WAMEGO, Kan. – Buhler Cross Country took on a tough field Saturday at Wamego Country Club. After a scorching start to the season, Saturday’s overcast skies provided more comfortable running conditions.
“It was finally good to have some cooler weather to run in,” head coach Curtis Morgan said.
Boys’ varsity finished a solid third on the same course they’ve claimed four consecutive titles on. Fellow 4A competitor Wamego placed second, while 3A power Southeast of Saline claimed the top spot.
“The varsity boys ran well,” Morgan said. “We need to get our 3-4-5 runners closer together.”
Kanden Lohrentz had the top finishing time for the Crusaders – his 16:57.10 was good for seventh place. Not far behind, Layne Whisler finished ninth with a new PR of 16:59.20.
“Kanden and Layne ran outstanding races,” Morgan said.
Varsity Boys Results
Kaden Lohrentz: 16:57.1 (7th)
Layne Whisler: 16:59.2 (9th)
Wyatt Bunce: 17:38.4 (19th)
Chris Yutzy: 17:59.9 (26th)
Cody Bunce: 18:08.0 (28th)
Henry Trumpp: 18:08.4 (29th)
Spencer Hines: 18:23.1 (34th)
In the girls’ varsity race, Buhler took second, just five points behind Baldwin in fifth. Eudora packed five runners inside the top 20 to finish first.
“We still have some work to do, and we need to get healthy in some spots,” Morgan said.
Krysten Hamby’s time of 22:10.00 put her 21st in the final standings.
Varsity Girls Results
Krysten Hamby: 22:10.0 (21st)
Makayla Little: 22:26.2 (29th)
Taryn Horning: 22:47.8 (36th)
Lindsay Warner: 22:53.3 (38th)
Kenzie Welch: 23:38.4 (57th)
Maddie Willison: 26:33.8 (92nd)
In the boys’ JV race, Cameron Yutzy held the field off by more than 15 seconds to take first with a time of 17:57.50. Matthew Morgan finished 15th and Kai Mendenhall 17th.
Coach Morgan had high praise for Yutzy following the race. “Cameron ran one of the smartest races I have seen in recent memory,” he said.
JV Boys Results
Cameron Yutzy: 17:57.5 (1st)
Matthew Morgan: 19:37.1 (15th)
Kai Mendenhall: 19:37.5 (17th)
Hunter Metzger: 19:44.6 (22nd)
Dawson Banning: 19:49.3 (23rd)
Ben Helus: 20:33.1 (38th)
Marshall Birney: 20:33.7 (39th)
Mikey Barton: 20:38.4 (43rd)
Nathan Olson: 21:00.4 (57th)
Jayce Spencer: 21:02.2 (59th)
Andrew Morgan: 21:21.3 (69th)
Carson Blasdel: 21:30.2 (73rd)
William Trumpp: 21:41.1 (82nd)
Judah Nowlan: 21:44.8 (85th)
Payton Frees: 21:47.2 (87th)
Jesse Goertzen: 21:58.8 (97th)
Caleb Blackwell: 22:19.7 (107th)
Isaak Neighbor: 23:17.2 (131st)
Ava Koster, just a sophomore, put together a great race for the JV girls, placing sixth with a PR of 24:48.40.
“Ava ran amazing in the JV girls’ race,” Morgan said. “We are looking forward to seeing her add to our depth.”
JV Girls Results
Ave Koster: 24:48.4 (6th)
Allison Goans: 26:28.2 (32nd)
Mercury Lusk: 27:06.5 (38th)
Sammie Brooks: 27:10.8 (40th)
Buhler will be back in the heat for their home meet this Thursday. Nine races will make up Thursday’s Buhler Invitational at Prairie Ridge Cross Country Course, beginning with the middle school races at 2:30 p.m. The high school events will follow at 4:30 pm.