The junior high cross country teams ran the Central Indiana Conference meet at IWU on Saturday morning for their final race of the season. The weather was a little chilly but perfect for running.
Noah Kitterman (8) started the morning off right with a PR of 11:19 finishing 5th and earning a medal. Charleston Slentz (6) stepped up to finish 2nd for the boys team with a PR of almost a minute. Keaton Walker (6) was close behind with another PR of 29 seconds and Ryne Clamme (6) finished off the boys team with his own PR.
Coach Amanda Slentz said, “I’m so proud of these boys! They all ended the season with PRs. They dropped their times over the season and the first year runners by 2 and 3 minutes. We were disappointed not to get to score as a team for conference, but typical our number 2 and 3 runners couldn’t compete today. Noah is going to go on to compete strongly for the high school next year and I’m excited to see how much more our younger runners can improve for next year.”
For the girls team, Cami Caldwell (7) fought off two runners to the finish for 3rd place and a medal with a time of 13:05 for the 3K. Sami Williamson (8) sprinted in for 8th place with 13:33. Allison Jacobs (7) ran her PR of 14:01 and 18th place. Ruby Slentz (8) placed 20th in 14:28 and Allie Parsons (6) scored 5th for the team in 26th place with her PR of 15:04. Faith Gephart (6) was close behind in 27th. Leah Cale (7) was 38th and Isabelle Reid (6) was close by with 40th. The girls finished 3rd as a team earning ribbons.
Coach Amanda Slentz said, “These are a great group of girls! They push and encourage each other and are so much better for it. All 8 girls finished within 3 minutes of each other. They have been solid all year. A couple finished the season with PRs and most of the rest with their 2nd best times. Our 2 determined eighth graders will move up to help the high school team next year, but we have a lot of young girls returning. I think we can build a very competitive team for next year.”
GREAT JOB BRUINS!!