The St. John boys cross country team captured first place in the TMP meet

The St. John Cross Country team traveled to Hays on Saturday to compete in the Monarch Invitational hosted by Thomas More Prep-Marian. Ten different schools were represented at the meet. Runners were broken up into Freshman-Sophomore and Junior-Senior divisions. Scores from both races were combined to determine overall team scores.

Boys Team

A.J. Miller beat out 45 other runners to win the Fresh- man-Sophomore race with a time of 17:51. Other Tiger runners medaling in the race were Trey Fisher 4th (18:42), Uriel Calleros 8th (19:25), Dylan Reed 10th (19:41). Edwin Fernandez finished 22nd (21:08).

In the Junior-Senior race, St. John competed against 43 runners. Mason Osborne led the way with a 3rd place finish and time of 18:36.

Other Tiger runners medaling in the race were Quin- cy Smith 4th (18:42), Cashe McVey 7th (18:56), Braden Witt 13th (19:30) and Wrangler Walker 15th (19:46). Hunter Hanson finished 19th (20:31), Luke Mercer 21st (21:31), Chase Fisher 35th (22:57) and Ethan Huston 39th (24:22).

The St. John Boys team won the meet with a combined score of 16. St. John was followed by Hutch-Trinity 31, Larned 53, Cimarron 59, Lakin 73, Victoria 101, TMP 107, Lyons 120 and Smith Center 145.

“I was pleased with our first meet. The boys ran some

good times. Overall, we were a little faster than last year. I think the team realizes that we have a long way to go, but I know they are willing to put in the work to build the type of team we want to have this season,” said Coach Joel Delp.

Girls Team

Atarah Walker ran her first cross country race in the Freshman-Sophomore Division. She competed in a field of 25 earning a 13th place medal. Atarah ran a time of 25:10.

In the Junior-Senior race, St. John competed against 28 runners. Shayla Garcia finished 16th (25:04) and was followed by Leslie Ramirez 19th (25:46) and Jaden Reed 24th (28:44).

“The girls ran well. Atarah and Leslie were competing in their first race, and I think they showed that they can be very good runners for us. Shayla is working on bringing her time down and Jaden improved her time over last year. I’m excited to see what this group can do this season,” Delp said.

Junior High

In the 7th grade girls race, August Siefkes finished 13th (7:10) and Mackenzie Hacker finished 21st (7:38) out of 35 runners.

In the 7th grade boys race, Cooper Rockenbach finished 22nd (7:40) out of 35 runners.

In the 8th grade the boys competed against 22 runners. Elijah Delp received a 10th place medal (14:50). Nicholas Huston finished 12th (15:15), Hunter Smith 14th (16:02) and Lochlyn Duntz 22nd (20:23).