Two-time city champ, state placer Jaybe Shufelberger headlines All-City girls cross country

City champion and Class 6A state placer Jaybe Shufelberger of Washburn Rural heads the 2017 All-City girls cross country team.

 

Shufelberger, a junior, won her second straight city individual title as the Junior Blues won their second straight team championship. Shufelberger placed 12th in the 6A state meet, leading Rural to a sixth-place team finish.

Shufelberger is one of five Junior Blues on the All-City team, with senior Amanda Miller, sophomores Christina Funk and Emma Waters and freshman Molli Christensen also earning first-team honors.

Shawnee Heights put junior Alisiara Hobbs and sophomores Jennifer Albrecht and Makenna Orton on the All-City team while T-Bird coach Andrew Bassett was named the city coach of the year after Heights finished second in the city meet and second at regionals to earn a team berth for the 5A state meet.

Seaman is represented on the All-City team by freshman Tristan Fangman and junior Erin Hebert while Topeka High junior Abby Wagemaker also earned a first-team berth.

All-City capsules:

JENNIFER ALBRECHT, Shawnee Heights — A sophomore, Albrecht took a big step forward this fall to earn her first All-City selection. Albrecht finished fourth in the city meet, was 11th in the Centennial League and took fifth in 5A regional competition. She was a state qualifier and has a personal-best time of 20 minutes, 52 seconds. Albrecht was a second-team all-league selection.

MOLLI CHRISTENSEN, Washburn Rural — Christensen had a very successful freshman season for the Jr. Blues, placing 10th in the city meet followed by two top-20 performances at the Centennial League and regional meets (17th and 20th, respectively). Christensen was an important contributor to the team’s success, placing in the top five for the Jr. Blues’ squad for all four of the season’s final races. Christensen set a personal-record of 20:57 at state and received all-league honorable mention.

TRISTAN FANGMAN, Seaman — A freshman, Fangman got off to a slow start with a foot injury, but came on strong at the end of the year. Fangman medaled at the city and Centennial league meets, then led the Vikings to a superb team effort at regionals with a sixth-place finish. Fangman ran a personal-best time of 21:13 in regional competition and earned a spot in the state meet. Fangman received all-league honorable mention.

CHRISTINA FUNK, Washburn Rural — A sophomore, Funk logged her second straight successful season for the Jr. Blues. Funk took third in the city meet, finishing behind teammates Jaybe Shufelberger and Amanda Miller. After falling ill at the Centennial League meet Funk bounced back with impressive finishes at regionals and state, finishing 13th and 47th, respectively. She posted her best time at state, clocking a time of 20:38.

ERIN HEBERT, Seaman — A junior, Hebert was a newcomer to cross country this fall. She went straight to the front with a medal-winning performance in the Manhattan Invitational. Hebert also placed seventh in the city meet and was the Vikings’ No. 1 runner for most of the 2017 season. Hebert ran a personal-best time of 20:55 in the state meet. Hebert received all-league honorable mention.

ALISIARA HOBBS, Shawnee Heights — Hobbs completed her junior year with a third straight All-City selection. After fighting through a mid-year injury Hobbs finished eighth in both the city and Centennial League meets. She finished fourth in 5A regional competition and was a state qualifier. Hobbs has a personal-best time of 20:35. Hobbs was a second-team all-league selection.

AMANDA MILLER, Washburn Rural — In only her second year of cross country, Miller, a senior, logged another impressive season. After finishing second in the city meet Miller went on to place in the top 10 in the Centennial League and regional meets (sixth and seventh, respectively). Miller capped off her short but impressive high school career with a 25th-place finish at the state meet in a time of 20:03. Miller also earned Academic All-State honors and was a first-time all-league pick.

MAKENNA ORTON, Shawnee Heights — After an injury-plagued freshman year Orton had a strong showing to secure her first All-City honor. Orton finished ninth in the city meet and 13th in the Centennial League meet. She saved her best race of the year for regionals, finishing in seventh place. Orton was a state qualifier and has a personal-best time of 21:16. Orton was a second-team all-league pick.

JAYBE SHUFELBERGER, Washburn Rural — A junior, Shufelberger was the top runner for Washburn Rural for the third year in a row. She defended her individual city title, helping the team claim a second straight team title. She went on to place second in the Centennial League and regional meets. Shufelberger led the Jr. Blues to a sixth-place team finish at state, taking 12th place and earning All-State status. Her personal-best for the season was an impressive 19:19. Shufelberger also earned Academic All-State recognition and was a first-team all-league selection.

ABBY WAGEMAKER, Topeka High — Wagemaker kicked off her junior year with an eighth-place finish at the Manhattan Invitational. She continued as Topeka High’s No. 1 runner the entire season. Wagemaker was third in the Joe Schrag Invitational, was 10th at Baldwin and had five top-10 finishes. She placed 14th at the regional meet in Junction City to earn a berth in the state meet. She capped off her season by running her fastest time of the season at 20:37. Wagemaker received all-league honorable mention.

EMMA WATERS, Washburn Rural — A sophomore, Waters had another solid season for the Jr. Blues, doing her part to help Rural win a second consecutive city team title. Waters posted top-10 finishes in the city and Centennial League meets (sixth and 10th, respectively). Waters finished out her season on a high note, running very well at the state meet and setting a personal-record with a time of 20:42. Waters was a second-team all-league pick.

Honorable mention

Sofie Conard, so., Washburn Rural; Emily Jowers, sr., Seaman; Isabel Reed, so., Shawnee Heights; Kamri Younger, fr., Washburn Rural.

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