NEW CARLISLE – The Warsaw girls cross country team continued to impress on Saturday.
The Tigers put together the program’s best ever finish in one of the state’s top invitationals at New Prairie.
Coach Matt Campbell’s varsity lineup, comprised of seven underclassmen, posted a second place finish in the Class AAA race.
No. 7 Penn had five runners place in the top 10 in the field of 23 teams in the large school division to earn the championship.
Warsaw, ranked No. 13 in the latest coaches poll, posted a team score of 77 to earn its runner-up spot.
Sophomore Allison Miller led the way for her Warsaw team as she finished in sixth place overall in the field with a time of 19:23.
Sophomore Anna Craig was 11th in a time of 19:38 for the Tigers. Junior Brooke Rhodes was 14th overall in 19:53, followed by teammate and junior Hannah Dawson in 21st (20:07). Junior Emma Hayward was 25th in 20:19, with freshman Mia Beckham 41st in 20:46 and junior Claire Kehler 57th in 21:12.
Maddie Woods of Penn won the race with a top time of 18:00. Brooke Moore of Elkhart Memorial was second in 18:42.
Morgan Blyly of Northridge placed eighth in 19:31 and MacKenzie Adams of the Raiders was 22nd in 20:10.
No. 12 Lake Central took third place in the final team standings with a score of 115. Rounding out the top five teams were Northridge in fourth at 144 and No. 17 Portage in fifth at 154.
Sophomore Charlene Orr led Warsaw in the reserve race by taking runner-up honors in 20:53.
Sophomore Lauren Orr was ninth in 21:30 for the Tigers. Senior Hannah Thompson was 11th (21:36), with sophomore Mallory Hooks 31st (22:44), senior Kendra Paton 39th (22:58), freshman Liza Lewis 53rd (23:27) and freshman Meredith Phipps 55th (23:29).
Warsaw will put its 3-0 conference mark on the line Tuesday night by playing host to league opponents Concord and Plymouth at 5:30 p.m. at WCHS. It will be Senior Night for both the girls and boys programs.