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MHS cross country teams take 3rd

By Grant Guggisberg

The Manhattan Indians finished third in both the girls’ and boys’ high school races at the Southern Stampede cross country invitational at Missouri Southern University Saturday.

The meet, which featured top schools from a wide range of states, featured several types of terrain that the Indians don’t normally see.

“We were running through rivers,” head coach Susan Melgares said. “One of the races had a creek. It was real-deal cross country. The kids were muddy, the conditions were slippery and the kids got after it and competed really well.”

Manhattan’s Alaina Schroeder (19:23.52) finished sixth individually to lead the Indians, followed by Christina Wankum (20:17.77) in 22nd place. Sophomore Megan Ochoa (20:39.27)  finished in 32nd place for the Indians.

On the boys’ side, James Leblow (17:08.42) finished eighth overall, with Chris Melgares (17:12.22) right behind in ninth place. Isaiah Koppes (17:53.27) finished 38th, while Isaac Blankenau (18:14.26) finished in 55th place.

Among Kansas schools, Manhattan finished first in both races. On the boys’ side, they finished behind Jenks, Okla., and Rogers, Ark. In the girls’ race, Rogers finished first, followed by Jenks in second place.

The Manhattan High cross country teams run next Saturday in Lawrence at Rim Rock.

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