Cross Country medals 5 runners at Marysville

Freshman Rebekah Stuhlsatz runs cross country at Marysville. Stuhlsatz finished 4th with a time of 22:13.

The Cross Country team opened its season Saturday at Marysville. Five runners finished in the top 20.

Rebekah Stuhlsatz, Kydnal Maike, Jenna Donaldson, Luke Stuhlsatz and Alex Warner all medalled in the top 20. 

The girls varsity team placed 2nd starting the season at 7-1. Varsity runners Rebekah Stuhlsatz recorded a time of 22:13, Kyndal Maike 23:52 and Jenna Donaldson 24:40, all receiving medals. JV runner sophomore Ashlyn Dugger clocked in at 28:12, placing 2nd and senior Hannah Mumpower placed 6th with a time of 31:20. Head coach Roger Alderman said “Our girls team has made big improvements from last year and it will be exciting to see how far they can move up.”

Senior Luke Stuhlsatz competes in cross country at Marysville. Stuhlsatzfinished 15th with a time of 19:11. Photos by Kimi Buchanan and Brendan Dugger.

The boys varsity team placed fifth, starting its season 3-4. Varsity runners Luke Stuhlsatz recorded a time of 19:11 and Alex Warner ran 19:29, receiving medals. “Our boys time compares well with where we started last year, but we can’t be satisfied with where we are,” Alderman said.

“We try to focus on getting a little better each practice and peaking at the end of the season.” — Roger Alderman

Their next meet will be on Saturday in Wamego. “Everyone needs to keep challenging each other to get better in practice everyday and be competitive on both sides throughout the season,” Alderman said.

The team has 26 runners (17 boys, 9 girls), with 17 returning from last year (11 boys, 6 girls).

The team is coming back with an increase in experienced runners compared to the last few years. All but two of last year’s varsity runners have returned, working hard to keep their spots. 

Alderman said “We try to focus on getting a little better each practice and peaking at the end of the season.” 

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