Area cross-country recap: Baldwin girls win another state title behind balanced attack

Baldwin’s girls cross-country reclaimed ultimate bragging rights by capturing a state title at the Class 4A state meet Saturday afternoon at the Wamego Country Club. It marks the team’s third state crown in four years.

After not winning the team title a year ago, the Bulldogs returned to the top of the podium by scoring 39 points as a team. The top five runners finished inside the top 17 for Baldwin, led by a fifth-place finish by Riley Smith with a time of 20:42.05.

Jana Landreth netted ninth as an individual with a mark of 21:00.36. Ambrynn Stewart (12th), Bailey Smith (16th) and Lauren Russell (17th) provided plenty of balance for Baldwin, which has now won a total of 12 state titles since 2002.

Eudora, another area team and a fellow Frontier League squad, finished as a runner-up in varsity girls. The Cardinals scored 60 points as a team, which was 40 points better than Louisburg. Buhler, the 2019 state champs, finished fourth as a team.

Freshman Sydney Owens led Eudora by notching runner-up as an individual with a time of 20:09.70. Mackenzie Mayer earned 11th with a mark of 21:19.94 for the Cardinals. Tonganoxie senior Kristi Chambers claimed seventh as an individual with a time of 20:58.58.

Taylor Briggs of Chapman became the sixth Kansas athlete ever to win four state cross-country titles by winning as an individual in the Class 4A girls race. Briggs ran a time of 18:18.96 on her way to making history.

On the boys side, Tonganoxie’s Eli Gilmore led the way with a fourth-place finish as an individual. The sophomore standout finished with a time of 16:38.93 in a race that was won by Tanner Newkirk of Hayden with a mark of 15:53.32.

Eudora, which was the only area program competing as a team in Class 4A boys, came in ninth place with a score of 214 points. EHS was led by Cody Loganbill, who placed 19th as an individual with a mark of 17:33.87.

Buhler won the boys team title with 75 points, which was good enough for its third consecutive state crown.

Perry-Lecompton’s boys cross-country team netted ninth in the Class 3A state meet in Wamego. James Bartlett, who came in 44th place, was the only member of the PLHS boys to place inside the top 50.

Bishop Seabury’s girls cross-country team claimed fourth as a squad in the Class 2A state meet at Sand Plum Nature Trail in Victoria. The Seahawks scored 115 points as a team, while Stanton County won the team title with a total score of 48 points.

Sophomore Oona Nelson led the way for BSA by netting seventh as an individual with a time of 19:46.2. Freshman Isabelle Pro placed ninth for Seabury with a mark of 20:13.6.

Class 4A state cross-country meet

Saturday at Wamego Country Club

Varsity girls team scores: 1. Baldwin 39; 2. Eudora 60; 3. Louisburg 100; 4. Buhler 108; 5. Winfield 130; 6. Rose Hill 192; 7. Circle 193; 8. Fort Scott 194; 9. Augusta 217; 10. Pratt 221; 11. McPherson 251.

BHS results: 5. Riley Smith 20:42.05; 9. Jana Landreth 21:00.36; 12. Ambrynn Stewart 21:22.31; 16. Bailey Smith 21:29.35; 17. Lauren Russell 21:29.94; 23. Lily Brecheisen 21:45.69;

EHS results: 2. Sydney Owens 20:09.70; 11. Mackenzie Mayer 21:19.94; 21. Stella Whalen 21:40.63; 25. Maya Pattison 21:50.02; 26. Rachel Pratt 21:56.23; 31. Lizabeth Mueting 22:17.99.

THS results: 7. Kristi Chambers 20:58.58.

Varsity boys team scores: 1. Buhler 75; 2. Bishop Miege 79; 3. Winfield 81; 4. Wamego 94; 5. Hayden 114; 6. August 209; 7. Clay Center 212; 8. Iola 212; 9. Eudora 214; 10. Fort Scott 223; 11. Louisburg 230; 12. Abilene 254.

BHS results: 34. Caleb Carr 18:14.01; 51. Hudson Allen 18:34.92.

EHS results: 19. Cody Loganbill 17:33.87; 44. Traeger Rader 18:27.77; 48. Jonas Staples 18:32.57; 68. Alex Clobes 19:10.67; 74. Ethan Gales 19:22.48; 83. Miles Morford 19:43.99.

THS results: 4. Eli Gilmore 16:38.93.

Class 3A state cross-country meet

Saturday at Wamego Country Club

Varsity boys team scores: 1. SE of Saline 58; 2. Smoky Valley 62; 3. Scott Comm 100; 4. Girard 112; 5. Sabetha 131; 6. Marysville 139; 7. Lakin 143; 8. Anderson Co. 200; 9. Perry-Lecompton 221; 10. Norton Comm 241; 11. Minneapolis 282; 12. Fredonia 320.

PLHS results: 44. James Bartlett 18:39.40; 69. Boyd Sollars 19:23.08; 79. Dylan Tucker 19:45.70; 80. Reece Sollars 19:46.36; 84. Michael Leclair 20:01.43; 91. Caden Dean 20:16.74.

Varsity girls team champion: 1. SE of Saline

PLHS results: 62. Ryleigh Morgan 23:25.95; 97. Kassidy Schumann 25:25.39.

Class 2A state cross-country meet

Saturday at Sand Plum Nature Trail

Class 2A girls team scores: 1. Stanton County 48; 2. Remington 83; 3. Oakley 108; 4. Bishop Seabury 115; 5. Sacred Heart 115; 6. St. Mary’s Colgan 143; 7. McLouth 165; 8. Ellinwood 177; 9. Berean Academy 179; 10. Bennington 191.

BSA results: 7. Oona Nelson 19:46.2; 9. Isabelle Pro 20:13.6; 37. Darby Harris 21:59.6; 58. Campbell Helling 23:01.8; 64. Isabel Klish 23:18.0; 70. Emma Roman-Nose 23:41.2; 83. Hannah Motsinger 25:07.7.

Boys 2A team champion: Berean Academy

Boys 2A individual champion: Wyndom Giefer, sr., Trego Com, 16:09.2

Class 1A state cross-country meet

Saturday at Sand Plum Nature Trail

Girls 1A team champion: Doniphan West

Girls 1A individual champion: Jaycee Vath, sr., Lincoln, 19:20.0

Boys 1A team champion: Meade

Boys 1A individual champion: Collin Oswalt, sr., Central Christian, 15:56.8

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