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Runnin’ Raiders travel to Indiana invitational

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By The Staff

The Runnin’ Raiders ran in the Madison Courier Invitational this weekend.

The race was held Sept. 27 at Hanover College, the NCAA Division III National College Championship XC course. Teams such as Silver Creek (IN), Switzerland County (IN), Madison (IN), Austin (IN), Scottsburg (IN), Charlestown (IN), New Washington (IN), Shawe Memorial (IN), Rising Sun (IN), Carroll County (KY), and Southwestern (IN) competed in the meet.

The Lady Raiders took runner up honors in the meet with a score of 54 points. Brandi Chappell lead the Lady Raiders by placing 5th overall in 21:00. Allison Joyce finished 6th overall in 21: 26. Jessica Cooley finished 8th in 21:36. Danyal Adams placed 16th in 23:27. Hannah Davis finished 18th in 23:50. Alex Rand placed 24th in 24:39. And Jessica Smith finished 39th in 26:41. Brandi Chappell, Allison Joyce, and Jessica Cooley were recognized and received ribbons for placing in the top 10. The team was also recognized for runner up honors.

Head Coach Jeff Vincent commented, “I thought the girls ran well today. Our times were a bit slow however the course was a bit more difficult than we thought. We also ran without Erin Gonterman and Kelsie Courtney which makes a difference in team scoring. The gap between our 1st runner and 5th runner was just under 3 minutes which is an improvement. We will need to close that gap even more to accomplish another top 5 finish at state. The girls are working hard so I think we’ll be able to do it.”

The Raiders boys’ were a little short handed however still managed to place in the top 5. The Raiders’ score of 104 points earned a 4th place finish. The Raiders were without Daryl Heveline and Kyle Bland but this didn’t stop the team from performing well. Taylor Ball placed 9th overall in 17:45. Justin Perkins finished 13th in 18:11. Kyle Howdyshell placed 19th in 18:29. Matt Stethen finished 31st in 19:35. Kevin Bailey placed 32nd in 19:36. And Mike Baird placed 35th in 19:48. Taylor Ball was recognized and received a ribbon for his top 10 performance. The team also was recognized for their fourth place finish.

Vincent said, “I was very pleased with our performance. I was hoping for a top 5 finish and we got it today without key runners which is very encouraging. The boys are running well right now. In the next couple of weeks we will begin tampering down so it will be fun seeing how fast we’ll get. The guys are very focused right now and working hard. We want a top 5 finish at state.”