UNION CITY, Ind. -- The beat goes on for Monroe Central’s boys and Randolph Southern’s girls’ cross country teams.
The Golden Bear men and the Rebel women extended their string of county championships Tuesday at Union City’s Harter Park where 44 Randolph County high school distance runners tested their endurance in unusually 90-plus October temperatures.
In the boys’ race, Tucker Burris put together one of his best races of the season and entered the chute first with a winning time of 18:48. His Bear running mate Caden Shumaker was second and Randolph Southern’s Luke Richmond was third in a race that featured just two complete teams.
It was Monroe Central’s 11th straight county title under the guidance of Ron Braun.
Leah Keesling pulled off a rare feat of winning four straight individual titles in winning the girls’ race with a time of 20:34. Keesling led five Rebels to earn all-county honors as Southern claimed its fourth straight team title and fifth in the past six years.
Winchester junior Ella Baldwin was runner-up and Randolph Southern’s Harley Shinn took the third spot.
In the boys’ race, Monroe Central had five of the first seven overall finishers and totaled just 16 points. The Bears fielded 11 runners overall, with the first seven counted in the scoring. Winchester was second with 44 points and was the only other complete team.
Rounding out the all-county boys’ team was Caden Landis of Monroe Central in fourth; Kyler Shumaker of Monroe Central in fifth; Gage Patterson of Winchester in sixth; Carter Miller of Monroe Central in seventh; Aiden Moystner of Winchester in eighth; Marco Davis of Monroe Central in ninth and Cole Barker of Randolph Southern in 10th.
In the girls’ race, the Rebels placed five in the top nine to total 28 points. Also earning all-county honors were Gabby Beckham of Monroe Central in fourth; Karly Puckett of Monroe Central in fifth; Faith Hanson of Monroe Central in sixth; Olivia Keesling of Randolph Southern in seventh; Olivia Walker of Randolph Southern in eighth; Mattie Hale of Randolph Southern in ninth and Whitney Jester of Winchester in 10th.