Although both the boys and girls cross country teams were able to place five runners apiece, it wasn’t quite enough to edge out Dundy County-Stratton for top honors as the Wolfking teams earned the 2015 Cross Country Runner-up titles.
The girls team entered the meet as the six-time repeat champions. The Wolfking team thought that they had once again claimed the title, but because a Eustis Farman/Medicine Valley runner dropped out of the race, the scores were adjusted for the team title. This allowed Dundy County to steal away the title by a single point. Wolfking placers on the girls side of the competition include Michaela Marcy in 4th running 22:36.00, Karmen Schmitt-Phillippi 6th with a time of 22:42.00, Kara Philips 11th in 24:29.00, Teagon Edwards 12th in 24:45.00 and Alexa Berry 13th with a time of 24:56.00.
The boys also finished with the runner-up title behind Dundy County-Stratton for the second straight year behind the running excellence of the Wolfking runners. Cole Kennedy, who had finished as runner-up behind Rodger Farr of Medicine Valley for the last two years, was able to claim championship honors this year by defeating Joe Taylor of Cambridge by 43 seconds. Despite the first place finish, Dundy County claimed 3rd, 4th, and 5th place honors to help outscore the Wolfkings by only 3 points.
Four other Wolfking runners were able to bring home medals. Brandon Wallander earned the 7th place medal by running 19:28.00 followed closely by Ethan Gdantiz in 8th place in 19: 35.00, and Ethan Orcutt in 9th with a time of 20:08.00. Ausin Long finished not far behind in 11th place in 20:17.00.
The Wolfkings will compete in district competition next week in Arapahoe on Thursday, October 15 starting with the girls at 4:00 pm.