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East runners handle the heat

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Olathe East’s girls won three of four races Aug. 30 at the Olathe East Invitational, which was run in 100-degree temperatures at Lone Elm Park.

“I thought the kids did a great job of adjusting to course conditions and showed a ton of courage,” Hawks coach Tony Bozarth said.

Brenna McDannold claimed top honors among the senior girls, finishing in 13:06 and out-kicking fellow Hawks senior Riley Gay (13:17) down the stretch for the win.

Jennifer Hale, another Olathe East senior, rounded out the top three among the seniors (13:55).

The top finisher among the junior girls was Kelsey Quiring, who finished in 13:21, while another Hawks runner, Morgan Westervelt, claimed third (14:37).

In the sophomore girls race, the only race Olathe East didn’t win, Natalie Koppin was the runner-up in 13:22.

Finally, just as with the seniors, the top two finishers in the freshman girls race were Hawks — Allie Carr (13:53) and Allison Vermillion (13:57).

Olathe East’s boys didn’t fare quite as well, winning only the freshman boys race.

The top Hawks finisher in the senior boys race was Elias Wade, who finished third (11:13) behind a pair of Blue Valley runners — Colton Donahue and Collin Mardis.

Austin Bland wound up third in the sophomore boys race (12:10), finishing only two seconds behind Blue Valley’s Blake Berger and 14 seconds behind BV Northwest’s Miles Bredehoeft.

Connor Churchill snagged gold among the freshman boys in 11:47, while Jeremy Kabler (12:02) and Wade Rance (12:02) posted identical times in claiming third and fourth, respectively, with Anders Hanson in fifth (12:09).

Ravens golf rolls to Olathe Cup title

Even without senior Cassie Wang, who won’t join the Olathe Northwest golf until later in the season, the Ravens snagged a nine-stroke win at the Olathe Cup on Tuesday at Falcon Ridge Golf Course.

Sophomore Audrey Judd shot 35 in the nine-hole event and claim individual gold, pacing ONW to a 179 team score.

Olathe South, which was led by fourth-place finisher Bailey Gibson (42), totaled 188 shots and claimed second with Olathe East settling for third (208).

Olathe North didn’t have enough golfers to qualify for the team score, but the Eagles did have the individual runner-up, Megan Manning.

Manning shot 41 and edged the Ravens’ Barbara Prchalova by 1 stroke for second place.

Prchalova, who shot 42, beat Gibson on a scorecard playoff for third, while Gibson’s Falcons teammate Andrea Meise wound up fifth (43).

The top finished for the Hawks was Nicole Pickett, who shot 46 and wound up sixth during “Tee Time with Eddie May,” the nickname for the tourney in honor of one of the city’s staunchest supporters of girls golf.

South gymnasts snag Olathe Cup

Olathe Northwest’s Jessica Payne claimed the all-around crown Wednesday at the Olathe Gymnastics Quad, which was hosted by Olathe North.

It was Olathe South’s depth, however, that won out in the race for the city’s team championship.

Payne posted a 33.825 total, winning on the uneven bars (8.425) and floor exercise (8.7) to go with a third-place performance on the balance beam (8.4).

But the Ravens finished third as a team with 92.975 points overall.

The Falcons totaled 95.3 points for the victory, while Olathe East finished second (93.05). Olathe North didn’t field a complete team and only managed 43.95 points.

South’s Senna Hargett won the vault (8.9) and finished second on the uneven bars (8.4), while fellow Falcon Adrienne Eisenhart was second on the floor (8.5).

Two Hawks gymnasts tied for the balance beam gold with Shannon Sewell and Darby Gertsema each earning 8.5s.

Gertsema, who also was second on the vault (8.7), was the all-around runner-up (33.5).

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/todpalmer.

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