Ryan Bacon leads Wellington to a dominant cross county meet at Hargis Creek to begin the season

Greg Williams
Wellington Daily News
The 2021 Wellington High School Cross County Team

After coming off their COVID-19 temporary closure, the Wellington Cross Country team participated in the first sporting event of the Crusaders 2021-22 season. 

In the 2021 Wellington High School Invitational at Hargis Creek, the Crusaders didn't take part in the varsity 5K meet.

This was due to easing themselves back into competition after having a week-long shutdown that forced the team to miss practices. The Crusaders ended up participating in the two-mile junior varsity meet and dominated the event.

Wellington finished with 22 points and had seven runners inside the top-10. Pratt finished 34 points shy of the Crusaders. 

Junior Ryan Bacon won the two-mile event with a first-place finish with a 12:20.68 time. Junior Hunter Lough finished behind Bacon with a 12:44.97 time.

Here were the results from the other Wellington runners in the two-mile race.

  • Camden Parkey, SR., 13:15.99, fifth.
  • Braeden Ybarra, SR., 13:21.49, sixth.
  • Caleb Sanders, JR., 13:42.75, eighth.
  • Conner Walker, SO., 13:53.05, ninth.
  • Jackson Irey, JR., 13:56.55, 10th.
  • Rome Hunt, FR., 14:34.68, 17th.
  • Colton Clift, FR., 15:39.37, 28th.
  • Zander Strader, FR., 16:22.49, 35th

Wellington had three girls running at the JV level. Freshman Taylor Earl had the Crusaders' best time with 16:46.96, which was good enough for a top-10 finish.

Junior Peyton Frankie finished with a 16:42.71 time and freshman Sullivan Parkey finished at 19:02.68.

The next varsity and JV meet will be at the Anthony Golf Course with Chaparral, Mulvane, Pratt, Kingman, South Central, Cheney, and Douglass making an appearance.

Greg Williams has been the reporter for the Wellington Daily News and Butler County Times-Gazette since May 2021. You can reach him at GWilliams@gannett.com or on Twitter at @GregWilliams28.