Bulldogs take Goddard title

Photo by DAVID A. SEATON

Members of the Arkansas City High School boys cross country team pose with medals Thursday after winning the title at the Goddard Invitational at Lake Afton Park.

FROM LEFT: Brandon Klotz, Gabe Onelio, Owen Seaton, Chase Matthews and Manuel Leos.

AFTON — The Arkansas City High School boys cross country team captured the team title Thursday afternoon at the Goddard Invitational at Lake Afton Park.

The Bulldogs girls placed three in the top 11, including first place.

“It was really exciting watching our kids compete today,” ACHS coach Andrae Harper said. “We had seven kids run PRs and several that were close to theirs.”

ACHS sophomore Owen Seaton took home the individual medal in the boys race and freshman Jasmine Calvo won the girls title.

Seaton finished the 5K in a personal-best 17 minutes, 38.1 seconds, more than four seconds ahead of runner-up Zach Winter of Andale (17:42.9).

“Owen Seaton has ran a PR every race so far this year and stepped up big this week to finish as our No. 1 runner and also win the race,” Harper said.

Calvo completed the 5K course in 22:25.5, nearly 25 seconds ahead of the pack and 21 seconds better than her previous best. Kyrsten Lucent of team champion Rose Hill was runner-up (22:50.1).

“It was great seeing our boys win the overall meet and also take home the individual title in both the boys and girls varsity races,” Harper added. “I can’t remember the last time that happened. I’m very proud of our runners and their dedication to improving and getting better each week, and it is rewarding to see their hard work pay off. We know that we have more work to do if we want to accomplish our goals.”

Five of the top eight runners in the race were Bulldogs. The lowest possible score for a five-man team score is 15 points and Ark City tallied 20 points.

Senior Chase Mathews finished third in 18:12.9, one spot ahead of junior Manuel Leos (18:18.3), who was one spot ahead of sophomore Gabriel Onelio (18:31.3). Sophomore Brandon Klotz placed eighth in 18:57.9 to round out the team scoring for Ark City.

The Lady Bulldogs didn’t field a complete team, but took three top-11 spots.

Senior Amelia Onelio finished fifth in 23:31.5 and freshman Natalia Onelio just missed the top 10, placing 11th in 24:01.6.

Winfield didn’t take any runners to the varsity race, but WHS freshman Heath Reed won the junior varsity boys race in 19:31.6.

Sophomore Jaden BrownGa wasn’t far behind in third (20:04.2).

Ark City sophomore Lisa Crain took fifth in the girls JV race, one spot ahead of freshman Dalton Berry. Winfield junior Gracie Goyer finished ninth.

Other Vikings competing included senior David Koller placing 13th, freshman Nikolas Smith in 33rd, junior Jack Speer in 44th and freshman Kale Jewers in 82nd.

Ark City junior Gabe Harper shaved 16 seconds off of his previous-best time and just missed a medal by placing 16th (21:37.9) in the JV race.

Other Bulldogs in the boys JV race included freshman Mason Burr in 24th, freshman Dawson O’Donnell in 67th, freshman Trevor Beeson in 74th, freshman Jackson Headrick in 76th, senior Jacob Pfannenstiel in 89th and freshman Owen Jackson cracking the top 100.

Goddard Invitational

Thursday at Lake Afton Park

Varsity Boys (5K)

Team Scores — 1. Arkansas City 20; 2. Andover 74; 3. Kapaun Mt. Carmel 84; 4. Dodge City 130; 5. Andale 143; 6. Goddard 145; 7. Pratt 162; 8. Haysville-Campus 164; 9. Mulvane 212; 10. Valley Center 234; Chaparral, Clearwater, Maize, Wichita West incomplete.

Individual Medalist (72) — Owen Seaton (Ark), 17:38.1.

Arkansas City — 1. Owen Seaton 17:38.1; 3. Chase Mathews 18:12.9; 4. Manuel Leos 18:18.3; 5. Gabriel Onelio 18:31.3; 8. Brandon Klotz 18:57.9.

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Varsity Girls (5K)

Team Scores — 1. Rose Hill 21; 2. Pratt 61; 3. Andale 87; 4. Kapaun Mt. Carmel 97; 5. Dodge City 109; 6. Mulvane 132; Andover, Arkansas City, Chaparral, Clearwater, Maize, Valley Center incomplete.

Individual Medalist (56) — Jasmine Calvo (Ark), 22:25.5.

Arkansas City — 1. Jasmine Calvo 22:25.5; 5. Amelia Onelio 23:31.5; 11. Natalia Onelio 24:01.6.

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Junior Varsity Boys (5K)

Team Scores — 1. Goddard-Eisenhower 24; 2. Kapaun Mt. Carmel 73; 3. Winfield 82; 4. Dodge City 124; 5. Rose Hill 135; 6. Andover 147; 7. Arkansas City 204; 8. Goddard 217; 9. Valley Center 226; 10. Clearwater.

Individual Medalist (104) — Heath Reed (Win), 19:31.6.

Arkansas City — 16. Gabe Harper 21:37.9; 24. Mason Burr 22:03.6; 67. Dawson O’Donnell 25:06.7; 74. Trevor Beeson 25:49.6; 76. Jackson Headrick 25:59.2; 89. Jacob Pfannenstiel 27:43; 100. Owen Jackson 30:40.4.

Winfield — 1. Heath Reed 19:31.6; 3. Jaden Brown 20:04.2; 13. David Koller 21:11; 33. Nikolas Smith 22:43; 44. Jack Speer 23:25.5; 82. Kale Jewers 26:48.9.

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Junior Varsity Girls (5K)

Team Scores — 1. Maize 37; 2. Rose Hill 38; 3. Dodge City 54; 4. Valley Center 99.

Individual Medalist (56) — Lila Wheeler (RH), 24:16.4.

Arkansas City — 5. Lisa Crain 25:51.9; 6. Dalton Berry 26:0.

Winfield — 9. Gracie Goyer 26:20.8.

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