The middle school cross country team finished its season with two races earlier in October. Our teams competed very well against tough area competition and many of our runners set personal records at these last two races.
The Klondike Invitational was held at the Tippecanoe Amphitheater on October 1. This course featured a very steep hill at the 2K mark. Our boys team took second place out of seven teams competing with a score of 48 points. Battle Ground won the race with 21 points. Matt Cleveland was the first Knight to finish and posted a PR time of 11:52 to take 3rd place overall. Blake Ortner out-kicked James Talavage from Battle Ground to take 7th place to finish with a PR time of 12:04. Seaton Garrett finished with a PR time of 12:10 for 10th place overall. Grant Potter (12:25), Nick Burton (12:33 PR) Mark Cramer (12:34 PR) and Corey Schramm (12:45 PR) rounded out the top seven finishers for the Knights. PRs were also set by Noah Wiercioch (13:37), Sebastian Lux (13:20), and Sterling Brummett (16:39).
In the Girls race Audrey Cleveland was the first Lady Knight to finish with at time of 13:47 for 11th place overall. Anna Claire Bridge (13:47), Mary Kate Krane (15:50 PR), and Alicia Orr (15:50) rounded out our four girls finishers.
Central Catholic hosted the Hoosier Conference High School Cross Country Championship on Saturday October 3. In addition to the Varsity and JV 5K races, the event featured boys and girls middle school 3K races. Cold weather, wind and a light rain provided very challenging conditions for the competitors. In the middle school boys race Matt Cleveland paced the Knights with a 7th place finish time of 11:59. Grant Potter took 10th place with a PR time of 12:07, followed by Blake Ortner (12:18), Nick Burton (12:28 PR), Seaton Garrett (12:33), Mark Cramer (12:34 PR), and Corey Schramm (13:00). The boys team took 3rd place with 59 points, falling just behind Tipton who scored 56 points. Rensselaer Central won the boys race with 26 points.
Congratulations to Knights Stephen Henry (13:03), Brenden Wagner (13:54), and Paul Schwartz (15:21) who all set PRs under very tough race conditions.
In the girls race Audrey Cleveland was the first Lady Knight to finish with a time of 13:47 and in 7th place overall. Anna Claire Bridge broke 15 minutes with a PR time of 14:50, followed by Alicia Orr (15:46), Mary Kate Krane (16:14), and Mia Vinarcik. (17:17). The Lady Knights finished in 3rd place with 69 points behind Benton Central (37) and Rensselaer Central (27).
Congratulations to all our Central Catholic runners for their great performances this season.