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Raiders win NCKC cross-country meet

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By The Staff

SPECIAL TO THE BANNER

 The Runnin’ Raiders took top honors at the North Central Kentucky Conference cross-country meet hosted by Carroll County High School on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

The team bested runners from Walton-Verona, Williamstown, Carroll, Eminence, and Gallatin, Henry and Owen counties.

In the middle-school/junior varsity race, the Lady Raiders won by a margin of 23 points, followed by Henry and Walton-Verona.

Top runners in the girls 3,000-meter were Kylie Wilberding, first place; Kirsten Baird, second place; and Morgan Chappell, fourth place. Colyn True and Sara Whitaker took eighth and 10th place, respectively.

The Raiders also came in first in the middle-school/JV boys’ race. Top runners in the boys 3,200-meter run were Stevie Swanger, second place; Brennen Kunkel, fourth place; and D’angelo Mori, fifth place. Johnathon Papai and Sam Moore took sixth and 10th place, respectively.

Olivia Cooley was the only Lady Raider to compete in the girls’ varsity race, placing 12th overall.

Four runners competed in the boys’ varsity 5,000-meter run: Connor Ball took third place; Kyle Puckett, seventh; Tray Robbins, 12th; and Reese True, 15th. Because they only fielded five, they did not post at team score. 

Coach Jeff Vincent said he chose not to run several of the varsity Raiders to rest them for the Trinity Sacred Heart Invitational last week.

It was a good call. The Lady Raiders finished 15th out of 40 top-ranked teams from Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and West Virginia.

The team finished with a 21.16 average, above their last-season finish at 21:45. Freshman Erin Gonterman finished 64th of the 317 runners overall, setting a personal best time of 20:22.

The No. 6 Lady Raiders bested No. 3 Walton-Verona and No. 7 Sayre High School in Lexington.

The boys placed 33rd of 51 teams. Junior Kevin Bailey finished 113th out of 415 runners, posting a personal best at 17:08, just missing Daryl Heveline’s school record of 17:07. The No. 4 team bested No. 7 W-V and No. 10 Louisville Collegiate.