Cross country squad continues to shine


Iola runners posing with their medals after a meet in Central Heights

Nic Zimmerman, Staff Writer

The Iola cross country has seen no shortage of success in recent years, qualifying for State two years in a row. That success has translated to this season as well, held up by the legs of some strong young runners.

“I thought the season would be a lot tougher than it has been so far, but luckily we’ve had some freshmen step up and help us,” said junior Cole Regehr.

The two most successful freshmen, statistically speaking, have been Jack Adams and Nathan Louk. “I think I will continue to get better each year,” stated Adams with confidence. The future looks extremely bright for this young group.

This team has surprised many people, and yet again, cross country has shown us that they are the pride of Iola athletics. Regionals is right around the corner and it looks as though these young athletes are ready to tackle it.

The League meet took place in Wellsville last Thursday and both teams rejoiced after sweeping the competition in convincing fashion. This is the second time in a row that the girls team has won the Pioneer League and the fourth time for the boys.   

The regional race will take place on the Burlington course, but Regehr did not seem too worried about it. “The Burlington Course really isn’t too tough, but there will be a bunch of teams from all around that aren’t in our league,” he said.

The regional race will be held on Saturday, October 21 in Burlington.  The 4A girls race begins at 9 AM followed by the 4A boys race.

Below are the results from the League Meet



  1.   Iola 46
  2.  Anderson County 50
  3.  Burlington     91

Individual placings

3. Elka Billings 21:10
6. Rachel Bycroft 22:15
8. Kelsey Morrison 22:43
11. Madisyn Holloway 23:05
18. Nora Gostner 23:48
20. Marta Gonzalez 24:00
21. Lorie Carpenter 24:02
25. Audrey Coltrane 24:24
30. Kylee Maloney 25:20
34. Callie Murcko 26:09
39. Olivia Taylor 27:15
44. Ella Taylor 28:11


  1.  Iola             47
  2.  Anderson County   53
  3.  Burlington     54
  4.  Santa Fe Trail     111

Individual placings

5. Jack Adams 18:38
6. Cole Regehr 18:47
7. Bret Plumlee 18:55
13. Elijah Fawson 19:16
16. Nathan Louk 19:29
22. Riley Jay 19:55
32. Tavon Bass 20:24
33. Blake Haar 20:31
49. Nathan Sprague 21:20
52. Cal Leonard 21:25
68. River Hess 23:00
80. Grant Luedke 24:24
82. Jonathan Rodewald 25:00
83. Toby Sander 25:19
92. Eli Smith 29;02
93. Josh Kaufman 29:51