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Saturday, 14 October 2017 08:18


The Liberal cross country team at the Western Athletic Conference meet in Garden City. Courtesy photo

Special to the Leader & Times

Buffalo Dunes Golf Course in Garden City was host to the Western Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships.  Both Liberal boys and girls came into the first week of their championship season ready to step it up a notch and prove they can run with the best teams in the state.  

The girls’ team competed in a 4 kilometer race on the hot and humid day. Sophomore Katie Horyna ran away from the competition completing the course in 16:38, 30 seconds faster than second place. Sophomore Audrey Gilmore ran a 17:36 to earn a spot on the top five and make the first team All-WAC team. Senior Ali Lucero was the third runner for the Redskins placing 13th with a time of 18:23. Alondra Alvarado and Reece Hay were the 21st and 22nd runners to complete the course running a 19:01 and 19:04. The top five runners for the Redskins scored points for the team with a total of 62.

The other runners for Liberal were Kelsey Ramsey, Reyn Slatten, Tania Minjarez, Gisselle Melendez, and Jakeline Flores.  The Redskins finished in third place, just nine points away from first-place Garden City.

After the meet Katie Horyna was voted WAC Runner of the Year.  

The boys’ team race competed in a 5 kilometer race and were led by Junior Xavier Perez. Perez finished in third place with a time of 17:43 earning All-WAC honors. Javier Carrillo made second team All-WAC with his eighth place finish in 18:05. Joel Obando crossed the line in 18:15 to finish in 12th place.  

Freshman Alex Lopez finished in 19th place with a time of 18:46. 

The fifth and last scorer for the Redskins was Antonio Borunda in 21st place with a time of 18:54. 

Other runners for the Redskins were Josh Diazdeleon, Cory Nguyen, Fausto Parrall, Alex Molina, Aaron Venegas.

The Redskins finished with 63 points to finish in third place behind Great Bend and Garden.  

The Redskins cross country teams will travel to Lake Afton outside of Goddard Saturday for the Regional Championships with a trip to the state meet on the line.  

The Redskins will compete against Bishop Carroll, Goddard, Goddard Eisenhower, Maize, Maize South, Kapaun Mt. Carmel, and Great Bend.

The top three teams and five individuals not on a qualifying team will advance to the state meet.  Six of the eight teams on the girls’ side have all been ranked in the top 10 of the state this season.  




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