The Longhorn girls’ cross country team captured their third consecutive Cambridge Invitational title Friday. Team members include, front from left, Maddi Brown, Brooke Schilke, Macy Coleman, Brooklyn Christensen, back, Riley Owens, Hannah Meeske, Kambree Meeske, Lindsey Mendenhall, Caelyn Long and Matalie Wallin. (Johnson Publications photos by Jonathan Beverly)

Maddi Brown led the Longhorns at Cambridge with a second place finish.

XC girls capture three-peat at Cambridge meet

    Chase County’s girls cross country captured a three-peat Friday, winning the Cambridge meet for the third consecutive year.
    The Longhorn girls dominated the race, claiming seven of the top 10 spots.
    Junior Maddi Brown led the girls with a second place finish behind Dundy County Stratton’s (DCS) Sable Lambley.
    Brooklyn Christensen finished third, Riley Owens took fourth with Lindsey Mendenhall and Macy Coleman going fifth and sixth. Caelyn Long, running junior varsity, took eighth and Kambree Meeske finished ninth.
    As of Tuesday, times for the girls’ race were still not available from Cambridge meet officials.
    Head Coach Carl Zuege said the girls ran a real calculated race. Brown went out early and set the pace with the other girls running in packs much of the race.
    One of the biggest surprises of the day came with junior Riley Owens’ fourth place finish.
    This marked her first cross country race ever. Zuege said she’s “just scratching the surface on what she can do.”
    Long, also running in her first meet, provided another bright spot, coming in eighth. If she continues to improve, Zuege said she’ll challenge for a varsity spot.
    Zuege said that very first race of a career is always a tough one, along with running the McCook course for the first time.
    The girls’ dominating finish showed they have come into the season pretty fit.
    He’s excited to see what they can do at their home meet today (Thursday).
Wallin leads boys team

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