After the Skyline boys’ cross country team took a third place finish at the Regional meet held in Meade, the team traveled to Wamego on October 29, to compete for the first time since 1990.
A three year state qualifier, senior Jared Shriver, placed highest for the team, running an 18:00.04. He placed eighth in class 2A. Shriver participated at the state meet every year but his freshman year. This was the first time he placed in the top ten at the state meet.
“It felt amazing to see all my hard work pay off to reach my goal of placing in the top ten at State,” Shriver said. “I could not have done it without all the support from my family, coaches and teammates.”
Out of the 99 runners in class 2A, six other boys on the team competed along with Shriver. Sophomore Erik Ghumm ran almost a minute slower than his Regional time, placing 35th. Junior Tyler Tobin finished third on the team with a time of 20:36.43, placing 72th. Senior Garrett Bell was not far behind Tobin finishing 76th, with the time of 20:50.38. Sophomore Colby Shriver and seniors Kendall Davison and Michal Cimerman placed 86th, 93rd and 97th.
“Going to the state cross country meet was probably one of the coolest things I have ever experienced,” Cimerman said. “I have never seen or been to something like that before, which made it a lot of fun, especially for someone who is from a small country like Slovakia.”
The boys’ cross country team ended up falling 14 points short to Wichita County, placing ninth. Although the season is over, many runners are already looking forward to next year’s season and hope to accomplish their goals.