February 11, 2016

Blazer boys 1st, girls 5th at Turner invite

Placing six runners in the top 20, the Gardner Edgerton High School boys cross country team captured its second straight title with a five-point win at the Turner Invitational, Sept. 14.
The boys won the 10-team invite with a low score of 55 points – five better than runner-up Olathe North (60). Derby followed with 70 and St. Pius had 80.
The girls got a top 10 placing from Aly Daniels and placed fifth in the team standings.
“I was real pleased with our efforts,” said coach Larry Ward. “This is a tough course and the kids competed real well.”
Junior Dewey Molenda led the way with an 11th-place 5k time of 18:25. Junior Arron Scott followed in 12th place with 18:34.
Right behind came Omar Quintana with a 14th-place time of 18:37 and senior Keith Heniss clocked a 17th-place time of 18:52. Chris Kreiser took 18th in 18:53 and junior Justin Wilde, 19th in 18:57.
“We didn’t place anyone in the top 10 but got consistent scoring in the top 20,” said Ward. “Our six runners finished 11-19.”
In the boys junior varsity competition, Tim Visos-Ely claimed a 12th-place medal with a 5k time of 20:08.
On the girls side, sophomore Aly Daniels claimed 10th place with a 4k time of 18:09. Junior McKenzie Scroggin finished 15th in 18:26 and sophomore Katie Groshong, 30th in 19:36.
Senior Molly Porter finished 33rd in 19:45 and Cheyanne Foster, 36th in 20:01.
In the girls junior varisty race, McKenna Douglass finished eighth with a 4k time of 19:42. Brianne Skeem was 11th in 20:24 and Emily Betthauser was 14th in 20:36.
Next action comes Sept. 24 in the Jayhawk Invitational at Rim Rock Course in Lawrence.
A JV girls race starts the invitational at 8:30 a.m.

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