The Western Boone high school cross country team competed at the IHSAA Regional meet at the Tippecanoe Amphitheater in West Lafayette on Saturday. It was the first time in school history that both the boys and girls teams have competed at Regionals in the same year. The Stars’ boys team finished well in 7th place with 195 points, tying the school’s best-ever finish at a cross country Regional. The girls team finished 9th with 224 points. McCutcheon won for the boys with 40 points, and West Lafayette won for the girls with 31 points.
Colton Collier ran a gutsy race and led the field through the first kilometer, but it was Blake Dukes, running more consistently, who finished as the Stars’ first runner. Dukes placed 31st in 17:45, which was only one second from his personal best time. Collier finished just a little behind in 34th in 17:53. Senior Hunter Martin, battling a season-long injury and running in the last race of his high school career, was next for the Stars in 52nd in 18:29. Jacob Imbus, who improved substantially during the final few weeks of the season, was fourth for the team in a personal-best time of 18:57 in 64th. Timmy Coffman rounded out the scoring team in 67th in 19:11. Also running well for the Stars were Nik Pierce in 71st in 19:26 and Caden Baird in 77th in 19:33.
In the girls’ race, Lauryn Florey was Western Boone’s top finisher in 35th in 21:48. Jordan Randolph ran strongly and finished nearly half a minute faster than last year at Regionals; she was 49th in 22:28. Mollie Gourley also ran well and was 60th in 22:56. Jenna Mahin, coming back from an injury, finished in 65th in 23:12. Senior Lizzie Hendricks claimed the final scoring position for the Lady Stars in 77th in 24:35. Senior Katie Potter also ran well in 80th in 24:50, and Josie Mahin was 83rd in 25:04.
Both Dukes and Collier advanced to next week’s IHSAA Semi-State meet by virtue of being among the top ten finishers from non-advancing teams. They will compete next Saturday at the IHSAA Semi-State meet at New Prairie High School.