By RICK PETERSON
JACKSON ESQUIBEL, Shawnee Heights
Esquibel, a senior cross country star, captured his first United Kansas Conference individual title last Thursday at Shawnee North Community Center after finishing second as a junior. A two-time Class 5A state medalist in cross country and a state champion in track, Esquibel posted a 42-second victory in the conference meet, clocking a five-kilometer time of 15 minutes, 40 seconds.
PAYTON FINK, Washburn Rural
A junior cross country standout, Fink posted a 31-second individual victory in Saturday's Centennial League meet at Kanza Park, winning her second straight league individual championship while helping Washburn Rural repeat as the league team champion. Fink, who placed fifth in the Class 6A state meet as a sophomore, clocked a winning five-kilometer time of 17 minutes, 33.3 seconds.
JETTE GLASENAPP, Shawnee Heights
A junior foreign exchange student from Germany, Glasenapp completed her first high school tennis season with a runnerup singles finish in Saturday's Class 5A state meet at Salina, capping a 36-3 season. Glasenapp's state performance followed a sweep of city, United Kansas Conference and Class 5A regional championships. Glasenapp led Shawnee Heights to a sixth-place tie (seventh on a tiebreaker) in the 5A team standings as the T-Birds' lone state qualifier.
RYIN MILLER, Seaman
Miller, a sophomore cross country star, followed up her first city individual championship with her first United Kansas Conference title in last Thursday's conference meet at Shawnee North Community Center. Miller, who placed fifth in Class 5A as a freshman, clocked a five-kilometer time of 17 minutes, 54.7 seconds to win the UKC title by 1 minute, 43 seconds while helping the Vikings finish second as a team.
LAUREN SANDSTROM, Hayden
Sandstrom, a senior, teamed with junior Emily Sheetz to win a second straight Class 4A state doubles tennis championship Saturday in Winfield, capping a 33-3 season. Sandstrom and Sheetz earned 4A state medals three straight seasons, finishing seventh in 2021 before winning the back-to-back state titles. Sandstrom and Sheetz won Centennial League and 4A regional doubles titles and finished second in the city meet in No. 1 doubles.
EMILY SHEETZ, Hayden
A junior, Sweetz teamed with senior Lauren Sandstrom to win the Class 4A state doubles tennis championship for the second straight season Saturday in Winfield, capping a 33-3 season. Sheetz and Sandstrom earned 4A state medals three straight seasons, finishing seventh in 2021 before winning the back-to-back state titles. Sandstrom and Sheetz won Centennial League and 4A regional doubles titles and finished second in the city meet in No. 1 doubles.