The Western Boone high school cross country team competed Saturday at the Flashrock Invitational at Northview Church in Carmel. The meet, which took place after a torrential rainstorm, featured more than 1,400 runners from more than 55 schools. The Stars competed in the Invitational division, while teams ranked in the top 25 in the state competed in the Championship division.
The Stars’ highest-placing finisher was Hunter Martin, who covered the rain-drenched course in 17:46.6 to earn 32nd. Cody Rice was next for the boys, finishing in 119th in 19:09.1. Nick Biddle (176th in 20:30.8), Alex Hale (182nd in 20:48.1), and Chris Thomas (213th in 25:51.3) rounded out the boys’ scoring team, which finished 24th with 614 points.
Alexis Goglia led the way for the girls, running the muddy course in 22:08.1 and placing 50th. Krisha Griffith, who was delighted to run in such sloppy conditions, finished in 22:39.3 (76th). For the second meet in a row, Lizzie Hendricks was the only Western Boone runner to achieve a personal best; seemingly unfazed by the wet and slippery conditions, she ran 23:30.8 (106th) and improved her time by another 12 seconds. Holly Foxworthy ran well and placed 140th in 24:16.7. Two Lady Stars came close to their personal bests: Brittany Hieston ran 25:34.9 (172nd) and missed her best by just 14 seconds, and Josie Mahin ran 25:49.1 (180th) and missed hers by just 13 seconds. The girls’ team finished 20th with 493 points.
The Stars will spend the next two weeks preparing for the Sagamore Conference Meet on October 3.