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Daily Archives: September 10, 2017

589 runners take to Hargis Creek Watershed for Wellington’s annual cross country meet

Tyler Brown was Wellington’s lone cross country runner in the 5K varsity race at Hargis Creek. He placed 10th.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  When it comes to bringing people to Wellington, one can hardly argue the annual cross country meet at the Hargis Creek Watershed in the second week of September is one of the most significant.

There were 589 high school and middle school runners competing at the course Saturday morning. Valley Center girls won the varsity high school event while Wichita West dominated the varsity boys.

For Wellington there were 20 medal winners from sixth grade to senior high. There were 19 personal bests and two others who tied last week’s times. Wellington also had three first place finishers.

Camden Parkey was the top eighth grade boys runner for Wellington. He finished 29th and medalled.

Wellington sixth grade runners Kate Haines and Landyn Glenn placed first in the girls and boys division. Haines had a time of 6:47 and Glenn had a time of 6:06.

In the junior varsity two mile run, Mackenzie Heacock placed first with a 14.07 time.

The full results for Wellington is as follows: 

Wizard of Oz in the Park to be held at Sellers Park on Sunday

Sunday Blog: Things are slow to change, until they change too quickly

Commentary by Robert Escandon, Sumner Newscow — There’s a saying:  “Things happen more slowly than you would have thought then happen more quickly than you would ever have thought possible.”  The same might apply to global climate change if mankind doesn’t do something about discharging large volumes of noxious gasses into Earth’s atmosphere.  The problem with such changes is that they don’t sit well with our psychology as we tend to process information, and then make predictions, in a linear pattern.  To use math terminology, we don’t think in terms of exponential growth, we think in linear timescales.

Robert Escandon

Think of an impending volcanic eruption.  The volcanologists and seismologists inevitably face a dilemma of when to warn the public.  Too early and they will be accused of fear-mongering leading to unnecessary panic among the public, too late and there will be accusations of not warning early enough to save lives.

Maybe we are in the early stages of such a situation with greenhouse gases and rising global temperatures.  Warnings are being issued (right now) by climate scientists but mankind cannot easily envision a sudden catastrophe.  After all, weather conditions haven’t changed greatly in the experience of our short lives so we don’t feel overly challenged at present.

BUT, our lives aren’t long enough to provide sufficient historical perspective for our psyche to comprehend.  If the science is correct, then global warming and its consequences will become apparent during the lives of our children and grandchildren.  When it does become apparent, it will do so suddenly and we will be surprised that conditions changed almost overnight.  A good analogy is a light switch — if you push it slowly then nothing happens. 

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