Central Catholic hosted cross country teams from seventeen area schools at the 2015 Central Catholic Invite last Thursday. A total of 407 middle school runners competed in the three kilometer race. The course featured a 400 meter open field start near the CC billboard followed by a loop through Bishop Woods and a hill climb at the 2K mark just south of the football stadium on our recently remodeled course.
The Central Catholic Boys team took 4th place out of 15 teams with a score of 130 points, finishing just behind Western (128). Battleground took second place (90) and West Lafayette won the boys race with a score of 36 points. Alec Smith from Carroll was the boy’s overall winner with a finish time of 10:50.
In the girls team race West Lafayette finished in first place with 42 points, Roosevelt (83) took second and Battleground (97) edged out Western (97) for third place. The tiebreaker was settled by each team’s 6th runners, with Battleground’s Samantha Mohr prevailing. Kaylan Howard from Roosevelt was the overall girls winner with a time of 11:53. The Lady Knights finished in 11th place out of 14 girls teams.
Central Catholic runners posted strong individual performances from the younger members of our team as they continue to gather race experience. In the girls race St. Boniface sixth grader Audrey Cleveland paced the team with a finish time of 13:46 that secured 26th place. Mia Vinarcik had a solid performance at 15:34, which was just off her PR time. Mary Kate Krane, Alicia Orr and Anna Claire Bridge finished together at 16:19.
In the boys race Isidore White took 5th place overall with a finish time of 11:22. In an excellent display of teamwork Chris Justak and Tyler Thieme paced each other throughout the race and finished together at 18:00 for Thieme to set a PR. Both Kevin Donahoe and A.J Bordenet out-kicked challengers at the finish, and Dylan Riley posted a PR time of 17:21. Stephen Henry had yet another breakthrough race performance and shattered the 14-minute barrier with a finish time of 13:38.
The Knights return to Tecumseh on September 22 to compete in a 6-way race against local schools.