Despite nearly 100 degree temperatures, the Gardner Edgerton High School cross country teams turned in top performances at the Gold Classic cross country meet in Augusta, Sept.3 .
The boys brought back a fourth-place finish – highest in several years – and the Lady Blazers took sixth in a very competitive field.
“For the first meet we competed well,” said coach Larry Ward. “The kids battled through the heat and did a good job.”
Ward liked the effort of juniors Dewey Molenda and Arron Scott. Dewey finished 17th in the 5K race with a time of 18:49 while Scott claimed 20th in 18:59.
Next came senior Keith Heniss in 24th with a 19:09 clocking and Omar Quintana, a sophomore, took 30th in 19:34.
Junior Justin Wilde had a good opening performance finishing 35th in 20:12 and junior Chris Kreiser rounded out the top six Blazer finishers with a 38th-place time of 20:23.
“It was a solid performance by the boys and our highest team finish in several years,” added Ward.
The girls competed without the services of junior McKenzie Scroggin. She had a prior commitment and wasn’t able to attend.
In her absence, GEHS got an 11th-place finish from sophomore Aly Daniels. She finished just out of the medals in a 4K time of 17:27.
Next came senior Molly Porter in 22nd with a time of 19:10.Katie Groshong, a sophomore, took 31st in 19;25 and Cheyanne Foster took 32nd in her first varsity race in 19:29.
Senior Christine Moore finished with a 36th-place time of 20:06 and Brianne Skeem took 37th in 20:08.
Next comes the annual Blue Valley North Invitational, Sept. 10. First of several races gets underway at 8:30 a.m.