The Junction City High School Cross Country team competed in the Manhattan Invitation on Saturday.
The varsity girls team had four runners compete in the race. Three of the Lady Jays were running in their first high school cross country race. Lorna Rae Pierce, a freshman started her high school career by medaling in the race. She crossed the finish line at 23:11 for 19th place. Murin Burkett placed in 36th, Katelyn Atkins finished in 39th and Ashlynn Shea in 43rd.
The girls’ junior varsity team finished in 6th place. They were lead by Amyah O’Neal, a freshman who medaled. She finished in 19th place finishing the 4K race at 20:39. Arianna Gold came across in the finish line in 24th place, Mia Perusich finished in 29th place, Aaleyah Whisenhunt in 38th place, Ruth Easterling in 40, and Elaina Schmidt in 41.
The varsity boys team had three finishers. They were lead by Tyler Atkins, a junior. He spent the morning cursing around the course finishing in 3rd place with a career personal record of 16:45. Neil Naputo was the next finishers for the Jays finishing in 41st, and Hayden Diestelkamp finished in 45th place.
The Junction City boys junior varsity team finished in 5th place. Blake Reed and Isaiah Smith both medaled in the race by finishing in 7th and 8th place. Ty Raulston was the next finisher for the Jays placing in 35th place, Aidan Gold finished in 39th, Abner Gonzalez in 43rd, Michael Bockman in 44th, Joesph Hill in 48th, Blake Duncan 53th, Adrian Duarte-Velarde 54th, and Diego Hernandez in 59th.
The Jays had three boys compete in the C team race. Evan Hall medaled in the race by placing 13th. Hayden Perusich finished in 35th and Alejandro Prado finished in 52nd.
The cross country team will travel to Emporia this week with the JV team competing on Friday evening and the varsity on Saturday morning.