Peterson keeps unbeaten streak alive; Stanton County girls, Meade boys win 2A XC regional

Stanton County senior Chesney Peterson, who will run for the University of Tennessee, beat...
Stanton County senior Chesney Peterson, who will run for the University of Tennessee, beat Saturday's Class 2A regional field by nearly two minutes(Mike Courson)
Published: Oct. 23, 2022 at 9:57 PM CDT
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GREAT BEND, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Record holders and breakers were all over the course at Great Bend’s Lake Barton Saturday morning. University of Tennessee-commit Chesney Peterson held the girls’ course record at 18:44, only to see it fall to Salina Central sophomore Katelyn Rupe, who ran a blistering 17:24 to win the 5A race. Peterson followed with another regional title in the 2A race, winning by nearly two minutes in 17:43.44.

“I watched (Rupe) finish,” Peterson said. “I feel like it gives you a lot of confidence seeing somebody else run fast on the same course you’re about to go on.”

Spectators and coaches would have liked to see two of the state’s best go head-to-head, but Rupe ran in the slightly cooler 5A race to open the morning. Peterson and the 2A girls followed the 5A boys’ race. Peterson’s last loss came as a freshman in the Class 2A state race when she was leading before suffering a medical condition.

“I would have loved (to race against Rupe),” Peterson said. “I think we would have had a good race. She’s running the same race as I am, just by herself, so I think it would be fun.”

Ellis freshman Avery Boydston picked up the silver in 19:37.61, followed by Meade senior Madison Sutterfield in 20:08.35 for the bronze. Stanton County senior Suzanne Farnham placed fourth in 21:04, and Meade sophomore Maya Donley ran fifth in 21:09.

Stanton County has won the last three Class 2A titles, and the Lady Trojans were again dominant with 34 points Saturday morning. Oakley finished second with 66 points, and Hays’ TMP edged Meade by just two spots for third place with 70 points.

Freshman Karlee Nairn ran 15th overall for Stanton County in 22:44, and sophomore Kenzington Nairn placed 19th for the final team points in 23:00.

Hoxie freshman Taegan Lindenman finished sixth overall in 21:13, followed by TMP senior Sophie Allen in seventh in 21:15. Hoxie sophomore Isabella Baier placed eighth in 21:40, Trego freshman Callan Rothchild finished ninth in 22:06, and Hill City freshman Sarah Christian rounded-out the top-10 in 22:09.

Meade boys outlast Stanton County for title

The boys’ race featured a pair of powerhouses in Meade and Stanton County. Meade entered the Class 2A regional Saturday as back-to-back Class 1A champions, and Stanton County has won two of the last three Class 2A titles. Meade won the title with 45 points, followed by Hoxie with 51 points, and Stanton County with 65 points.

Reigning 2A individual champion Kamryn Golub, a senior from Stanton County, won the individual side in 16:42.90, followed by Meade junior Logan Keith in 17:07.14 for the silver. Medicine Lodge took the next two spots with junior Branden Fischer running third in 17:38.61, and sophomore Davis Miltner finishing fourth in 17:41.12. Hoxie junior Connor Diercks rounded out the top-five in 17:43.68.

Meade had three runners in the top-eight. Sophomore Alex Zortman ran sixth in 17:46, and freshman Ryker Vieux placed eighth in 17:49. Junior Orvin Dyck placed 15th in 18:50, and junior Kayden Pearson scored the final team points in 17th in 19:02.

Stanton County freshman David Crane finished seventh in 17:47, Ellinwood senior Asher Miller ran ninth in 17:59, and Hoxie freshman Michael Haffner capped the top-10 in 18:27.