Standing in anticipation, the accolades for the Pleasant Ridge girls' cross country team began to roll in.
First-team all-league: Rachel Hattok, Kristina Silvers, Hailey Worthington. Second-team all-league: Taylor Satre, Grace McKinney, Sarah Ling, Carly Simonis.
Until finally, after an afternoon of running through the Lawrence countryside, the overall team results were announced. Delaware Valley League Champs: Pleasant Ridge.
"It was just a great night," PR coach Chad Hendrix said. "A perfect way to close out the regular season portion of our schedule."
Seven Lady Rams finished in the top 20 Thursday as Ridge galloped its way to the league title. Hattok came in fourth, Silvers sixth and Worthington seventh. Satre won 12th, McKinney 13th, Ling 17th and Simonis 19th.
"It was a huge boost for our team," Hendrix said about his girls' high marks. "To have three girls in the top 10 and then seven in the top 20, it really closed the door on the other teams' chances at winning."
For the PR boys, the highlight came on the heels of Tony Weber, who took first overall to win the individual league crown. Other Ridge finishes included Tyler Darrow placing 25th and Gabe Younger coming in 29th. The team finished fourth overall.
"This was his most calculated race he has run all year," the Ridge coach said of Weber. "Very smart, strategic in the way he attacked the course and he did exactly what his game plan was."
Pleasant Ridge will race in its regional meet next Saturday at Riley County.
Lansing girls second in KVL
The Lansing girls' cross country placed second at the Kaw Valley League Championship Thursday.
Led by Nashia and Malika Baker, who placed first and second, the Lady Lions came in right behind champs Mill Valley.
"I was really happy about the girls competing with Mill Valley," Lansing coach Brian Malm said. "They took it to us earlier this year and today we were right there with them, so the girls just keep whittling time off and doing great things."
Both the Baker sisters received all-league honors and joining them were Caitlin LaNeve, who won 12th, and Jordan Maestas, who placed 17th. Other Lady Lion results included Emily Laurence (21st), Catherine Strehlow (27th) and Abbie Hilliard (28th).
The boys were led by Chris Brown, who's second overall placement gave him all-league recognition.
"He is doing great," Malm said about Brown. "He bought in this year and after not coming in exactly where we wanted him, he has worked really, really hard to get better every week."
Joe Walter received the same honor after taking 14th place. The remaining Lansing results included: Jack Bresser (27th), Vincent Brosius (28th), Joe Lorenzen (30th), Matt Paxton (32nd) and Nicolas Albl (44th). As a team, the Lions finished fourth.
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"We have to continue what we are doing right now," Malm said. "The girls are trickling down times. The boys, if they can all run their best together, have a good chance. Simply put, we all have to come together."