It all came together for Central Heights at the right time.

With a healthy boys team, the Viking cross country team out-ran the competition on its home course Saturday to earn its second consecutive trip to state.

“We have overcome a lot of adversity this year, but when it counted the most, these boys made a huge commitment to bring a title back to Central Heights,” Troy Prosser, Central Heights head cross country coach, said. “I’m genuinely pleased with the way they came together this last week. From the sixth graders up to the seniors, this is something that I hope we can continue to build on.”

Central Heights had four runners place in the top 10, finishing with a score of 39. Council Grove was second with a score of 63.

Tyler Stevenson led the way for the Vikings with a 5K time of 17:41 to place fourth overall. Alex Cannady placed sixth with a time of 18:27. Kyle Cardin was right behind with a time of 18:32 to place seventh. Caleb Meyer placed eighth with a time of 18:34.

Jarod Crawford ran a personal best time of 18:54 to place 14th as a freshman, a performance that Prosser noted was paramount in the Viking’s finish.

Bryce Sommer ran a time of 19:20 to place 19th, and Zackery Grabbe ran a 20:24 to place 50th.

The 3A state meet is set for Saturday at Rim Rock Farm north of Lawrence.


The Falcon boys team is headed to state after a third place finish at the Central Heights regional.

Dallin Bailey won the boys varsity 5K race for the second year in a row. He ran a time of 17:28. Ryan Haner was third with a time of 17:41.

“These boys have been working hard for the past 4 years and I couldn’t be more proud,” Tara Huggard, West Franklin head cross country coach, said. “ Next week at state will be bittersweet but I can’t wait to watch them go out and give it their all, just like they do every race day.”

While the girls team finished out of team qualification, three Lady Falcon runners qualified individually for Rim Rock.

Molly Rossman finished second overall with a time of 20:50. Baily Leach was seventh with a time of 21:51, and Elizabeth Singer placed 10th with a time of 22:40.

“Molly and Bailey are returning to state after medaling last year and Lizzy, being a freshman, will be running it for the first time,” Huggard said. “These girls continue to work hard and encourage one another. The team may have been disappointed with a 6th place finish but we are young and will only continue to build. If they continue to work hard in the off season these girls will be a force next year.”


Paige McDaniel was the lone Eagle to qualify for the 3A state meet. She won the varsity girls race at Central Heights with a time of 20:42.7. It was her second career regional win, the first coming two years ago as a freshman in Mound City.

This marks McDaniel’s third trip to state. She medaled with a 12th place finish as a freshman.

The Wellsville boys team finished sixth overall. Jacob Whiteley was the team’s top finisher, placing 20th with a time of 19:22.5

Regional results

At Central Heights High School

• - Medalist


Boys varsity 5K

Team place – first

•4 - Tyler Stevenson 17:41

•6 - Alex Cannady 18:27

•7 - Kyle Cardin 18:32

•8 - Caleb Meyer 18:34

14 - Jarod Crawford 18:54

19 - Bryce Sommer 19:20

50 - Zackery Grabbe 20:24


Boys varsity 5K

Team place - third

•1 Dallin Bailey 17:28

•3 Ryan Haner 17:41

27 Shane Hart 19:37

29 Dominick Howell 19:41

35 Justin Downey 19:50

43 Jeremy Haverkamp 20:07

69 Nicholas Hatfield 21:40

Girls varsity 5K

Team place - sixth

•2 Molly Rossman 20:50

•7 Bailey Leach 21:51

•10 Elizabeth Singer 22:40

61 Shyanne Shogrin 30:11

65 Alexia Tonnon 35:11

66 Virginia Wright 37:17


Girls varsity 5K

Team place – eighth out ten

•1 – Paige McDaniel 20:42.7

14 – Lexi McDaniel 23:38.0

44 – Julia Martin 26:52.2

47 – Shelby Soetart 27:04.6

59 – Emma Livingston 29:54.5

60 – Erin Laskowski 30:02.5

Varsity boys 5K

Team place – sixth out of 12

20 – Jacob Whiteley 19:22.5

23 – Dylan Sebol 19:29.7

33 – Conner Erhart 19:48.4

37 – Blake Ohlmeier 19:56.2

42 – Zach Pearson 20:06.8

46 – Zeb Harris 20:14.8

53 – Matze Trauer 20:34.5