Trimble’s Runnin’ Raiders line up with country’s best

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By The Staff

Pitting many of the top teams in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky together, meant the Trinity/Valkyrie Invitational was one of the best races in the country. Teams such as #1 ranked Carmel (IN), # 3 Centerville (OH), #1 Trinity (KY), #1 Asssumption (KY) and other nationally and state ranked teams lined up at Tom Sawyer Park. Thirty plus teams competed in both the girls and boys varsity race.

The Lady Raiders of Trimble County were among thirty teams and 192 individuals to compete. The 4th ranked 1A Division, Lady Raiders finished 16th overall with a team average of 21:49 in the highly competitive race. Allison Joyce ran first for the Lady Raiders, finishing 44th in 20:47 which was a personal best. Brandi Chappell finished 56th in 20:45. Jessica Cooley ran a season best 20:48 and placed 58th. Running 4th for the Lady Raiders was newcomer, Kelsi Courtney. Courtney placed 123rd in 23:12 which was her personal best time. 7th grader, Erin Gonterman also scored for the team by finishing 126th in 23:15. Hannah Davis also ran a personal best, 23:27 and finished 134th. Danyal Adams placed 160th in 23:58. An injured Alex Rand finished 164th in 24:06. And Jessica Smith placed 190th in 25:43.

Coach Vincent commented on the girls’ race, “I am excited about how we ran today. We had some very good performances. Many of the girls ran personal best. This is a very young team and we have a lot of work to do before the season is over however progress is being made and that is promising. We will be ready come state time.”

The 5th ranked 1A Division Raiders boys’ team placed 23rd in the race however turned in some outstanding performances. 240 individuals rounded out the competitive field. The Raiders’ team average of 18:13 was much faster than last year’s 18:45. Junior, Taylor Ball blazed through the race finishing 68th and setting a new school record 5K time of 17:21. Justin Perkins placed 116th and set a personal best time of 17:59. Daryl Heveline placed 117th and also set a personal best time of 18:03. Kyle Howdyshell finished 139th in 18:50. Kevin Bailey placed 141st in 18:54. Matt Stethen finished 150th in 19:06. Mike Baird placed 165th in 19:37. Chris Bailey finished 213th in 20:21. And Brandon Liter placed 234th in 22:58.

Vincent commented, “We had some awesome times today! I am very excited about how we are running right now. This team is just going to get faster as the season goes on. Our placing is no indication of how we ran. This was a highly competitive race. Though we ran well, I still believe we have work to do. We must close the gap between our 3rd and 5th runner however I have no doubts we’ll be able to do this. These guys work extremely hard and push themselves every single day. The key to the progress they have made from last season is no secret. It is their hard work and dedication that is responsible for this turn-around.”