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Trimble’s Runnin’ Raiders sweep NCKC meet

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By Lorrie Kinkade

Trimble County performed well at the NCKC Cross Country meet held Oct. 7 at Bedford Elementary School. Coming in to the race, Walton-Verona’s girls were ranked second in the state and their boys were third, however the Runnin’ Raiders bested them and other competitors, including Carroll, Owen and Gallatin counties and Eminence Independent, to win four first place awards in team scoring.

In the mixed 3K junior varsity run, four Raiders finished in the girls’ top 5. Erin Gonterman was first to cross the line in 11:59, followed by Olivia Cooley, who completed the race in 12:09 to nab second place. Morgan Chappell was third with 12:50 and Kirsten Baird finished fifth in a time of 13:25.

Other Runnin’ Raiders finishers were Katie Gonterman, 7th, Naidelyn Cabada, 8th, Bonnie Wilson, 9th, Kayla Bailey, 11th.

Trimble County boys also performed well in the 3K JV race, claiming the top four times.

Christian Apel was first with 10:52. Conner Ball followed him, taking second with a time of 11:05. Trey Robbins claimed third place in 11:07 and Cory Bailey placed fourth in 11:13.

Other finishers in the boys’ race were Dustin Wise, 7th, Jonathon Papai, 10th, Robert Harris, 11th, and Dale Davis, 12th.

In the girls 5K varsity run, second place finisher Brandi Chappel was the first Raider to cross the line, just 11 seconds behind Danielle Hoop of Owen County. Chappel was followed by Allison Joyce, 3rd, and Jessica Cooley, 5th.

Danyal Adams was 10th, Hannah Davis finished 12th and Alex Rand claimed 13th place. Jessica Smith was 17th in 26:29 to round out the Raider girls’ scoring.

The final race of the day, the boys varsity 5K run, saw Taylor Ball claim second with 18:19, trailing winner Jacob McIntyre of Walton-Verona by 24 seconds. Daryl Heveline followed 8 seconds later to take third.

Other boys finishing the race were Justin Perkins, 5th, Kyle Howdyshell, 6th, Kyle Bland, 7th, Kevin Bailey 10th, Mike Baird, 12th, Chris Bailey, 15th, and Brandon Liter, 21st.

“I thought all of our kids ran well. We had some outstanding performances and our kids really came out ready to compete tonight. This was our first and last home meet so we wanted to put on a good show for the home crowd,” coach Jeff Vincent said at the end of the day.