The Western Boone high school cross country team competed at the Terre Haute Savings Bank Invitational on Saturday at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute. Western Boone runners raced in the Class 1A-3A division.
The girls’ race featured 12 complete teams, and the competition was very close with only seven points separating 1st through 5th. Barr-Reeve won with 73 points. The Lady Stars tied Lebanon with 77 points, but lost the tie-breaker and finished in 3rd place. Brown County (79 points) and Shakamak (80 points) finished in 4th and 5th, respectively. A total of 102 runners ran in the girls’ race.
Individually, Audrey Knoper ran confidently from the front with Lebanon’s Murphy Adams and was just out-kicked at the finish and took 2nd. Knoper’s time was 19:24.9, which was 1:20 faster than she ran at this meet last year. Katheryn Rutherford ran a 27-second personal best to finish 11th in 21:29.6. Sydney Haag ran very well, too, finishing in 13th in 21:43.2, which was 1:00 faster than last year. Naomi Reid ran a 30-second personal best of 23:27.0 to finish 24th. Rounding out the scoring team was Emma Mitchell who, like her teammates, ran a 31-second personal best of 24:01.2 to finish 29th. Hannah Haag (48th in 25:47.7) and Bekah Truby (67th in 27:59.9) also represented the Lady Stars well.
In the boys’ race, the Stars were 10th with 246 points out of 18 complete teams. Lebanon won with 63 points. A total of 149 runners ran in the boys’ race.
Every Western Boone runner in the boys’ race finished with a faster time than last year. A tired Colton Collier ran with the front group until it broke apart around the 2 km mark. He ran perseveringly for the rest of the race and finished 4th in 17:29.5. Caden Baird was next for the Stars in 55th in 20:06.9. Levi LaGrange ran a huge 3-minute personal best to finish in 20:17.8 in 60th. Jared Brown, who ran 1:32 faster than last year, and Anthony Keppel, who ran 0:53 faster than last year, raced each other to the finish line and finished in 20:40.6 and 20:42.7, respectively (72nd and 73rd). Jacob Parsons was 88th in 21:29.5.
The Stars will compete in the Charger Classic at North Montgomery on Thursday starting at 5:00 pm.