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NEW HAVEN— The Braves took eighth out of 17 teams in the mid-sized school division of the New Haven Invitational at the Plex on Saturday.
There were many personal bests from the event's runners from Bellmont. Fourteen Braves posted season bests or career bests as the varsity and JV ran in the same race.
Guerin Catholic, a Hamilton county school, won the meet with 72 points. Eastbrook and Angola took second and third with 129 and 133, while Bellmont rival Columbia City took fifth with 168 points. Bellmont had 189 points for their eighth place finish, only eight points behind Yorktown and just ahead of conference and sectional rival Norwell who had 215. New Haven was also lingering behind the Braves with a tenth place finish at 228 points.
Evan Boucher led the way with a 10th place finish at 16:47, six seconds off his season best. Josh Porter placed 36th with a 17:52 time, a 28-second career best. Coach Randy Hisner commented after the meet, "It was a terrific race by the hard-working sophomore (Porter). He just continues to get better."
Adam Corral also established a new career best, taking 20 seconds off of his career best and breaking the 18:00 mark for the first time (17:55), good enough for 40th place. "Adam is a very hard-nosed racer, and he always competes every step of the way. It's very important that we have Adam and Josh in the 17's now," Hisner stated.
Freshman Adam Garner continued his impressive run, taking 28 seconds from his season best taking 46th place at 18:04. "He had a very strong race, and I anticipate sub-18 minute races from him very soon," praised Hisner.
Michael Braun cut ten seconds off his season best despite getting caught up in traffic for most of the race in the heavy 184 runner field. Sophomore Tyler Fenwick recorded a 26-second season best, taking 84th with an 18:58 time.
Adam Ralston ran a 19:21, a 29-second career best in 98th place. The junior, in his second season of cross country, has overcome some painful injury problems to show great improvement. "He's really been a bright spot for us in the past few weeks," Hisner said of his hard-working junior.
Freshman Sean Andrews cut seven seconds from his career best as the eighth man for Bellmont in 19:37 (106th place).
Other finishes for Bellmont included: Aaron Macklin at 19:39 (109th and a career best), Kris Piotrowski at 19:42 (112th and a career best), Dallas Piotrowski at 20:05 (132nd and a 33-second season best), Logan Neher at 21:21 (155th), Ben Helmrich at 21:49 (162nd, season best), Keith Johnson at 22:33 (169th, season best), Harrison Jacobson at 23:27 (176th), and Fletcher Shaneyfelt at 25:33 (180th, first race of the season because of injury).