Bengals cross country competes at Fort Riley

By Alex Gaines 

Sports Writer 

The Clay Center Community Middle School Bengals competed at the Fort Riley cross country invitational Thursday, Sept. 9.

Luke Lingle was the top Clay Center finisher in the eighth-grade boys two mile race at 16th in a time of 13:58. Other CCCMS runners and their times were Austin Burr 16:32.6, Christian Qualls 17:30.3, Dalton Lehman 18:01.8, Nick Sprague 20:38.7, and Caden Peterson 20:57.9.

The team placed ninth, while the top three squads were Susan B. Anthony with 25 points, Shawnee Heights at 51 and Washburn Rural just one point behind with 52.

For the seventh-grade boys on the two-mile course, Abram Stratton placed 22nd with a time of 15:36.5, while Eli Pfizenmaier was 29th at 16:14.3. Brandon Knitter completed the course in 17:44.0.

CCCMS did not have enough to compete in the team standings, which were led by Susan B. Anthony, Washburn Rural, and Salina South.

Finishing in the top half of the seventh grade one mile run were Daniel Siemers at 18th in a time of 9:06.8, and Wyatte Hogue at 21st with 9:24.7 in the 45 person field.

The middle school boys host their annual cross country invitational Tuesday, Sept. 14 with a start time of 4 p.m.