Both teams finish 3rd at regionals, Stuhlsatz finished 4th individually
The Cross Country team ran its regional meet on Saturday with both boys and girls teams qualifying for state for the fourth time in the program’s history.
Before the race even started, tensions were high due to the close competition. Freshman Rebekah Stuhlsatz said, “I always get nervous before a race and it could have been the last race of the season. I knew I needed to get in the top ten to help the team get to state.”
The girls have missed out on going to state for the last two years. Even if the team didn’t qualify for state, Rebekah would have still qualified individually, placing fourth with a time of 21:36. “I felt relieved when I finished. I didn’t know if the team qualified but I knew I had qualified,” Stuhlsatz said.
The girls enter state with a season record of 39-18.
The boys qualified for state despite not having anyone placing in the top ten. Head coach Roger Alderman said “Once our runners started coming in, our top five finished within 33 seconds of each other.”
The boys team are now the second in any WHS boys program to qualify for state three years in a row. It was a close competition with the boys placing third as a team by only six points. The boys enter state with a record of 48-26.
“We feel confident. We’ve had really good races in the last few weeks,” junior Isaac Lira said.
The teams race at 11:10 and 12:55 Saturday at Wamego Country Club.
— Brendan Dugger