The Pratt Community College Cross Country teams traveled to Butler County on Friday, Oct. 22 to put in one last tune-up race before the Region VI Championships on Nov. 1.


The Beavers got a good look at the majority of the teams they will be seeing at the Region meet. Both the men and the women ran a short course. The girl’s race had a total of 70 runners running the 4K course. The boy’s race had 86 runners traversing the 5K course.


The Pratt Community College Cross Country teams traveled to Butler County on Friday, Oct. 22 to put in one last tune-up race before the Region VI Championships on Nov. 1.

The Beavers got a good look at the majority of the teams they will be seeing at the Region meet. Both the men and the women ran a short course. The girl’s race had a total of 70 runners running the 4K course. The boy’s race had 86 runners traversing the 5K course.

With Nikki Pyeatt nursing a sore foot, freshman Elena Botello was the lone girl running for the Beavers. Botello finished in 27thplace, running a time of 17:29.95. Although not her best performance of the year, Botello still put in an impressive performance in the eyes of her coach.

 “She was upset with herself after the race because she felt like she didn’t run well. And she didn’t,” said coach Cyrus Hall. “But it’s like I told her, you will have bad days, we just don’t want to make them a habit. Elena has a legitimate shot to be in the top 20 at conference. And if you are a top 20 runner in this conference, then you’re pretty darn good. She always bounces back after bad races. So I’m not worried.”

The boys team put together an average day by their own standards. Josh Hager once again led the way for Pratt. Hager placed 65thin a time of 18:24.52. Carlos Vargas and Sage Boman battled it out all the way to the finish line with Boman edging Vargas by a hair. Boman placed 68th with a time of 18:31.26 with Vargas right behind him in 69th with a time of 18:31.58. Rounding out the Pratt foursome was Nathan Guyette. Guyette placed 80th in a time of 19:54.45, which is a new season and personal best.

 “The boys were a little disappointed,” Hall said. “They were really hoping to run a lot faster. And they could have. They are in phenomenal shape. The problem is that they are freshman. So they are still figuring it all out. If you run a 5:30 mile pace during an 8K, then you probably need to run a 5:15 mile pace for a 5K. The race is shorter and there is less time for you to make up ground. So they started the race like they were running and 8K, which hurt their times. But I think we are ready to go at conference.”

The Beavers are off until the Region VI/KJCCC Championships on Monday, Nov. 1. The races will be hosted by Cowley County at Camp Quaker Haven just south of Ark City. The women are slated to run a 5K at 11:15 a.m. with the men’s 8K race to immediately follow at noon.