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The Louisburg girls and boys pose for pictures after taking both the Lady Cat and Wildcat cross country teams to state together for the first time in program history. The Lady Cats placed third, leaving Wamego with a state trophy.

WAMEGO — The Louisburg Lady Cat cross country team placed third in the Class 4A state meet, winning a team trophy for the first time in program history.

It was a weekend of firsts for Louisburg. Not only did the Lady Cats bring home the first team trophy in school history, the Wildcat boys competed as a team at state for the first time in Wamego on Saturday, Oct. 31.

The Louisburg girls came out of the toughest regional in the state at Baldwin. Baldwin and Eudora placed first and second in the state.

Baldwin had a score of 39 to take the team title. Eudora was runner-up with a score of 60. Louisburg placed third with a team total of 100, holding off Buhler by eight points for the final team trophy.

Madison Rhamy led the Lady Cats, placing eighth with a time of 20 minutes, 58 seconds.

Lola Edwards was 10th in 21:00. Reese Johnson ran a time of 21:28 for 15th place.

Claire Brown placed 49th in 22:59. Bree Gassman was 57th in 23:25. Erin Apple placed 67th in 23:42. Nova Ptacek was 77th in 24:33.

The Louisburg girls and boys placed third in the Baldwin regional, qualifying both teams for the state meet. While it was the first team trip for the boys, Saturday marked the fourth year in a row the Lady Cats ran at state as a team.

Carson Houchen led the Louisburg boys in the Class 4A state meet, placing 33rd in 18:12. Ryan Rogers was 46th. Cade Holtzen placed 56th place.

Hayden Ross was 66th. Caden Bradshaw placed 72nd. Leo Martin was 81st place. Trent Allen placed 90th in 20:26.

Sports Editor Gene Morris can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or gene.morris@miconews.com.

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