The Hiawatha cross country squad visited Sabetha for their Class 3A Regional meet on Saturday. After a strong season, both the boys and girls teams were favorites to make this Saturday’s State meet, and both teams cashed in with second place finishes to qualify for the big meet.
A trio of Lady Red Hawks led the team, as Elizabeth Kettler finished 2nd with a time of 21:16.55, Mary Rosa came in 3rd at 21:18.62, and Kate Madsen ran a time of 21:20.41 to finish 4th. Jasmine Morey crossed the line next for Hiawatha, coming in 22nd at a time of 23.00.63, with teammate Tayler Kent taking 32nd at a time of 23:52.64 and Nikki Stueve coming in at a time of 25:02.66 in 51st. The team finished with 58 points, trailing only Rock Creek.
Pacing the boys was Justin Hodge, who took 2nd place in the Region with a time of 16:53.24. Andrew Lierz finished 13th at 18:17.07, Liam Jones took 18th at a time of 18:35.25, and Parker Winters finished 23rd, registering a time of 18:50.65. Christian Shaffer was next up for Hiawatha, coming in at a time of 18:55.15, followed by Carson Gilbert in 29th at a time of 18:57.89, and Ethan Pruitt ran a time of 20:42.04 to finish 71st. Silver Lake took home first, but the Hawks finished not far behind, scoring 83 points at a total team time of 1:31.64.
The Hawks will return to Rim Rock in Lawrence this Saturday, where both teams hope to make waves at the 3-2-1A State Meet. Girls will run at 10:35 a.m. and boys at 12:20 p.m. Last season, the Lady Red Hawks captured State gold, and both squads are highly ranked again this year, with a good shot at a pair of strong team finishes.