The boys team took second and 2 girls qualified as individuals at the Meade regional on Saturday

Skyline head cross country coach Lynette Freeman called her shot last week after sweeping the HOPL meet. She predicted that her boys team would qualify for State along with a couple of her girls as individuals- and that's exactly what happened.

At the Meade 2A regional on Saturday, it was a cold, blustery day, and the winds took a toll on the runners. But the Skyline harriers persevered as the boys team took 2nd while Lady T-Birds Madison Tyler and Katelynn McGraw each qualified for State as well.

The top three boys teams at Meade were Stanton County 69, Skyline 80 and Meade 112. The top three girls teams were Berean Academy 44, Kiowa County 49 and Stanton County 73. Skyline's girls took 6th with 116 pts.

Skyline's boys had not been beaten by a 2A team so far this year, and had high hopes of knocking off perennial qualifier Stanton County for the team title. But when the dust settled, the defending champs had held off the stern T-Bird challenge.

Erik Ghumm and Jackson Wallace set the pace for the Thunderbird boys, finishing 4th 18:45 and 6th 18:48 respectively. Also turning in a low score was Colby Shriver 13th 19:47.

Kyle Hampton 28th 20:16 and John Wiltshire 38th 21:12 had helpful placements as well.

SHS' displacers (pushers) were Keagan Davidson 55th 22:24 and Dalton Kenworthy 56th 22:29.

On the girls' side, Madison Tyler 11th 23:34 and Katelynn McGraw 13th 23:40 worked well together throughout the race to punch their tickets to State. According to assistant coach Mike Neifert, this was especially sweet for Tyler, who just missed qualifying last year by 7 seconds.

Adison Hampton 32nd 26:26, Josie Jensen 49th 30:20 (a PR effort!) and Corina Crouch 54th 40:01 rounded out the Lady T-Birds finishers.

The Skyline boys cross country team, plus girls Madison Tyler and Katelynn McGraw will compete in the 2A State meet at Wamego on Saturday.