The Blackford County girls’ cross country team, along with three members of the boys’ team, relished the opportunity to run at the Marion Regional on Saturday morning at IWU. Bellmont claimed the boys’ title, while fellow CIC school Oak Hill advanced to Semi-state with a third place finish.
Noah Kitterman was the fastest Bruin on Saturday. He wrapped up his sophomore season with an awesome race and finished with a PR of 17:34. Senior Brayden Roberts also ran a PR, ending his high school cross country career with a time of 17:43. Teammate Drew Caldwell concluded his season at Regional this morning, as well.
In the girls’s race, Norwell edged out Oak Hill by one point to take home the team trophy. The Lady Bruins finished 9th in the 10 team field. It was their first trip to Regional as a team in several years.
Cami Caldwell led the ladies. She was the lone Bruin to advance to Semi-State and the highest placing freshman, finishing 22nd overall. Finishing second for the lady Bruins, Senior Natalie Thurman ran her last cross country race with her second fastest time of the season.
Completing the team scoring were all underclassman: Sami Wiiliamson, Ruby Slentz and Alli Jacobs. Also competing for the team,in their first year running cross-country were Natalie Blakely and Kylee Darnell. After missing a couple races due to fall break, Blakely, a senior, PR’d in her final race as a Bruin with a time of 27:12.
“Today was a great morning for Bruin Cross Country. Congratulations and good luck to Cami who earned a spot at Semi-State. She truly has earned this accomplishment. We say goodbye and thank you to three outstanding seniors. Natalie Blakely, in her first season was a consistent example of hard work day in and out; Brayden is a natural runner and a perfect gentleman, and Natalie T. exemplified perseverance over the past four years. It was a great pleasure for the coaches to watch her lead a team to Regional this year,” Coach Caldwell summarized.
Girls (9th of 10 teams)
Cami Caldwill will run at the New-Haven Semi-State at IPFW on Saturday, October 26. The boy’s race starts at 1, followed by the girl’s race at 1:45.