The EHS Cross Country teams competed in their first action of the season Saturday at the WSU Invitational at the Raft Ranch.

The EHS Cross Country teams competed in their first action of the season Saturday at the WSU Invitational at the Raft Ranch.

El Dorado was only able to field a full team in the varsity boys race.

“As a team, we are encouraged by our results in our first meet of the season. Only 10 runners medal in each race, and we were able to have three runners medal,” said EHS head coach David Herrs.

The El Dorado JV Girls got the Wildcats off to a good start, each girl who ran posted an improved time from their first three weeks of practice.

“Caitlynn Hamilton ran very well, as she started well and remained in medal contention the entire race,” said Herrs.

The JV boys had one runner finish in the top 25 in Kyle Thomas who finished at 22nd at 20:34.

“The JV Boys also ran as well as they have all year,” said Herrs.

The Wildcats only ran three girls at the varsity level.

They were led by freshman Jolie Howland, who posted an impressive 16:49 in her first high school 4K race placing her 11th best overall.

“I thought Jolie Howland ran a good race. I hope she will continue to gain confidence at the high school level,” said Herrs. “Tori Gricol has had a great summer of running. I hope she’ll be able to have a good senior year.”

The Varsity boys led the way for the Wildcats finishing 5th overall as a team in a strong field.

“Our varsity boys ran strong, led by two medalists, Jacob Anders and Breck Towner,” said Herrs.

Wildcat rookie runners Tim Kemboi and Dylan McAdoo finished 3rd and 4th among the El Dorado squad.

“Anders and Towner, at this point in the season, seem to give us a chance to be competitive in our team scores each week for the boys’ varsity,” said Herrs.

El Dorado was without senior John Scott who is currently injured. As he gets healthy, the El Dorado depth should be much improved.

Out of the 16 runners who ran for the Wildcats, 10 of them ran in their first ever high school cross county race.

“I thought we ran well, considering how many rookie runners we have. As these runners gain experience, I hope we continue to see improved individual results. As the year progresses, I hope our team results also get better and better,” said Herrs.

Runner Final Time Final Place

JV Girls (55 runners)

Caitlynn Hamilton 18:47 8th medalist, Lexi Bias 20:05 20th, Sally Rowell 25:15 49th

JV Boys (89 runners)

Kyle Thomas 20:34 22nd, Tyler Michaelis 21:03 28th, Dustin Mongomery 23:14 57th, Zane Carson 24:08 67th

Varsity Girls (61 runners)

Jolie Howland 16:49 11th, Tori Gricol 18:15 31st, Faith Hadley 19:00 45th

Varsity Boys (66 runners)

Jacob Anders 17:59 6th new PR (by 1:20), Breck Towner 18:03 7th course PR (by :53), Tim Kemboi 19:39 34th, Dylan McAdoo 19:42 35th, Jacob Harding 20:08 47th course PR (by :48), Tanner Clites 21:58 64th

Full team Results

JV Girls

1 Blue Valley West 21, 2 Kapaun Mt Carmel 34, 3 Wichita East 90, 4 Andover 108, all others incomplete

JV Boys

1 Blue Valley West 27, 2 Wichita East 44, 3 Andover 82, 4 Campus 102, 5 Kapaun Mt Carmel 130, 6 Trinity Academy 163, all others incomplete

Varsity Girls

1 Maize South 54, 2 Blue Valley West 61, 3 Trinity Academy 79, 4 Kapaun Mt Carmel 101, 5 Heritage Hall 138, 6 Wichita East 144, 7 Andover 153, 8 Gardner Edgerton 169, 9 Campus 228, all others incomplete

Varsity Boys

1 Kapaun Mt Carmel 52, 2 Blue Valley West 69, 3 Maize South 108, 4 Campus 108, 5 El Dorado 129, 6 Heritage Hall 134, 7 Trinity Academy 146, 8 Andover 149, 9 Wichita East 209, 10 Gardner Edgerton 232, all others incomplete