Panthers run at Minuteman Classic
Kaitlin Burden once again led the NorthWood Girls cross country team on Saturday at Ox Bow Park. The Lady Panthers finished sixth as a team, with Burden placing sixth as an individual. There were 15 teams and 119 runners in the meet.
Emilie Allen posted a season best time of 21:32. Other top NorthWood finishers were MacKenzie Brewer (52nd in 22:54), Cassie Hunsberger set a personal best of 23:05 for 59th place, Savannah Slone (60th in 23:05), Emma Davidhizar lowered her personal best to 23:28.
On the boys side, the team finished in second place overall with an average time of 17:10.91. Individually, Brady Hunsberger and Jordan Burden finished seventh and eighth overall in the race, with respective times of 16:47:66 and 16:49.73. Teammate Owen Allen came in 16th with a time of 17:11.26.
NorthWood competes in the second Super Dual NLC meet at Warsaw on Tuesday with the boys race at 6 p.m. and the girls at 6:30.
Tippecanoe Valley hosts cross country invite
Both the Viking boys and girls XC squads participated in their own invite Saturday, which included 13 boys and eight girls squads from area high schools.
The Valley boys finished in 12th place with an average runner time of 22:07.20. Evan Myers turned in the team’s best time of 19:27.85, finishing in 27th position overall. Teammate Brady Rogers completed the course in 21:17.69, which was good for 55th place.
Rochester won the invite with an average time of 18:38.76.
On the girls side, the Lady Vikings ended in fifth place with an average time of 25:09.34. Star runner Chesnee Miller finished in third overall with a time of 21:21.74. She was followed by Bailey Bussard, who clocked a 24:23.62, which was good enough for 23rd position.
Wawasee competes at Indiana Wesleyan
The Warrior runners traveled to Marion to take part in the Wildcat Classic at Indiana Wesleyan University. The team finished in fifth place overall at the meet, which was won by Adams Central.
Lily Tyler and Jasmine Hernandez each finished in 22:37, good enough for 19th and 20th places overall. The time was Hernandez’s personal record.
“This has been a tough week for the girls facing some touch adversity,” said coach Doug Slabaugh. “(I’m) proud how they are running together as one, Big races from Lily and Jasmine. Jordan also ran a big race and am proud of Mollie for gutting through the race today. Now it’s about recovery between now and Tuesday and coming ready to compete.”
On the boys side, the Warriors finished in seventh place overall. Camden Powell finished in 12th position overall.
“Most of our boys had personal records today,” said Warrior coach Jose Lopez. “Super job by all our boys.”