Despite running the wrong way for part of the race, the Skyline girl’s cross-country team finished third at the Meade Regional, grabbing the last team spot over Meade by just seven points.


“The girls' race was an interesting one, to say the least,” said coach Eric Bronson. “About 1/4 mile in, there is a convergence of lines where one line appears to go straight forward, and the other is a hairpin turn to the left. The line going straight is actually for the boys as they return from the other direction.


Despite running the wrong way for part of the race, the Skyline girl’s cross-country team finished third at the Meade Regional, grabbing the last team spot over Meade by just seven points.

“The girls' race was an interesting one, to say the least,” said coach Eric Bronson. “About 1/4 mile in, there is a convergence of lines where one line appears to go straight forward, and the other is a hairpin turn to the left. The line going straight is actually for the boys as they return from the other direction.

“Apparently, there was no course monitor at this juncture, and the lead pack of girls, including Brooke (Fisher), ran straight.”

Bronson said it didn’t take too long for the leading girls to realize their mistake, but by the time they ran back, they had to play catch-up for the remainder of the race. Included in the group was the entire team from Ness City, which still managed a second-place finish, despite one of their six runners collapsing 200 meters from the end of the race. She eventually finished – in last place – but Ness City still got second place.

“This just goes to show the caliber of athletes that were assigned to our 2A regional,” he said. “I think the confusion in the race also affected the rest of our team, as they wondered what the outcome would be with the girls that ran off-course.”

Fisher managed to weave her way back to third place, while Megan Pyles, Patty Ibarra and Allison Sanders finished 20th, 21st and 22nd. Katelyn Kumberg finished in 25th place to round out Skyline’s team score.

“We knew going in that there would be a four-way scramble (Ness City, Ellinwood, Meade, & Skyline) for the three qualifying positions, and our girls rose to the occasion,” Bronson said. “Two of our girls (Vicky Ibarra and Ashley Timm) were still running with some minor nagging injuries, and ran very well considering the pain they endured. I'm proud of this team of girls for making it work. I think the enthusiasm of working together as a team has returned just in time for them to make an appearance at state.”

The Skyline boy’s team fielded just two runners, Karson Becker and Colten Ebert. Becker finished in 18th place after stepping in a hole and slightly twisting his ankle. Ebert finished in 58th place.