s Kei-Mahni Davis was 28th.
The Prairie View women's team shows their hardware following the awards presentation at the meet. Team members include, from left, Wylie Teagarden, Ryleigh Lueker, Kelsie Konitzer, Quinn Browning, Breanna Rhynerson, Kally Stroup, Ella McCammon, and Bree Allen.