Mustangs win at Fort Scott

Marmaton Valley and Crest runners claim meet medals

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

FORT SCOTT — Two area sophomores battled down the home stretch at Thursday’s Fort Scott High School Invitational cross country meet.
In the boys’ varsity race, Iola High’s Roman Yocham edged Marmaton Valley High’s Zach Louk for second place. Yocham ran the 5K race in 17 minutes, 55 seconds while Louk was third in 17:57.
Yocham led the Mustangs to a team championship. They placed three in the top 15 individual medal spots. The top two teams were awarded team medals.
Iola finished with 33 team points and Labette County was second with 52. Nevada had 72 followed by Fredonia with 89 and Neodesha with 105.
Kent Toland was Iola’s No. 2 runner on the day finishing fourth in 18:24. Ryan Latta ran 11th in 19:37. Dylan Lower placed 18th just ahead of teammate Bryan Miller in 19th. Their times were 20:11 and 20:14.
“I’m still patting myself on the back for moving Dylan and Bryan up to varsity out of the junior varsity race,” said Marvin Smith, Iola head coach.
“Illness and injuries had already cut into our numbers before Ryan Weir hurt his back in weightlifting. We got standout races from Roman, Kent, Ryan Latta, Dylan and Bryan.”
Michael Middleton placed 22nd in 20:33 and Ryan Weir was 38th in 22:53.
Crest High’s Dustin Davis-Jones captured the sixth-place medal in the varsity race. He ran the distance in 18:43. Cole Bowen placed 44th.
Crest’s Italy Loving claimed fifth place and a medal in the girls’ 4K varsity race. She ran the race in 19:47.
All the other area girls competed in the junior varsity race.
First-year sophomore Sydney Owens paced the Iola girls in the junior varsity race. Owens ran the 4K in 20:40, which Smith said would have placed her eighth in the varsity race.
Kristen Linn finished seventh for Iola in 20:54 and Leah Weir was 10th in 21:35. Both earned medals. Just out of the medals was Jennica Rausch, who placed 16th in 24:26.
“We just need to get healthy. Leah has been out ill for a couple of days and Jennica has missed six weeks with a muscle pull and is behind in conditioning,” Smith said.
Marmaton Valley’s Jamee McEndree earned the fifth-place medal in the JV race in 20:48. Crest’s Delanie Cammack was 19th.
The Mustang junior varsity dominated their race with 22 points. Labette County was second with 64 points. Fort Scott does not award medals to seniors running in the junior varsity so three Iola seniors ran “unattached.”
Seth Kristlayn, a senior, won the 4K race in 15:48. Smith said officially Crest’s Trevor Holman won the junior varsity race in 15:55.
Iola’s placings were: 6. Jordan Strickler, 16:19; 7. Garrett Catron, 16:40; 10. Josh Klubek, 17:07; 12. Chris Harrington (Sr.), 17:18; 19. Brent Clark, 17:54; 21. Tyler Shelby, 17:57; 25. Tyler Tomlinson, 18:18; 31. Dustin Jones (Sr.), 19:05; 36. Shae Beasley, 19:55; 37. Matthew Cunningham, 19:55; 40. Anthony Mitchell, 20:24; 41. Jacob Harrison, 20:26, 42. Jarrett Mosbrucker, 20:26.
Joining Holman in the junior varsity race from Crest were Chris Brallier, who earned the eighth-place medal in 16:52, David Womelsdorf, who was 26th in 18:21, and Jory Ramsey, who placed 29th in 20:05.
Marmaton Valley’s Ryan Smith captured the fourth-place medal in the JV race in 16:18.