Central Catholic hosted five other middle school cross country teams under wet and muddy conditions on Thursday evening. The girls race began at 6:00 PM, which was just after a short burst of rain passed through. Clinton Prairie’s Mellody Tolley took the lead at the race start and was about 5 seconds ahead Central Catholic’s Emma Bullock and Battleground’s Nicole Nagel at the 800m mark. Tolley went on to win the race with a time of 12:43. In the battle for 2nd place, Bullock surged ahead of Nagel at the 2K mark and was closing in on Tolley at the finish to post a PR time of 12:50. Nagel finished 3rd in 13:10. Knights Alicia Orr finished 25th in 15:17 and Mia Vinarcik finished 32nd with PR of 15:54. For the girls team scores, Clinton Prairie (31) edged out Battleground (33) to win the event. Klondike (66) took 4th place ahead of Clinton Central (116).
In the boys race Knight William White took a comfortable lead at the start and finished in 1st place with a time 11:02. This is White’s fourth overall win this season. White’s brother Isidore White was in second place at the 2K mark fending off a challenge from Sheridan’s Wade Hunter. In the last 800 meters, teammate David Ortman pushed ahead of the entire chase group to finish in 2nd place with a time 11:36. Ethan McMinn from Battleground finished 3rd (11:45), James Talauage from Klondike finished 4th (11:55), Hunter was 5th (12:14), Isidore White was 6th (12:16) and Central Catholic’s Austin Chyall finished 7th with a PR time of 12:23. The next four finishers for the Knights used excellent teamwork by pacing each other around the course for the entire race. Seaton Garrett (13:36), Kevin Todd (13:39) Sebastian Lux (13:41) and Mark Cramer (13:41) all finished within 5 seconds of one another. Lux set a PR with his time of 13:41
For team scores, the Knights boy’s team secured their second 1st place finish of the season with 42 points. Klondike (58) edged out Battleground (61) to finish in 2nd place, followed by Clinton Central (111), Clinton Prairie (113) and Sheridan (140).
The middle school cross country team caps off its race season at the Hoosier Conference meet this Saturday at Rensselaer Central High School.