Cross country boys finish third in Regionals, move on to State

Cross country boys huddle up before the race to get pumped up.

After  the Regional competition at Garnett, Kan. on Oct. 24 the boys cross country team will move on to State, beating out Yates Center by one point to take third place overall. Four of the team’s seven members finished in the top 20 with junior Luke Rovenstine finishing seventh, freshman Cooper Rovenstine finishing 12th, senior Peter Beikmann finishing 19th, and junior Jackson Vander Ark finishing 20th.

“When I found out I was going to state for third year in a row I was thrilled and extremely grateful,” Luke Rovenstine said. “Our team has put in a lot of work this year and to see them all cross the finish line was unbelievable.”

With such a thin margin of victory, each position mattered and every member of the team ran their heart out to help the team secure their victory.

The girls team competed at Regionals as well and finished off their season with a strong showing but did not qualify for State. Freshman Libby Paul led the pack with an 18th place finish and a time of 23:03.22. While the team was sad that they didn’t make it to State, they still kept a positive attitude.

“I felt a lot of pressure and sort of wanted to drop out, but I also wanted to cross that finish line, so I persevered and am really glad I did,” Paul said.

The course at Garnett was difficult and ended with a steep hill that tested the stamina and will of the racers. Still the girls team faced this challenge admirably with senior Rose Campbell sprinting the final stretch to beat out a runner from St. Marys-Colgan.

Overall the girls were proud of their season and were happy to have the opportunity to grow together as a team and as a family.

“The season was amazing,” junior Maya Mastin said. “The girls really bonded and we had so many fun times together. I was proud of how hard everyone worked. They didn’t give up and kept striving to be the best.”

The boys team will compete next in State on Oct. 31 at Wamego, Kan.