Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ottawa, Eagles qualify for state

By The Herald Staff | 10/29/2013

The Wellsville and Ottawa high school boys cross-country teams kept state streaks alive Saturday in regional competition.

The two teams finished as regional runners-up. Wellsville qualified as a team for the sixth straight year. Ottawa is making its second straight state appearance.

The Wellsville and Ottawa high school boys cross-country teams kept state streaks alive Saturday in regional competition.

The two teams finished as regional runners-up. Wellsville qualified as a team for the sixth straight year. Ottawa is making its second straight state appearance.

Wellsville’s Lauren McDaniel qualified for the girls race. The 3A state girls is 10 a.m. Saturday at Rim Rock in Lawrence. The 3A boys compete at 11:30 a.m.

Ottawa races at 10:30 a.m. in the 4A boys race at Wamego.

The Cyclones (61) finished behind Baldwin (32) and just ahead of Girard (68). The top three teams qualified for state.

Ottawa had five runners place in the top 20 on the Eisenhower course.

Junior Sam White led the Cyclones in third. Brandon Yates finished ninth. Seniors Gabe Skoog and Daniel White took 14th and 15th. Josh Christian was 20th.

The Ottawa girls were led by freshman Kennadee Huskee in 27th.

The Wellsville boys (91) finished behind KC Christian (46) at the Jayhawk-Linn regional. Council Grove was third with 109.

Chase Bouse won the regional. He is the first Eagle to win a regional race since Rhett Renoud in 1994. Brandyn Brewster finished fourth.

McDaniel finished third with a time of 16 minutes, 7 seconds. That was the fastest 4-kilometer time in school history, breaking Hope Inglehart’s record.

West Franklin

The Falcons had an off day at the regional competition with the girls finishing sixth.

“It was a disappointing day for the cross-country teams,” West Franklin coach Tara Huggard said. “We knew making it to state would be difficult, but we knew if everyone ran a great race we might have a chance. Unfortunately things didn’t go our way this time and we fell a little short.

“I am still extremely proud of my teams. The girls ran as a team well and the boys placed well as individuals, it just wasn’t quite enough. I think everyone is a little bummed that the season is over, which just shows what a great group of kids are on the team. We will miss Alexis Yelland, our lone senior, next year and we look forward to growing our numbers next year when our talented group of eighth graders become freshmen.”

Autumn Holloway paced the girls in 26th place. Isaiah Messick led the boys in 23rd.

Ottawa

Boys

3, S. White, 17:37; 9, Yates, 17:56; 14, Skoog, 18:21; 15, D. White, 18:26; 20, Christian, 18:32; 28, Miller, 19:20; 79, Nanninga, 21:40.

Girls

27, Huskee, 18:18; 34, Winsky, 18:42; 47, Daw, 19:04; 66, Pruitt, 21:01.

Wellsville

Boys

1, Bouse, 17:03; 4, Brewster, 17:48; 26, Calderwood, 19:43; 33, Dwyer, 19:52; 35, Smith, 19:59; 49, Mallicoat, 20:59; 57, Erhart, 21:39.

Girls

3, McDaniel, 16:07 (girls 4K record); 18, Everhart, 18:22; 19, Martinez, 18:29; 47, Borders, 21:00; 54, Marsh, 24:03; 57, Corwine, 27:32.

West Franklin

Boys

23, Messick, 19:34; 59, Whittington, 21:48; 78, Hempel, 25:37.

Girls

26, Holloway, 18:54; 28, Yelland, 18:58; 29, Morrison, 19:05; 30, Weien, 19:09; 40, Fine, 20:25; 41, Tews, 20:27.

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