Cross Country Runs Well At Brown County

Posted on September 10, 2017 in Boy's Cross Country, Fall Sports, Girl's Cross Country

Chronicle-Tribune
Brown County Invitational
Oak Hill standout Margo Hornocker reached another milestone Saturday running in the Brown County Invitational and moved herself up another rung in the elite class of girls’ runners in Indiana by re-establishing the Grant County record she broke just one week ago.
Hornocker finished second in the elite race in a time of 17:56.6, breaking the 18-minute mark for the first time in her career, and shaving eight seconds off the county record she broke last week in the Marion Invitational.
What’s even more impressive about the feat is Hornocker ran the last 800 meters wearing just one shoe.
Hornocker and Edgewood freshman Annalyssa Cain were running stride-for-stride for most of the last two kilometers when Cain stepped on Hornocker’s heal partially removing her shoe. It her true competitive nature, she kicked it off and just kept going.
“About the last 800 or K she was one shoeing it,” Oak Hill coach Paige Brunner said. “Her and (Cain) were literally step-for-step the whole last K and I think that really helped her drop that time.”
Carmel’s Phoebe Bates, who finished third at IWU last weekend, won the Brown County race in 17:39.
Brunner said sophomore Mollie Gamble also avoided a major mishap after she was tripped and fell very early in the race. Gamble rolled and popped back up into a running position and continued on to PR of 18:32.
“It was a little demolition derby today,” Brunner said. “They both ran well.”
Oak Hill’s girls finished seventh in the 15-team field and had six girls set season or career PRs. Jenessa Hasty (19:55, 50th), Savannah Hart (19:59, 53rd), Selah Jackson (20:35, 71st) and Kinzie Robey (20:50, 79th) all finished in scoring positions for the Golden Eagles. All six teams ahead of Oak Hill were 4A sized schools and ranked in the top-25 in the state.
“I felt like we looked a lot more comfortable today in the elite race than we did last week in the elite race,” Brunner said. “That’s the good thing and that’s why we’re doing it.”
Oak Hill’s boys team also fared very well in Brown County, finishing second in the small school race with 93 points and behind only Austin (48). Sophomore Tahj Johnson led Oak Hill by finishing 3rd with a PF of 16:22. Sophomore Raffi Fry (17:15, 16th), Macallister Cheek (17:40, 20th) and Danny Nally (17:47, 22nd) also finished in the top 25.

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