By BRETT MARSHALL
While he won't readily admit it, one might just think Greg Cook is in the wrong business.
A veteran teacher and coach of track and cross country at Greeley County High School in Tribune, Cook might just as well be comfortable in a kitchen.
After all, he seemingly comes up with the right recipes, and his menu has produced an amazing record in Kansas Class 1A cross country.
On Saturday, the master chef came up with another tasty performance with his Jackrabbits as both the boys and girls teams raced off with 1A regional titles at the Meade Golf Course.
Those performances have Cook smiling as his teams now prepare to head to the familiar rolling hills of Wamego Country Club on Saturday for the 1A state meet in which the boys are the two-time defending champions and the girls have claimed titles in four of the last five seasons.
"We've got just four girls running this year, and that's all we had last year," Cook said Sunday. "Ideally, we'd like to have a full group of seven, but we know that if all the girls run their best, then we just wait and see how the results turn out. Cook's top performers are senior Kennedy Schneider and junior Troy Wineinger, both of whom won regional titles. Wineinger clocked a 17:44.35 to win.
The girls, meanwhile, with Schneider (16:34.04) pacing the way, scored 21 points.
In other regional cross country meets across the state, Hugoton's boys tied Andale for first place in 4A with 53 points, but Andale won the tiebreaker with the better sixth-man finish. Jacob Martin (16:18.25) and Patrick Weaver (16:47.72) finished second and fourth, respectively, for Hugoton.
At Meade in Class 2A, Stanton County's boys finished second in the team race to qualify for state at Wamego. The Lady Trojans also qualified their team after tying for third with Ness City.
In the Class 2A regional at Hill City, Wichita County junior Paige Wells finished second with a time of 15:54, behind Lincoln's Jenna Farris' 15:28. On the boys' side, sophomore Joshua Mehl of the Indians qualified for state with a fifth-place finish at 18:25.0.
See results in Scoreboard, Page B2.