The varsity girls cross country team traveled to Troy yesterday looking to earn a trip to the state championship race next weekend at National Trail Raceway in Hebron. The three-time defending state champions wanted to ensure they would have the chance to make it four-in-a-row next weekend by performing well at the regional race.
They did just that by placing 2 runners in the top 10, 3 in the top 11 and 4 in the top 20 to easily win the regional championship by 16 points over runner-up Ursuline Academy. The Elks were led by junior Grace Kilroy, who finished 5th overall in a time of 18:23.4. She was followed closely by freshman Emma Bucher, who came in 9th overall (8th for team scoring) in a time of 18:33.7. Also turning in a dazzling performance was sophomore Kerri Walsh, who finished 12th overall (11th for team scoring) in a time of 18:42.4. Rounding out the scoring for the state’s #1 ranked team were junior Rachel Whtehead and senior Kelli Walsh. Whitehead finished 23rd overall (20th for team scoring) in a time of 19:12.8 while Walsh came in 32nd (29th for team scoring) in a time of 19:35.8.
The regional championship, their fourth in the last five years, earned the girls a berth in next weekend’s state championship race where they will try to win their fourth consecutive title. They will run at 12:30 PM at National Trail Raceway in Hebron.