The 2012 cross-country season saw the area boys runners make big strides, many turning in career seasons.

It was a year where Wellsville was ranked No. 1 in the 3A coaches poll. The Ottawa boys broke a long drought to qualify for state for the first time since 1996.

The West Franklin boys won league for the first time. It was a season of success, led by the all-area performers.

The 2012 Ottawa Herald all-area boys cross-country team members are:

Vincent Trujillo, So., Anderson County

Trujillo took over the leadership role of the Bulldogs late in the season. The Bulldogs finished fourth in the Pioneer League race.

The sophomore finished 14th in the Pioneer League race. He was 42nd in the 4A regional.

Cole Sheldon, Jr., Central Heights

Sheldon put together a solid season, leading an inexperienced Central Heights squad.

“He showed steady progression throughout the entire season and I was very pleased with his continued hard work and improvement,” Central Heights coach Phillip Pearson said. He has put in a lot of time on his own and was dedicated to making himself better and I believe that showed with the results he got during the season.”

Sheldon finished 17th at league and 26th in the regional race.

Daniel White, Jr., Ottawa

White got stronger as the season progressed. He became the leader of the Cyclones and was a big reason why Ottawa qualified for state.

White peaked at the right time — at the end of the season. He finished 13th in the Frontier League, one of the best 4A leagues in the state. He was eighth at the regional to spearhead Ottawa’s runner-up finish, its best regional finish in decades.

Sam White, So., Ottawa

White battled through a mid-season injury, but continued to be a strong runner for the Cyclones. He gave Ottawa depth at the top of its lineup.

White finished 23rd in the Frontier League race and 19th at the regional.

He is a two-time all-area selection.

Brandon Yates, Fr., Ottawa

Yates worked his way up throughout the season. He was a quick learner of how to run the high school races and closed the season with his best races.

He finished 42nd at the Frontier League meet. He was 16th at regional and led Ottawa at the state race in Wamego, where he took 46th.

Chase Bouse, Jr., Wellsville

Bouse has been a steady runner for the Eagles throughout his career. He put together his most complete season, helping lead the Eagles to their fifth consecutive state appearance and another league title.

Bouse earned all-league honors with his third-place finish in the Pioneer League race. He was sixth at the regional race. He finished 39th at state.

Alex Calderwood, Sr., Wellsville

Calderwood gave the Eagles depth throughout his career, which was a big reason behind the success of the Wellsville boys team.

He had his best season, earning a regional medal and all-league honors. He finished ninth in the Pioneer League race. Calderwood was 10th in the regional. He took 44th at state.

Cole Meyer, Sr., Wellsville

Meyer put together one of the best careers for the Eagles. He was a standout all four years, guiding the Eagles to several meet titles, including league and regional. He was part of three straight league championship teams.

Meyer was a top-10 finisher in most of the meets in his career.

He finished seventh at the Pioneer League meet. He was regional runner-up, his best finish at the regional meet in his career. He qualified for state four times. He was 34th at state.

He is a four-time all-area and all-league performer.

Ethan Myers, Sr., Wellsville

Myers made improvement this season to give the Eagles depth throughout the season. He helped the Eagles to four meet titles.

Myers took eighth at the league race to earn all-league honors. He finished ninth at the regional.

Dillon Ware, So., Wellsville

Ware will be counted upon to be a leader next season after two solid seasons to start his career. He was a medalist in most of his races this season.

Ware finished 10th at the Pioneer League race to earn all-league honors. He took eighth at the regional.

Cody Webb, So., West Franklin

Webb is the best boys runner in the short history of West Franklin High School and one of the best talents the district has produced.

In his two years, he has been a stalwart for the Falcons, qualifying for state as an individual. This season, he led the Falcons to a Flint Hills League championship. He is the only West Franklin boy runner to win a league individual title. He finished 11th in the regional.

He is a two-time all-area and all-league performer.

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