Cross Country Teams Finish Second At Sectional, Advance To Regional

Posted on October 11, 2015 in Boy's Cross Country, Fall Sports, Girl's Cross Country

Matt Wilson
At the start of the season, the Eastbrook boys’ cross country team set a goal of winning a sectional championship.
The Panthers completed that goal on Saturday at Indiana Wesleyan University’s course. The Panthers scored 51 points to beat second-place Oak Hill by 13 points to win the program’s first ever sectional championship.
“Right now, the feeling is a little surreal,” Eastbrook coach Bryan Jackson said. “This was a goal we had in place since the start of the season. We really focused on that all year and we had a great performance today.”
All seven of the Panthers had season-best or personal-best times on Saturday.
“There was nothing else I could ask for,” Jackson said. “Even if we didn’t win, I would be pleased just because of how we ran.”
With the top five teams advancing to Saturday’s regional at Indiana Wesleyan, Oak Hill will make its 16th straight regional showing after scoring 64 points. Marion also qualified for the regional after taking third with 77 points. Huntington North was fourth with 92 points and Southwood was fifth with 165 points.
Mississinewa freshman Brennan Butche won the individual race in personal-record time of 16:08. The top 10 individuals on non advancing teams also qualified for the regional. Along with Butche, Madison-Grant’s Mason Miller (21st in 17:48) and Mississinewa’s Johnanthan Tucker (31st, 18:06) were local individual regional qualifiers.
Huntington North won the girls’ race with 27 points. Oak Hill was second with 35 points. Northfield was third with 111 points, Southwood was fourth with 121 points and Marion was fifth with 127 points.
“For both teams, it’s just kind of disappointing to take second place by such close margins, but overall I was pleased with how both teams ran,” Oak Hill coach Paige Brunner said.
Huntington North senior Hannah Stoffel won the girls’ race in a school record time of 18:42. Mississinewa’s Amanda Baldwin (10th, 20:05), Eastbrook’s Hannah Seward (36th, 21:44) and Eastbrook’s Sierra Colvin (39th, 21:52) qualified as individuals for the regional.
The top five finishers in the boys’ race all were from Grant County. Butche won in his first sectional race.
“After I got out to the lead today, my goal was to just keep pushing,” Butche said. “I was going for a new PR today. After I didn’t race so well at the CIC, I wanted to go out and race well today, and I felt like I did.”
Marion’s Jalen Springer was second in a personal-record time of 16:16.
“I went out faster than I ever have before,” Springer said. “I was feeling good until about the last 600 meters and then I started hurting, but I was not going to let anybody pass me. I tried to catch Butche, but I just couldn’t.”
Oak Hill’s Chandler Julius was third in 16:17, Oak Hill’s Silas Vermilya was fourth in 16:40 and Eastbrook’s Michael Neideck was fifth in 16:47.
Eastbrook had its top five runners in the top 15. Eli Seward was ninth in 16:51, Connor White was 10th in 16:51, Channing Cook was 13th in 17:14and Brett Holder was 14th in 17:23.
Oak Hill’s JC Herring was 11th in 17:02 and Beau Clouser was 12th in 17:10.
Marion’s Adrien Howard was eighth in 16:50. Austin Hendricks was 19th in 17:41. James Hovermale was 22nd in 17:49. Noah Shigley was 26th in 18:00.
Mississinewa was eighth in the team standings with 186 points while Madison-Grant was 10th with 239 points.
In the girls’ meet, Oak Hill finished 2-3-4. Margo Hornocker was second in 19:11, Brooke Hasty was third in 19:29 and Jenessa Hasty was fourth in 19:35.
“We did all we could up front,” Brunner said. “When you go 2-3-4, a lot of times you are going to win a sectional,” Brunner said. “But Huntington North is just a good team and we have battled with them all year.”
Oak Hill’s Savannah Hart was 13th in 20:11 and Camille Taylor was 15th in 20:56.
Marion’s Sabrina Porter was ninth in 19:58. Khabrei Cobb was 14th in 20:41. Emily Erickson was 32nd and Heidi Askeland was 37th for the Giants. Anna Hussong was 39th.
Eastbrook was seventh in the team standings with 178 points.

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