It was a record setting day for the Lady Berries cross country team on Saturday at the Wildcat Classic on the Indiana Wesleyan campus in Marion.
Three Berry runners broke the old school record of 21:43 that was set in 2007 by Kelsey Danhauser. The new school record holder is Jen Crafford who smashed the old record by 48 seconds with a 20:55. Kourtney True and Maddi Zartman also broke the old record by 8 seconds and 2 seconds, respectively.
Gracie Musselman came across the finish line in 22:12 for her personal best as did Ashlyn Lythgoe with a 22:26. Abbi Zartman completed her first varsity race in 22:46 and Madi Brown finished in 23:59.
The Berries finished sixth as a team in a very strong field. Hamilton Southeastern won the competition and was followed by Oak Hill, Southwood, Angola, South Adams, Logansport, New Haven, Southern Wells, Alexandria and Indianapolis Arsenal Tech.
“There was only a 46-point spread between the second place team and the eighth place team on Saturday, which shows the strength and depth of the field. It was a great meet and just what we needed at this stage of the season,” said Logansport coach Brian Morrill. “For whatever reason we didn’t run well last week at Caston and I think the girls came in today wanting to show that they are a really good team and getting better. We haven’t been at full strength yet this season but today was an indicator of how much potential these girls have. Jen, Kourtney and Maddi ran outstanding races and it is nice to see their hard work rewarded. The key for us will be to use this to build on and not to be satisfied.”
The junior varsity Berries were paced by Jennifer Kreighbaum who ran an excellent time of 23:12 and finished 12th and Carlie Deardorff was 15th in 23:22.