The Bluffton High School boys’ cross country team placed 11th out of 16 teams on Saturday at the IWU Wildcat Invitational. The Tigers finished with a cumulative time of 1:36:37 for a total score of 261 points.
Five Tiger runners recorded their best times of the season with four of those being personal-best marks as well. The overall team time was eight seconds faster than last week’s performance.
Senior Aaron Carnall medaled with a 15th place finish at a time of 18:03, his best time of year. Meanwhile, sophomore Markis Crosbie continued his constant improvement by shaving 15 more seconds off of his personal record with a 19:03. Junior Grant Bultemeier kept pace with his new record of 19:24. Crosbie finished in 48th and Bultemeier in 56th.
Freshmen Sam Baumgartner (70th) and Lucas Grady (72nd) rounded out the top five scorings with times of 19:59 and 20:08 respectively.
Also achieving personal bests were junior Brody Yergler and Freshman Austin Rupel. Yergler’s 21:39 is eight seconds faster than his previous best from last season’s New Haven Classic on September 22. Meanwhile, Rupel showed an impressive growth by dropping 41 seconds from last week’s Manchester Invite with a time of 26:21.
The next race for Bluffton is scheduled for Tuesday, September 17 with the Muncie Central Bearcat Cross Country Invitational. The eight-team race is scheduled for a 5:30 PM start from the Muncie Sportsplex.
Full results will be posted to CrossroadsTiming.com.
Aaron Carnall – 18:02.6* (15th)
Markis Crosbie – 19:03.4^ (48th)
Grant Bultemeier – 19:23.8^ (56th)
Sam Baumgartner – 19:59.4 (70th)
Lucas Grady – 20:07.5 (72nd)
Brody Yergler – 21:39.0^ (96th)
Austin Rupel – 26:20.5^ (107th)
^ Personal Record
* Season Record