Yates Center claims 2A regional boys’ title

BURLINGTON — Led by a first-place finish from one of the state’s top runners, Hadley Splechter, Yates Center captured the boys’ championship of the Class 2A Regional Cross Country Meet Saturday at John Redmond Reservoir Dam.

Splechter, a junior for the Wildcats, won the individual championship in a time of 16:06.27 — more than a full minute ahead of runner-up Cooper Mumford of Kansas City Christian at 17:12.15.

As a team, the Wildcats closed out the day with 37 points to claim the team title ahead of Kansas City Christian in second place at 65 and West Elk in third place at 82. All three teams have advanced to the Class 2A State Cross Country Meet, which is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, at Wamego Country Club in Wamego.

Including Splechter, the top six Wildcat runners all placed in the top 20 of the regional meet. Other members of the Yates Center squad that qualified for state include senior Jordan Smith, third in 17:48.09; senior Colin Bedell, sixth in 18:06.96; senior Kobe Forsyth, 11th in 18:39.78; sophomore Asher Sievers, 16th in 19:05.49; freshman Austin Moffet, 17th in 19:07.64; and senior Braydon Gaulding, 41st in 21:26.89.

West Elk will be represented at state by freshman Colby Jackson, seventh at 18:18.96; senior Mason Harrod, ninth at 18:35.65; sophomore Daniel Hernandez, 15th at 19:04.35; junior Tim Whetstone, 20th at 19:24.92; senior Owen Anderson, 35th at 20:36.44; sophomore Curtis Ware, 40th at 21:10.90; and sophomore Tyler Black, 47th at 22:05.48.

Also qualifying for state individually on the boys’ side was Pittsburg-Colgan sophomore Cole Trowbridge, who finished in 12th place with a time of 18:47.89. As a team, Colgan took sixth place in the final boys’ standings.

On the girls’ side, Colgan was able to qualify for state as a team with a third-place finish. The Panthers recorded 64 points to finish behind champion Lyndon at 47 and runner-up Kansas City Christian at 57.

Colgan had two girls place in the top 10, including freshmen Mary Grace Getting (22:41.68) and Lily Myers (22:43.21) in seventh and eighth, respectively. Also part of the state-qualifying team were freshman Anna Guilfoyle, 19th in 23:49.23; junior Aubri Piccini, 20th in 23:50.27; junior Delaney Cedeno, 29th at 25:52.38; senior Christin Guilfoyle, 30th at 26:21.04; and junior Catherine Farmer, 32nd in 26:45.78.

Also qualifying for state individually from the area were Oswego sophomore Jenna Frisbie, fourth at 22:14.93; and West Elk sophomore Megan McClendon, ninth at 22:56.19.

Here are the comple results from Saturday’s Class 2A Regional Cross Country Meet in Burlington:

2A Burlington Regional