This past Saturday, the boys and girls cross country teams of Staley High School made history for both Staley High School and the North Kansas City School district as they advanced on to state. The last time this was done by a high school from the North Kansas City School District was Oak Park in 2007. And it has never been done in the eight years of Staley’s existence.
The boys placed Jack Frazier, Sam Pretz, Tyler Rodvelt, and Ward Mershon in the top 30 and Hunter Walters, Tyler Collins, and Casey Flynn were close behind.
The girls placed Jenna Baker and Katelin Fiorino in the top 30. Mikayla Spears, Cara Hawks, Helena Nguyen, Brooklyn Hannah, and Merriam Haydaripoor finished within 19 spots of each other.
Both teams set a goal early in the season to make it to state. The numbers 6 and 9 resonated in the heads of the boys team during their training. Those numbers representing how many points away from qualifying they have been the past two years
“To finally complete the goal and know that I’ll be lining up with the six other guys that I’ve spent the last five months with is a feeling beyond words,” said Staley’s number one runner Jack Frazier.
“It is always satisfying as a coach to see your athletes rewarded for their hard work,” said head coach Todd Warner.
It has been a successful year for both teams who were conference champions. The boys were district champs and the girls were runner-up for the district championship.
They now head down to Jefferson City this Saturday to compete in the state meet located at the Oak Hills Golf Center. The girls run at 11:55 and the boys run at 1:10.