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In this file photo, the Manhattan cross country girls’ team leaves the starting line at the Manhattan Invitational on Sept. 4 at Werner Park. The girls took fourth at Rim Rock on Saturday and were the top finishing team from Kansas.

The Manhattan cross country girls’ and boys’ teams traveled to Lawrence over the weekend to compete in the Rim Rock XC Classic.

The girls’ team excelled Saturday, finishing fourth overall — first among teams from Kansas — while the boys weren’t as successful, placing 13th.

Freshman Rebekah Pickering took top honors for the MHS girls, as she clocked in 19:31.7 to earn an 18th-place finish. Next in line was junior Amelia Knopp, who finished 27th, just two places shy of medaling, with a time of 19:48.9.

Freshman Malea Jobity placed 46th (20:11.7), sophomore Haley Henningson finished 57th (20:25.1), senior Rachel Corn placed 61st (20:26.8), senior Morgan Turner placed 74th (20:39) and junior Saylor Salmans finished 125th (21:55.2).

Senior Ben Mosier led the way for the Indian boys, finishing 16th with a time of 16:02.7, followed by freshman Landon Knopp, who placed 42nd (16:39.5). Senior Max Bowyer finished 82nd (17:16.4), sophomore Ethan Bryant placed 85th (17:17.6), junior Kolby Groff (114th, 17:34.7), sophomore Lucas Holdren (133rd, 17:49) and junior Silas Mills (140th, 17:54.7).

Up next, the Indians will run in the Baldwin Invitational at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 2.

Wamego High runs at Rim Rock

Wamego High School’s boys’ and girls’ teams also competed at Rim Rock last weekend. The Red Raider girls placed fourth, while the varsity boys took 10th.

Adaline Fulmer placed 23rd for the Wamego girls, leading the way with a time of 21:18.6.

Sariah Pittenger-Reed placed 34th (21:54.9), Charlee Lind finished 45th (22:14.5), Emilia Wilkerson placed 57th (22:41.7), Taylor Umscheid finished 91st (23:46.6), Margret Benson placed 170th (25:55.3) and Molly Zachgo placed 179th (26:14.6).

On the boys’ side, Noah Morenz took top honors with a time of 16:49.7, which was good enough for 10th place.

Following Morenz was Harrison Cutting, who finished 54th (17:50.3), Jon Cutting, who finished 72nd (18:08.9), Emery Wolfe, who placed 74th (18:10), Alex Hupe (104th, 18:30.3), Hayes Rickstrew (117th, 18:43.8), Brady Stegman (126th, 18:55.9).

Up next, Wamego will run at Newton’s home invitational on Saturday.