There was no shortage of oddities in the Edgewood Cross Country Invitational on Tuesday evening.
The strangest part was a mistake by officials that actually ended the boys race a full 1,000 meters short of the official 5,000 meter distance.
Clay City's front running group of Logan Bettenbrock and Braxton Griffith was mistakenly stopped after the first 4K so the decision was made by officials to have all runners run the same decision. The resulting gaffe made for a bit of a shorter evening for runners and the Eels' runners who took the team victory.
The Eels took the top five spots in the race paced by Bettenbrock's time of 15:09 and Griffith's 15:18. The pair was followed by teammates Ben Dickey (15:31), Parker Modesitt (15:33) and Austin Vansickle (15:37) rounding out the top-five finishers for 15 points.
Clay City was the winner ahead of Edgewood's 44 team points and Owen Valley's 80. White River Valley had an incomplete team.
Other top finishers for the Eels were Tyler Moon in ninth place in 15:55 and Kevin Cook was 13th in 16:05. Jared Tiefel placed 26th for Clay City with Conner Modesitt in 27th and Logan Higgins in 31st.
In the girls race, the Eels fell a person short in the team scoring when Rachael Narlock was injured in a fall during the race.
Edgewood was the winner with 16 team points followed by Owen Valley's 43 points.
Kayla Withrow led the team with a ninth place finish in 19:34 with Andrea Ladd taking 21st in 22:38. Kayla Baumgartner was 22nd in 22:39 and Whitney Ames was 30th in 29:26.
The Eels will compete at the Terre Haute North Invite on Saturday morning beginning at 9 a.m.