Today, versus the top runners from all over the northern half of the state, KV sophomore sensation Cat Cavinder EXCELLED at the New Prairie Cross Country Semi-State. Following her sectional individual title, which led her team to the sectional team championship, and a strong 7th at last week’s regional, Cavinder ran a phenomenal race today. Running her opening mile in 5:50ish, she was sitting in around 15th place, and looking comfortable. At the 2 mile mark, which she covered in around 12:13, she had moved up to 12thish place, and looked stronger than ever. Combining her championship long sprinter’s speed from track and field, and endurance gained from Head Boys’ Coach Tim Adams’s training, Cavinder blasted home in NINTH place, securing her berth in next week’s state cross country meet in Terre Haute, IN, at noon, CST. Her phenomenal time of 18:57.9, broke the old mark by roughly 20 seconds, held since 2008, by former KVHS superstar runner, and recent Purdue steeplechaser and grad, Kristin Fritts, who ran 19:18.0. Fritts was also KV’s last female runner to qualify as an individual for the state cross country meet, in 2007, and Fritts led her team to the state cross country meet in 2008. Remarkably, Cavinder, who also excels in basketball and track, (school record holder in the 400 and 800, and state qualifier in the 800 in track), is just in her first year of high school cross country! Seniors Julianna Colon and Allie Tokarz capped off THEIR first and only outstanding high school seasons in fine fashion, as did freshman phenom Sam Martin, at the semi-state. Colon, also a track star in the Spring, and doubling this Fall as a star soccer midfielder, continued to impress till the very end! She placed 82nd, out of 178 runners, in a personal record (PR) time of 20:32.2! Tokarz, a fine swimmer, and KV’s top track distance runner last year in the Spring, also ran very well at semi-state, placing 92nd in a near PR time of 20:38.6. Colon’s desire and talent, and Tokarz’s leadership and team first attitude, will be sorely missed. The talented Martin, also a basketball and track distance stand-out, gained valuable experience in her first semi-state. She placed 110th in a strong time of 20:55.4, and had an outstanding season, garnering All-NCC 2nd team honors, placing 8th at sectional, and placing an outstanding 23rd at regional last week. The future is very bright for Martin moving forward! Head Coach Lane Lewallen: ” What a great meet for all four of my girls, and Cat was unreal! To place 7th at regional, then NINTH at semi-state against twice as many outstanding runners, shows what a fantastic competitor she is. She not only qualifies for the state cross meet, but also sets a new school-record! Just a phenomenal run! Juju set another PR, Allie and Sam ran strong as always. We are very proud of these four, and our entire team!” Best wishes to Cat Cavinder in the state cross country meet!