Area Cross Country Roundup (Week of Oct. 29, 2008)


?Lauren Pickens and the Warrior boys team both qualified for state at the Meade Regional Saturday.

Pickens placed fifth with a time of 18:03.

?Lauren ran a good race and looked strong throughout,? coach Kim Topham said. ?She is excited about returning to state this year and looks to improve on her place over last year.?

Pickens placed 16th in 2007.

Aaron Topham (sixth, 18:31) and Kendall Wiebe (seventh, 18:43) led the boys team to a third-place finish at Meade and a berth at Wamego.

Efforts by Josh Klarmann (11th, 19:15), Sheldon Wiebe (13th, 19:18), Curtis Frederick (23rd, 20:22), Seth Methvin (37th, 21:52) and Chris Schafer (40th, 22:10) were also essential to the team?s qualification.

?The boys team was tied for second after the top five runners,? coach Kim Topham said. ?Ties are broken by the next runner, and their sixth man was across the line before ours.

?Any one runner could have made a difference by placing one place higher however, the team ran really well,? she noted.

The Warriors took aim at state qualification before the season began and, having qualified for the fifth year in a row, Topham like her team?s chances.

?Aaron, Kendall, Josh, Sheldon, and Seth have all run the course before and have the experience of running at state,? she said. ?Curtis traveled with us as an alternate last year so he has seen the course. Chris, being from Germany, has not had that opportunity.?

Pickens will run at 11:30 a.m. at Wamego and the boys team will run at 12:30 p.m.


?Both the boys? and girls? teams qualified for the state meet in Wamego on Saturday.

The Goessel boys finished second as a team. Jared Reimer was the only individual medalist; he took fifth place.

The girls finished second as a team, and Kristen Hoffman and Shanna Klassen medaled with seventh and 10th place respectively.

The Bluebird boys will run at 11:00 a.m. and the girls go at noon.

?Delbert Peters

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