The Western Boone H.S. cross country team competed at the Sagamore Conference meet at Danville on Saturday morning. Running in cooler weather conditions, the Stars ran superbly, with 10 of Western Boone’s 13 runners achieving personal best times.
Colton Collier earned the title of Conference Champion by winning the boys race in a personal best time of 16:30. Collier was in a large group of runners at the midway point of the race, and with 500m to go, it was down to just three runners in contention for the title. Collier surged, and Lebanon’s Zachary West went with him, and both passed a Frankfort runner who had been leading. As the finish line approached, Collier pulled ahead of West by five seconds to earn his first cross country Conference title. Caden Baird was next for the Stars in 30th in 19:02. Levi LaGrange was 32nd in a 57-second personal best of 19:15. Jared Brown was 36th in 19:58, followed by Anthony Keppel in 37th in 20:11; both achieved personal best times. Jacob Parsons also achieved a personal best of 20:41 and finished in 41st.
As a team, the Western Boone boys finished 5th with 124 points. Frankfort won with 45 points.
In the girls race, Audrey Knoper led the Lady Stars with a 2nd-place finish in 19:11. Knoper and Lebanon’s Murphy Adams ran most of the race together until Adams pulled away toward the end of the race. Katheryn Rutherford ran an superb race and improved her time by an incredible 1:19 to finish 5th in 20:10. Her time makes her the 2nd-fastest girl in school history behind Knoper. Sydney Haag also achieved a top-10 finish, running a personal best of 20:36 to finish 7th. Knoper, Rutherford, and Haag all earned First Team All-Conference honors for their efforts. Naomi Reid also ran an excellent race and achieved a personal best of 22:48 to finish 19th; she earned Second Team All-Conference honors. Hannah Haag ran a personal best as well, finishing 25th in 23:17. Emma Mitchell was next for the Lady Stars in 31st in 24:28. And Bekah Truby rounded out the team with a big 51-second personal best to finish 32nd in 25:26.
The girls’ team scores were very close, with only 6 points separating first through third. Crawfordsville won with 53 points, followed by Western Boone with 56 and Lebanon just one point behind with 57.
The Stars will run at the IHSAA Sectional meet next Saturday at Noblesville.