Seniors Kain Anderson and Lynn Robinson have been the top Free State High runners all season, but some of their teammates closed the gap Saturday at the Haskell Indian Nations University Invitational.
Both Anderson and Robinson finished second in their respective races, while Kamp Wiebe finished fourth in the boys 5K and Rosemary Newsome finished fifth in the girls 4K.
Overall, the boys finished first in the meet out of six teams and the girls finished second.
Wiebe, a senior, has broken 17:00 in three consecutive races and has stepped up for coach Steve Heffernan.
“I don’t think he believed coming into the season that he’d be running as fast as he is,” Heffernan said.
Newsome is one of several sophomores pushing their way up to the front of the team.
“Rosemary Newsome’s got a lot of ability,” Heffernan said. “Today she really put a good race together.”
The pack of sophomores — it includes Molly McCord, Bailey Sullivan and Olivia Loney — along with senior Lauren Wethington all finished in the top 15.
Jonathan Volkin and John Corbett finished in the top 10 with Anderson and Wiebe.