Girls cross country concluded its successful season on Saturday in Victoria with a 6th place finish as a team and two individual medalists.
It was a big weekend for girls cross country with the first regional championship in 27 years. WHS had three individual medalists with Payton Wurtz finishing 2nd, Rebekah Stuhlsatz finishing 3rd, and Sophia Castillo finishing 7th.
The Girls Cross Country team walked away from the Mid-East League meet in Riley as champions — three ladies finishing within the top 10. Freshman Peyton Wurtz finished first with a time of 20:13, making her the first individual champion since Maddie Hess in 2016. Junior Rebekah Stuhlatz and Sophomore Sophia Castillo finished fourth and seventh respectively.
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The cross country team opened up its season Saturday, running on a rather rainy morning in Silver Lake. For the girls team, freshman Payton Wurtz had a great opening run, taking 2nd place in her first high school meet with a time of 20:59. Junior Rebekah Stuhlsatz took 6th at 22:54. These two are looking to be a dynamic running duo — Stuhlsatz having state experience her freshman and sophomore years of high school already, placing 11th in 2019 and 14th in 2020. “I want to go to state this year, but I really want the whole team to go with me. I also want to crack the top-10 at state this year,” Stuhlsatz said.
Rebecca Stuhlsatz and Sienna Jones ended the season with 14th and 42nd place finishes at State.
Stuhlsatz ran a time of 20:40 and Jones 22:11. Both runners cut around a minute off of their regional times. This was Stuhlsatz's second state competition and Jones' first.
Two WHS cross country runners are headed to state.
The cross country team hosted its regional meet Saturday, with two runners qualifying for the state championship. Sophomore Rebekah Stuhlsatz came in second in the girls race with a time of 21:46. Freshman Sienna Jones had an eighth place finish, with a time of 23:09 seconds.
Stuhlsatz says it’s disappointing that the rest of the team won’t get to compete at state alongside her, but she’s excited nonetheless.
Two fall sports are headed to postseason play Saturday. Football finishes its regular season Friday at Centralia, and will begin postseason next week.
After two games at St. Marys Tuesday night, the postseason for the volleyball team is near. The Chargers will play at Herington for Sub-State Saturday, and KSHSAA will release the Sub-State seeds Wednesday.Cross Country enters the postseason after a difficult regular season. The Cross Country team ran in the Mid-East League meet Thursday. Sophomore Rebekah Stuhlsatz finished 4th place in the girls race and Senior Eli Mumpower finished 9th place in the boys race.
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