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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • PHS XC dominates at Hoisington

  • For several year now, Pratt High School crosscountry has opened its season in Hoisington at the Josh Emerson classic. The meet has diminished in size somewhat in the past few years, but 8 schools were still in attendance, making it a nice sized meet for an opener.
    The Greenback harriers got their season off to a spectacular start, sweeping both the girls and boys varsity team races.
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  • For several year now, Pratt High School crosscountry has opened its season in Hoisington at the Josh Emerson classic. The meet has diminished in size somewhat in the past few years, but 8 schools were still in attendance, making it a nice sized meet for an opener.
    The Greenback harriers got their season off to a spectacular start, sweeping both the girls and boys varsity team races.
    Led by Kaylah Romine's individual championship (16:38), the girls squad scored 30 points to best runner-up Macksville.
    Freshman Ruth Anthony was the second Frog to finish, taking third (17:35.) Carly Reid was 7th (19:02.) Cassidy Cronister was 9th (19:35.)
    Nichole Moreland rounded out the PHS scoring gaining 10th (20:06.) Chloe Cannatta was Pratt's pusher, taking 12th (20:32.)
    On the boys side, PHS' 33 points bested the field, with Macksville again 2nd. Brendan Pribil led the way for the Frogs with an individual runner-up finish (19:18.)
    Joseph Loomis captured 4th (20:18). Josh Powell, Chance Reh and Caleb Hitz all cracked the top 10 as well, going 8-9-10 respectively in times of 20:55, 21:05 and 21:07.
    Pratt's pushers were Will Fellhoelter (11th, 21:41) and Cooper Crump (14th, 22:35.)
    Pratt JV runners alsobroke into the medals. For the girls, Katie Buhler was 4th (22:32) and Brittany Whitson was 7th (26:37.)
    JV boys were Zach Will (4th, 22:05); Hayden May (5th, 22:05; and Dakota Venard 7th, 23:21.
    Head coach Kathy Hitz was pleased with her charges initial outing of the young season. "This was a great way to start our season, winning both varsity races," she commented.
    "It was good to see Kaylah start off with an individual win and Brendan with a runner-up," Hitz continued.
    Most of the returning runners bettered their times from the same meet last year, and some are already approaching PRs this season." We could not ask for any more than that," Hitz allowed. "It shows we have put in the time training over the summer and have gained from our experience."
    "Carly Reid is coming off a very rough year of injuries and illness last season and she's already ahead of where she was last year so that's encouraging," Hitz continued. "Our rookies are off to a great start.Freshman Ruth Anthony placed third in her first varsity outing so that is exciting."
    Hitz was also happy with the way her young boys squad competed. "It was fun to see our young group of varsity boys compete so well as a team," she mentioned. "For most of them, this is a new experience since we graduated 6 of our 7 runners from last year."
    It is worth noting that every single Greenback runner, varsity and junior varsity, earned an individual medal in addition to the team medals presented to each member of the victorious varsity squads.
    The Frog harriers will experience a different kind of meet when they return to action next Saturday. The Wellington Invitational is a huge meet filled with larger schools.
    Page 2 of 2 - Even so, Coach Hitz expects PHS to be competitive. "We think we will do well," she predicted.
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