Trimble County’s Kylie Wilberding (below) conquers an incline at Trimble County Park Tuesday en route to her first place finish at the girls North Central Kentucky Conference cross country meet. Wilberding’s win led the Raiders to the team championship. Team members pose for a picture (above, from left) including: Shelby Papai, Courtney Matthews, Savannah Moore, Wilberding, Ashley Brierly, Kirsten Baird and Tessa Chilton. (Staff photos by David Hill)
Trimble County’s Kylie Wilberding (below) conquers an incline at Trimble County Park Tuesday en route to her first place finish at the girls North Central Kentucky Conference cross country meet. Wilberding’s win led the Raiders to the team championship. Team members pose for a picture (above, from left) including: Shelby Papai, Courtney Matthews, Savannah Moore, Wilberding, Ashley Brierly, Kirsten Baird and Tessa Chilton. (Staff photos by David Hill)
Trimble County's girls claimed first place and Lady Raider Kylie Wilberding raced to the individual win in the North Central Kentucky Conference cross country championships at Trimble County Park on Tuesday.

Wilberding won the individual title in a time of 22:04.0, edging Walton-Verona's Madison Lowe by three seconds.

As a team, the Raiders scored 23 points to beat out Walton-Verona (34), Gallatin County (90) and Williamstown (91).

"I'm very excited about Kylie winning the title," Trimble County coach David Apel said. "I knew Walton-Verona would be packing up front with Madison Lohr and Megan Wells but we stayed with them the whole race and the way we ran fourth and fifth was enormous.

"We had all of our top five runners in the top 10 and that really showed our team spirit," Apel said.

Walton-Verona turned the tables in the boys meet to win with 41 points, just five ahead of runner-up Trimble County. Owen County was third with 61, Carroll County was fourth with 85 and Williamstown was fifth with 123.

Trimble County's Christina Apel was runner-up in the boys race to Owen County's Hunter Trenary in a battle of seniors aseparated by 51 seconds as Trenary ran a 16:41.1 to Apel's 17:32.1

Juniors Wilberding and Ashley Brierly and sophomore Kirsten Baird took three of the top six spots to lead the Lady Raiders but freshman Tessa Chilton and seventh-grader Shelby Papia also had top 10 finishes to take them over the top.

Brierly took fourth overall in 22:57.7, Baird was sixth in 24:02.6, Chilton was eighth in 24:33.4 and Papia was 10th in 24:52.8. Other Trimble runners and results were Savannah Moore, 25th in 9:02.7 and Courtney Matthews, 32nd in 30:56.9.

"We knew the first mile was mostly flat compared to the second and third miles," Apel said. "I told them they need to put themselves in a position to get started on the second mile, and our youngsters came through."

Carroll County's Haley Dermon, running as an individual, finished fifth overall with a time of 23:21.8. Other runners for the Panthers were: Sierra Martinez, 14th, 26:15.1; Jenna Richmond, 20th, 27:15.2; and Mallory Wilkerson, 29th in 29:42.3.

The boys race came down to where the number five runners placed and winner Walton-Verona was able to place four scoring runners in the top 12 and put its fifth runner in 14th place.

Following Apel's runner-up finish, Trimble County's other scoring runners were: Tray Robbins, fourth, 18:26.7; Brennan Kunkel, sixth, 18:50.0; Johnathan Papia, 10th, 19:31.1; and Isaac Schwarz, 27th, 22:29.2. Andrew Hereford, ran 36th in 25:40.2 and Jacob Horn was 37th in 27:17.0 in non-scoring runs.

"I knew the race would be a dog-fight between us, Walton-Verona and Owen County," coach Apel said. "And it was. Everybody ran really well.

"We knew we had to have all five of our top guys to finish near the top and we came close. I thought Johnathan, Tray, Christian and Brennan ran one of their better races and I'm very proud of the performance of Isaac."

Carroll County's Wesley Sewell led the way for his team with an eighth-place finish in 19:17.3. Other runners were: Guillermo Cruz, 19th, 20:45.8; Michael Burns, 20th, 21:01.9; Austin Crank, 21st, 21:12.6; Cody Cruz, 22nd, 21:26.1; Avery Franklin, 25th, 21:58.0; and Taylor Schirmer, 32nd, 4:05.3.

Both Trimble County and Carroll County return to action on Saturday. Trimble competes in the Greater Louisville Classic at Tom Sawyer State Park while Carroll is at Williamstown.