The Skyline cross country team excelled in the August 30 meet in Meade; Newcomers showed strong potential.

The Skyline cross country team had a successful first meet on August 30 in Meade, with placings and personal bests for both the girls and the boys.

Two newcomers on the girls team—Hayley and Heidi Roberts—both finished in the top 20, coming in 12th and 11th respectively.

Returning runners, Katelynn McGraw and Adison Hampton, finished 22nd and 28th while Riley Washington, another newcomer, finished in 37th.

“Our girls team was rounded out by Corey Crouch who finished with her second-best time ever on a tough course in difficult weather conditions. She finished 48th,” said Mike Neifert, head cross country coach. “The girls team placed fourth out of five teams, being bested by Stanton County, the third-place finisher, by only 7 points.”

For the boys team, another newcomer, Mark Schmidt, finished second-place overall, after beating out the 9th place finisher in the 2017 2A State Championship race.

“Following Mark were Jackson Wallace and Erik Ghumm in 6th and 14th [place]. These returning athletes show great potential again this year,” Neifert said. “ Jacob Swisher, in his first meet with the team, finished in 19th, giving the team four runners in the top 20.”

Colby Shriver, Kyle Hampton and Keagan Davidson also helped contribute to the team’s score, Neifert said, while Dalton Kenworthy, Tanner MaGee, Brock McKennon, Hunter Egging and Rohan Bhakta finished with impressive first-meet times.

In the team standings, the boys team was only beaten by one team-- 3A Hugoton.

“The scoring came down to a tie for second with Stanton County, a perennial 2A powerhouse,” Neifert said. “In the tiebreaker, Skyline came out on top. Kyle Hampton, our sixth runner, bested Stanton County's sixth runner by just 2 seconds.”

Skyline cross country had a good showing for the first meet, Neifert said, but the newcomers, especially, showed a lot of potential when facing challenges.

“We are excited about the coming year and have hope of a return trip to State for the boys team,” Neifert said. “As the girls improve, we hope that they will have a chance at State as a team or that some of them will qualify individually.”