OLATHE – Darian Hudgeons led the Lady Panthers in the Greg Wilson Classic at the Olathe District Activities Complex.
The meet featured Class 5A and Class 6A schools.
Hudgeons placed 54th in the girls varsity race with a time of 22:13.
“The Greg Wilson Classic was no ‘scrimmage’ or slouch, warm up meet,” Paola coach Ali McCullough said. “It was packed full of quality athletes from large, metro schools from Kansas and Missouri. We will continue to enter this meet, because no one gets any better running against the same competition each weekend. Plus, the September heat and humidity can be brutal and we'd love to avoid it as much as possible with Saturday morning meets.”
Chloe Jones was 64th in 23:02. Lilly Hermes ran a time of 23:22 for 70th place.
Tristen Haddock was 77th. Kelsey Igert finished 77th. Ashton Bishop placed 80th. Rylee Pratt was 81st.
Aaron Maxwell ran a time of 18:51 for 75th place to set the pace for the Paola boys.
Gavin Carter placed 85th with a time of 20:39. Justice Reed was 86th in 20:50.
Tommy Downum was 87th. Jordan Macfarlen finished 88th. Trevor Wiseman was 90th.
Mary Moreno placed 56th in the girls junior varsity race with a time of 26:35. Lily Woolsey was 74th. Emma Johnson placed 107h.
Morno is a newcomer from Spain. She is a junior on the team.
Woolsey, another newcomer, is a sophomore out for the first time. It was her first race back from a knee injury.
Carter, a freshman, and Reed, who is also playing soccer, turned in some good times as well, coach McCullough said.
“They opened up their season with respectable times for their first 5-K,” she said. “They will continue to improve as they build race experience and confidence each week.”
Igert, Haddock, Jones, Hermes, Bishop, Pratt, Johnson, Downum, Macfarlane and Wiseman picked up where they left off last season, McCullough said.
“A majority of our seasoned runners kicked off the year with fast times,” she said. “They ran faster times than they started off with the previous season.”