• Roger Sims, Journal Staff

Short of runners, Jayhawk team performs well at Pleasanton

Updated: Oct 19

Jayhawk Marissa Batcheler keeps pace in the women's 5K race with teammate Cynthia Cazares close behind. The pair competed at the Pleasanton Invitational cross country meet on Thursday, Oct. 6. Below right, JLHS' Dakota Wallace works to close the gap with the runner ahead of him. (Photos by Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)

PLEASANTON – Although neither the Jayhawk women’s or men’s cross country teams had enough runners to post a varsity team score at the Pleasanton Invitational on Thursday, Oct. 6, the meet served as a tune-up for the Three Rivers League meet at Southeast Cherokee this Thursday.

Jayhawk’s coach Shayla Long said that a couple of her varsity women runners were out with injuries for the Pleasanton meet but were expected to be healthy for the league meet.

The women runners have placed as a team at several meets this year, and if they have enough runners, the team could win that meet.

The men’s team also saw improvement at the Pleasanton meet.

Jayhawk senior Marissa Batcheler ran the 5 kilometer course in 22 minutes, 27.01 seconds for a sixth-place finish. She edged out teammate Cynthia Cazares, also a senior, who placed seventh with a time of 22:38.90.

Adison Randall placed 13th for the Jayhawks, and Brylee Doleshal took 15th. Seniors Madeline Batcheler and Gia Schneider were at the race but did not compete.

Dakota Wallace placed ninth in the men’s 5K race for the Jayhawks with a time of 18:45.62. James Spitzenberger placed 27th.

Jayhawk Brylee Doleshal shows determination as she marks off the final kilometer of the race.

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