Western’s top five were: Nicole Hampshire (16th, 20:11.7); Samantha Luginbuhl (53rd, 21:35.6); Emma Nixon (72nd, 22:05.7); Jama Claxton (87th, 22:30.4) and Taylor Nunan (107th, 23:17.1).
“Nicole did an excellent job once again, exceeding her goal. Last week at Maconaquah she set the school record with a 19:53, so for her to turn around and have another consistent race was great to see,” Western coach Joni McCracken said. “Overall, all the girls did a nice job having the opportunity to run on their semistate course.”
Taylor won three of the four positions to take the eight-team tournament with a total of 28 points. Western Boone was second, Benton Central third, Western was fourth and Carroll was eighth.
Taylor ace Jack Lipchik won the No. 1 singles competition defeating a rival from Carroll 6-0, 6-0, beating Western’s Judson Quinn 6-2, 6-1, and topping a WeBo player for the title 6-1, 6-1. Quinn, who had topped Lipchik on Thursday during a MIC showdown, entered Saturday’s match unbeaten.
“That’s the best Jack’s played all year,” Taylor coach Dave Wise said. “Against the Western boy, [Quinn] had just beat him and the Western boy was undefeated going into that match, so the 6-2, 6-1 win was a really impressive win. Jack’s day was outstanding.”
The Taylor 1 doubles team of Austin Douglas and Cole Schroeder beat Benton Central 7-5, 6-2, beat WeBo 6-4, 6-2 and ended with a victory over Delphi’s squad 6-2, 6-4 in the final. And the No. 2 tandem of Camden Kimbler and Casey Glick beat Western’s Kaleb Howard and Luke Florek in their opener 4-6, 6-3, 10-8, then beat BC 6-0, 6-2, and last beat WeBo’s tandem 6-3, 6-2 in the championship.
Connor Leicht went 1-2 at No. 2 singles, topping a Delphi rival 8-2.
“Both doubles teams had some really good matches throughout,” Wise said. “At the coaches meeting, we certainly weren’t the favorite. Benton Central and Western Boone were both 10-2 on the season. There were some good matches, but we just played solid doubles all day long.”