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Cross Country, Week 3

For the third year in a row, the Lancer cross country team had a clean sweep at the Topeka West Invitational. After a rough first race at the Greg Wilson Classic, both the girls’ and boys’ teams ferociously struck back on Sept. 12, when they took first in every race according to points, despite being short of runners due to ACT testing. The boys’ varsity team lost four runners, all seniors, because of the college placement test; the girls lost two.

Despite the losses, the Lancers still performed at an extremely high level, with freshman Hannah Arnspiger running a season best 16:12 and taking second overall in the entire race. The youth of the girls’ team has definitely established itself at this point, with three of the top six girls being underclassmen.

Even on the senior-dominated boys team, the youth has begun to make its presence felt, as juniors Joe Bahr and Chipper Jorns both finished in the top 5 for East. However, the seniors remained a strong presence as Adam Simmons and Mitch Daniel placed second and third respectively, with both running their top times of the season.

Next on the schedule for the Lancers is the Baldwin Invitational, a race that many runners believe is a great chance to P.R. However, the competition should be tougher than than at Topeka West, so another sweep should not be expected. But based on the previous weeks results, it is now clear that the Lancer cross country team can rise to the occasion. The fact that they did so on Saturday without some of their top runners shows how dedicated and deep this team really is.

  • Adam Simmons (SR) <16:53>
  • Mitch Daniel (SR) <17:14>
  • Joe Bahr (JR) <17:46>
  • Chipper Jorns (JR) <18:06>
  • Evan Nichols (SR) <18:26>
  • Jake McCoy (SR) <18:46>
  • Joe Lewis (SR) <DNR>
  • Reid Frye (SR) <DNR>
  • Ben Randolph (SR) <DNR>
  • Ian Wiseman (SR) <DNR>

  • Hannah Arnspiger (FR) <16:12>
  • Annie Kuklenski (SO) <16:24>
  • Alex Hilliard (JR) <16:57>
  • Grace Quinlan (SO) <17:03>
  • Anna Colby (JR) <17:05>
  • Kennedy Burgess (SR) <17:06>
  • Kellie Johnson (SR) <17:07>
  • Katie Crawford (SR) <17:38>
  • Christa McKittrick (SR) <DNR>
  • Emily Kerr (SR) <DNR>
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Matt Gannon

Matt is a senior and has been a staff member for the past two years. He is currently both the Online Head Copy Editor and Co-Sports Editor. Read Full »

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