Coffman leads Bonner Springs at Bishop Miege Invitational
The Bishop Miege Invitational had just six schools participating, but the Bonner Springs High School cross country team found out the small field was mighty large on talent.
Class 6A powerhouse Olathe East dominated the boys’ and girls’ competitions, sweeping the team titles by a large margin Saturday at Miege. The Park Hill (Mo.) South boys and Lansing girls placed second.
Bonner Springs’ boys finished fifth in the team standings, and the BSHS girls were sixth.
Senior Matt Coffman was among the top performers at the meet. He led Bonner Springs with a fifth-place finish in the 5K race in 18 minutes, 1 second. Park Hill South freshman Tucker Miles was the overall champion in 17:27.
The Braves’ T.J. Kimbrough, a junior, also had a strong day and cracked the top 20 by finishing 19th in 18:57. Sophomore Austin Schuler placed 25th in 19:17, freshman Joe Casteel was 34th in 20:24, sophomore Zach Quigley took 39th in 21:27 and sophomore Tre Scott finished 41st in 21:59.
Olathe East junior Brenna McDannold was the girls’ 4K champion in 15:39. The Hawks had seven of the top nine finishers, and Lansing landed five in the top 13.
Junior Mandy Ballou led Bonner Springs with a 23rd-place finish in 18:32. Sophomore Cheyenne Hale was 32nd in 19:21, junior Tessa Newberry was 36th in 20:07, sophomore Citlally Alvarado finished 37th in 20:53, freshman Amber Lies was 40th in 20:53 and freshman Akiko Capalla was 41st in 21:10.
Bonner Springs next competes Saturday when it plays host to the Bonner Springs Invitational at the Kansas Speedway. The varsity girls race will start at 9 a.m., followed by the varsity boys at 9:30 a.m., junior varsity girls at 10 a.m. and junior varsity boys at 10:30 a.m. A middle school meet will take place in the afternoon with a seventh-grade girls 1-mile run at noon, a seventh-grade boys 1-mile at 12:15 p.m., an eighth-grade girls 2-mile race at 12:30 p.m. and an eighth-grade boys 2-mile race at 1 p.m.