Union City, Monroe Central, and Union cross country teams ran at Harter Park in Union City Saturday participating in the annual Union City Invitational.

Lincoln won the boys’ race with three runners in the top five, and Luke Bantz from Union County won as an individual in a time of 17:29.

Monroe Central was the top performing boys’ team from the county placing fourth. Tucker Burris finished 10th (18:30), and teammate Caden Shumaker finished 12th (18:56).

The Bears’ next three runners, Caden Landis, Kyler Shumaker, and Nunez finished 20th, 30th, and 35th respectively.

Union finished eighth as a team with Ethan Moore (21:07) leading the way for the Rockets. Moore finished 45th as an individual.

Union City’s top runner, Collin Perry finished in 61st with a time of 22:41.

In the girls’ race the Lady Bears also finished in fourth place. The winning team was Rushville, and the number one runner was Erica Barker from Seton who finished in 20:51.

Monroe Central’s Gabby Beckham earned a sixth place finish in a time of 21:52. Beckham was followed by her freshman teammate Karley Pucket finished 12th in 23:03.

Union’s Autumn Rice, Union City’s Chloe Wyatt, and Monroe Central’s Faith Hansen battled it out next finishing 13th, 14th, and 15th. Rice came in at 23:07, Wyatt at 23:47, and Hansen at 23:50.

Monroe Central sweeps junior high race at Harter Park

Monroe Central middle schoolers won both the girls’ race and the boys’ race Saturday at the Union City Invitational.

The Lady Bears finished 69 points ahead of the second place Randolph Southern Lady Rebels.

Kathleen Osborne finished first for the Lady Bears and sixth overall in a time of 14:03. Addison Coe (14:23) finished ninth overall. Addy Puckett (13th), Avery Thomas (14th), and Gracie Baker (15th) helped Coe and Osborne secure the team win for the Lady Bears.

Ava Jefferis (11th) finished first for Union City followed by Lilly Pierce from Union who finished 12th. Haileigh Allen (20th) was through the chute first for the Lady Rebels.

Although Monroe Central’s boys‚ junior high team won the event easily, 27 points over second place Richmond, it was Union City’s Conner Walser who entered the chute first. Walser won the race in a time of 12:10.

Monroe Central runners Eli Chamberlain finished third (12:40), Nathan Daniels fourth (12:52) and Hayden Taylor fifth (12:57).

Eli Wesley finished first for the Rockets and 37th overall. Jaxson Latello, first for Randolph Southern turned in a 57th place finish.