Marmaton Valley’s Louk medals in 2A race; Humboldt’s Hill runs

By Jocelyn Sheets
Register Sports Editor


Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Marmaton Valley High sophomore Zachary Louk (511) runs in front of Republic County High’s Jimmy Phitts, who finished sixth, during the Class 2A state cross country race at Wamego Saturday. Louk was 19th.
Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Humboldt High junior Raquel Hill (381) comes down a slope during Saturday’s Class 2A state cross country race in Wamego.

WAMEGO — Marmaton Valley High’s Zachary Louk and Humboldt High’s Raquel Hill worked hard all cross country season. Their reward was being able to compete in Saturday’s 2009 Kansas Class 2A State Cross Country Meet in Wamego.
Louk made the most of his second trip to state claiming his first state medal. Louk finished the 5K race in 18 minutes, 12.27 seconds.
As a freshman a year ago, Louk was 67th in 20:10.12.
“It feels great to get a state medal. I had a good race,” Louk said. “Worked hard this year and I just kept moving up during the house.
“I kept working on the hills. There was one long hill that was pretty rough on me.”
With his top-20 finish, Louk became a Class 2A All-State runner.
In the girls’ 4K race, Hill, a junior and in her third state race, finished 21st, one place out of the medals. She ran the race in 17:29.08.
“Raquel ran very good. I was pleased with her performance,” said Eric Carlson, Humboldt High cross country coach. “She was a little disappointed but she beat 80 other girls. Making it to state is tough. Finishing that high is a great accomplishment.”
Eric Ruth of Stanton County was the 2A boys’ state champion in 17:01.97. Ally Balderston of Salina-Sacred Heart won the 2A girls’ championship in 16:24.25.