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Cross Country Recaps from Tuesday, September 15

Cross Country Recaps from Tuesday, September 15

Rushville at the New Castle Invitational

Edited report from Rushville coach Jim Marlatt: The Rushville cross country teams traveled to the New Castle Invitational held at Memorial Park. The runners faced a hilly, challenging course but turned in a very strong performance.

For the second year in a row, the Rushville boys were the New Castle Invitational champions! The Lions took the team trophy with a score of 21 followed by New Castle-43, Eastern Hancock-72, Cowan-94 and Shenandoah-128 with Anderson Prep and Union both incomplete.

The Lions placed five runners in the top 10. For the second year in a row, junior Kyle Stanley was the individual race winner in a time of 18:24. Four senior runners provided plenty of support with Caleb Krodel, Sam Sterrett, Keith Bacon and Adam Bousman placing 2nd, 4th, 7th and 9th with times of 18:35, 18:57, 19:05 and 19:17 respectively. Ryan Schindler and Trenton Dyer came in 15th and 21st with times of 20:06 and 20:41. In the reserve race, senior Heath Barada came in first with a time of 21:22.

“The boys really had great races, running smart and handling the hills very well. No one ran season best times, but I think this is the best performance for the guys so far this season. The formula for this team to have success is Kyle at the front with our seniors providing a strong support pack.

On the girls side, Cowan won the team trophy with a score of 42. New Castle finished 2nd with 48 followed by Rushville-58 and Shenandoah-66 with Eastern Hancock and Union both incomplete. New Castle’s Lydia Harvey won the race with a time of 21:40.

The Lady Lions placed six runners in the top 20. Senior Abby Herbert led the way finishing 9th with a time of 24:40. Sofia Kemple came in 12th with a time of 26:09. Maddy Hankins and Cyndi Tush finished 14th and 15th with times of 26:33 and 26:37. Yanitza and Mia Norvell came in 19th and 20th with times of 28:10 and 29:00. And Lanea Adams finished 27th in 35:48.

The girls did a good job of battling through the hills and staying competitive throughout the race. Running on a course like this really provides a confidence boost in future races. The girls are still working hard and healing up. Hopefully, things will come together over the next few weeks.

More recaps follow.

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