Crofton’s Jordyn Arens immediately shot to the lead and literally left the pack far behind in the girls race of Thursday’s Mid-State Conference cross country championships at the Albion Country Club.
Pierce standout Alexus Sindelar settled comfortably into second place, sizeable gaps front and back separating her from other competitors.
Then, here came Boone Central.
Third place (Jordan Stopak). Fourth place (Alicia Weeder). Eighth (Morgann Johnson). Tenth (Autumn Simons), and eleventh (Sam Weeder) too.
When the parade of red had finished crossing the finish line, Boone Central had captured a fourth consecutive conference championship and kept its two-year unbeaten streak intact.
Through unseasonably hot temperatures and whistling winds, it was another impressive display of the Cardinals’ depth.
Boone Central (25) finished 15 points in front of Pierce (40), its only serious challenger for the Mid-State crown. Along with Sindelar, the Bluejays had fifth and sixth place medalists, but a fourth scorer finished well back in 27th. Arens romped to the individual gold medal in 19:26.10, but did not have enough help to lift Crofton (58) higher than third.
Cardinal senior Bradley Schindel had an impressive day of his own, placing a strong fourth in the boys 5K race in a time of 17:55.70. Teammate Harrison Dodds took 18th, and Richard Cleveland (24th) and Caleb Kohl (27th) rounded out scoring for fourth-place Boone Central (67).
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