Lakeland finished sixth and Prairie Heights took eighth in Saturday’s West Noble Invitational boys cross country meet.
Led by Eric Herber (13th in 17:10.69), the Lakers came in with a team count of 221 points. The Panthers, paced by Mitch Perkins (28th in 17:36.66), wound up with 263 points.
West Noble, led by boys medalist Brandon Arnold (15:47.35), won the team championship with a score of 80. Fort Wayne Dwenger (104) was second.
Joseph Trost (27th in 17:36.14) followed Herber in the Laker order. Next came Kyle Burchett (39th in 17:48.90), Garett Chrisman (61st in 18:21.69), Kaleb Wadsworth (81st in 18:46.14), Daniel Arseneau (136th in 20:07.81) and Dustin Riehl (141st in 20:16.22).
Jason Perkins (31st in 17:39.65) and Josh Perkins (32nd in 17:41.03) were the next Panthers to complete the course. After them came Riley Lewis (84th in 18:49.18), Evan Gunthorp (88th in 18:52.43), Alex Steele (133rd in 20:06.54) and Tanner Perkins (156th in 21:00.64).
Aspen Dirr of Prairie Heights finished 16th in a time of 20:39.15 to pace the LaGrange County contingent at the West Noble Invitational girls cross country meet Saturday morning in Ligonier.
Lakeland, led by Michaella Burchett (57th in 22:12.98) placed 17th on the team chart with a score of 359. Other Lady Laker competitors included Massie Maskow (72nd in 22:38.31), Hope Brewer (132nd in 24:23.29), Hope Sustaita (157th in 25:27.27), Brittany Linn (179th in 26:25.59), Morgan Campbell (185th in 26:39.81) and Jaime Leu (211th in 28:13.41).
Joining Dirr in the field for Prairie Heights was Christie Scott (113th in 23:41.92).
Homestead was the girls team champion. Lindsey Marriott of Leo took home individual honors with a time of 19:11.46.