Boys Middle School Cross Country, Girls Middle School Cross Country · Stars open up season with 1st and 3rd finishes

A pleasant night of running was witnessed at the season opener for the Western Boone Junior High cross country teams Wednesday night, hosting conference rivals Tri-West, Crawfordsville and South Montgomery. For the boys race, Southmont came away the victor (36 points), Crawfordsville second (49 points), the Stars in third (53 points) and the Bruins in fourth (86 points). Ryan Miller from Crawfordville won in 12:17. The ladies race had the Mounties number one girl, Faith Allen, win (12:31) despite her team not having a full team to compete. The girls race included Western Boone winning (32 points),  the Athenians in second (44 points) and closely followed by Tri-West (46 points).

The Western Boone boys had a good showing, despite not having their number one runner participating and almost all new runners this season. Lane Hardee and Wyatt Barnett both started their first ever cross country meet with great results – Hardee finished 2nd overall (12:41) & Barnett had a strong 4th place finish (13:12). Rounding out the scoring was Graham Cavins in 13th place, Bryce Kopriva in 16th, and Landon Snodgrass in 21st. Other good finishes for their very first meet ever were Jack Kinsel (24th), Collin Wahburn (28th) & Lincoln Rose (36th).

With 6 WeBo runners in the top 15 places, the Lady Stars gave impressive performances as they accomplished their first win of the season as a team. Katheryn Rutherford went out hard and finished in 2nd with a time of 13:01. With a surprise for two beginners, 6th grader Raegan Durbin came in 5th (14:46) & 8th grader Emma Mitchell was 7th overall (14:52). Returning runners Samantha Jones, Hannah Haag, and Emily Parsons all gave powerful showings, finishing 9th, 14th & 15th, respectively. Other solid finishes were seen by Bailey Haag (25th), Rose Rogers (29th), Katherine Mateika (42nd) and Adele Crockett (44th).

The Stars’ next race is on Saturday, August 25th starting with the girls race at 9:00am and the boys race at 9:30am at the Sheridan Invitational, located around the Sheridan High School.

Alan Miller – Head Coach