Picolet, Downes Win FHL Titles At Mission Valley

Jordyn Picolet and Kodi Downes were the top female and male runners on Thursday at the Flint Hills League Meet at Mission Valley, winning league championships ahead of Regionals next week.

In the girls race, Picolet lead wire to wire, but had to deal with strong competition in the first mile from Lily Judd of West Franklin and Taryn Compton of Central Heights.

“I thought that Judd was deliberately hanging back to draft and lull Jordyn into a sense of security, but if that was the case Jordyn wasn’t having it in the middle mile, stretching out her lead,” said Coach Joshua Gant of Picolet’s performance. [She] kept stretching her lead in the back half of the race to cruise to the first place finish and a personal record of 20:29.”

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