Cross Country Competes for the First Time in Nearly 18 Months

Article by Chad Carstens, Photos by Bob Mischka
Whitewater High School Head Cross Country Coach

Whitewater Cross Country is back and in action! It has been almost one and a half years since the last time a student-athlete from WHS was able to wear a CC uniform, and it was a beautiful sight to see. Despite less than ideal conditions filled with steady cold rain and winds, the team had a nice rust-busting effort in Evansville on Tuesday afternoon. This course was 2.8 miles on pavement out of the 3.1 mile course, and athletes wore training shoes rather than spikes for a typical off-road CC event. 

On the girls’ side, junior Trinity Nickels paced the Whippets by placing 14th overall in the five team meet. Freshmen Danielle DePorter and Lauren Buehler placed 15th and 18th. Junior Emma Weigel placed 19th, and rounding out the top five scorers was sophomore Caelyn Caputo in 22nd. Also finishing this event were Izzy Dieter in 23rd, Jenny Villarreal in 25th, and Nikole Pelot in 28th. The girls’ team placed 3rd overall.

The boys’ race featured senior Trenten Zahn leading the Whippets to a 4th place finish and junior Cooper Hammond taking 10th. Sophomore CJ Tomomitsu placed 12th. Rounding out the top five were sophomore Ben McCulloch in 29th and senior Evan Schepp in 30th. Also completing the race for Whitewater was Andrew Rollette in 32nd. The boys finished in 3rd place.

Next up for the Whippets will be a true home meet which will be conducted at Whitewater High School for the first time since its construction 20+ years ago against Jefferson and Madison Country Day School on April 1. This event will start and finish near the JV baseball field and grassy knoll area. The boys will race first at 4:30 and the girls will compete at 5:15. 

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