Sophomore Katie Rathman topped the field Saturday in the Championship Race at the 25th annual Carlisle Invitational, covering the 5,000-meter course in 19:05.
Rathman finished first out of 304 runners in the massive field on Carlisle High School’s home course. She beat second-place Margaret Carroll of Northeastern High in Manchester, Pa., by about 100 meters and led the Chiefs to fifth place out of 42 schools in team scoring.
Cherokee also had senior Sophia Eick under 20 minutes, 15th in 19:50. Senior Shannon Young was 34th in 20:19, sophomore Riley Gleason 92nd in 21:22 and senior Kayla Fericy 103rd in 21:35.
Lower Dauphin won with 109 points and averaged 20:04 per scorer. Cherokee’s 20:27 average was fourth-best in the field