Mac's Wankum brings home the gold

By Steve Sell
September 11, 2016
McPherson College Sports Information

STERLING — McPherson High graduate Lauren Wankum has continued her cross country success at McPherson College.

Wankum grabbed the gold at the Sterling College Warrior Fest on Saturday and the Bulldog men also had a good day with a pair of Top 5 finishers.

The rapidly improving Wankum ran 19:40.8 to win by 4 seconds. Mac’s Laura Gibson  finished eighth in 20:19.4 as two Bulldogs cracked the Top 10.

Other women finishers:

17. Rachel Foreman, 21:43.2

21. Ane' Archuleta, 22:12.5

22. LeaAnn Myers, 22:17.4

26. Taylor Dreiling, 22:56.0

27. Erika Doty, 23:08.9 

32. Damaje Markham,  24:44.4

Sterling took the team title with 37 points after placing five runners in the Top 12. Hutchinson Community College was second with 55 points, while McPherson College (64) edged Bethany (68) for third place. Central Christian, Bethel and Barclay College did not have full teams.

The Mac men placed five runners in the Top 15, but were edged for the team title, 27-38, by Hutchinson Community College. HCC placed five runners in the Top 11.

The Bulldogs were led by Jonathan Dominguez, who was fourth (27:05.8) and Michael Janzer was fifth (27:14.2).

Other runners:

12. Kurt Katzdorn, 27:24.4

13. Jerod Fuller, 27:46.7

14. Jesse Freeman, 27:54.6

22. Casey Zimmerman, 29:19.4

23. Gustavo Pelayo, 29:36.4

24. Gavin Hightower, 29:51.7

Hutchinson’s Victor Pedraza took the individual title in 26:31.9, winning by nearly 25 seconds.

Mac goes to Tabor Sept. 23 where it will run at Marion Reservoir.