Blackford County freshman Cami Caldwell wrapped up her first season in the cross country program by competing in the semi-state on Saturday at Purdue-Ft Wayne hosted by New Haven.
Caldwell finished 138th in a field of 178. She ran a 21:37 despite having a shoe issue throughout most of the race.
Caldwell shared after that she was disappointed in how she ran but had one of her double-knotted shoes came loose just a mile into the race forcing her to adjust her steps to assure her shoe wouldn’t come off.
She accomplished that goal but it likely cost her several seconds in the process. Still, she has much to be proud for for being there!
It was a rainy, breezy, chilly day for a race but all the girls (and boys in the first race) overcame those obstacles pretty well. Unfortunately, attendance appeared way down as a result of the weather so there weren’t nearly as many as usual to cheer on the runners.
“Things didn’t play out exactly how Cami had hoped they would. Despite checking her laces minutes before the start, one came untied early and plagued her for most of the race. Cami persevered and will be better for the experience. The coaches are very proud of the time and hard work she put in throughout the summer and fall that led to her success this season.
“I know Cami was extremely grateful for all the support she and her team had throughout the season. Thank you to her teammates for making the trek to cheer her on as well as all her friends, teachers and staff in the Blackford community who encouraged and congratulated her!” Coach Caldwell commented.
Carroll out of Ft Wayne easily won the team title. Erin Strzelecki, a senior from Bishop Dwenger out of Ft Wayne, won the individual title in 17:29.4. Oak Hill, from the CIC, finished 10th as a team. Golden Eagle senior Mollie Gamble did earn her way as an individual to state.
Caldwell led the Lady Bruins much of the season so the future looks bright for the program. The program just needs to pick up a few more runners in they could have shot of returning to the regional next year and maybe have a shot a semi-state with continued improvement.
Concordia Lutheran out of Ft Wayne easily won the boys team title with just 49 points. Oak Hill and Frankton, from the CIC, finished 12th and 20th respectively as a team. Neither school had an individual qualify for state.
Concordia Lutheran’s Reece Gibson won the race by one second over a runner from Lapel in a time of 15:34.3.
Freshman - 2019
CIC (Conference) Oct. 5 20:47.5 PR
Sectional Oct. 12 21:01.5 10th
Regional Oct. 19 20:51.2 22nd
Semi-State Oct.26 21:37.8 138th