Junior Blues Boys Claim State Cross Country Championship

For the second time in school history, the Washburn Rural boys cross country team brought home a state championship. The Junior Blues topped the competition at Rim Rock Park in Lawrence to win the 6A state title for the first time since 1996. Their team score of 86 points, led by two top-ten finishes, was 13 points better than runners-up Olathe South.

Leading the way for Rural, as they so often did this season, were seniors Caleb Wright and Rylan Brown, who finished sixth and eighth, respectively. Senior Jordan Trembley (24th), junior Arrik White (28th), sophomore Alexander Holmes (51st), senior Wyatt Allen (68th), and sophomore Spencer Haddock (95th) also competed for the Junior Blues.

The Rural girls finished sixth as a team in the 6A meet, led by freshman Madeline Carter’s 27th-place finish.

Seaman’s girls and boys both placed eleventh as a team in the 5A meet, also in Lawrence. Senior Taegan Loy finished 15th to pace the Vikings’ boys effort, while freshman Bethany Druse was the top Lady Vike with a 24th-place finish. Shawnee Heights senior Kylie Phillips medaled in the girls race with a 14th-place finish, while Topeka West freshman Lenny Njoroge (12th) and Shawnee Heights freshman Kory Sutton (20th) took home medals from the boys race.

Two Hayden runners were medalists in the 4A meet at Wamego. Sophomore Tanner Newkirk finished second and junior Dawson Adams crossed the finish line 14th.

Full results for city runners:

Class 6A, Rim Rock Park, Lawrence

Caleb Wright, Washburn Rural – 6th
Rylan Brown, Washburn Rural – 9th
Jordan Trembley, Washburn Rural – 24th
Arrik White, Washburn Rural – 28th
Alexander Holmes, Washburn Rural – 51st
Wyatt Allen, Washburn Rural – 68th
Spencer Haddock, Washburn Rural – 95th

Madeline Carter, Washburn Rural – 27th
Heidi Schieber, Washburn Rural – 31st
Khloi Bird, Washburn Rural – 33rd
Christina Funk, Washburn Rural – 56th
Keely Wagner, Washburn Rural – 60th
Shannon Rezac, Washburn Rural – 68th
Sofie Conard, Washburn Rural – 84th

Class 5A, Rim Rock Park, Lawrence

Lenny Njoroge, Topeka West – 12th
Taegan Loy, Seaman – 15th
Kory Sutton, Shawnee Heights – 20th
Collin Underwood, Seaman – 41st
Luke Phelps-Roper, Topeka West – 50th
Titan Cina, Seaman – 70th
Jackson Horacek, Seaman – 73rd
Jace Moore, Seaman – 81st
Corbin Atkins, Seaman – 92nd
Chase Morstorf, Seaman – 95th

Kylie Phillips, Shawnee Heights – 14th
Bethany Druse, Seaman – 24th
Megan Allacher, Seaman – 53rd
Makenna Orton, Shawnee Heights – 72nd
Peyton Sannan, Seaman – 74th
Suzanna Mosqueda, Seaman – 75th
Emma Schultz, Seaman – 78th
Tara Spencer, Seaman – 80th
Anna Phelps, Topeka West – 85th
Chloe Devlin, Seaman – 90th

Class 4A, Wamego Country Club

Tanner Newkirk, Hayden – 2nd
Dawson Adams, Hayden – 14th
James Gillin, Hayden – 55th