Stars finish 5th in NH Invite

RAMSEY – BNL junior Grace Tanksley finished ninth as the Stars were fifth in the 16-team North Harrison Invitational on Thursday.

RAMSEY – Bedford North Lawrence senior Autumn Spence finished fifth individually and the Stars were an impressive fifth in a 16-team field during the annual North Harrison Invitational girls cross country race on Thursday.

Spence crossed the line in 21:21.2, helping the Stars score 135 points.

Jasper won the team title with 41 points while Charlestown was second with 99.

BNL’s Grace Tanksley was ninth overall in 21:52.0 while Myra Roberts was 33rd in 24:06.0.

“It was an extremely good meet for us across the board,” BNL coach Jill Vance said. “Every single person dropped significant time.

“Obviously Autumn and Grace’s top 10 finishes were huge for us. But we would not have been in the top five without freshman Ella Peek. She had a real breakthrough race, dropping three full minutes off her time (26:41.9). We were a podium team because of her.”

Jasper swept the top three spots as Andi Vanmeter was the individual champion in 19:31.4.

BNL will compete in the Brown County Invitational on Sept. 12.

North Harrison Invitational

Team scores

Jasper 41, Charlestown 99, Floyd Central 103, Borden 119, BNL 135, Southridge 175, NE Dubois 185, Perry Central 216, North Harrison 254, Jeffersonville 264, Crawford County 297, Lanesville 300, Scottsburg 310, Tell City 311, Paoli 343, Brownstown 393

Top performances – 1. Andi Vanmeter, Jasper 19:31.4; 2. Kelsea Skorge, Jasper 20:33.5; 3. Jaelynn Etienne, PC 21:04.2; 5. Autumn Spence, BNL 21:21.2

BNL – 9. Grace Tanksley 21:52.0; 33. Myra Roberts 24:06.0; 37. Kaitlyn Phillips 24:19.0; 58. Ella Peek 26:41.9; 73. Emily Bartlett 28:54.7; 74. Ava Jahn 29:21.2