By William

HESSTON – The McPherson High cross-country team took 16 runners to the Hesston Invitational on Thursday and brought home two gold medals for first place finishes plus four others who finished in the top 15 of their divisions.

Senior Bullpup Cody Achilles scored a first-place finish in the senior boys division with a run of 16:51 while senior Lady Bullpup Courtney Eickbush won the senior girls division by running the course in 21:06.

“The Hesston Meet is always a little different each year as each grade level competes against each other instead of running varsity and junior varsity races,” explained Bullpup Head Coach Nikolous Rempe. “This year, multiple races of 5-6 schools were ran all day and the results of the Class 4A, 5A, and 6A schools were then combined by grade level.”

Both Joel Hendricks and Liam Seron placed in the top-15 of the senior division with 14th and 15th place runs while Evie Elder finished 12th in the junior girls division and Tito Mendez placed sixth in the sophomore boys division.

As for the overall team’s performance, Coach Rempe concluded his reflections by saying, “All of our runners competed extremely well today. They took advantage of the cooler weather and a fast course, with every single runner improving their time over last week and several posted lifetime bests. They really stepped up the intensity at practice over the last few days and it definitely showed today as they ran smart, strong races and were able to work together well to push each other to faster times.”

Next up for the Bullpup harriers will be on Thursday, September 17 when they run at the Westar-Prairie Ridge Cross Country Course in Hutchinson for the 13-team Hutchinson Invitational.


Senior Bullpup Boys:

Cody Achilles ran a 16:51 and finished 1st.

Joel Hendricks ran an 18:46 and finished 14th.

Liam Seron ran an 18:47 and finished 15th.

Sam Boese ran a 22:19 and finished 32nd.

Senior Lady Bullpups:

Courtney Eickbush ran a 21:06 and finished 1st.

Junior Lady Bullpups:

Evie Elder ran a 22:20 and finished 12th.

Sophomore Bullpup Boys:

Tito Mendez ran an 18:20 and finished 6th.

Brock Burgess ran a 19:37 and finished 18th.

Skylar Lockard ran a 19:49 and finished 20th.

Roman Mai ran a 21:43 and finished 29th.

Dalton Weir ran a 22:31 and finished 34th.

Sophomore Lady Bullpups:

Aleah Perry ran a 26:57 and finished 31st.

Freshman Bullpup Boys:

Jaiden Strickland ran a 21:50 and finished 26th.

Hunter Mendez ran a 24:07 and finished 34th.

Freshman Lady Bullpups:

Keanna Sullivan ran a 24:13 and finished 18th.

Renae Hendricks ran a 24:56 and finished 19th.

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