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Prep cross country roundup: Rural girls take Allie-T team title



Washburn Rural's girls cross country team rode a three-four-five individual finish in Saturday's Allie-T Invitational at Augusta to capture the team championship by a 55-68 margin over Great Bend.

Junior Madeline Carter led the Junior Blues with a third-place finish among 84 runners in a five-kilometer time of 18 minutes, 54.8 seconds while senior Khloi Bird finished fourth (19:23.3) and freshman Payton Fink fifth (19:25.6).

Rural also got a 17th-place finish from sophomore Sydney Laster (20:25.5) and a 27th-place showing from freshman Rylee Ismert (20:59.0) to round out its top five. 

 RuralXCteamsWashburn Rural's girls cross country team won the team title and the Junior Blue boys finished second in the Allie-T Invitational at Augusta Saturday. [Submitted]

Senior Anna Phelps paced Topeka West, placing 19th in 20:32.9.

Washburn Rural's boys posted a second-place team finish behind Olathe South (26-89), with senior Alex Holmes leading the Junior Blues with a sixth-place finish (16:35.5).

Sophomore Hayden Keller finished 15th for Rural (17:00.2), while senior Spencer Haddock was 19th (17:05.4), junior Davin Johnson 26th (17:35.2) and Grayson Fink 29th (17:42.5).

Topeka West's boys were led by senior Louis Wilson, who placed 28th (17.39.6).


Seaman junior Bethany Druse and Shawnee Heights sophomore Jackson Esquibel posted top-five finishes in the Crimson division of Saturday's Rim Rock Farm Classic, leading their teams to top-three finishes, while Hayden senior Tanner Newkirk placed seventh in the Gold division, featuring the premier runners in the multi-state meet.

Esquibel placed fourth in the boys Crimson division in a five-kilometer time of 16:26.5 while his T-Bird teammate, junior Kory Sutton was sixth in 16:40.2 in the field of 203 runners as the T-Birds finished third in the team standings.

Senior Jace Moore led Seaman with a 22nd-place showing (17:01.8) while Topeka High was led by junior Michael Christoper, who finished 60th (17:54.2).

Druse placed fifth individually among 155 runners in the Crimson girls division, posting a time of 19:24.9 as Seaman finished second as a team.

Freshmen Joslynn Grace (20:23.0) and Stella Appelhanz (20:43.0) finished 13th and 20th for the Vikings, who also got a 23rd-place finish from senior Emma Schultz (20:46.6) and a 31rd-place finish from freshmn Anna Becker (21:03.4).

Newkirk, the defending Class 4A state champion, competed in the top division at Rim Rock, placing seventh among 178 runners in a season-best time of 15:39.80.

Hayden freshman Elliot Wrench competed in the Blue division, finishing 39th among 239 runners in 22:00.4.