The Western Boone high school cross country team competed at the Tiger XC Invitational in Lebanon on Thursday. The Lady Stars earned the team victory for the third year in a row with 32 points, followed by Lebanon with 52, University with 66, and Clinton Central with 83. The WeBo boys team also ran strongly and placed second with 43 points, just 7 points behind Lebanon; Clinton Central was third with 59, and University was fourth with 93.
Lauryn Florey led the girls team with a fourth-place individual finish in 22:08. But it was the Lady Stars’ strong pack running that helped them clinch the win. Mollie Gourley (6th), Jenna Mahin (8th), Katie Potter (9th), Lizzie Hendricks (10th), and Jordan Randolph (11th) all ran together through most of the race and positioned themselves to finish in and near the top ten. That ensured all five of WeBo’s scoring runners, plus an additional “pusher,” finished ahead of Lebanon’s third runner and gave the Lady Stars the victory. Josie Mahin (15th) and Krisha Griffith (16th) also raced well.
In the boys’ race, Colton Collier got into third place early, stayed there, and finished with a time of 17:55. Also placing in the top ten were Blake Dukes in 6th and Timmy Coffman in 9th. Caden Baird (12th) and Jacob Imbus (13th) rounded out the scoring team, all of whom finished in the top 15 and were under 20:00. Jacob Parsons also ran well, missing his personal best by just four seconds.
The Stars will compete Saturday at the Riverview Health Invitational at Northview Church in Carmel.