Marion won the conference meet with a score of 358, Kokomo was second at 385, and Richmond was third at 387. Morgan Nadaline of Anderson was the medalist with a two-over 74.
“I’m very proud of how the girls stepped up and played,” Kokomo coach Andy Carpenter said. “Going into the conference tournament, with just 18-hole averages, we were ranked sixth, so to come out with a second place, I was just so excited. AnneMarie, shooting 84, she struggled on a couple holes but to make the all-conference team again, it’s a great way to end her high school career in the conference.
“I think what topped everybody’s excitement was sliding past Richmond, beating them by two strokes. They seem to be our No. 1 rival every year.”
Warren Central won the 14-team invite with 66, Noblesville was second with 72, Western was third with 92, Kokomo was fourth with 95, Tipton seventh with 188, Northwestern ninth with 223, Eastern 11th with 263 and Taylor was 14th with 424.
Western’s Matt Grider paced the field with a first-place finish in 15:59. Riley Carter was 16th in 17:15. Auston Davenport was 19th 17:22. Caleb Maddox was 24th in 17:43. And Josh Scott was 32nd in 18:03.
It’s nice that we finally got good weather,” Western coach Gary Jewell said. “We’ve been kind of plagued with having races when it’s hot out. Tuesday at Oak Hill it was 95 degrees. [Saturday] it was 50 which is more conducive to running fast times. we had 10 guys run PRs out of the 20 that we ran. Matt had a good race, took the lead at a bout a mile and stretched it out to about 12 seconds.”
Northwestern finished ninth as a team, led by Zach Duranto’s 21st-place finish in 17:32. Shad Jakes finished 44th in 18:30, followed by Charlie Neher in 45th (18:31), Taylor McLain in 50th (18:41) and Josh Perry in 65th (19:55).