The Pratt High School girls crosscountry team was denied the league three-peat by one point on Thursday.
After having captured the team crown in the first two years of the Central Kansas League’s existence, the Greenbacks were edged out this year by Haven 40-41 at the meet hosted by Smoky Valley.
“It was just a great race between two good teams,” PHS head coach Kathy Hitz said of the razor-thin margin.
Girls CKL champion this year was Hillsboro’s Emily Sechrist (15:53.)
Four of the Lady Greenbacks earned all-league honors, led by Kaylah Romine who overcame a tumble about 1/4 mile into the race to take the silver medal with a 16:10.
“I was proud of Kaylah,” observed Hitz. “She was in a small pack of runners at the front and they just got tangled up. She got right back up and back on track.”
Joining Romine on the all-league medal stand were Ruth Anthony (6th 17:08), Nichole Moreland (7th 17:26) and Cassidy Cronister (15th 18:07.)
Carly Reid chipped in a 20th (18:46) as the Greenbacks’ 5th scorer and Chloe Cannata was Pratt’s pusher (35th 21:49.)
The boys race was won by Hesston with 20 points. PHS boys took third with 85 behind Halstead (54).
Hesston’s Drew Hageman was the individual champion with a 17:46.
Two Frogs came away with all-league honors, Brendan Pribil was 9th (19:05) and Joseph Loomis was 12th (19:16.)
“Joseph Loomis had a nice run,” Hitz mentioned. “He was only 6 seconds off his season best time and this was a TOUGH course.”
Other Pratt finishers were Zach Claussen (23rd 20:41), Chance Reh (29th 21:07), Caleb Hitz (31st 21:43), Josh Powell (35th 21:54) and Cooper Crump (39th 22:48.)
There were also JV fun runs (no hardware). Greenbacks finishers were Zach Will (6th 21:50), Will Fellhoelter (8th 22:12), Dakota Venard (12th 22:50) , Hayden May (17th 23:31), Laurissa McAbee (8th 23:44), Katie Buhler (9th 24:32) and Brittany Whitson (10th 28:15.)
The Buhler regional is up next for PHS, Oct. 20.