ELLSWORTH — The Thomas More Prep-Marian girls’ cross country team is state-bound.
The Monarchs won the team title at the Class 3A regional at Ellsworth on Saturday with 62 points.
Scott City was second with 71, followed by Beloit with 73.
Junior Julia Werth led TMP with a seventh-place finish in 22 minutes, 23.26 seconds.
Junior Emily Schippers was 11th in 22:54.03, and freshman Kyleigh Allen was 14th in 22:57.83.
Junior Kiara Urban (18th, 23:34.54), junior Emily Schulte (23rd, 23:54.53) and senior Taylor Teel (30th, 24:13.41) also had solid days for the Monarchs. Senior Cheyenne Rhodes was 35th in 24:43.93.
Beloit sophomore Hannah Burks won the individual title in 20:00.65, followed by Norton sophomore Lexi Kats (21:05.36).
Junior Jared Mayers led the TMP boys, finishing 10th in 18:49.52 to qualify.
Scott City junior Jack Thomas was first in 17:16.71, well ahead of Norton senior Cale Patterson (18:08.23). Norton sophomore Connor Hall was third in 18:10.53, and sophomore Ricky King was seventh in 18:28.27 for the Bluejays.
TMP junior Paul Brull was 28th in 19:36.44.
Norton’s strong outing boosted the team to the title with 65 points, three ahead of Scott City. Southeast of Saline was third with 96.
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McPHERSON — Two Hays High School cross country runners qualified for next weekend’s Class 4A state meet at the regional championships Saturday in McPherson.
Sophomore Yesenia Maldonado finished sixth in 21 minutes, 50.74 seconds to pace the Indians, while senior Tana Herreman was 10th in 22:13.74.
They were the only two runners to qualify on either the girls’ or boys’ teams.
On paper, the HHS girls were seeded 12th as a team entering the regional, but the Indians finished sixth with 158 points.
Buhler won the team title with 88, winning the tie-breaker over Chapman, who also finished with 88. Hugoton was third (94).
Chapman freshman Taylor Briggs won the race in 19:58.39, followed by Buhler senior Hannah Nuest (21:31.01).
The HHS boys were paced by freshman Dawson VonFeldt, who was 14th in 18:17. Sophomore Justice Dotts was 41st in 19:13.
The HHS boys were 10th in the team standings with 220 points. Hugoton was first with 36, followed by Smoky Valley (93) and Wamego (133).
Aaron Modrow won the boys’ race in 17:07.31, followed by Hugoton senior Abraham Garcia-Aguirre (17:20.83).
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TRIBUNE — The sister duo of WaKeeney-Trego’s Helen and Sybil Giefer dominated the top two spots at the Class 2A regional at Tribune on Saturday.
Helen, a junior, won the race in 20:39.76, with Sybil, a sophomore, second in 21:13.30.
Ellinwood freshman Ashtin Klepper was third in 21:39.48.
Ness City junior Savannah Moore (fifth, 21:52.92), Oakley sophomore Danielle Allison (sxith, 22:05.16) and Hoxie freshman Emily Dierks (eighth, 22:45.58) also qualified for state next weekend.
Trego senior Aleah Howard was 14th in 24:10.18. Hoxie freshman Karlee Geisinger and junior Halie Weese were 17th and 18th, respectively, in 24:37.70 and 25:07.13.
Oakley freshman Jada Renner (19th, 25:24.78) and Hill City junior Olivia Herman (20th, 25:26.61) also were in the top 20.
Trego finished second in the team standings with 41 points, two shy of Ellinwood. Syracuse was third with 68, and Ellis fourth with 71.
St. Francis senior Jake Faulkender won the boys’ race in 18:33.13, followed by Wichita County senior John Biermann, 18:33.27.
Trego senior Bernard Giefer was fourth in 18:37.05, while his freshman teammate Wyndom Giefer was seventh in 18:58.75.
Oakley senior Jace Engel was ninth in 19:05.43, and Plainville freshman Chayse McCullough was 10th in 19:09.22 to round out the top 10.
Wichita County won the team crown with 66 points, three ahead of Oakley. Trego was third with 71.
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TRIBUNE — Wallace County senior Robyn Selzer won the girls’ individual title at the Class 1A regional at Tribune on Saturday in 20:52.70.
Natoma freshman Carley Chrisler was ninth in 24:03.79, Wallace County junior Gabrielle Hammer was 12th in 24:38.54, and Otis-Bison senior Carly Welsh was 13th in 24:43.23.
Greeley County won the team title with 26 points, followed by Ingalls (28) and Wallace County (29).
The Wildcats also won the boys’ race as well, with junior Trevor Fischer taking the crown in 18:21.31. Junior teammate Trever Medina was second in 19:02.22.
Victoria senior Christian Meuli was third in 19:07.51, and Brewster junior Desmond Purvis rounded out the top 10 in 19:51.40.
Wallace County had four runners finish in the top seven to win the team title with 16 points, well ahead of Greeley County’s 46. South Gray was third with 60.
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WASHINGTON — Sylvan-Lucas sophomore Autumn Princ dominated the girls’ race at the 1A regional in Washington, winning in 19:36.43.
She was well ahead of Axtell sophomore Olivia Kuckelman in 20:51.77.
Downs-Lakeside freshman Courtney Baetz was 10th in 24:04.38, rounding out the area athletes in the top 10.
She paced the Knights to the team title with 28 points. Tescott 931) and Centralia (46) were second and third.
Osborne sophomore Cameron Delaney was the top area finisher in the boys’ race. He was 10th in 18:25.00.
Sylvan-Lucas junior Jonathan Huehl was 11th in 18:31.32.
Beloit-St. John’s senior David Lutgen was first in 16:16.24.
Beloit-St. John’s won the team crown with 13 points, followed by Frankfort (42) and Axtell (52).