By Jimmy Gillispie
Cross country teams across Kansas will be competing for spots at the state meet when they compete at various regional meets Saturday.
In Classes 2A-6A, the top three teams and the top 10 individual runners will automatically qualify from each of the four regional meets. In Class 1A, the top four teams from the three regionals advance to state. There can be additional qualifiers from the non-qualifying teams.
The KSHSAA rule states, “If there are not five runners from non-qualifying teams in the top 10 up to five additional non-qualifying team members will qualify from each regional.”
The start times for the pair of 6A meets being held at the Johnson County Community College course, which is located at the southeast corner of the Plumm Road and College Boulevard, is an hour earlier than most of the other meets. The first race of the day will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.
The two girls’ races will be first – at 9 and 9:40 a.m. – with the boys’ races beginning at 10:20 and 11 a.m.
Teams participating in the 9 and 10:20 a.m. races will be Gardner-Edgerton, Olathe East, Olathe North, Olathe South, Olathe West, Blue Valley, Blue Valley North, Blue Valley Northwest and Overland Park-Blue Valley West. BVNW is the host of the meet.
The other meet at the JCCC location is hosted by Shawnee Mission Northwest. The participating teams will be JC Harmon, Wyandotte, Lawrence, Olathe Northwest, Shawnee Mission East, Shawnee Mission North, Shawnee Mission Northwest, Shawnee Mission South, Shawnee Mission West.
Both meets will feature some of the best runners and teams in 6A, including the top two 6A girls teams and the No. 5 and 6 ranked teams. On the boys’ side, four of the top seven teams, including the top two teams, will be at the JCCC regional meets.
The other two 6A meets will be hosted by Junction City and Wichita East. The Junction City meet, which will be at Milford State Park, features the other three teams ranked in the top 7 of the latest coaches poll.
Class 5A teams from the Kansas City area will be competing at the St. James Academy and the Topeka West regionals. The top five ranked teams in the 5A boys poll will be at the St. James regional. Meanwhile, the top three 5A girls teams will be at the same regional.
The same can be said for the 4A regional in Baldwin City. Top-ranked Eudora will battle Baldwin and Louisburg for spots at the state meet.