This fall season marked one of the best for area cross country in recent memory. Strong performances throughout the season culminated in several team and individual state qualifications from each of Franklin County’s four prep schools. This year’s all-area selections for boys cross country are:
Dallin Bailey, West Franklin senior
One of the top runners in the state at the 3A level, Bailey ended his final prep season with a sixth-place finish at Rim Rock. He also earned both the Flint Hills League and regional champion title at those respective races.
Ryan Haner, West Franklin senior
An All-Flint Hills League honoree, Haner completed his senior season with a 10th-place finish at the 3A state meet. Haner was also third at regionals.
Tyler Stevenson, Central Heights sophomore
In just his second year racing at the high school level, Stevenson was the top runner for a dominant Viking squad. He finished with four top-five varsity finishes and earned all-state honors with a 12th place finish in the 3A state meet. His season best 5K time was 17:10.
Kyle Cardin, Central Heights senior
Cardin was a senior leader for the Vikings, earning eight top-10 varsity finishes in 2017. He was seventh at regionals, and 20th at the 3A state meet. Cardin finished with a season best time of 17:24.
Alex Cannady, Central Heights sophomore
Another strong underclassman runner for Central Heights, Cannady had three top-six finishes this season. He was sixth at regionals, and placed 26th at the 3A state meet. His season best time was 17:48.
Caleb Meyer, Central Heights junior
Meyer had four top-12 finishes this season, including placing eighth at regionals. At the 3A state meet, he took 33rd overall. Meyer’s season best time was 17:54.
Jarod Crawford, Central Heights freshman
In his first year running at the prep level, Crawford notched four top-20 varsity finishes, including placing 14th at regionals. He was 56th at the 3A state meet, and had a season best time of 18:27.
Jacob Whiteley, Wellsville senior
A first-year runner, Whiteley anchored the Eagles in four of eight meets this season, finishing as the top runner on the team. His best race was at regionals, where he placed 20th overall with a time of 19:22.
Travis Lutz, Ottawa senior
In his final Cyclone cross country season, Lutz earned all-state honors at the 4A state meet in Wamego with a 12th place finish, coming in with a time of 17:01. His season best time was 17:00.
Ryan Keiter, Ottawa junior
Despite suffering an injury late in the season, Keiter was a solid No. 2 runner for Ottawa in his junior year. He ran a season best time of 18:01.
Allec Rodriguez, Ottawa junior
Rodriguez was a big part of the Cyclones’ success in 2017. He placed 67th at the 4A state meet with a time of 18:21. His season best time was 17:47.
D’Suan Gomez, Ottawa senior
Gomez was also key in Ottawa making it to the state meet as a team. He ran a 18:18 to place 66th at 4A state. His season best time was 17:57.