As the season draws to an end, the Western Boone junior high cross country teams ran most of their best times of the year and many of them their best ever at the Indiana Middle School Cross Country Championships on Saturday. The state meet winner for the Small School Girls Varsity race was Rensselaer Central MS and the Small School Boys Varsity champion was West Lafayette MS. The Lady Stars finished 20th and the boys finished 33rd.
In great style and composer, Katheryn Rutherford ran her last race in a junior high uniform and finished with her lifetime best time of 11:46 in 22nd place out of over 300 runners. This makes her one of the top junior high cross country runners to come from Western Boone. The best times did not stop at Rutherford, as all but one runner achieved the same. Finishing in 119th, 137th and 138th were Emma Mitchell, Hannah Haag, and Samantha Jones, respectively. Mitchell ran strong in a personal best of 13:02. Haag and Jones were close the whole race, but Haag edged out Jones by a mere 0:00.1 second (13:08.7 and 13:08.8). Other fabulous performances were shown by Lilly Wilhite, Bailey Haag, and Emily Parsons.
There were five Star runners on the teams that ran in the Small School Open races – 3 girls (Rosie Rogers, Katherine Mateika, and Adele Crockett) and 2 boys (Andre Gohier and Bryce Kopriva). All had seasonal or lifetime best times, improving from a. range of 1 second to over 1 minute.
In the Small School Boys Varsity race, Western Boone had 5 very strong finishes. Levi LaGrange (57th place) achieved a lifetime best time of 11:10 in his last 8th grade race, putting him among the top 5 Western Boone junior high runners. Similar to the Lady Stars, many of the boys achieved season best or lifetime best times. Lane Hardee finished 1 second from his best time – 11:54 – and in 139th place. Wyatt Barnett (12:41) and Collin Washburn (13:05) both gave great performances, finishing 3rd and 4th on the team, respectively. Close behind Washburn the whole race was Graham Cavins, gaining his lifetime best time of 13:09.
The Stars look forward to running hard and fast next year.