BSHS runners win first race of year
Bonner Springs cross-country team won its first race of the season on Sept. 22.
The Braves had five runners place in the top 15 spots in the race.
"We had a really good day," Bonner coach Bill Downing said. "We couldn't have asked for much better."
Brooks Ballou led the Braves by finishing in fourth place. Isaac Miles finished in sixth place and James Carter placed seventh.
Rounding out the field for the Braves were Garrett Parker who finished in 14th place and Alex Perica who placed 15th.
Mills has been improving all season and he finished in sixth for his highest medal of the year.
"Isaac ran the hardest race of anybody," Downing said. "He started in the back of the pack, but finished well at the end. He didn't want to start too fast because then the hills will get you. The Ottawa course is one of the toughest courses we run because of the hills. But Isaac looked good."
Filling out the boys' varsity was Connor Harrington (25) and Chance Crawford (27).
In the girls' race, Tessa Seaton led the Braves for her fourth straight race and earned a medal by placing 12 overall. Amanda Trent placed 24th and Erin Mills finished in 25th place.
"All the girls had strong runs," Downing said. "Tessa was just three seconds off her personal record, too."
The next meet for the Braves is Saturday at Shawnee Mission Park.
At Shawnee Mission Park, they run the meet by the school grade classification of the boys and girls. So there will be eight races: freshmen boys, sophomore boys, junior boys, senior boys, freshmen girls, sophomore girls, junior girls and senior girls.
"There could be 120 to 140 runners in each race," Downing said. "Our whole team will run."