WHS Cross Country Boys are 4A State-Bound!! Awesome!!

Saturday was a phenomenal day for the WHS Cross Country program. Not only did Freshman Lady Crusader Taylor Earl place 27th out of a field of 48 runners, in the GIRLS 5K, seven Crusaders, as a team, finished 3rd out of a field of 8 teams and will be heading north to Wamego, as a team, this coming Saturday. I honestly can’t recall the last time this happened and I’ve been covering WHS Cross Country for over 2 decades. Congratulations to Head Coach Jaedyn Ledesma Showman, and coaches Charles Wallace and Timothy Green. They shined, the team shined, and smiles were plentiful as the final standings were announced.

When Clearwater was announced as the 4th place finisher, our boys and coaches knew – the Crusaders were headin’ to State. Clearwater, who has an excellent Cross Country team was the team they knew they had to beat to make the cut and they did it. Here are the final “TEAM” standings and individual times for our Lady Crusader and Crusaders in their respective 5K races, held north of Hutchinson at the Westar Prairie Ridge XC Course on North Lucille Rd.

TEAM FINISHES (BOYS 5K)

1st – Buhler
2nd – McPherson
3rd – WELLINGTON
4th – Clearwater
5th – Pratt
6th – Mulvane
7th – Ulysses
8th – Rose Hill

INDIVIDUAL FINISHES (BOYS 5K) (field of 59 runners)

11th – Hunter Lough 18:54.4
15th – Ryan Bacon 19:04.7
23rd – Camden Parkey 20:04.4
24th – Conner Walker 20:03.5
32nd – Caleb Sanders 20:39.2
33rd – Braeden Ybarra 20:40.5
39th – Jaxson Irey-Hurt 21:04.7

A special shout-out to SENIORS Camden Parkey and Braeden Ybarra (pictured) – these two gentlemen have been a part of the program for a long time and are looked up to immensely by their underclassmen ‘mates. Both have recently overcome personal challenges and have emerged strong and determined. This Saturday at Wamego will be their last hurrah, I heard a couple of their teammates mention how sad they will be to not have both around after this weekend. Camden Parkey and Braeden Ybarra – true Crusaders, true Leaders! Thank you both for your consistent contributions to the team over the last many years!

TEAM FINISHES (GIRLS 5K)

1st – Rose Hill
2nd – Buhler
3rd _ McPherson
4th – Pratt
5th – Andale
6th – Clearwater
7th – Mulvane

INDIVIDUAL FINISH (GIRLS 5K) (field of 48 runners)

27th – Taylor Earl 24:01.1

CONGRATULATIONS CRUSADERS – you have excelled at perhaps the toughest sport around (mentally and physically) and we are proud of you all!

REGIONAL 4A PICTURES 102321

Author: Steve Sturgis

Steve graduated from Wellington High School in 1974 and then Wichita State University (with honors) in 1979 with a B.S. Degree in Administration of Justice; his minor was in Sociology. Steve has held several positions ranging from Juvenile Court Service Officer, to District Manager in Circulation at the Wichita Eagle, Q.A. Planner at Boeing, Caregiver, Psychiatric Technician, Limo Driver, Ranch Hand, Photographer, Webmaster and Website Developer and a die hard Crusader Fan since the early 1960's. Contact the ole boy at shs74@wellington.cc or on Facebook or at any Crusader event year-round.