Henley leads Bobcats at Kaw Valley League meet
Tyler Henley continued a strong season by finishing sixth at the Kaw Valley League meet Thursday at Perry Lake. Henley led the boy's team to a sixth place finish, while Kayla Peterson's 14th place finish propelled the girl's team to a fourth place showing.
"It was an outstanding performance by Tyler Henley," coach Jeff Venema said."He's now set up to peak at Regionals. think that his athleticism is off the charts-- I can't think of a sport that he wouldn't excel at, so I'm really glad that he has chosen to run for me.esides Henley, senior Alex Vitt and sophomore Ryan Lawless were outstanding."
Henley's sixth place finish is the highest for a Bobcat boy at a league meet in recent memory.
Henley took home First Team All-League honors. Vitt finished 20th, grabbing Second Team All-League honors. Lawless took 21st, taking an honorable mention All-League nomination.
Bonner Springs won the boys competition and Lansing won the girls.
Peterson took Second Team All-League honors, Emily Lackner placed 18th and also grabbed Second Team All-League honors as did Caren Chellgren, who took 20th.
"This was an excellent day for our girls," Venema said.In a very difficult league for cross country, fourth place is very respectable.'m just so proud of this group of girls.esides the three All League runners, we also got great efforts from Megan Rehm, Maggie Schroeder, Ashtynne Farris and Sydney Stallbaumer."
The girls were only beaten by a 4A and two 5A schools.
"Plus, they beat two schools (Perry and Ward) who are very strong teams, with one running on their home course," Venema said.
Martin Buck continued his stellar first season of junior varsity cross country with a seventh place finish as a medalist.
"It was another big day for Martin Buck," Venema said. "Lately he's really come on strong with some very competitive times. I think he's a strong candidate to help us at the varsity level next year."
The sophomore helped the boys JV to a sixth place finish. Santa Fe Trail won.
The girls JV took third, with junior Hannah Auman leading the way. She took ninth place.
"Hannah Auman has peaked at just the right time, winning medals in her last three meets," Venema said.I'm counting on Hannah to be a potential varsity runner next year, depending on how hard she decides to work next summer."
Mill Valley won the girls JV competition. Regionals will take place on Saturday in Ottawa. The team will run at 11:00 and 11:00 at Ottawa's golf course.
"We now turn our attention to Regionals, where we are without a doubt stuck in the toughest one in the state," Venema said.It will be difficult to advance past regionals as a team, but that is still our aim."