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.