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Trimble County’s Runnin’ Raiders participated in the NCKC at Gallatin County Tuesday, Sept. 16.
Erin Gonterman placed first among the girls in the mixed 3K middle school race with a time of 14:04. Other female finishers were Olivia Cooley, 2nd, Kirsten Baird, 3rd, Amber Bowyer, 10th, Katie Gonterman, 11th, Naidelyn Cabada, 12th, Megan West, 14th, Bonnie Wilson, 15th, Kayla Bailey, 19th, and, Allanis Rosell, 20th.
Boys placement in the race included Christian Apel, 2nd, Trey Robbins, 6th, Conner Ball, 7th, Cory Bailey, 8th, Dustin Wise, 14th, Brennen Kunkle, 18th, Jonathon Papai, 20th, David Artega, 24th, Robert Harris, 26th, and Dale Davis, 28th.
The excellent times turned in by Raider runners allowed Trimble to take first place in the team standings, over Walton-Verona and Williamstown in the men’s division and Henry County in the women’s.
Following the race, Coach Jeff Vincent said, “I am so proud of both the girls and boys’ elementary and middle school runners. They are working extremely hard in practice and it showed again today. The girls are undefeated and the boys have only lost one race that was against Williamstown’s JV boys’ team.”
In the girl’s 5K varsity race, Jessica Cooley placed second out of 45 finishers with a time of 22:29. Other Trimble runners and standings were Danyal Adams, 10th, Alex Rand, 14th, Kelsi Courtney, 17th, Hannah Davis, 18th, and Jessica Smith, 24th. The girls fell short in the team standings, placing second to Walton-Verona, but outscoring Owen County, Carroll County and Eminence Independent.
Trimble County’s Kyle Howdyshell turned in the best Raider time in the boy’s varsity 5K run, taking second in 19:20. Other Trimble finishers were Justin Perkins, 4th, Mike baird, 8th, Chris Bailey, 18th, and Brandon Liter, 25th.
Trimble, just over one minute behind Williamstown, came in second in the team rankings. Walton-Verona, Carroll County and Henry County teams placed third through fifth respectively.
“Our times were a bit off today. Times are typically a bit slow here because of all the hills. We sat a few of our key runners in both the girls and boys’ varsity race however it is nice to know we are competitive without them. I plan to do this throughout the remainder of the season on the Tuesday night meets for rest and recovery purposes. I thought we had some outstanding performances today. Our new and young runners are gaining confidence each race and that is exciting to see,” Vincent said.