The Bluffton boys’ cross country team finished 15th place at the 2019 Manchester Invitational. The Tigers ran their best race of the season with a cumulative team time of 1:36:45.81.
BHS was led once again by senior Aaron Carnall. Carnall finished in 40th place with a season-best time of 18:19.25. Markis Crosbie continued his impressive sophomore year by dropping another 40 seconds and finishing with a split of 19:18.06 in 68th place. Junior Grant Bultemeier (19:44.02, 92nd) along with freshmen Sam Baumgartner (19:28.47, 75th) and Lucas Grady (19:56.01, 98) also cut under the 20-minute mark for the first time of their high school careers.
This race marks the first occurrence since the 2016 Sectional that the Tigers have had all five scoring runners record times under 20 minutes.
Sophomore Bryson Mayer closed in on the 20-minute threshold as well with a time of 20:19.40.
Wrapping up the action was Junior Brody Yergler (22:08.98), sophomore Andrew Brown (22:43.62), freshman Austin Rupel (27:02.48), and freshman Austin Davis (27:52.46).
All ten runners posted their best times of the season with returning runners Crosbie, Bultemeier, and Brown’s times also marking their personal best performances.
The next race scheduled in the IWU Wildcat Classic Invitational on Saturday, September 14. The boys are slated to run at 11:25 AM in Marion on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University. The course is also the location for the IHSAA Regional.