Running on her home course, Ripley Lady Viking Tori Starcher left the rest of the pack in winning the Covered Bridge Invitational at Cedar Lakes on Saturday. The event is Ripley cross country’s big annual home meet each year.
Starcher, a junior, blistered the course in a time of 18:35.74. She helped lead Ripley to a second place finish behind Winfield. The Lady Vikings finished with 47 points while Winfield had 33. St. Marys was third with 83. There were seven full teams (including Ravenswood, see results elsewhere on sports pages) in the meet while five others also had runners competing.
Two more Lady Viking runners placed in the Top 10 as Aubrey Stephens finished fifth (21:37.85) and Jadyn Casto came in ninth (21:50.12).
Tori Fisher was 13th (22:33.22), Lauren Roush placed 19th (23:31.58) while Allison Knox was 23rd (24:15.65). Grace Zuniga came in 38th (25:52.67), Aurora Huffman was 43rd (26:46.61), Trista Scarberry placed 55th (28:47.30) and Kayln Parrish finished 61st (29:20.53).
Ripley’s boys were sixth among 10 full teams. There were four other schools with runners in the field. The Vikings totaled 142 points. Winfield was first with 27 followed by Ritchie County with 72.
Winfield’s Aaron Withrow was first with a time of 16:45.86.
Viking Chase Pepper was 11th (18:26.92) overall in the boys' race. Gabe Zuniga was 22nd (29:11.63), Levi Jones was 36th (20:36.94), Chase Casto came in 45th (21:22.34), Garrison Phillips placed 52nd (21:54.63), Bradley Yost placed 75th (23:46.51), Cole Neal finished 80th (24;40.17), Easton Perry was 81st (25:11.06) and Trey Starcher was 90th (27:50.59).
In the middle school portion of the meet, Ripley came away with the title scoring 51 to edge out Hurricane, who finished with 54.
Ellie Hosaflook was the middle school girls champ with a time of 11:58.35.
Opal Huffman (13:11.72) and Emily Dunlap (13:35.76) each finished in the Top 10, placing sixth and seventh, respectively.
Kaitlyn Swisher was 14th (13:50.85), Emma Shockey was 23rd (14:25.24), Alyssa Hunt placed 32nd (14:54.52) and Gabby Miller was 41st (15:03.14). Haven Stephens was 54th (15:29.36), Laycee Parson was 61st (15:45.65) and Mya Phalen finished 71st (16:06.86).
In the boys' race, Ripley was fourth with 108 team points. Hurricane was first with 36 followed by Ritchie coming in next with 70.
Bryaden Marshall of Winfield was the boys' middle school winner with a time of 11:11.79.
Max Meadows (11:31.51) and Kaleb Swisher (11:34.81) turned in Top 10 finishes for Ripley by placing fourth and fifth, respectively.
Adyen Hartley was next in line for with a 27th place finish (12:46.17). Connor Casto was 36th (12:59.42) and Anthony Bertagnolli was 42nd (13:15.37 and Jeremiah Casto was 100th (14:56.45). Trey Greer had a time of 17:22.97.