BURLINGTON—The Lyndon Lady Tigers earned a full-team ticket to the Class 2A State Cross Country Meet with first place team and individual finishes at the Saturday in Burlington.
“Sophomore Maddie Montgomery took off and never looked back,” said Juanita Spitzenberger, Lady Tigers’ coach. “Maddie started the race off strong and lead for the entire race winning the race by 1:07 over second place. The entire team looked great today and they all ran their personal best today at regionals.”
Montgomery secured the win in 20:39. Teammate Kaitlyn Moore finished second for the team and fifth overall in 22:04; Regan Martin was seventh in 22:16, Kaitlyn Pringle ninth in 22:30 and Grace Spencer 15th in 24:46.
“We run here for the first meet of the season and the girls were excited to see how much they had improved since the first race,” Spitzenberger said. “The girls did a fabulous job adjusting to the changes.”
The Lady Tigers also took first as a team with 21 points and an average time of 22:27.54.
“The girls were so elated when the results were posted,” Spitzenberger said. “It was hard to contain the excitement as they waited for the awards ceremony.”
The win marks the first regional championship of any kind of Lyndon High School cross country.
“These five girls have had a goal for themselves since the first of the year and it has come true,” Spitzenberger said.
Lyndon’s runners in the boys’ race also competed, with Tyton Burton finishing 18th in 20:03 and Race Fischer placing 41st in 22:22, each finishing shy of state qualifying.
Lady Tigers will advance to the state meet Saturday at Wamego. The Class 2A girls’ race will be run at 12:55 p.m. at Wamego Country Club.
“We have been working on times which we continue to do all this week,” Spitzenberger said. “They have made school history and I do not believe that they are done yet.”
Honeyman second in KC
KANSAS CITY—Santa Fe Trail’s Hannah Honeyman earned her third trip to the Kansas State Cross Country Meet with a second-place finish at the Class 4A Regionals Saturday at Pierson Park in Kansas City, hosted by Turner High School.
Honeyman completed the varsity girls’ race in 20:17.10, earning the only qualifying spot for the Chargers. Haley Henderson was 44th in 23:26, Reegan Sisson 49th in 23:54 and Ana Caskey 79th in 28:19.
Ian Trego led the SFT boys, placing 22nd with a time of 18:34, concluding his high school cross country career. Jess Butler was 55th in 20:04, and Killian Spoonemore finished in 20:35, Matt Mock in 21:09, Ethan Clark in 22:19, Cole Graham in 22:32 and Carson Stumpff in 23:14.
Honeyman will run in the 4A Girls race at 10:35 a.m. Saturday at the Kansas State Cross Country Meet at Wamego Country Club.
Steele takes fifth at regionals
COUNCIL GROVE—Osage City sophomore Joy Steele made a state-qualifying finish at the Class 3A Regional Saturday at Council Grove, leading the Lady Indians with a fifth-place finish in 21 minutes and 26 seconds.
Osage City’s Miah McCue was 23rd overall in 23:08.30; Candice Klofkorn placed 26th in 23:14.70, Paris Vigil was 37th in 24:35.90, Audrey Woodward 40th in 24:52.10 and Nova Lowery 49th in 25:55.20.
The Lady Indians placed fourth with a 105 team score, just one point out of third place.
Rider Nettleton led the Osage City boys’ team, placing 21st in 18:44.90. Justin Melgren was 23rd in 18:50.30, Adam Delekta was 25th in 18:56.80. Walker Stromgren finished in 19:52.40, Skyler Karns in 21:06.40 and Brady Ogle in 21:39.10. The boys placed ninth as a team.
Steele will run in the Class 3A Girls race at the Kansas State Cross Country meet at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence. She will run in the Class 3A girls’ race at 11:45 a.m.