Runners in the hunt for Frontier League titles
The De Soto cross country team is getting healthy for the stretch run, which begins Thursday at the Frontier League meet at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence.
“We’re close to being 100 percent, we’re just not there yet,” coach Chris McAfee said. “But I feel pretty good we’re going to be 100 percent before regionals and state. We just want to make sure we don’t do anything dumb this week to hinder ourselves the last two weeks of the season.”
The boys team is a little healthier than the girls team heading into the league meet.
“On the guys side, we think we’re going to be healthy,” McAfee said. “We’ve got a couple nagging injuries, and we’ll reassess where we’re at. We honestly aren’t going to risk anything even though that’s the league meet. That course can be a little rough.
“On that course with some nagging injuries we just want to be careful. Lacey Erickson is getting close to being healthy. Training-wise she’s been fine, we just have to be cautious with her race-wise.”
McAfee said there was a possibility Erickson could race after being held out last week at Mill Valley, where the girls finished third, just behind Olathe South and Blue Valley, and the boys finished second to Shawnee Mission South.
Beth Reichenberger led most of the race for the girls and finished fourth overall at 16 minutes, 33 seconds.
“As far as a varsity race goes, Beth’s never led and she responded really well,” McAfee said. “She’s really strong both physically and mentally, and it was a really outstanding performance.”
Ellie Sheridan finished sixth, Carly Stanley 12th, Maggie Oberle 26th, Jordan Kline 38th and Sarah Churchwell 48th.
Wet conditions made the course a little hazardous with some slipping and sliding, but the course still ran pretty quick, McAfee said.
For the boys, Austin Hinchey ran a personal best for the second week in a row and placed second overall at 16:51.
“At times, Hinchey was probably up 15 or 20 seconds on the field,” McAfee said. “But that was a good experience for him. He’s not used to being out in the lead, and in a race like that, he really responded well.”
Angel Vasquez finished third with a time of 17:02.
“He’s really learning how to race,” McAfee said. “This was probably his best race of the season and just did a tremendous job.”
Diego Sanchez placed 16th, Ry Patton 17th, Ben Burgweger 21st, Alec Barowka 32nd and Philip Kaul 35th. All of the boys ran the 5K run at 18:19 or less.