Area cross-country teams compete at Chapman Invit’l

Marion, Centre and Peabody-Burns cross-country teams raced at the Chapman Invitational on Thursday.

No team results were kept.

The Marion girls were led by Danielle Cope, who placed third in 16 minutes, 21 second. She was followed by Camille Christensen (5th, 17:04), Tacy Taylor (11th, 17:33), Jaclyn Deforest (21st, 18:17), Brooke Johnson (28th, 19:04) and Katie Hett (22nd, 19:05).

Brittany Owens (30th, 21:13) paced the Centre girls. She was followed by Kristine Jirak (33rd, 21:56), Elya Medikhanova (35th, 22:24), Justine Jennings (37th, 22:59) and Allie Will (38th, 23:07).

Owens, Medikhanova, Jennings and Will all ran their best times for the season.

The Peabody-Burns girls were led by Samantha Pickens (24:30), who finished with Jessica Rosine (24:32) on her heels. Erica Frederick finished the race in 25:12.

The underclassman girls ran against 44 others, while the upperclassmen competed with 46 others.

The Marion boys were led by Daniel Goentzel (17:29) who finished third and medaled. He was followed by Ryan Jones (12th, 18:57), Louis Holt (13th, 19:13), Matt Kirkpatrick (26th, 19:54), Ben Leppke (37th, 21:07), Marshall Ragland (47th, 22:10), Bryce Nelson (48th, 22:43) and Cody Tuck (58th, 24:21).

The Peabody-Burns boys were led by Andrew Topham, who won the upperclassmen race in 16:25. Seth Alstrom placed third in the underclassman race with a time of 18:21.

Other top finishers for PBHS were Jacob Wolf (10th, 18:22), Aaron Topham (9th, 18:49), Josh Klarman (16th, 19:40) and Duane Unruh (17th, 19:52,).

Seven other PBHS boys ran times under 22:00.

There were 58 freshman and sophomore boys running in the underclassmen race and 54 juniors and seniors in the race for upperclassmen.

Centre has the week off, while Marion and Peabody-Burns have league meets.

Marion will compete at the Mid-Central Activities Association meet at Ellinwood on Thursday.

Races start at 4 p.m.

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