With a sixth-place finish in last Saturday’s state cross country race by the Blue Jay girls cross country team, and a 35th place by freshman Damion Santistiven in the boys race, fall sports are over at Cimarron High School.
Saturday’s finishes came the morning after the Blue Jays football team was eliminated in the bi-district round of the 3A state tournament, falling to Hoisington last Friday night by a score of 47-22.
Cimarron athletics director David Ediger said Santisteven was a bit disappointed because he had entered the race hoping to medal.
Still, Ediger said he was proud of Santisteven, who ran his best race of the season against one of the toughest courses of the season and against the best competition of the season.
On the girls side, freshman Courtney Clinesmith finished 7th overall, junior Morgan Clinesmith finished 23rd overall and junior Cameren Bartlett finished 49th overall. Senior Madison Ediger finished 72nd, freshman Elizabeth Goetz finished 86th and freshman Eveline Amezcua finished 102nd.
Ediger said he thought all but one of the girls ran their best times of the season. The girls team will lose a key leader in Madison Ediger, who was a real big part of keeping the team together, David Ediger said.
They’ll be set up to have a good season next year though, and possibly into years ahead. Not only did a number of freshmen run well last Saturday.
David Ediger said a number of young girls entering the program as freshmen next season could help the team continue to grow and move forward as well. In both teams’ cases, the future is bright for Cimarron cross country.
“I look for good things from both our teams there,” Ediger said.
In football, the Blue Jays finished 7-3 overall this season.
It was a strong end despite a slow start.
The Cimarron lost to Holcomb 15-14 in Week 1, beat Stanton County in Week 2, then lost to Scott City in Week 3. Through three games, that made the Blue Jays record 1-2.
Then, however, they played Meade.
In a rematch of one of the best games last season in southwest Kansas, Cimarron beat Meade 28-0, a route which started a run of six straight wins for the team. They beat every opponent except Thomas More Prep by double-digits (they beat Thomas More Prep by only nine), and won by an average of over 29 points.
Ediger said many of those wins came with younger players getting experience in the second-halves of games, something he said bodes well for his team going forward.
“I think we have a really good shot to challenge for district along with the other teams in our district,” Ediger said.
Next year will be a little different for the Blue Jays and some other teams across the state, as a number of 3A teams are moving over to the 2A classification. That doesn’t mean the path to a state title will be any easier for Cimarron though, because Hoisington (who beat Cimarron last Friday) and Phillipsburg (who Cimarron would have played had they beaten Hoisington) are both making transitioning to 2A as well.
Cimarron plays in a district which also includes Southwestern Heights, Lakin, Ellinwood, Lyons and Sterling high schools. Ediger said although the team would have liked to have played at least one more game, the players and coaches represented the school well and with integrity.
“Overall our kids and our coaches did an outstanding job,” Ediger said.
The school now prepares to start its winter sports season. The Blue Jays have both wrestling and swimming.
Check out the Dodge City Daily Globe for updates on both throughout the season, and previews coming soon.