Prep Cross Country Roundup (Sept. 16, 2009)


At the Hesston Invitational, the Eagle boys team finished 15th out of 20 teams from the range of 3-2-1A schools.

?That was an improvement from last year,? coach Lyle Silsby said. ?It was exciting having three of the younger guys bring home medals. They have been working hard, and maybe that will be an incentive to keep them working even harder.?

The three medalists were freshman Eli Janzen (15th, 21:45) and sophomores Justin Hiller (13th, 20:37) and Curtis Evans (20th, 21:22). Ryan Nelson placed 45th in the sophomore boys race.

Three competed well in the junior boys race: Nathan Bray (21st, 21:06), Chris Coyle (47th, 27:41) and Sam Janzen (44th, 22:21).

Victoria Rauch placed 31st with a time of 30:05 in the sophomore girls race.


The Warriors tied for fifth among 20 boys teams, with Aaron Topham leading the way by placing second in the 3-2-1A seniors race.

Seniors Jacob Simmonds (10th, 22:36) and Josh Klarmann (13th, 18:58), junior Sheldon Wiebe (10th, 19:14) and freshman Seth Topham (18th, 22:34) finished as the Warriors top five.

The top five times determined the team scores in the boys race, and with the top three determining scores on the girls side.

The unique format of the Hesston race allowed the Warrior girls to compete as a team. They took 17th place.

Junior Lauren Pickens (11th, 18:12) was followed by senior Beatrice Coldorella (20th, 20:42) and sophomore Amanda Pickens (27th, 22:38).

Of 11 competing runners, eight medaled for PBHS.

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