The Western Boone Junior High cross country teams hosted Frankfort on a very pleasant Monday night. With temperatures more agreeable to running, the Stars shined with great times that propelled them to winning both the boys and girls races.
With huge improvements in their time, many of the Lady Stars not only had personal best times, but they also qualified for the Middle School State Cross Country Meet and helped to easily defeat their opponents. Consistently at the front of the race this season has been Katheryn Rutherford, who won the girls race in 12:27. WeBo continued with 2nd through 6th place with each runner achieved their personal best time for the season. Emma Mitchell had her best race of the year with a 13:08 time in 2nd place. Sticking together for the whole race was Hannah Haag and Samantha Jones. It was only at the very last moment that Jones edged out Haag for 3rd and 4th place, respectfully. Continuing with huge improvement was 6th grader Bailey Haag with a 14:07 time and 5th place finish. And in her first race ever with the team, Lilly Wilhite proved to be a fighter in 6th place and 14:12 finish. Emily Parsons (10th), Adele Crockett (24th) and Katherine Mateika (25th) all ran great races and both Crockett and Mateika improved their times by more than 30 seconds. Rutherford, Mitchell, Jones, both Haag sisters, and Wilhite all now have State qualifying times for the Varsity race.
After dealing with a nagging injury for weeks, Levi LaGrange had a great race that presented him with a 1st place victory in the boys race and a personal best time for the season of 11:20. His leadership, the weather, and good training helped the rest of the team improve their times greatly. In 3rd place, Lane Hardee improved 40 seconds with a 12:06 finish and close behind was Wyatt Barnett in 4th with 12:16 (19 second improvement). The Stars’ hard work did not stop there. As they battled back and forth with a few of the Hot Dogs’ boys, Collin Washburn (13:00) and André Gohier (13:52) fought for 8th place and 10 place respectively. Other strong improvements in their time were seen by Bryce Kopriva (by 4 seconds), Jack Kinsel (by 41 seconds) and Lincoln Rose (by 2 minutes 38 seconds). At the midway point in the season, LaGrange, Hardee, Barnett and Washburn have all qualified for the State meet.
The Stars race next on Saturday, September 15th starting at 9:00 am at the Riverview Health Miller-Rock Invitational in Noblesville at the White River Elementary School grounds.
Alan Miller – Head Coach