Cross Country hits the ground running


Ella Boozer

Kale Flores, senior and Conner Seibel, junior, run at WSU.

The cross country team hit the ground running. In the four races they have run, their performances have them optimistic about the rest of the season. 
     Both teams put forth strong performances when they traveled to Emporia on September 14. Elizabeth Engle, sophomore, medaled for the first time this season, getting tenth place. In the boy’s race, Brett Schoenhofer, junior, got 10th, Kale Flores, senior, finished in 19th, and Connor Seibel, junior, ended the race at 20th. 
     The following weekend, both girls and boys teams had strong performances at Wartick farms in El Dorado. For the girls race, a season-high six runners medaled. Kinnedy Robertson, senior, Lindsay Kane, senior, Olivia Rozario, junior, Elizabeth Engle, sophomore, Kylie Litavniks, senior, and Katelyn Hedger, junior, all medaled, the most in one race all season.
     “I was thrilled [when I medaled],” Robertson said. ”But, I was so much more proud to see all my teammates walk up there and receive their medals. They’ve been working so hard and deserved it.”
     On the boys side, Schoenhofer, Flores, and Seibel all medaled again. In addition, they were joined by Xavier Lester, senior, and William Holcomb, sophomore.
     Following a superb performance in El Dorado, the teams went to Lawrence to run at Rim Rock, one of the biggest races of the season. The race had teams from all over the state, which makes Schoenhofer’s 20th place all the more impressive.
     “I feel like we’ve grown together and improve each week.” Lester said.
     Robertson, who moved here from Hawaii at the beginning of the year, says the team culture made the transition easier.
     “I’ve been blessed to be able to move into a team who push each other and look out for each other like this one does,” Robertson said.
     Last season, the boys team went to State. Assistant coach Sydney Rummery hopes to have some qualifiers make it again.
     “I hope we have some [runners] qualify for state,” Rummery said. “More importantly, I hope to see some personal records, and just have everyone finish on a high note.”