Outside of Scott City’s girls winning the title, the Telegram area also had a pair of teams medal at their respective state cross country championships on Saturday, and a third just missed out on hardware.
Hugoton’s boys finished runner-up in Class 3A at Lawrence’s Rim Rock Farm, and at Wamego, the Stanton County boys finished second and Lakin fourth in Class 2A.
Jacob Eckert paced the Eagles with a time of 17:24 to finish 16th. Ethan Fox posted the next best time of 18:14.6 to finish 41st.
Hugoton girls’ top runner was Rebecca Johnson in 44th. Holcomb’s lone entry, freshman Alex Rodby, was 35th (18:04.3). Cimarron’s Justin Burman was 20th (17:33.1), while Damion Santisteven was 53rd.
The Stanton County boys’ bid for a state title fell just short, while Lakin came within a point of a team trophy at the Wamego Golf Course.
The Trojans placed second with 86 points, behind Central Heights’ 58.
Meanwhile, Lakin scored 137 points, just one point behind Northern Heights for the third-place plaque.
Stanton County finished third in Wamego a year ago.
Stanton County junior Isaiah Barrera, runner-up at the Meade regional the week before, placed fifth overall, running 17:28.4 to improve on his ninth-place finish a year ago by 11 seconds.
His closest teammates were freshman Spencer Schmidt, who finished 17th (18:04.8) and junior Jarreth Carrasco in 24th (18:18.7).
Yates Center senior Hadley Splecther won the individual title in 15:57.5.
Meade senior Ethan Thompson was second (16:28.7). Those two finished in those same spots a year ago, as well.
Lakin sophomore Edwin Garcia medaled in 14th, running 17:55.6. Fellow Bronc Dominick Daniels, who finished ninth in the Meade regional a week ago, finished 31st.
Syracuse junior Chris Giancola was the only other area participant. He finished 42nd, running an 18:48.6. Last year he was 12th.
In Class 2A girls, Lakin’s Sara White was the lone medalist. The junior ran a 21:09.4 to finish ninth in her third state meet.
Her previous two races were in Lawrence as Lakin was in Class 3A at the time.
The Stanton County girls finished ninth, with freshman Peyton Peterson leading the way with a 16th-place finish (21:30.5).
The South Gray girls finished fifth (92 points) and Greeley County girls sixth (94), well behind champion Lincoln, who scored 16 points.
South Gray’s Natalia Granados was the area’s highest placer, finishing in 12th place by running 21:50.8. Sara Tarn finished 18th (22:19.8) to lead the Rebels. Jordyn Osborn was Greeley County’s top runner, finishing 29th (23:18.7). Ingalls’ Courtney Bailey was 22nd (22:55.0) and Hailey Minet 26th (23:18.7). Satanta’s Sicely Jackson was 24th (23:08.4).