Iola, Humboldt harriers run well in opening races

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

GARNETT — There was a race for everyone at the Thursday’s Anderson County High Invitational cross country meet.
Iola High’s Mustangs and Fillies along with Humboldt High’s Cubs and Lady Cubs opened the 2009 cross country season running the Garnett Country Club golf course. Iola and Humboldt had runners in varsity, junior varsity and freshman races plus two runners from Iola Middle School ran in the middle school division races.
“A lot of schools have middle school cross country programs. We don’t but these two are younger brothers of two of our high school team members,” said Marvin Smith, Iola High head coach, as Trent Latta finished fifth in the eighth-grade race and Blaine Klubek was eighth in the seventh-grade race.
Iola High’s Mustangs claimed fourth place in the varsity 5K race behind DeSoto, 40 points, Baldwin, 46 points and Santa Fe Trail, 118 points. The Mustangs scored 130 points. Humboldt only had one runner in the varsity race.
Roman Yocham paced the Mustangs, earning the fourth-place individual medal with a time of 17 minutes, 50 seconds. Kent Toland grabbed the 12th-place medal in 18:21.
“It was a good opening meet for us. We had to run without Ryan Weir, our No. 3 runner, because of illness,” Smith said. “Roman and Kent ran conservatively for the first mile and both had a very good final mile.”
Ryan Latta crossed the line third for Iola in the 36th-place spot in 20 minutes. Aaron Cheung and Eli Johns followed in 20:18 and 20:33, respectively, finishing 41st and 43rd. Seth Kristalyn placed 59th in 21:22 and Chris Harrington was 66th in 22.14.
Humboldt High’s Cody Wright ran the 5K race in 20:34.43 for 44th place. Raquel Hill, the lone girl on the Humboldt team, placed 31st in the girls’ varsity 4K race, in 19:04.37.
“This race was more competitive than it has been in recent years with many good female runners,” said Eric Carlson, Humboldt head coach. “I was proud of our runners overall. We certainly have room to improve and we will.”
Iola’s Fillies competed in the junior varsity race only. They were without Jennica Rausch, who is out with a muscle pull.
First-year runner Leah Weir ran with the leaders in the race from the start and finished 11th, earning a medal, in 20:03. Another first-year runner Sydney Owens was 17th in 21:00 and Kristen Linn finished 31st in 22:07.
Both Iola and Humboldt had runners in the junior varsity boys’ race, which was won by DeSoto with 28 points. Iola placed third with 85 points.
The Mustangs claimed three medal spots, 7-8-9, led by Dylan Lower in 20:22 followed by Bryan Miller in 20:28 and Michael Middleton in 20:35. Josh Klubek was 36th in 22:44, Tyler Shelby was 46th in 23:34 and Matthew Cunningham took 60th in 24:58. Jarrett Mosbrucker ran the race in 28:18 for 76th place and Anthony Mitchell was 77th in 28:22.
Humboldt’s Jacob Jones placed 40th in 23:01 followed by Ezra Bartlett in 53rd in 24:40, Chris Headley in 66th in 23:30, Jackson Smith in 74th in 27:47 and Brett Heslop finished 84th in 36:56. Coach Carlson said, “all of these boys were asking about ways to get better after the race.”
The Iola freshman boys were second as a team with 37 points to DeSoto’s 18 points. Jordan Strickler ran the 4K race in 16:53 for the fifth-place medal and Tyler Tomlinson snared the 10th-place medal in 17:48. Also placing for Iola were: 23. Jacob Harrison, 20:02; 24. Johnny Adams, 20:54; 25. Drew Smith, 21:26; 26. Shae Beasley, 21:42.
Humboldt’s Nick Keazer was 13th in the freshman race in 18:19.22. Dylan Greve placed 22nd in 19:54 and Kile Martin was 30th in 24:44.
Next Thursday, Iola’s teams head to Fort Scott and Humboldt runs at the Girard Invitational.