Nearly everyone on the Great Life Country Club golf course was seeing red Thursday during the North Central Kansas League cross-country meet.
The red they saw was usually the backs of Wamego Red Raider runners as Wamego ran away with the league title in the varsity boy’s competition. Wamego runners placed five runners in the top 10 overall finishers and won the team title over second place Clay Center. Abilene was third, Chapman finished fourth, Marysville fifth and Concordia sixth.
Joe Smith of Marysville won the varsity boys 5K run in 17:07.5, Caleb Siebold of Clay Center finished second in 17:11.2 followed by three Wamego runners, Jacob Davis, Matt Scherer and Kent Chrest.
Chapman’s Lane Coberly finished in ninth place at 18:08, which is a career personal record time. Teammate Wyatt Pryor placed 15th in 18:30, which is a season personal record. Other Irish runners were: Cody Fischer, 20th 19:19, Clinton Henderson, 28th 19:52, Jordon Henderson 31st, 20:26, Tyler Schwartz, 34th 20:35 and Ryan Hopkins, 38th 21:31.
Third place Abilene was paced by Andrew Schwarting’s 12th place finish in 18:23.1 Brendan Barnes, 17th 18:42.7, Erik Hageman, 21st 19:34.2, Justin Carroll, 23rd 19.37.8 and Brendon Dalton 24th 19:39.6 rounded out Abilene’s runners in the top 25.
Rogan Tokach placed 27th for the Cowboys in 19:49.8 and Chad Beetch 32nd, 20.33.1.
Clay Center took top honors in the varsity girls division followed by Wamego, Concordia and Abilene.
Allison Seufert of Wamego had the fastest time in the 4K race at 15:04.1, just ahead of Amber Hahn of Chapman in 15:12.3. Rebekah Thomas and Sarah Bieker finished 11th and 12th for the Irish.
Cowgirl Maggie Brooks crossed the finish line at 13th in 16:18.8. Audrey Berkland finished 19th, Maddie Wildman 21st, Mallory Schardein 23rd, Malorie Unruh 24th and Samantha Rutter 28th.
Wamego had the first nine runners to cross the finish line in the junior varsity boys 5K race. Alec Hoover was 15th for the Cowboys, JT Brantly 15th, Caysen Smith 16th, Caleb Stuber 18th, Cole Hiatt 21st, Bucky Hayes 27th, Alex Heneley 30th and Cameron Haaga 33rd.
Chapman’s Jeremy Rodgers finished 28th in the boys junior varsity in 22:59.7, which is a season personal record time.
Cowgirl Hanna Warren won the junior varsity girls division in 19:15.8 with Raygan Longnecker third and Chapman’s Kylee Bemis fourth and Anna Frick fifth. Molly Burt placed sixth for the Cowgirls.
Abilene had seven of the top 21 runners in the 7th grade boy’s one-mile run, which was won by Gabe Barten of Chapman in 5:37.8.
Longhorn runners Austin Wuthinow finished fourth, Lucas Cook fifth, Brayden Surritte ninth, Jackson Welsch 14th, Brandon Corder 17th, Travis Luthi 20th and Grant Weishaar 21st.
AMS’s Abby Barnes won the 7th grade girls run in 6:07.1. Megan Anguiano was fourth, Sydney Burton fifth, Ivy Tompkins 15th, Faith Meuli 16th and Grace Griffith 22nd.
Chapman’s Madeline Elliott finished eighth, Bryanna Albert 13th and Schailyne Huber 17th.
One of the closest races of the day came in the 8th grade boys two-mile run with Ben Wright of Abilene crossing the finish line in 11:59.3 for first place followed closely by Pierce Hayden of Chapman in 12:00.0.
The other Longhorn runners were Trevor Casteel 10th, Braydon Mohn 11th, Kyler Schardein 15th, Nick Wright 20th, and Phillip Hayes 25th.
CMS runners were Chris Lockwood fifth, Colin Henderson seventh, Tanner Medrano ninth, Connor Pruente 12th, Tyler Edwards 21st and Kade Demuth 23rd.
Chapman’s Lindsey Anderson won the 8th grade girls two-mile run in 13:55.2
AMS’s Harley Leatherman and Allie Hiatt finished ninth and 10th.
The middle school runners finished their season and the varsity teams will travel to their respective regional assignment Oct. 26.