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Runnin’ Raiders sweep Carroll County meet

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By The Staff

Last week the Runnin’ Raiders competed in and swept the Carroll County NCKC meet.

Teams such as Williamstown, Owen, Henry, Carroll, and Gallatin County competed in the Sept. 23 meet.

In the first race, the Trimble County Middle School girls’ team score of 18 took first place honors. Erin Gonterman won the race. Olivia Cooley placed 2nd. Kirsten Baird finished 3rd. Morgan Chappell placed 5th. Amber Bowyer finished 8th. Katie Gonterman placed 9th. Bonnie Wilson finished 12th. Megan West placed 13th. Kayla Bailey finished 15th. Allanis Rossell placed 18th. And Naidelyn Cabada placed 19th.

The second race featured the middle school boys of the North Central Conference. The Runnin’ Raiders boys’ team edged out Williamstown by two points to take first place honors. Connor Ball placed 2nd overall. Cory Bailey finished 3rd. Tray Robbins placed 5th. Dustin Wise finished 9th. Brennan Kunkle placed 11th. Jonathon Papai finished 12th. Tanner Draque placed 19th. Robert Harris finished 20th. And David Arteaga placed 21st.

Coach Jeff Vincent commented on the middle school races, “Our younger runners are really performing well. They are beginning to figure this cross country thing out. It is great to see the individual progress they are making. Our coaching staff is very proud of them.”

In the varsity girls’ race, the Lady Runnin’ Raiders (#4 in the state) low score of 19 points took first place honors. Kelsie Courtney placed 3rd overall. Danyal Adams finished 4th. Hannah Davis placed 6th. Alex Rand finished 10th. And Jessica Smith placed 13th. The Lady Raiders’ top three runners (Brandi Chappell, Allison Joyce, and Jessica Cooley) had the day off.

The varsity boys’ race results were no different. The Trimble boys varsity team (#5 in the state) score of 33 edged out Williamstown’s 40 points to win the meet. Kyle Howdyshell placed 2nd overall. Matt Stethen finished 4th overall. Kevin Bailey placed 5th. Mike Baird finished 8th. 7th grader, Christian Apel finished 17th. Chris Bailey placed 23rd. And Brandon Liter finished 30th overall. A few of the Raiders top runners (Taylor Ball, Daryl Heveline, Kyle Bland, and Justin Perkins) had the day off.

Vincent stated, “We ran well today. I gave a few of our runners the day off so it was encouraging to see us step up and get the win. Our kids are working hard and I’m proud of them.”