The city’s top cross country runners will race against the best the rest of the state has to offer today.
The Class 6A state championships will be decided at Rim Rock Farm, and Free State High is the only city program in the mix for a team title.
The FSHS boys took third place last week at the Blue Valley West regional to qualify for state. Ryan Liston (eighth at regional) and Trail Spears (ninth at regional) led the Firebirds last weekend and will be joined in the state championship race at 11 a.m. by teammates Fletcher Koch, John Corbett, Cole Stallard, Thomas Becker and Ethan Donley.
Lawrence High’s Gavin Fischer was the only Lion to qualify for state.
The 6A girls race begins at 12:30 p.m. Only three city runners have a shot at state medals.
Lawrence’s Grace Morgan won a regional championship last week, and teammate Claire Sanner placed sixth at the BVW regional. Free State’s Bailey Sullivan (ninth at regional) is the only Firebird competing.
Meanwhile, in Wamego, the Bishop Seabury Academy girls — 2011 Class 1A state champions — will try to win the 2A championship after the school’s classification changed this fall.
Regional runner-up Kate Albrecht, Maddie McCaffrey (10th at regional), Heidi Dumesich, Phoebe Grabill, Addie Graham, Eilish Gibson and Alison Chi helped the Seahawks finish second at the 2A regional in Burlington last weekend.
Their race for the school’s first 2A state title begins at 11:30 a.m. at Wamego Country Club.
The Seabury boys’ Brandon McCaffrey finished second at regionals and is the only Seahawk running in the 2A boys race, which begins at 10 a.m.