Lawrence High cross country coach Dick Reamon didn't cancel Tuesday's practice because of the surprising snow.
Reamon figured running in the inclement weather was a good test for his teams just in case similar conditions occur the next two weeks.
"It wasn't pleasant," Reamon said. "But the last two weeks in Kansas anything can happen with the weather. No one has had a chance to prepare for the cold weather."
The Lions have been preparing for today's Class 6A regional at Emporia's Municipal Airport. The girls' two-mile race is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and the boys will run their five-kilometer race at 2:30.
The top four teams and top five individuals of non-qualifying teams advance to the state meet at Rim Rock the following Saturday.
Emporia, Junction City, Manhattan, Olathe East, Olathe South, Shawnee Heights, Topeka, Topeka Washburn Rural and Wichita Heights are the other schools in the 10-team regional.
O-South's girls, coming off last week's Sunflower League championship, are ranked No. 1 in the coaches' 6A poll. Lawrence is third, followed by No. 4 Washburn Rural.
"There are some excellent teams in this regional," Reamon noted.
Keely Malone, Stacie Kramer, Kristin Brune, Lori Yoder, Whitney Evans, Betsy Lee and Jenni Moore will form Lawrence's regional team. Malone placed sixth at last week's league meet, finishing in 12:37.
"Keely's been coming on," Reamon said. "The secret to our team is what our seven can do. Our sixth and seventh runners have to get up and displace some folks."
Senior Andy Pelsma leads the LHS boys. Pelsma, league runner-up last week with a 16:33 time, has been the Lions' top placer in every meet the past two years.
Washburn Rural and O-East are ranked No. 4 and No. 5 in 6A. Lawrence is sixth, followed by O-South at No. 7.
"The boys side is a real tough regional," Reamon said. "Olathe South, Lawrence and Emporia probably will be fighting for those last two spots."
Reamon hopes to have his No. 2 and 3 runners available for regional. David Brewer and Andy Moddrell missed league because of injuries.
grabs top seed
Lawrence, 25-4 and ranked No. 2 in Class 6A, is seeded No. 1 for today's sub-state volleyball tournament at LHS.
The Lions have won 14 consecutive matches heading into their sub-state opener against Topeka (5-25) at 1 p.m.
Shawnee Heights (21-13) and Olathe East (14-16) will play at 2 p.m. in the other sub-state semifinal. The LHS-Topeka winner will play the Heights-East winner at 3 p.m. for a berth in the state tournament the following Saturday in Topeka.
LHS senior Heidi Kerbel, who missed Tuesday's triangular because of a partially torn ligament in her left thumb, is expected to play today.
The Lions, state champions six of the past seven years, have qualified for 24 consecutive state tournaments.