Kiowa County wins XC regional

MEADE, Kan. Kiowa County’s girls took home first place at the regional meet at Meade’s golf course Saturday morning with 42 points.

“The last three meets before this we got first, so I think it gave them some confidence,” Kiowa County cross country coach Arlen Harris said. “They deserve it. I just want them to go up there (Wamego) and have fun and do their best.”

Stanton County senior Rebeca Avelar has been dominant all year and she finished first individually with a time of 19:56, which is a course record.

“I feel pretty excited,” Avelar said. “This is probably my personal best this season and I’m glad I got to beat the course record too.”
Behind her efforts, Stanton County’s girls qualified for state with a third place finish.

“We knew coming in we needed to do our best because one of our top girls wasn’t going to be here able to run,” Avelar said. “We had to run for each other and I’m glad we made it to state.”

Her teammate, senior Caleb Carrasco took home first individually on the boys’ side, also beating a course record.

“I got this sudden urge of anger and I didn’t get tight so I wouldn’t slow down,” Carrasco said. “I’m relaxed now that it’s off my back. I just have to go even harder when state comes.”

Stanton County’s boys took home first as a team with 56 points.

“We ran good today but we can run better,” Stanton County head cross country coach Mike Horton said. “The top guy did run awesome but our guy that should’ve been number three finished number six. That’s the neat thing about this team is we are seven or eight deep and we can weather a storm. If we have everybody run well at state, we should be able to compete at the highest level and quite possibly win. At the very least we’d like to make the podium.”