Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country Advance To Regional

Posted on October 16, 2013 in Boy's Cross Country, Fall Sports

By Matt Wilson mwilson@chronicle-tribune.com

The Oak Hill boys’ and girls’ cross country teams kept their streak of advancing to the regional alive on Tuesday at Indiana Wesleyan University.

The boys’ team took second with 57 points and the girls’ team was third with 89 points. With the top five teams in each advancing to Saturday’s regional, the boys’ team moved on to the regional for the 15th straight year and girls team got out for the sixth straight season.

Huntington North swept both meets, winning the boys’ race with 27 points and the girls’ race with 43 points.

“This was kind of a tale of two races,” Oak Hill coach Paige Brunner said. “But at the end of the day, we came in and accomplished what we wanted, and that was to advance to Saturday.”

The Oak Hill boys and girls won’t be the only teams representing Grant County at Saturday’s regional. Eastbrook took fourth in the boys’ race with 118 points and Marion was fifth in the girls’ race with 120 points. Marion’s boys’ team was sixth place with 140 points, which was five points away from fifth-place Wabash.

“This is kind of bitter sweet,” Marion coach Terry Lakes said. “You feel bad that the boys weren’t able to get one of those top five team spots. But I’m very happy for the girls.”

Northfield was third in the boys’ race with 81 points. Northfield was second in the girls’ race with 87 points. Southwood was fourth with 90 points.

Eastbrook’s senior Josh Neideck won the individual boys’ race for the second time in his prep career. Neideck also won his sophomore season. Neideck won in 16:03.

“I wanted to go sub 16s,” Neideck said. “My first two miles I was right on pace, but my last couple of miles were not as good.”

Leading the Oak Hill boys to the regional was Bradey Newhouse, who was fifth in 16:57. Ryan Miller was sixth in 16:59. Chandler Julius was 13th in 17:33. David Horner was 16th in 17:45. Beau Clouser was 17th in 17:46.

The boys’ team was running without Riley Jones. He will be back for Saturday’s regional.

“I felt much better about the way the boys ran than the girls,” Brunner said. “If we run like that on Saturday, then we will have a chance to advance to the semistate.”

After Neideck, Eastbrook had Brett Holder in 18th in 17:50. Brad Burchell was 31st and Trevor Hix was 32nd. Mark Flanagin was 36th.

Eastbrook had four runners have season best times on Tuesday.

“We just peaked at the perfect time,” Eastbrook coach Bryan Jackson said. “In the last couple of meets we have competed well and we peaked.”

Neideck was pleased with the team race.

“We just have everybody step up today and I’m so proud of them,” Neideck said.

While Marion didn’t advance as a team, five Giants advanced as individuals. Under the new format, the top 10 runners on non-advancing teams move on to the regional. Adrien Howard was 15th in 17:45. Noah Shigley was 23rd in 18:08. Athan Circle was 33rd, Zach Richardson was 34th and Justus Elliott was 35th.

“We had great races from Adrien, Athan and Justus,” Lakes said.

Madison-Grant’s Aaron Patton was 29th to also advance out as an individual.

The Oak Hill girls were led by Shallen Lenhart’s third-place finish in 19:18. Brooke Hasty was 12th in 20:27. Reagan Brankle was 17th in 20:45. Cynthia Kluevein was 26th in 21:47 and Krista Hobbs was 31st in 22:09.

The Oak Hill girls’ team was running without India Ulshafer. She will be back for Saturday’s regional.

“I just don’t feel like the girls’ team competed well today,” Brunner said.

Bethany Hovermale led Marion, placing 18th in 20:52. Lila Persinger was 19th in 20:53. Emily Erickson was 24th in 21:32 and Sabrina Porter was 25th in 21:43.Anna Hussong was 34th in 22:16.

“The girls ran really well as a team,” Lakes said. “The problem with our boys and girls is that we don’t have a frontrunner.”

Eastbrook’s girls placed seventh. The Panthers were running without Sophie Seward, who has been injured since the Grant Four Meet. Three Panthers advanced individually. Sierra Colvin was 20th in 20:55. Megan Cly was 29th in 22:07. Hannah Seward was 30th in 22:08.

Madison-Grant’s Tori Galloway took the 10th and final individual qualifying spot, taking 38th in 22:41.

The regionals are Saturday at Indiana Wesleyan. The boys’ race begins at 10:30 a.m.

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