Local runners hit high gear

Pristine weather brought ideal conditions for fast times at the Humboldt Municipal Golf Course Tuesday at the Humboldt-Iola Cross Country Meet. Several area runners fared well.



September 23, 2021 - 9:39 AM

Iola High's Japeth Rutoh (71) races to the finish line in front of Humboldt's Levi McGowen at Tuesday's Humboldt-Iola Invitational at the Humboldt Municipal Golf Course. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

Check out additional photos from Tuesday’s Humboldt-Iola Invitational here.

HUMBOLDT — An occasional burst of wind out of the north was the only impediment to some blistering fast times on the cross country course Tuesday.

Humboldt and Iola high schools combined to co-host a meet at the Humboldt Municipal Golf Course.

And with temperatures the coolest they’ve been all season, the runners were raring to go.

On the boys’ side, Iola’s Jesse Taylor, Kaster Trabuc and Cole Moyer combined to go 2-3-4 in the varsity race, good enough to propel Iola to second as a team, behind Pittsburg, which placed five in the top 14.

As for the girls, Iola’s Elanie Sturgeon and Sage Barney pulled in their customary top-10 finishes as well, with Sturgeon coming in fifth and Barney seventh.

How fast was the action?

Iola’s Taylor took second at 17 minutes, 33 seconds — more than 2½  minutes faster than the time he posted in winning a meet at Big Hill last week. Sturgeon’s mark of 22:37 also bettered her Big Hill time by 2½ minutes.

“It was so nice we were able to work together and have a great meet for the kids,” Iola head coach Brit Daugharthy said.

Iola High’s Kaster Trabuc, left, is elbow-to-elbow with teammate Cole Moyer near the finish line of Tuesday’s Humboldt-Iola Invitational. Trabuc edged out his teammate for third, winning by less than a second, in the 5-kilometer race. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register
Humboldt High runner McKenna Jones leads Iola’s Elanie Sturgeon down the stretch of the Humboldt-Iola Invitational girls varsity race in 2021. Jones took fourth, Sturgeon fifth. Register file photo
Kole Walter took third among seventh-grade boys at the Humboldt-Iola Invitational Tuesday.
Racing in a middle school race Tuesday at Humboldt Municipal Golf Course are Yates Center’s Clayton Culver (247), Chanute-Royster’s Curtis Jackson (43), Iola’s Brennan Coffield (76) and Humboldt’s Tori Melendez. Due to a computer glitch, middle school results from the Iola-Humboldt meet were unavailable. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register
Crest High’s Breakin Jones races Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register
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In addition to Iola and Humboldt runners, teams from Yates Center, Marmaton Valley and Crest were among those competing.

Humboldt’s Lady Cubs secured second as a team, led by fourth-place finisher McKenna Jones and Anna Heisler in 10th. Nevada, Mo., which had the top two runners in the race, took first as a team.

Humboldt head coach Eric Carlson held his team’s no. 1 runner, Drew Wilhite, out of the race because of a lingering upper respiratory infection.

Wilhite is expected to run Saturday at a meet in Lawrence, where Humboldt and Iola will both attend.

THE OTHER area schools had high marks as well, particularly in the younger classes.

Marmaton Valley’s Zach Allee took seventh in the junior varsity boys race, while Yates Center’s Jarrett Birk took 10th and Brigg Shannon was 14th.

Yates Center’s A.J. Belcher topped all comers to win the JV girls race, while Danica Modlin took third and Marmaton Valley’s Pauline Thery finished fourth. Humboldt’s Taylor Korte took fifth and Courtney Spoon of Yates Center was ninth.

Crest runners were dominant in the younger age groups. While a computer glitch made complete results unavailable, Lancer seventh-grader Kallie Robb took first in the seventh-grade girls race, while Josie Walter took second in the eighthgrade girls run, followed by Peyton Schmidt in third, Aubrey Allen in fifth, Kaelin Nilges, sixth, and Kim Coleman, 11th.

Crest seventh-grader Kole Walter took second among seventh-grade boys.

Varsity Boys (5K)

2. Jesse Taylor, Iola, 17:33.04

3. Kaster Trabuc, Iola, 18.09.68

4. Cole Moyer, Iola, 18:10.00

17. Japeth Rutoh, Iola, 19:21.87

18. Levi McGowen, Humboldt, 19:22.40

21. Breakin Jones, Crest, 19:28.81

23. Peyton Wallace, 19:34.40

35. Travis Wanker, Iola, 20:59.04

39. Drake Mathew, Iola, 22:05.35

45. Cooper Woods, Humboldt, 22:59.50

46. Colton Johnston, Humboldt, 23:01.18

Team scores

1. Pittsburg, 32; 2. Iola, 48; 3. Nevada, 65; 4. Coffeyville, 102; 5. Independence, 112; 6. Caney Valley, 127.