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The postseason for fall sports officially began this weekend with regional tennis taking place. The city cross country meet also highlighted action for the city’s schools on Saturday.

CROSS COUNTRY

Once again, it was Washburn Rural who took home boys and girls team titles at the city cross country meet at Lake Shawnee. For the Rural boys, it is their 13th consecutive city crown.  Just like last season’s race, Rural seniors Rylan Brown and Caleb Wright finished first and second to lead their team. Hayden’s sophomore Tanner Newkirk was third, followed by Rural senior Wyatt Allen and Seaman senior Taegan Loy. Rounding out the top ten were Rural sophomore Alex Holmes, Rural senior Jordan Tremblay, Topeka West freshman Lenny Njoroge, Rural junior Arrik White, and Hayden junior Dawson Adams. Seaman was second as a team behind Rural, followed by Hayden, Topeka West, Shawnee Heights, Topeka High, and Highland Park.

On the girls side, Rural reclaimed the city crown from Shawnee Heights with seven of their runners finishing in the top ten. The best time on the day belonged to Heights senior Kylie Phillips, who took her first city title. Rural freshmen Madeline Carter and Heidi Schieber were second and third, followed by their teammate, senior Christiana Funk, and Heights senior Makenna Orton. Following that pack were Rural senior Shannon Rezac, Rural freshman Jaidyn Bogren, Rural sophomore Khloi Bird, Seaman junior Megan Allacher, and Rural senior Eve Schifman. Seaman placed second behind Rural, with Heights, Topeka West, Topeka High and Hayden following.

View the full results here.

https://twitter.com/RuralXC/status/1183090751779102723?s=20

GIRLS TENNIS

In regional action, Hayden dominated the courts on their way to winning their 4A regional. Rhen Calhoon defeated her teammate, Marisol Blair, in the singles final. Hayden’s top doubles team of Jenny Voegeli and Allyson Meier took first place, and the team of Kayla Simons and Isabella Valdivia placed fourth to qualify for state as well.

Seaman’s team placed second in their regional at Emporia, with their doubles tandem of Emma Biggs and Grace Unruh placing first. The Lady Vikes’ other doubles team, Emma Dowd and Lauren Sweeney, took third. In singles play, Elise Schreiner placed second for Seaman. Topeka West’s Ariel Graber qualified for state with a fifth place finish.

6A action in Wichita saw Washburn Rural qualify their entire team for state. In singles play, Sheridan Wichman and Meredith Kucera met in the third-place match, with Wichman winning to claim third. In doubles, Grace Bradbury and Halley Robinett were second and Hailey Beck and Kathertine Fritz were fourth. Topeka High’s doubles tandem of Elizabeth Peterson and Adisyn Caryl placed third to qualify for state for the Trojans.

VOLLEYBALL

Washburn Rural took first place at the Derby Invitational, going 4-0 in pool play with wins over Wichita South, Derby, Newton and Liberal and then topping Maize South in two sets in the final, 25-17, 26-24.

Hayden placed fourth at the De Soto Spikefest, losing to Basehor-Linwood in the third-place match.

Shawnee Heights and Topeka High took part in the Manhattan Invitational.


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