By William for

NEWTON – It may have been the best meet of the season on Tuesday for the McPherson Middle School cross country teams as they closed out the 2019 regular season runs at the Newton Invitational.

A total of nine Junior Pup harriers scored medals on the day, including Kayla Porter who brought home a first-place finish for the seventh-grade Junior Lady Pups. It was Kayla’s first time to finish first.

“The runners had their best meet of the year by far today,” noted Junior Pup Head Coach Nicholous Rempe. “All of them ran really strong and smart races. It was a very windy day, but nearly all of them ran season best times, while half of the runners medaled and Kayla (Porter) was able to win her first race of the season. Today’s races should give them confidence heading into the League meet.”

The eighth-grade Junior Lady Pups had all five runners finish in the top-20 and earn medals, including Keanna Sullivan (10th) and Renae Hendricks (15th) placing in the top-15.

Almost as impressive was the eighth-grade Junior Pup boys as three of the four runners earned medals and all of them, Kale French (10th), Jaiden Strickland (11th), and Hunter Mendez (15th) placing in the top-15.

The McPherson Middle School cross country teams will close out their 2019 season next Tuesday when they host the Pioneer League Cross Country Championships at Rolling Acres beginning at 4:00 p.m.


8th GRADE JUNIOR LADY PUPS (2-mile run):

Keanna Sullivan ran 15:33.20 and placed 10th, Medaled

Renae Hendricks ran 15:08.10 and placed 15th, Medaled

Analiese Bordayo ran 16:13.90 and placed 16th, Medaled

Lauren Newcom ran 16:42.40 and placed 19th, Medaled

Skyler French ran 17:01.60 and placed 20th, Medaled

8th GRADE JUNIOR PUPS (2-mile run):

Kale French ran 13:30.40 and placed 10th, Medaled

Jaiden Strickland ran 13:31.60 and placed 11th, Medaled

Hunter Mendez ran 13:47.30 and placed 15th, Medaled

Carter Thul ran 17:07.80 and placed 47th

7th GRADE JUNIOR LADY PUPS (1.5-mile run):

Kayla Porter ran 10:34.00 and placed 1st, Medaled

Gracy Hubbard ran 12:29.90 and placed 22nd

Claire Miller ran 13:05.50 and placed 28th

7th GRADE JUNIOR PUPS (1.5-mile run):

Alex Brubaker ran 10:56.80 and placed 39th

Garrett Floyd ran 10;59.10 and placed 40th

Jamie Landeros ran 11:05.30 and placed 45th

Carson Houchen ran 11:08.90 and placed 49th

Lucky Brewer ran 11:38.80 and place 58th

Roary Whorton ran 13:10.20 and placed 72nd

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