The Circle boys cross country team won the 4A regional meet in Chanute on Saturday with a score of 49, while the girls team finished runner-up with a score of 45. The Augusta Orioles will also send both teams to state as the boys and girls teams both finished third.

The Circle boys team is the defending 4A state champion, but the Thunderbirds have suffered from some nagging injuries. According to Circle head coach Gary Wartick, the Thunderbirds are finally hitting their stride at the right time.

“This year they have been banged up a little and finally are running well again,” said Wartick.

On the girls’ side, the T-Birds have had to overcome injury as well, but Wartick is pleased with how the rest of the girls have stepped up.

“We lost varsity runner Alyssa Fullerton three weeks ago, breaking a leg at the KU meet and she is out for the season. We thought we might be in trouble, but the girls just keep getting better and keeping our chances alive.”

Circle Boys top five:

Eli Jacobson, 6th, 17:19; Emmet Keller, 8th, 17:28; Brycen Shoenhofer, 11th, 17:49; Ryan Derry, 12th, 17:52; Simeon Keller, 15th, 18:07.

Circle girls top five:

Emma Willour, 3rd, 20:43; Rebekah Choriego, 13th, 22:44; Bethany Choriego, 14th, 22:45; Katie Webb, 15th, 22:46; Autumn Alvarez, 18th, 23:03.

Augusta boys top five:

Sawyer Schmidt, 2nd, 16:25; Brice Helton, 3rd, 16:58; Jacob Dieter, 14th, 18:02; Cade Zerr, 25th, 19:03; AJ Linder, 32nd, 19:35.

Augusta girls top five:

Alyssa Taylor, 4th, 20:46; Porsha Zweifel, 6th, 21:18, Sophie Stevens, 16th, 22:51; Sara Mcallister, 19th, 23:05, Jamie Linder, 23rd, 23:35.

All four teams will compete at the 4A state meet at the Wamego Country Club on Saturday, Oct. 27..