The Logansport Girls Cross Country team finished 4th out of 11 teams on Saturday at the Caston Invitational. Twenty schools competed, but only 11 had enough runners to field a full team. South Bend Adams won the event with 33 points, followed by Cass with 93, Frontier 114, Logansport 124, Caston 143, Carroll 153, Tri County 157, Lakeland 203, Winamac 211, Knox 224, and Argos 314.
Megan Benn finished with a time of 22:56 for a 22nd place finish. She was followed by Isabelle Crain in 25th (23:02), Makaya Robinson in 34th (23:30), Cassidy Kestle in 36th (23:33), Adria Higgins in 38th (23:39), Liz Smith in 41st (23:53), and Joseline Hernandez in 43rd (24:10).
“We had a 43 second gap between our top 5 runners today and a 1:14 between our first and seventh runner which is a pretty narrow range. We improved by an average of 31 seconds over last week and even though Caston’s course is flat that is a good time drop considering that was our average among all of our varsity runners,” said LHS coach, Brian Morrill. “We just need to keep our times coming down and our pack together. I still feel like we can improve a lot between now and the end of the season if they girls will continue to keep working hard in practices,” said Morrill. “Megan Benn led us for the third straight week and Makaya Robinson, Liz Smith, and Cassidy Kestle had very good races today,” said Morrill.
The Berries Junior Varsity team won their race with 33 points while defeating Lewis Cass (44) and South Bend Adams (58). They were led by Carolayn Salamanca with a 4th place finish in 24:26. Stephanie Morales was 6th in 25:07, Emily Viera 7th in 25:15, Emilie Edwards 8th in 25:22, Kaitlyn Neal 10th in 25:31, Emily Justice 12th in 25:51, and Courteney Biggs 14th in 26:02. “The JV team is very competitive and they work together so well in practices. You can never tell who is going to come out of their pack from day to day. We have a lot of potential among the top 9 or 10 junior varsity runners and if they continue to keep working and improving we expect some of them to challenge for varsity spots by the end of the season,” said Morrill.
The Berries are at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion for the Wildcat Classic next Saturday.