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            GREAT BEND – The McPherson cross-country teams opened their 2022 season on Thursday at Great Bend where the Bullpup boys finished fourth and the Lady Bullpups placed sixth.

            “Overall, today was a decent first meet for us,” explained Bullpup head coach Nikolous Rempe in his post-meet reflections. “While we were able to identify some of the areas of our races where we can improve, both varsity teams did have an average time that was over a minute faster than it was a year ago. We will continue working to get our times down over the next couple of months.”

            Among the other teams participating were Great Bend, Buhler, Derby, Dodge City, Garden City, Hays, and Salina South.

            For the Lady Bullpups, Chloe Clevenger earned a top-ten finish by placing eighth with a run of 21:56 while Lexi Patterson and Emily Heskett both finished in the top 40 with runs of 23:29 and 24:30, respectively.

            The Bullpup boys had two runners in the top-20 with Tito Mendez running 18:33 to finish 18th and Benjamin Rodriguez ran the course in 18:35 to place 19th.

            Both Ethan Elder and Roman Mai landed in the top-30 as Elder ran 18:59 for 24th and Mai ran a 19:32 which was good for 29th.

            Next up for the McPherson cross-country program will come on Saturday, September 10 when they run at the Wamego Invitational which will have as many as 54 schools participating.         



Lady Bullpups finished 6th

Individual Results:

Chloe Clevenger – 8th – 21:56

Lexi Patterson – 31st – 23:29

Emily Heskett – 40th – 24:30

Kayla Porter – 45th – 25:24

Renae Hendricks – 52nd – 26:31

Lindley Jex – 55th – 27:03


Bullpup Boys finished 4th

Individual Results:

Tito Mendez – 18th – 18:33

Benjamin Rodriguez – 19th – 18:35

Ethan Elder – 24th – 18:59

Roman Mai – 29th – 19:32

Caleb Mueller – 31st – 19:34

Kayden Friesen – 34th – 19:40

Garrett Floyd – 37th – 19:55

Palmer Heskett – 49th – 20:52

Lady Bullpup Junior Varsity:

Aleah Perry – 30th – 29:41

Keanna Sullivan – 31st – 30:03

Bullpup Boys Junior Varsity:

Skylar Lockard – 30th – 22:39

Hunter Mendez – 55th – 24:36

Miles Bauer – 69th – 26:10

Micaiah Stevenson – 75th – 27:44

Jonah Foster – 78th – 29:16

C-Team, 2-mile run:

Mariska Davis – 14th – 21:11

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