Skyline Cross County boys team and the Roberts girls qualify for state at Wamego.
Skyline's high school cross country team traveled to Meade for the Class 2A Regional meet on Saturday, October 20. Both the girls team and boys team were hoping for a chance to compete at the State meet in Wamego.
The girls race began at 11 a.m. Senior, Adison Hampton, was out with an injury team, so only five Skyline girls toed the starting line. Heidi Roberts and her twin sister, Hayley Roberts, were in the top twenty runners from the get go. They ran well and finished in 8th and 10th respectively, qualifying for State as individuals. Their times - 22:06 and 22:08 - put them in a good position to do well at the State meet. Katelynn McGraw was the next runner to cross the finish line. She ended her season with a respectable time of 23:31, placing her in 18th overall. Riley Washington and Corey Crouch rounded out the team, finishing in 44th and 46th. Their times were much faster than the times they posted at Meade at the beginning of the season. Crouch's time was 6:35 faster! While the team did not qualify for State as a unit, they finished in fourth place overall.
After the girls race, the boys team readied themselves for their spin around the course. They were up against stiff competition from numerous teams. Their goal from the beginning of the year was to take a shot at winning Regionals. Almost from the gun, it was obvious that Stanton County and Lakin were having none of that. Still, the Thunderbird boys held their own. Jackson Wallace cracked the top 10, qualifying himself for State as an individual. His time - 18:05 - was a top 20 time from all Regional meets. Senior Erik Ghumm was the next member of the team to stop the clock. His 18:40 earned him 13th place. Jacob Swisher and Colby Shriver were the team's third and fourth finishers. They crossed the line six seconds apart, Swisher in 19:19 and Shriver in 19:25. Rounding out the top 5 was Kyle Hampton. He finished in 34th place in 19:55. Keagan Davidson bested teammate Dalton Kenworthy to round out the team's finish. Davidson's time - 20:44 - was good enough for 47th place. Kenworthy came in at 21:21 in 55th. After a long, anxiety-filled wait, the team results were announced. The team placed third out of ten; good enough for a trip to Wamego for the whole squad.
The Roberts twins, the boys team, two team managers, coaches, Mike Neifert and Pam Lucas, and three alternates - Nathan Adams, Brock McKennon, and Tanner MaGee - will travel north for the State meet this weekend. The boys race begins at 10:00AM. The girls will take to the course at 11:45AM.