CHANUTE, Kan. -- Fort Scott High School junior Katren Rienbolt successfully defended her Southeast Kansas League championship as she once again finished on top of the pack at the league cross-country meet here Thursday.
With Labette County's Drew Baum also able to defend his boys' title, it's the first time both defending individual champions have repeated since 1981-82. In those years, Bryan Lawrence of Iola and Gena Thomas of Labette County both won back-to-back titles.
Rienbolt finished the 4,000-meter course with a time of 15 minutes, 12 seconds. She beat out Michaela Ozier of Labette County by 33 seconds. Maddison Dispensa of Chanute was third in 16:09 and Kaylee Krull of Parsons was fourth in 16:17.
Chanute defended it's girls' team title, finishing with the second, fourth, fifth, sixth and 12th scoring runners for a total of 29 points. Independence was second with 52 points followed by Pittsburg with 76 and Labette County with 79. Fort Scott and Parsons did not have enough runners (minimum of five) to be eligible for team scoring.
Baum finished the boys' 5,000-meter run in 16:59 with teammate David Geren second in 17:18. Chanute's Chandler Summers was third in 17:36. No Fort Scott runners were entered in the race.
Labette County won its second team title in three years with four runners finishing in the top six and five in the top nine, giving the Grizzlies 22 points. Chanute, last year's champion, was second with 63 points followed by Pittsburg with 68 and Independence with 78. Parsons was also ineligible for the team title. Coffeyville does not sponsor the sport for either gender.
Fort Scott's Grace Willis won the girls' junior varsity race running 4,000 meters in 19:26. Tess Mortensen of Independence was second in 20:38 and Fort Scott's Clare Gorman was third in 21:21. Fort Scott's Kyle Brown finished in seventh in 22:07. None of the schools had enough runners to score team points.
Garrett Tatro took third place for Fort Scott in the 5,000-meter boys' junior varsity race in 19:36. Zach Ballou came in 14th in 21:53. Alex Martin of Labette County was the winner in 18:58.
Only two teams had enough runners to score points in the JV race. LCHS finished with 15 points and Chanute had 46.