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Stanton County runners complete sweep of 2A championships

The Stanton County girls won their third-straight Class 2A title Saturday in Victoria. Stanton...
The Stanton County girls won their third-straight Class 2A title Saturday in Victoria. Stanton County won both individual and both team titles on the day.(Mike Courson)
Published: Oct. 30, 2021 at 4:29 PM CDT
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VICTORIA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - A healthy Chesney Peterson is a dangerous one. The Stanton County junior was headed for a state title as a freshman before a medical issue cost her the championship. She’s been undefeated since. Saturday in Victoria, Peterson cruised to her second-straight individual Class 2A title, and the Lady Trojans won their third-straight championship.

“I was super excited just to hear my team won this year,” Peterson said. “I have a brand new team so it almost meant way more to me just to be able to run with girls who have never ran before this year.”

After a 35-point win in 2020, the Lady Trojans needed every spot Saturday. Stanton County’s 84 points were just three positions better than second-place Remington. Sacred Heart grabbed the final team hardware by 11 points with 88.

“We knew there were a lot of teams competing for the top spot so we were all just going to give our best effort, both the guys and the girls, and hope to both get the win.”

Peterson again led start to finish, running her best time of the season to win by 51 seconds in 18:38.8. Wabaunsee’s Payton Wurtz grabbed the silver in 19:29.9, and West Elk’s Josie Ware picked up the bronze by 18 seconds in 19:41.1.

“I expected it to be Josie Ware,” Peterson said of her competition. “I don’t know a lot about all these girls so I was just open minded. I almost preferred to not know who I was competing against because then you’re not intimidated.”

Suzanna Farnham ran sixth overall for the Lady Trojans in 20:04.7, just 0.3 seconds from a top-five finish. Kenzington Nairn ran just 0.1 seconds ahead of Remington’s Ava Klaassen for 31st in 21:45.1. Kourtney Hudgens placed 43rd in 22:09.9, and Lexi Martinez finished 16 seconds ahead of Remington’s Macy Brown for the final team points in 56th with a time of 22:47.8.

Remington’s Ellie Van Zelfden paced her squad in fourth overall with a time of 19:59.5. Lucy Brown placed 11th in 20:21.9, eight seconds from a top-10 finish. Klaassen ran 32nd for the Lady Broncs, Alli Willour finished 36th in 21:55.5, and Macy Brown scored the final team points in 36th.

Stanton County boys back on top with sweep

After a runner-up finish in 2020, Stanton County's boys XC program returned to the top of the...
After a runner-up finish in 2020, Stanton County's boys XC program returned to the top of the podium(Mike Courson)

After winning the Class 2A title in 2019, the Trojan boys had to settle for second place last fall behind Berean Academy. Saturday Stanton County senior Kamryn Golub won the individual title to lead his team with 71 points. Berean finished second with 118 points, and McLouth edged Kansas City Christian by just four spots for the final team trophy with 122 points.

Golub put together a dominating performance to win regionals. Saturday he repeated the feat, leading from the start to win by 20 seconds in 16:08.0.

“It is a goal so yes I did expect to win,” he said. “I didn’t know I had it until I did have it because you never know until the race is over.”

With few close title races on the day, Golub went hard to the finish line, crossing in obvious pain. Mission Valley’s Alfonso Rubio won the silver in 16:28.3, and Sacred Heart’s Braden Wells ran third in 16:42.1.

“I try to push as hard as I humanly can,” said Golub.

With three non-team scorers in the top 10, Stanton County grabbed the top-two team placings behind Golub and Spencer Schmidt, who finished fourth overall in 16:48.4. Ryan Wenman rounded out the top-10 in 17:03.2. Uziel Carrasco placed 42nd in 18:14.0, and Colton Adams ran 44th in 18:18.5 for the final team points.

Berean’s scorers finished further down the pack. Eli Nord and Andrew Harder each crossed in 17:03.3 for 11th and 12th, respectively, just 0.1 seconds from top-10 finishes. Trevor Nusz placed 41st in 18:12.8, Isaac Snook finished 51st in 18:30.9, and Zechariah Richards capped scoring in 18:39.0 for 53rd. Elias Simkins finished nine seconds behind Richards for 54th.

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