On Saturday, September 6, the Spartans took the course at Mason, their most competitive meet of the season. With over 6,000 athletes racing throughout the day, Turpin competed against some of the Tri-States' best teams, including rivals Kings, Anderson, Mason, St. Ursula and Loveland, and nationally ranked Carmel. The challenging course, which consisted of multiple creeks, hay barrel jumps, and hills, proved to be no match for the Spartans, with over half of the team running their best times of the season.
The Spartans took the course early Saturday morning at Lebanon High School. Despite tough running conditions, the boys' and girls' teams were able to outlast the competition, putting in numerous personal records and season bests. The varsity lady Spartans toed the line first, setting the pace for the day. In a field of 79 runners, Turpin's top five runners finished in the top 25. Freshman standout Erica Langan placed 4th overall, with a time of 20:12 and junior teammate Rachel Scardina finished 11th overall at 21:05.
Graham Weaver took 21 place in the boys division and Erica Langan finished in eighth place in the girls division to lead the Spartans’ cross country teams at the Saturday Night Lights at Centerville High School. Weaver led the team with a 17:21. He improved by almost 20 seconds from the prior week, and ran his second fastest time ever. The Turpin boys finished eighth overall at the meet.
Freshmen Erica Langan placed ninth at the OHSAA High School Early Season Cross Country Invitational last weekend, capping a goof performance by Turpin runners. Rachel Scardina was 16 overall in the girls division and Mallin Blaxall was 52. The top boys runner was Ryan Wiesman in 22 position. Both teams finished sixth overall.