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Loper Elementary claims both city cross country titles

Hendricks Elementary School produced both individual champions Monday at the Shelbyville Elementary Cross Country Championship Meet at Blue River Memorial Park, but Loper captured the team titles with five runners in the top 10 of each race.

Hendricks Elementary’s Griffin Hassebroek won the boys race in eight minutes, 52 seconds at the Blue River Cross Country Venue in Shelbyville.

St. Joseph’s Harrison Fischer (9:05) was runner-up ahead of three Loper athletes – Carson Claxton (9:08), Parker Keith (9:12) and Dylan Barnes (9:19).

Loper also got top-10 performances from Skylar Sale (8th in 10:16) and Russell Cherry (9th in 10:19).

Rounding out the top 10 were St. Joseph’s Beckham Lee (6th in 9:20), Hendricks’ Drew Muckerheide (7th in 9:30) and St. Joseph’s Gabriel Telez (10th in 10:23).

Coulston Elementary’s top finisher was Jose Cazares Vega (11th in 10:32).

Loper (photo below) won the team title with 22 points. Hendricks was second at 36. Coulston finished third (72) while St. Joseph did not field enough runners for a team score.



In the girls race, Hendricks’ Aria Buis crossed the finish line first in 10:07. She was followed by Loper’s Stella Cunningham (10:28) and Macy Shultz (10:39).

St. Joseph’s Maggie Kolkmeier finished fourth in 11:06 while Hendricks’ Vivian McIntire was fifth in 11:13.

Loper’s Mila Eads (11:22) and Jenna Carroll (11:36) placed sixth and seventh, respectively.

Coulston’s Adalyn Vanderpohl was eighth (11:51); St. Joseph’s Sophia Meriweather followed in ninth (12:27); and Loper’s Autumn Gooding placed 10th in 12:36.

Loper (photo below) was crowned champions with 24 points. Hendricks was runner-up at 37. Coulston was third with 65 points. St. Joseph did not field a complete team.