The Black Diamond Conference this year was held at Dolan Lake. The Black Diamond Conference rotates the meet based on alphabetical order of teams (having a course to run on is a prerequisite). The Foxes were hoping to take home both Championship trophies. The Lady Foxes were to run at 4:00 p.m. and the boys at 4:40 p.m..
The Lady Foxes were up first and once again the top seven were all healthy and ready to run. Kylee Vaughan was unable to run due to her being at the State Golf Course for her practice round. Good luck at state Kylee. Maddie Karcher was looking forward to winning the conference race and hopefully have a couple other girls in the top five this year for the conference championship. The All-Conference team consists of the top 5 finishers in each of the male and female races. Maddie took off fast and came through the mile mark at 5:55 distancing herself from everyone in the field. Ashlee Wellen was the closest girl behind her for most of the race. Maddie ended up running away with the race and placing first place with a 1 minute and 50 seconds over Kiara Miller of Goreville. Maddie ended up running a time of 19:15. Ashlee Wellen finished in third place overall just seconds behind Kiara. The rest of the Lady Foxes finished in the following order: Caroline Lueke (7th), Dacey Webb (14th), Olivia Ragan (16th), Jordan Tinsley (25th), and Brooklyn Welch (27th). The Lady Foxes took second place behind Goreville by a narrow margin of three points. In a larger meet, the Lady Foxes would probably have pulled off the win. The Lady Foxes have really been running well and hopefully will continue running great over the next couple weeks.
The boys were up next and the goal of the day was to try and put as many Foxes in the All-Conference ranks as possible and to win the conference meet. Last year the Foxes were able to put 3 people in the top five. This year the Foxes were looking to match that, or add a few more to it. The Foxes took off fast and between the Foxes, Vienna’s Eagles, and Fairfield Mules the first 12 places were green, blue, or black. Theron and Adam came through the first mile almost simultaneously. Theron kept moving up and took a commanding lead into the second mile. Theron ended up running a 16:44. Theron was followed closely behind by Adam Wellen (2nd), and Braydon Middendorf (4th). The rest of the Foxes runners were in order: Trace Butler (8th), Evan Shelton (9th), Brady Thrane (13th), and Aaron Meade (22nd). The Foxes took the championship with a score of 24 points and a 36 point win over 2nd place Vienna. The Foxes were the Black Diamond Champions for the 5th straight year.
This year I decided to have an open race even though some people thought it was a horrible idea and took away from a conference meet. The awards were done this year faster than last year, but still it wasn’t good enough for some coaches. In the Open Race Will Jones took 1st place with a solid time of 19:02.96. Shawn Braden was next up in 2nd place. The rest of the Foxes were in order: Owen Braden (4th), Owen Shelton (6th), Dylan Halley (7th), Ben Irvin (8th), Wyatt Brown (10th), Austin Stanley (11th), Nathan Kaufman (12th), and Seth Davenport (13th). Lenora Watt was the only girl in the open race and she ran a time of 29:20.82.
The Foxes next race will be on Monday at the Benton Invitational starting at 4:00 p..m. The Benton Invitational is a huge race and they are looking to have 30+ teams there with lots of good competition. I’m looking forward to seeing how they will run against a lot of good competition. This will be the Foxes last regular season meet before the post season starts on next Saturday.