The Western Boone high school cross country team competed at the Sagamore Conference meet at Danville on Saturday morning. The Western Boone girls were third as a team with 65 points behind Lebanon (51) and Crawfordsville (57). The Western Boone boys were 4th as a team with 113 points behind Crawfordsville (41), Frankfort (46), and Danville (69).
In the girls’ race, Audrey Knoper led from start to finish and became the first Western Boone girl to win an individual cross country conference championship. Her time of 19:48 was the fastest winning time for a conference championship at the 5K distance, and she is the first Western Boone girl to break 20:00. Her time is also a new school record, breaking Lauryn Florey’s previous record of 20:15, which was set in 2016.
Sydney Haag also ran exceptionally well. Determined to do the best she could for her team, Haag got into the second pack early, pressed the pace during the second half of the race, and ended up achieving a surprise 4th-place individual finish. Improving by more than a minute, she earned a new personal best with her time of 21:18, which moves her up to #5 on the WeBo girls’ 5K all-time list.
Both Knoper and Haag earned First Team All-Conference honors for their efforts.
Jordan Randolph ran a season-best time of 23:13 to finish 17th and earn Second Team All-Conference honors. Jenna Mahin was just a second away from her season-best time, running 23:52 to finish 21st. Naomi Reid rounded out the scoring team in 30th in 24:51. Izzy Moore, battling an injury, finished 33rd in 25:43. And Bekah Truby achieved a personal best of 26:17 and finished 36th.
In the boys’ race, Colton Collier led for the first mile and ended up finishing 5th in 17:50. Blake Dukes ran a season-best time of 18:13 to finish 13th. For their efforts, Collier earned First Team All-Conference honors, and Dukes earned Second Team All-Conference honors.
Jacob Imbus had a surprisingly strong showing, finishing in a season-best of 19:33 and placing 27th. Caden Baird was not far behind in 19:48 in 31st. Timmy Coffman rounded out the scoring team in 37th in 20:20. Anthony Keppel ran well and finished 40th in 20:56, barely missing his personal best by just one second. Jacob Parsons completed the varsity squad in 46th in 22:09.
In the reserve race, Jared Brown found himself near the front and, as a result, achieved a big personal best of 20:33, cutting more than a minute off his previous best and finishing 3rd. Nik Pierce also ran the reserve race and finished 13th in 23:33. Krisha Griffith was 5th in the girls’ reserve race in 28:23.
The Stars will run at the IHSAA Sectional meet next Saturday at Noblesville starting at 10:30 am.