Cross Country Teams Bring Home A Second At Sectional, Advance To Regional

Posted on October 13, 2011 in Boy's Cross Country, Fall Sports, Home


Megan Aughinbaugh runs in the 2011 Cross Country season.

By Matt Wilson

The Oak Hill boys’ and girls’ cross country team’s streak of advancing to the regional tournament continued on Tuesday.

With the top five teams and top 15 individuals from Tuesday’s sectional at Logansport taking the next step in the postseason tournament, Oak Hill’s boys and girls both took second place. Earning a spot for Saturday’s races at Culver Academies, Oak Hill’s boys advanced to the regional for the 13th straight season, while the girls will make their fifth straight regional appearance.

Logansport won the boys’ race with 39 points, while Oak Hill was second with 53 points. Eastern won the girls’ race with 20 points, while Oak Hill was second with 105 points.

“To walk out of their with two second-place finishes is not bad,” Oak Hill coach Paige Brunner said. “We are going to have to be better on Saturday.”

Western (113), Northwestern (136) and Kokomo (139) rounded out the top five spots in the boys’ race. Madison-Grant finished 11th with 260 points.

“We had a couple of guys that didn’t have a great day, but overall we ran well and put ourselves in position to win the meet,” Brunner said. “If we run like that again on Saturday, then we will put ourselves in contention to win a regional championship and advance to semistate.”

Four Eagles placed in the top 15. Luke Colvin led the way by placing third in 17:17.

“Luke Colvin ran a great race,” Brunner said. “For him to take third place, he put himself in position on Saturday to help lead us to the semistate as a team and hopefully him as an individual as well.”

Colin Brown was 10th in 17:37. Ryan Miller was 12th in 17:50, while Connor Mitchener was 14th in 17:54.

Western’s Matt Grider won the race in 16:41.

Eastern’s Bethany Neeley won the race in 20:18. Oak Hill beat Northwestern by four points for second place. Logansport (109) and Western (116) rounded out the top five. Madison-Grant finished eighth with 198 points.

Freshman Shalyn Lenhart led the Eagles by placing fifth in 20:38. Danielle Thompson was seventh in 21:22, while Morgan Tinkel was 15th in 22:08.

“Even though they got second place, our girls didn’t run well,” Brunner said. “We got bailed out by our top three runners finishing as high as they did. Our four and five runners were well behind them, and they are going to have to bump up if we want to get out into next week.”

Saturday’s regional begins at 10:30 a.m. with the boys’ race, followed by the girls’ race.

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