Ryan Kinnane, Hope Jackson lead Andover and Carroll to XC titles
Andover’s Ryan Kinnane led nearly wire-to-wire Saturday morning at Lake Afton to win the 5A regional. Emporia’s Treyson True and Eisenhower’s Austin Fullerton stayed with Kinnane for about half of the race before Kinnane made his move and finished with a time of 16 minutes, 1 second.
True barely finished second in 16:18 as Fullerton threatened with a time of 16:20.
Kinnane led the Trojans to the regional championship as Andover scored 65 points. Emporia took second with 72 and Bishop Carroll will also head to the state meet with 82 points. Freshman Kaden Hauck finished seventh for Andover to help pad the win.
Kapaun’s Erik Enriquez finished fourth overall with a time of 16:25 and Carson McEachern rounded out the top five with 16:36.
From early on in the 5A girls’ race, Bishop Carroll’s Hope Jackson made it clear who the superior runner was. She took home the regional title with a time of 18:27, a full 1:30 ahead of Emporia’s Elizabeth Willhite, who took second with a time of 19:57.
Eisenhower’s Jadyn Pavlik challenged Willhite a little with a third-place finish in 20:02. Wichita Northwest’s Skye Kroskey held the second place spot about halfway through the race, but slipped back to fourth by the end with a time of 20:05.
Jackson led the way for the Golden Eagles as teammate Cameron Pascal finished fifth in 20:08, providing a low five points in Carroll’s team regional win.
Carroll took home the title with 47 points as Emporia took second with 60. Andover will take its team to state with a third-place finish of 77 points.