The Western Boone girls track and field team came to the conference meet on Friday night looking to win its first conference championship since 2010 and prevent a three-peat from Tri-West.
The Bruins had other ideas. The Bruins scored 122.50 points to the Stars 98.
"Overall, this is the second-best finish we have had in school history," Western Boone head coach Mark Riggins said. "I can't walk out of here too disappointed; Tri-West being the two-time defending champs had a great, balances team. We knew we were going to have a lot of good performances in order to compete for first place."
The Lady Stars had three individual event winners. Lauren Marsh won the pole vault in 9-03 and Caitlin Jones won the high jump in 5-0.
Both girls became three-time conference champions.
Callahan Baxter won the long jump in 16-02.
"Lauren is an excellent pole vaulter," Riggins said. "Winning any event in a conference meet three years in a row speaks very highly of her and her ability. She had been beaten by the Southmont girl (who eventually placed second) earlier this year and Lauren was really focused in on what she needed to do. She had a great meet jumping overall. Caitlin was the same way. She had a pretty strong day and now she can be one of the few people to say she is a three-time conference champion."
Lebanon placed sixth overall with 73.50 points.
The were just 1.50 behind fifth place Crawfordsville.
"We had some really good performances," Lebanon head coach Tim Curts said. "Miranda Dafoe broke the 400-school record and the 1,600-meter relay team won for the second-straight year. We had a couple of other girls like Alyssa Witt that ran really well. In the end, we just had too many holes. At the beginning of the season I knew it was going to be nearly impossible to win conference with as many holes as we had in key places, but we did the best we could."
For more of this story, read Saturday's Lebanon Reporter.