Lady Trojans cross country place third

HESSTON – The Beloit High School Cross-Country boy’s and girl’s teams traveled to Hesston on Thursday to participate in the Swather Invitational.  The meet is one of the largest cross-country competitions in the Midwest with 44 schools and over 800 runners from 1A to 6A competing in two divisions, small consisting of 1A through 3A and the larger division of 4A through 6A. 

Unlike most meets where varsity and junior-varsity runners compete all together in their respective races, the Swather Invitational places runners into their respective grades starting with the freshman girls race and finally ending with the senior boys all running together.  To determine team results, the top three girls in terms of their respective places are used to compile an overall team result while in the boys competitions the top five runners are used for team scoring. 

The Beloit girls had a good showing as they finished in a three way tie with Berean Academy and Douglass.  In order to break the tie the fourth best runner’s finish was used knocking out Beloit for first team contention as they took the third place trophy. 

The Lady Trojans scored 10 points from a strong sophomore finish with Hannah Burks winning the small class competition, Hayley Burks taking third and Nicole Wiese finishing sixth. Other league schools included Ellsworth in fourth, SE of Saline seventh and Sacred Heart 10th.

In the boys competition, the Trojans finished in seventh place out of  twenty-two teams.  The top ten teams in order included:  Halstead, Hutch Trinity, SE of Saline, Cheney, Hesston, Ellsworth, Beloit, Larned, Minneapolis, and Douglass. 

Individually, medal honors were given to those finishing in the top twenty.  In the girl’s competition, medalists included: Hannah Burks first, Hayley Burks third and Nicole Wiese sixth. 

The Junior race saw Kalista Hubert earning 12th, Khylie Mihm 14th, and Autumn Vowinckel 15th.  Belle Finney was able to grab the 20th place medal in the Senior race. 

The freshman boys race saw two Trojan medalists, Jacob Porter 12th and teammate Colton Hayes 13th.  Sophomore boy medalists include Alijah Twaddell in fifth and Bryce Mason 18th. 

The next competition for the Trojans will be Thursday as they travel to the Clay Center Invitational.  

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