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Hiawatha Girls & Boys Take Big Seven League Cross Country Titles
By Mike Smith
Copyright: MSC Sports

2017 Big Seven League Cross Country Meet Results (10-12-17) - click here

With the end of the regular season upon us that means League cross country meet time and always some highly competitive races. The Big Seven League meet was hosted in Seneca and it was the Hiawatha Red Hawk girls and boys claiming the League titles. 

The girl’s race belonged to Hiawatha by a wide margin as the lady Red Hawks won the League title by 31 points scoring 31 on the day to take their fifth straight Big Seven cross country crown. Sabetha girls earned second by eight points over Jeff West who finished third as a team. Perry Lecompton, ACCHS, Royal Valley and Holton finished fourth through seventh to round out the girl’s team finishes. Boy’s race was much tighter as Hiawatha claimed their second straight Big Seven title winning by just seven points over Sabetha who earned second place. Perry Lecompton finished third, while Royal Valley, Nemaha Central and Holton finished out the team standings placing fourth, fifth and sixth. 

Pacing Hiawatha on their way to the League team titles were a pair of individual League titles. For the third-straight year Elizabeth Kettler won the Big Seven League title posting a time fo 19:24 to win it this year by 49 seconds. Kate Madsen earned second for the lady Red Hawks notching a time of 20:13.50, while Mary Rosa placed seventh (20:41.40) and Jasmine Morey grabbed tenth place (21:33.70). Emma Williams, Maidson Gilbert and Nikki Stueve each also placed in the Top 20 for the Hiawatha girls placing 11th, 18th and 20th, respectively. The top time in the boys race belonged to Justin Hodge who raced to a time of 16:26.20 to win 45 seconds for Hiawatha. Parker Winters, Liam Jones and Andrew Lierz all notched Top 10 finishes for the Red Hawk boys placing fourth (17:26), eighth (17:51.40) and tenth (17:51.90), respectively. Taylor Hughes and Christian Shaffer also finished in the Top 20 placing 11th and 12th. 

Sabetha Bluejay girls and boys both earned second place as teams at the League meet. Leading the Bluejays boys performances was Henry Glynn who placed third behind a time of 17:11.50, while Kaden Dillon finished fifth with a time of 17:30.70. Micah Romines earned seventh place (17:48.90), while Braden Menold and Charlie Bestwick posted finishes of 13th and 14th. Sabetha girls also had a Top three finisher as Hattie Luckert placed third behind a time of 20:30.70, while Megan Meyer and Skylar McAfee finished sixth (20:38.80) and ninth (21:27.70). Kenzie Meyer added a 15th place finish for the lady Bluejays. 

Jeff West Tigers were led by their girls on the day who finished third as a team with Makenzie Tucker pacing the way placing fourth with a time of 20:35.20. Macy Tucker earned fifth posting a time of 20:38.60, while Sarah Sayles earned 12th place. In the boys competition Collin Ellis had the best showing for the Tigers placing 15th. 

Perry Lecompton boys earned third place as a team led by Josh Mitts who posted a time of 17:32.90 to earn sixth place. His teammates James Bartlett, Reece Sollars and Josh LeClair placed 16th, 18th and 20th, respectively. While in the girls competition both Jolie Hirsch and Blaise Ball posted Top 20 finishes placing 16th and 17th. 

Royal Valley had a trio of Top 20 finishes at the League meet as Garrett Hicks placed ninth in the boys race with a time of 17:51.60, while Nue Tinajero posted a 19th place finish. In the girls race Katie Hanshaw finished 14th for the Panthers. 

A pair of ACCHS lady Tigers finished in the Top 20 at the League meet led by Victoria Caplinger who placed eighth with a time fo 21:16.80, while Erin Hamilton earned 19th. 

Leading the Riverside Cyclones was the performance of Matthew Kline who placed second in the boy’s competition behind a time of 17:11.30.

Holton Wildcats were led by Hannah Ent who earned 13th place in the girls race, while Nemaha Central was led by Roland Voracek who finished 17th in the boys race. 

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