Ben Davis' cross country invitational started with a little downpour and a somewhat muddy course Saturday, but weather became favorable in the low 60s. Batesville took advantage of it with 15 season best performances and 7 career bests. Out of 300 total runners, BHS had 3 athletes in the top 20 of their race to receive awards. The Lady Bulldogs were second only to a perfect Valparaiso team that swept the top five spots. BHS' girls scored 94.
Jake Chapman placed 18th overall, running a season's best of 17:22. Also breaking 18 minutes (season's best) was Isaac Trossman in 43rd place at 17:56. Not too far behind was Cannon Clark with a season's best (18:09) and placing 52nd. He was followed closely by Deev Ranka, 61st (18;15; sb) and Jaden Basler, 68th (18:21; pb). Ethan Rahschulte (18:39pb), Cash Myers (18:56sb), Paxton Harris (19:03sb) and Benjamin Adams (19:10pb) also ran hard. These times gave the Bulldogs a team place of 8th with 227 points. Center Grove won with 79.
The girls stepped to the line and placed 6 runners in the top 40 and 2 in the top 10! Lexiyne Harris was 8th with Kaylynn Bedel 2 seconds behind in 9th, both running a season's best at 20:05 and 20:07. Megan Allgeier crossed next in 25th with a season's best of 21:15. Sam Adams and Kaylie Raver were close behind Megan in 30th and 32nd, also with season's best at 21:23 and 21:30. Bayleigh Demaree ran a personal best at 22:09 and came in 36th. Charlotte Trossman, Isabel Raab and Ella Moster all ran season bests (22:39, 22:42, 24:00).
Landon Raver, Brody Gibson and Makenna Moore all ran personal bests for JV while Shanna Smith ran a season best.
BHS heads back to the Indy area for the Riverview Health Invitational in Carmel Saturday.