ACHILLES, EICKBUSH LEAD BULLPUP HARRIERS

By William

GREAT BEND – The McPherson High cross country teams opened their 2020 season on Thursday with a run in Great Bend at the Lake Barton Invitational.

While no team scores were available, the Bullpups were led by Cody Achilles who finished seventh in the varsity boys division with a run of 17:57, while Courtney Eickbush was the top Lady Bullpup harrier with a 19th place finish after running 22:44.

First-year Head Coach Nikolous Rempe was pleased with the team’s performance, noting, “It was a good meet to start the season. Over half the team improved their times from the time trials last week and a couple of them even had lifetime personal records today.”

The Lady Bullpups had just one other runner besides Eickbush for the varsity division and that was Evie Elder who finished 32nd with a run of 23:50.

While the Bullpup boys had seven runners competing in the varsity run, the next best finish after Achilles was Liam Seron with a run of 19:16 which placed him 29th.

Roman Mai led the Bullpup boys junior varsity group with a run of 23:30 while Keanna Sullivan had the top Lady Bullpup junior varsity run at 27:32.

Coach Rempe concluded his post-meet reflections by saying, “Times were a little slower than some of the kids had hoped, but it was a hot afternoon and we had a pretty strenuous week of training this past week. They did a good job of working together and pushing each other during the races which will payoff big time as the season progresses.”

Next up for the Bullpup harriers will be on Thursday, September 10th when they compete at Hesston.

BULLPUP INDIVIDUAL RESULTS:

BOYS VARSITY:

Cody Achilles ran a 17:57 and finished 7th.

Liam Seron ran a 19:16 and finished 29th.

Tito Mendez ran a 19:48 and finished 35th.

Joel Hendricks ran a 20:13 and finished 38th.

Brock Burgess ran a 20:32 and finished 43rd.

Skylar Lockard ran a 20:44 and finished 45th.

Jaiden Strickland ran a 24:25 and finished 56th.

GIRLS VARSITY:

Courtney Eickbush ran a 22:44 and finished 19th.

Evie Elder ran a 23:50 and finished 32nd.

BOYS JUNIOR VARSITY:

Roman Mai ran a 23:30 and finished 17th.

Sam Boese ran a 25:39 and finished 26th.

Hunter Mendez ran a 26:37 and finished 27th.

GIRLS JUNIOR VARSITY:

Keanna Sullivan ran a 27:32 and finished 24th.

Renae Hendricks ran a 29:46 and finished 32nd.

Aleah Perry ran a 32:03 and finished 34th.

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