Iola’s Yocham wins Doc Stiles varsity race

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
On a winning pace is Iola High’s Roman Yocham, running second here. Yocham claimed the individual title at Tuesday’s IHS Doc Stiles Invitational cross country meet at Riverside Park. Marmaton Valley High’s Zach Louk (third in photo) finished sixth.

Biding his time near the front of the race, Iola High sophomore Roman Yocham stayed on his pace through Riverside Park Tuesday.
Yocham knew the 5K course well. It’s the Mustangs’ home course and was the 2009 IHS Doc Stiles Invitational.
With just 800 yards left in the varsity boys race, Yoch-am regained the lead he had early in the race and never looked back. Yocham be-came the first Iola individual varsity winner since 1993 when Kevin Jukes won it.
Yocham’s winning time was 16 minutes, 57 seconds. The Mustangs took four of the 25 individual medals in the race, but finished second to Chanute as a team.
Chanute had 81 points led by Justin Lawrence and Trevor Summers, who went 3-4 individually in 17:15 and 17:21.
Iola had 85 points for second followed by Independence and Labette County, both with 141 points. There were 22 schools at the meet.
“Roman took the lead early in the race but Jake Spence of Baxter Springs pushed ahead of Roman,” said Marvin Smith, Iola High head coach. “The Spence kid had won all of his races this season until Roman beat him Tuesday.”
Iola’s Kent Toland earned the ninth-place medal in 17:48. Aaron Cheung was 20th in 18:08 and Bryan Miller finished 25th in 18:25.
Also placing for Iola were Michael Middleton in 32nd in 18:38, Dylan Lower in 41st in 19:08 and Seth Kristalyn in 42nd in 19:12.
“I don’t get to see much of the races at our meet. It was obvious that our kids were competing hard each time I could see them,” Smith said.
Crest High’s Dustin Davis-Jones picked up the fifth place medal with a time of 17:29, which was a CHS school record. Right on his heels was Marmaton Valley High’s Zach Louk for sixth in 17:31.
“Dustin broke the school record by almost a minute,” said Tisha Hug, Crest cross country coach. “The boys team is young with five sophomores and one freshman. This is by far the best showing we’ve had at the Iola meet.”
Yates Center High’s Paul Stockebrand posted a personal-best time of 18:21. Stockebrand earned his first varsity race medal, 23rd.
Yates Center senior Dylan Sicka did not compete Tuesday because of state rules of how many meets runners may participate in. Sicka will run Saturday at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence.
Humboldt High’s Cody Wright finished 35th in 18:44. Teammate Brett Heslop was 74th in 29:59.
“Brett did a great job,” said Eric Carlson, Humboldt cross country coach. “His goal was to break 30 minutes and not walk any part of the race and he achieved both goals. I’m extremely proud of the progress he is making.”
The Mustang junior varsity finished second with 86 points to Chanute’s 43.
Crest High’s Trevor Holman won the junior varsity 5K race in 18:33. His teammate Chris Brallier was 11th in 20:09.
Iola claimed four of the 20 individual medals led by Josh Klubek in ninth. He ran the distance in 19:50.
Ryan Weir placed 15th and Chris Harrington was 16th. Both had times of 20:20. Brent Clark took 19th in 20:33 and Tyler Shelby was 27th in 21:22.
Others placing for Iola were: 46. Jarrett Mosbrucker, 23:12; 50. Matthew Cunningham, 23:22; Anthony Mitchell, 23:55; 60. Lee Berg, 24:37.
Crest’s Jory Ramsey was 41st at 22:44 and Cole Bowen was 42nd in 23:04.
Humboldt High’s Jacob Jones claimed the 18th-place medal in 20:27. Ezra Bartlett placed 37th in22:14, Jackson Smith was 43rd in 23:04 and Keifer Rutledge in 66th in 28:40.
In the freshman boys’ race, which was 4K, 15 medals were awarded.
Iola’s Garrett Catron and Jordan Strickler went 2-3 in the race. Catron posted a time of 15:56 and Strickler came across in 16:12. Drew Smith placed 26th in 21:08.
Marmaton Valley’s Ryan Smith was fifth in 16:15. Crest’s David Womelsdorf earned the 12th-place medal in 17:21.
Humboldt’s Dylan Greve was 16th in 18:10 followed by Nick Keazer in 17th in 18:11. Kile Martin was 22nd in 19:20.
“Dylan ran his best race of the year. We talked about pushing their pace a little and finishing strong,” Carlson said.
Yates Center’s Sam Aguirre and Tanner Sheldon ran their first cross country races in Iola. Aguirre finished 28th in 21:41 and Sheldon was 31st in 25:20.
Select members of several area cross country teams will run at Saturday’s meet at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence.
Next Thursday, Iola, Yates Center, Humboldt Marmaton Valley and Crest compete at the Central Heights High Invitational at Richmond.