LHS Girls Win Huge Hesston Meet
Brock Kappelmann - September 9, 2016 6:45 am
The Liberal cross country teams traveled to Hesston, Kansas on a rainy Thursday to compete in the Swather Special cross country meet along with 48 other teams from around the state. The Hesston meet is a change of pace for the runners as there is not a varsity and junior varsity race; instead, each race is ran by grade level. Liberal had 16 individuals medal in their races.
For the freshman girl’s race, Katie Horyna led the way from start to finish. Running not only the fastest time in her race but the fastest time of the day in all the girls’ races, she ran the 5K course in 20:38. Horyna’s time puts her at number three on the school’s All-Time 5K list. Erika Valverde also medaled in the race as the 18th runner with a time of 25:06. In the junior girls race Kelsey Ramsey finished in second place in 21:15 while Alondra Alvarado was 5th in 21:57. The senior girls had four medalist in Camryn Slatten completing the course in 21:10 earning the win. Saw Ahmara and Yanelly Jurado were the 7th and 8th runners to cross the line in 22:34 and 22:40. Chloe Alling was the 20th senior girl after running to a time of 25:20. After all races were completed and team scores were tallied the Redskin girls came away with the team championship scoring 45 points. Bishop Carroll was second with 75, Garden City third with 82, Hays fourth with 93, and Salina Central was top 5 with 145 points.
On the boy’s side, the freshman were led by Omar Ramirez with a 12th place finish in 21:12. Kobe Martinez’s time of 21:48 was good enough to place him 17th. The Liberal sophomore boys had 5 boys medal in the race with Antonio Borunda placing 3rd after completing the course in 18:13, Javier Carrillo’s time of 18:48 earned him a 5th place medal, Joel Obondo and Xavier Perez were the 9th and 10th place runners to cross the line with times of 19:17 and 19:22, and Fausto Parral placed 19th after a time of 19:46. Dusty Torres placed 17th in the junior boy’s race crossing the line in 19:59. Team scores for the guy’s races were Dodge City in first with 89 points, Garden City second with 125, Newton third with 250, Smokey Valley fourth with 262 points, and Liberal made the top 5 in 5th with 276.
The Redskins will compete again next Saturday the 17th in Hugoton along with both Liberal Middle Schools.