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XC Raiders compete in regional racet

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Trimble gets big win as Chappell, Cooley, Gonterman named all-region

By The Staff

The fierce competition between teams and individuals made for an exciting day at the Region 5 Cross Country Championship.

Five teams, including three state-ranked, and 45 girls, seven of who are state-ranked, competed in the regional championship race Saturday, Nov. 8.

Despite the tough competition, the Lady Raiders were able to bring home their fifth regional championship title. Lexington Christian Academy did not make things easy for the Lady Raiders, as they put two runners in front of the Lady Raiders top runner, Brandi Chappell, to make the race interesting. The Lady Raiders however stood strong as they placed all 5 girls in front of LCA’s fourth and fifth runners.

The anticipation was high after the race as teams, coaches and fans awaited the final race results. However, once the results were posted, the Lady Raiders began to celebrate their fifth consecutive championship. The final scores showed included Trimble County in the lead with 41 points, LCA just a couple away at 43 and third place Danville with 63 points. Owen County pulled out fourth with 78 points and Eminence finished with 150 points.

The Lady Raiders were led by sophomore, Brandi Chappell, who placed sixth overall in 20:40.

Following her was teammate Jessica Cooley, who placed seventh in 21:17. Seventh-grader Erin Gonterman, coming off a big middle school state win, placed 10th overall in 22:07. Allison Joyce finished 11th in 22:07, Alex Rand placed 20th in 23:47, and Danyal Adams finished 24th in 24:05.

The Lady Raiders team average was 21:52.

Brandi Chappell, Jessica Cooley, and Erin Gonterman received all-region honors for their top 10 finish.

Following the meet, coach Jeff Vincent said, “Whew! This was a close one. Toward the end of the race, I wasn’t sure if we would win or not. LCA really came ready to run today and pushed us. They beat us in our strongest spots, first, second and third, which made things tough. things tough. However, our fourth, fifth and sixth runners stepped up big for us today. This was truly a team effort! It wasn’t pretty, however we found a way to win which is what champions do. I’m so proud of these girls. We can’t celebrate too long because we’ve got our work cut out for us next week at state. The state race will be very competitive. We’re hoping for a Top 3 finish, which will take a perfect effort. I have no doubts we can do it. We’ll be ready.”

The Lady Raiders’ will compete in the Kentucky State Class A Girls State Championship Saturday, Nov. 15 beginning at 10:15 a.m. at the Kentucky State Horse Park.

If you are interested in attending the race and need more information, call Vincent at (502) 255-3217.