Cross country prepares to host regionals

Boys cross country enters regionals with a 39-3 record

Sean Dugger, @seandugger01

The Wabaunsee cross country team is preparing to compete in regional competition on Saturday at its home course.

The Chargers ran strong at the Mid-East League meet in Riley County with the boys earning second place, losing to Silver Lake, and the girls getting fifth place.

Despite the performance at league and a strong season record, 39-3 for the boys and 15-16 for the girls, the regional competition will feature many strong teams on both sides that have yet to be seen, including Bishop Seabury and K.C. Christian. Only the top 3 teams and the top 10 individuals, with some exceptions, make it to state.

The Course

XC illustration
The cross country course takes students through two loops around the practice field and fair grounds. “This is the first time running the course in colder weather and not hot weather. It will be better, but this course is still the worst in the league,” junior Sierra Quathamer said. In the illustration above, students identified the hardest portions of the course. “The course is hard, hills are steep. If you aren’t used to it then you are at a disadvantage.” Junior Luke Stuhlsatz said. Illustration by Kendyl Bolinder.

“I think both teams are in the hunt for state,” coach Roger Alderman said. “If we just run hard, we have a chance.”

The runners have experienced the course many times for practice and ran competitively at the home meet, with both teams finishing first.

“It’s the home course so I know it,” Junior Luke Stuhlsatz said. “ I have ran it multiple times.”

Wabaunsee is hosting regionals for the first time since 2011. With the course moving from the golf course to town, it will be the first time setting up a large competition in the area.

“We had to make sure that there is enough space to park and make sure the course is clean,” athletic director Jeron Weisshaar said. “I think we’re pretty well set up and ready to go.”

The meet is located in the open field east of the football stadium. The girls race begins at 10 and the boys run at 10:45.

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