Burris’ Michelle Kent finished 43rd at the IHSAA state girls cross country meet on Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind. She ran a time of 19:09.0, and was the only competitor from East Central Indiana in the boys or girls race.
“She ran a hard race all the way through, so she wasn’t disappointed,” Burris coach Bill Mitchell said. “It was a different type of field.”
Kent is a junior who attends the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities. She ran for Kankakee Valley her first two years of high school, where she was a two-time semistate qualifier but never qualified for state.
She easily won the Delta Sectional this season, then took second at the Delta Regional and 12th at the New Haven Semistate. Mitchell said the tight nature of the state race was difficult to simulate.
“That pack was pretty strong through the first (kilometer) and she was in a good pack the entire race,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell said the goal remains for the Owls to pick up a more difficult schedule next season in hopes of better challenging Kent leading up to the state tournament series.
Carmel’s Kelsy Welch was the individual winner in the girls race on Saturday, running a time of 17:53.9. She was one of two runners in the field to break the 18-minute mark. Columbus North’s Mackenzie Caldwell (17:56.8) finished second. Welch helped Carmel win the team crown.
Terre Haute South’s Jackson Bertoli ran a time of 15:32.4 to win the boys crown. Greenwood’s David Dalton (15:37.0) finished second. Carmel won the boys team title.