Preps notebook: FSHS cross-country qualifies for state meet

photo by: Andrew Rosenthal

The Free State boys cross-country team races off the start line at the Sunflower League meet at Rim Rock Farm on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.

Free State’s cross-country program continued its impressive postseason during its regional meet Saturday in Manhattan.

The boys cross-country team won the meet, while the girls cross-country team placed second. Both teams qualified for the 6A state meet, which takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Rim Rock Farm. Lawrence High was unable to qualify either squad, ending a strong season.

Freshman Ben Shryock led the Firebirds, finishing fourth in the boys race with a time of 16:23.92. Junior Charlie Johnson recorded a mark of 16:27.92, which was good enough for fifth in the event. Michael Iyali of Wichita North won the race with a time of 15:52.43.

In addition, FSHS had four other male runners finish in the top 26. Sophomore Ethan Sharp (16:58.29) and freshman Jack Keathley-Helms (17:13.90) finished 11th and 15th, respectively. Sophomore Brock Cordova placed 19th with a 17:23.43, while junior John Loos ended up in 26th with a 17:47.33.

LHS took sixth as a team, as freshman Jack Ryan notched 21st with a time of 17:26.50. Senior Cole Shupert registered a time of 17:42.43 in his final race, which was good enough for 24th place.

On the girls side, Free State finished behind only Manhattan in the team standings. Lawrence notched sixth as a team. Senior Julia Larkin and junior Erin Fagan each finished in the top 5 for the Firebirds. Larkin logged a time of 19:56.05 to take fourth, and Fagan recorded a mark of 20:06.48 to place fifth.

photo by: Andrew Rosenthal

The Free State girls cross-country team fire off the start line at the Sunflower League meet at Rim Rock Farm on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.

Free State had five other runners finish in the top 23, including senior Anna Riley’s time of 20:55.41 to claim 14th. Senior Erin Liston came in one spot behind Riley with a time of 20:56.98. Juniors Emily Stone (21:05.83) and Madeline Day (21:06.44) posted 17th and 18th, respectively. Freshman Allison Babbit came in at 23rd with a mark of 21:29.54.

The Lions were led by junior Sophia DeWitt, who placed 22nd with a time of 21:25.83. Senior Leslie Ostronic tallied 24th with a time of 21:32.97.

Meanwhile, both Bishop Seabury cross-country teams placed fifth at its regional meet at Wabaunsee. There were nine girls teams and 11 boys teams competing in the event.

Bishop Seabury junior Henry Nelson qualified for the 2A state meet by winning his regional race with a time of 17:12. Nelson finished over a minute before the rest of his competition, qualifying for the state meet for the third consecutive year.

City soccer teams prepare for regionals

Bishop Seabury suffered its first loss since the opening week, dropping a 1-0 decision to Basehor-Linwood.

Despite the loss, the Seahawks put together one of their better performances. They outshot their competition by a 15-3 margin and missed a free kick with 17 minutes remaining. Bishop Seabury clanked four shots off the goal post in the defeat.

With the loss, Bishop Seabury dropped from a No. 1 seed to the third seed in its region. The team will play host to Trinity Academy at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at LHS.

Lawrence High (6-8-2) will travel to Liberal at 6 p.m. Tuesday for the first round of the postseason. Free State (7-8-1) is slated to for a road tilt with Derby at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

City volleyball teams fall in substate

For the second straight season, the Free State volleyball team was eliminated by Manhattan High.

FSHS (23-15) fell to Manhattan in three sets (25-21, 25-19, 25-21) in the opening round of its substate tournament Saturday at Washburn Rural. The team claimed its lone win in the second set. Free State lost to MHS during the substate championship last season.

Meanwhile, Bishop Seabury bested Jayhawk Linn (25-19, 25-19) in the opening round before falling to Maranatha Academy (27-25, 25-21) in the substate championship. The Seahawks finished the impressive campaign with a 27-14 record.

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