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Runnin' Raiders rock NCKC tourney

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13 TCHS runners earn All-Conference honors

By The Staff

Trimble County Park was the scene for this year’s North Central Kentucky Conference cross-country championship race, drawing runners from Williamstown, Walton-Verona and Gallatin, Owen, Carroll, Henry and Trimble counties.

Traditionally, with several state-ranked a very competitive conference title race, the battle was on between the athletes from those schools.

This week was no exception. The girls’ varsity race evolved into a war between the No. 4 state-ranked Lady Raiders and No. 5 Walton-Verona Lady Bearcats. Only 3 points separated the two teams at the end of the race, but Trimble County prevailed for the second straight year.

Trimble’s 28 points edged out W-V’s 31 points for the NCKC Championship. Henry County placed fourth and Carroll Co. finished fourth.

The finishing chute looked like a a blob of yellow as the Lady Raiders came across the line sporting their new bright-yellow uniforms. Six runners placed in the top 12 to claim the win: Jessica Cooley took fourth; Erin Gonterman, fifth; Brandi Chappell, sixth; Kylie Wilberding, seventh; Morgan Chappell, 11th; and Kirsten Baird, 12th. The six received All-Conference honors.

Colyn True finished 17th overall.

“This was a hard-fought victory and our girls deserve it,” said Head Coach Jeff Vincent. “I was so impressed with our focus and will to win tonight. We really came ready to run.”

The boys’ varsity race wasn’t as close, but the No. 5-ranked Raiders took care of business in good fashion. All seven runners placed in the top 14 to win a second consecutive NCKC title.

The Raiders’ 32 points outmatched No. 6 Walton-Verona’s 47 points. W-V again took second place and Henry County, third.

Kyle Howdyshell placed second with an amazing finish; he was followed by Kevin Bailey, sixth; Mike Baird, seventh; Christian Apel, eighth; Kyle Puckett, ninth; and Conner Ball, 10th. All six earned All-Conference honors for their performance.

Raider Jake Webster finished 14th overall.

“We ran with so much heart today and beat some really good teams,” Vincent said. “This team went to another level of toughness and persistence tonight, in my opinion.   We ran with a purpose and it showed.”

Next up is the Saint Henry Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 23, and the Region 5 Championship, Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Trimble County Park.