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AKRON — Two races, two winners Saturday and both were from Whitley County.
Whether it was in the boys’ or girls’ race at the Tippecanoe Valley Invitational, you saw a county team filling the top spot and several places behind it.
No runner or team outside of Whitley County got to experience a win Saturday. Behind an individual first-place win in the boys’ race by Trapper Mize, Whitko used four runners in the top 10 to beat out second-place Rochester 79-34.
Four seconds behind Mize, senior Brian Menzie placed third at 16:26 while two more Wildcats filled the top 10 with Jude Stieglitz in eighth and Dallas Asher taking 10th.
Whitko also had Brody Wilson take 12th, ahead of teammates Trent Walther in 28th and Chas Busz in 38th.
On its way to a team title of its own, the No. 22 Columbia City girls’ team had a share of wins behind seven runners in the top 12, including a win by freshmen Samantha Roush.
“Best race the team has had to date,” Columbia City head coach Bob Fahl said. “Sam and Renee (Menzie) were absolutely on fire.”
Roush and Menzie finished in the top two spots in the girls race, just four seconds apart from Roush’s 19:06 winning time.
“We’re really coming together,” Fahl noted. “The highlight of the meet was our third and eighth runners were only 39 seconds apart.”
Five more Lady Eagles filled the top 12, led by sophomore Carlee Hearld in fifth. Following behind her were Brooke Werstler, sixth, Samantha Engle, seventh, Erin Knepple, 10th, and Heather Shew, 12th.
The City boys took fourth overall, led by Brendon Zoltek’s fourth-place finish. Two more Eagles placed in the top 10 with Evan Harney in sixth and Adam Bernhard in ninth. Trevor Maggart placed 25th for CC.
The Whitko girls’ team finished seventh. Finishers were: Aubrey Smith, 13th, Shandi Oswald, 32nd, Holly Frantz, 48th, Christina Hoopingarner, 61st, Becca Thompson, 62nd, Jocelyn Krull, 73rd.