Nevada boys, girls place runner-up at Iola XC Invitational
The Nevada High School and middle school cross country teams were in top form at Tuesday’s Doc Stiles Invitational, hosted by Iola (Kan.) High School and held on the campus of Allen County Community College.
Led by sophomore Calli Beshore’s first-place finish in the varsity 5K, the Nevada Lady Tigers captured a second-place finish at the 24-team event. The Nevada boys team placed runner-up as well, while the NHS boys JV team earned a bronze medal. The Nevada Middle School boys and girls eighth-grade teams emerged in the top spots.
Nevada cross country coach Ryan Watts, said he couldn’t be more pleased with his team’s overall performances, as a grand total of 17 Nevada High and middle school student-athletes captured top 10 finishes.
“It was much warmer than what we have been used to training in and, I was concerned it would hinder our running,” said Watts. “But the whole team stepped up and had a great day. We saw many of the same schools that we saw at (the recent) Fort Scott Invitational, and finished much higher as a team than we did at that meet — which is always very reassuring that we are heading in the right direction.”
Added Watts: “We also had all five of our ‘scoring’ runners in the varsity girls, varsity boys, and eighth-grade girls races medal, which was very exciting. Having all five ‘scoring’ runners medal and not win the varsity races at the meet speaks to the level of competition we faced.
“All-in-all I was very impressed with how we ran. It was an awesome night for Nevada Tiger cross country.”
Varsity girls (2nd )
• Calli Beshore, first-place (medal winner); Amara Pippin, seventh-place (medal winner); Patience Lockhart, 10th (medal winner); Heaven Farmer, 18th (medal winner); Zoie Farmer, 21st (medal winner); Jaiden Chei, 36th; Haleigh Leisure, 37th.
Varsity Boys (2nd)
• Will Johnson, fourth-place (medal winner); Luke Sudkamp, seventh-place (medal winner); Trent Ellis, 11th (medal winner); Devin McHugh, 15th (medal winner); Ben Sudkamp, 21st (medal winner); Jayden Ast, 27th; Colson Fisher 34th place.
JV boys (3rd)
• Bronson Smith, eighth-place (medal winner); Braden Ast, 21st; Caleb Theis, 26th; Charles Morton, 31st; Clay Landoll, 35th; Joe Hendrix, 46th; James Reiff, 47th; Gabe Barnes, 54th; Jerron Thorton, 66th.
• Chantel Reiff, 24th; Kaitlyn Dunfield, 25th; Amanda Blystone, 26th.
8th-grade girls (1st)
• Grace Barnes, third-place (medal winner); Ashlynd Taylor, fourth-place (medal winner); Brooklyn Kutina-Smith, fifth-place (medal winner); Lily Hart, sixth-place (medal winner); Baily Ast, seventh-place (medal winner); Malynn Pippin, ninth-place; Ashley Mather, 13th; Christina Cain, 16th.
8th-grade boys (1st)
• Mokey Dawn, sixth-place (medal winner); Jamin Mosher, 10th; Sam Porter, 16th; Tanner Klotz, 18th; Michael Tresse, 21st.
• Avery Morris, first-place (medal winner); Allie Rains, sixth-place (medal winner); Teresa Dawn, 15th; Olivia Creech, 17th.
7th grade boys
• Eli Mosher, seventh-place (medal winner). (Note: Results incomplete due to error at finish line)
“We didn’t have enough runners in the seventh-grade or JV girls divisions to score as a team, but they still ran very well,” noted Watts.
The Nevada cross country team is slated to compete in the Six Flags XC Open, Saturday morning in Eureka, Mo.