Boys finish first, girls third at Bonner Springs
Chalk another one up for Chris McAfee and his Wildcat cross country team.
McAfee took his squad to Bonner Springs Saturday and the boys earned another win, illustrating it is ready for the upcoming, ultra-competitive Rim Rock Farm classic in Lawrence. The girls team took third, which was a little disappointing to McAfee.
“The top three ran well and are doing the things they need to do in order to be successful,” McAfee said. “We were very disappointed in the effort of some on Saturday. We had outlined specific goals we wanted to accomplish for early in the race, and from the first step of the race, there was no effort to execute that plan.”
Carly Stanley and Beth Reichenberger led the squad, earning fourth- and fifth-place finishes with times of 15:51 and 15:53. Ellie Sheridan placed 13th overall and clocked in at 16:30.
“Beth’s race was outstanding,” McAfee said. “She has been very consistent in both racing and training, both emotionally and physically. She is a great leader for both the girls and the guys.”
Lacey Erickson, one of McAfee’s most successful runners, did not compete.
“Lacey did not run because she has a minor leg injury that has been nagging her, and we decided to play it safe and rest her,” he said. “We hope to resume regular training and racing next week.”
Where the girls results left McAfee with a bad taste in his mouth, the boys more than impressed, demolishing their competition. Paola, the runner up at the meet, lost to the Wildcats by 73 points.
Angel Vasquez and Austin Hinchey dominated, taking second and fifth after logging times of 16:34 and 17:11.
“Angel Vasquez led a lot of the last mile,” McAfee said. “He is really only scratching the surface of what he can do. When he learns to give a consistent effort over the entire race, he will be among the best in the state.”
Diego Sanchez, Ry Patton and Ben Burgweger rounded out De Soto’s top five runners. In addition, those boys, plus Vasquez, Alec Barowka and Phillip Kaul, all registered personal records at the event.
De Soto also ran Tuesday at Tonganoxie, and McAfee rested his usual varsity squad. Instead junior varsity runners moved up to varsity for the meet. Next up the squad travels to Rim Rock, which is hosted by Kansas University.
“It’s probably one of the coolest courses in the United States, and the meet is one of the highlights of the season for our kids,” he said. “There are teams entered from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, Iowa and Colorado. There will be a couple of nationally ranked teams, regionally ranked teams, and the top teams in Kansas.”