Winfield XC girls dominate Regional meet

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Winfield girls cross country runners, from left: Shino Inamura, Brooke Brogan, Kayli Myers, Gracelynn Benavides, Lydia Nelson, Skylar Flower and Lauryn Turner hold their first place plaque at the 4A Regional meet Saturday.

The Lady Vikings cross country team dominated its Regional meet Saturday, grabbing first place by a wide margin and securing a trip to the State meet this Saturday in Wamego.

The boys team, battling injuries this season, took third and also qualified for State competition.

The girls team defended its Regional title from last year and again placed five of the top eight runners. Junior Kayli Myers took first place with a 5K time of 21.26.90, more than 20 seconds ahead of Anna Cantrell of Altamont-Labette County.

“Like the league meet a week ago, the girls were very strong in the second half of the race to bring home the title,” head coach Torey Keller said. “Kayli Myers won her second regional title in as many years. Very proud of her efforts in the race. She took control from the get go and never was really challenged throughout the race.”

Junior GraceLynn Benavides placed fourth at 21.52.56, sophomore Lauryn Turner finished 6th at 22.11.67, Freshman Lydia Nelson was 7th at 22.24.37 and sophomore Skylar Flower was close behind in eighth at 22.26.85.

The boys went into the race missing their No.’s four and sixth runners, Keller said, but the team felt that if each runner met their individual goals they could make State.

“We really had great performances across the board, and some had outstanding efforts,” he said.

Junior Corbin Priest led the way in third place overall among 51 runners with a time of 17.40.01. Freshman Heath Reed was 10th at 18.42.31 followed by junior Mark Thompson in 13th at 18.59.09. Sophomore Jaden Brown’s time of 19.07.51 earned him 15th, and freshman Nikolas Smith was 22nd at 20.01.87 Freshman Kale Jewers placed 47th at 24.26.16.

Keller said Eudora and Baldwin appear be the favorite at State on the girls side, but the team hopes to make the podium and that three or four runners can make the top 20.

The boys missed winning State last year by six points. Two fast seniors are gone and injuries are a factor, but Priest finished 9th last year.

“We will for sure go into the state meet competing at a high level and see how things will shake out,” Keller said.

Girls Team Results

1. Winfield 22 points

Average: 22:04.47

2. Towanda-Circle 63

Average: 23:15.67

3. Altamont-Labette County 82

Average: 23:53.83

4. Augusta 83

Average: 23:52.57

5. Chanute 111

Average: 24:57.80

Girls Individual Results

Winfield

1. Kayli Myers 21.26.90

4. GraceLynn Benavides 21.52.56

6. Lauryn Turner 22.11.67

7. Lydia Nelson 22.24.37

8. Skylar Flower 22.26.85

14. Shino Inamura 23.26.18

29. Brooke Brogan 25.12.98

Boys Team Results

1. Augusta

Average: 18:07.61

2. Towanda-Circle

Average: 18:51.27

3. Winfield

Average: 18:54.16

4. Altamont-Labette County

Average: 19:54.52

5. Coffeyville-Field Kindley

Average: 20:23.62

6. Chanute

Average: 21:37.91

7. El Dorado

Average: 21:27.42

8. Independence

Average: 21:39.96

Boys Individual Results

1. Sawyer Schmidt, Augusta 15.45.13

Winfield

3. Corban Priest 17.40.01

10. Heath Reed 18.42.31

13. Mark Thompson 18.59.09

15. Jaden Brown 19.07.51

22. Nikolas Smith 20.01.87

47. Kale Jewers 24.26.16

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