Girls 2nd, Boys 3rd In CIC Cross Country Meet

Posted on October 6, 2011 in Boy's Cross Country, Fall Sports, Home

HARTFORD CITY – Eastbrook girls’ cross country runners left no doubt their desire to regain the Central Indiana Conference championship.

After taking second place to Oak Hill last year, the Panthers placed six runners in the top eight, leading them to the CIC title on Wednesday at Blackford High School. Eastbrook scored 21 points, beating Oak Hill by 12 points.

The Panthers were missing two runners because of an injury at last year’s conference meet.

“I’m just so thankful that we were all healthy this year,” said sophomore Sophie Seward, who won the girls’ race in a time of 19:39. “Right now we are just gearing toward the sectional and hoping that we can get in the top three and hopefully get to semistate as a team.”

Eastbrook took second to Frankton in the boys’ race. The Eagles won with 29 points, ending Oak Hill’s nine-year reign as conference champions. Eastbrook was second with 40 points, while Oak Hill was third with 56 points. Eastbrook’s Josh Neideck won the boys’ race for the second straight year.

“It was no surprise to me that Frankton won the boys’ race, they ran their butts off,” Neideck said. “They ran hard and deserved it.”

Seward won her first conference race after taking second to Oak Hill’s Jenna Norris last year.

“I just wanted to come in here and run a smart race with the weather and everything,” Seward said. “I just wanted to go out hard, and then stay steady the remainder of the way.”

Eastbrook and Oak Hill both had two girls place in the top four.

Maddie Cramer came in second behind Seward in a time of 20:26. Oak Hill’s Shallen Lenart was third in a time of 20:40.

“Maddie coming in second was big for us,” Eastbrook coach Ken Yocum said. “She had been beat by Shallen most of the other time they had run against each other this year, but Maddie wasn’t going to let her beat her this time.”

Oak Hill’s Danielle Thompson came in fourth place.

After Thompson, however, a group of four Panthers crossed the finish line. Haley White was in fifth in a time of 21:40, while Ellie Rodman was sixth in 21:43, Megan Cly was seventh in 22:13 and Caitlyn Warren was eighth in 23:32.

“Coming in in that pack really helped us out,” Yocum said.

Whitney Embry added a top-20 finish, taking 20th in a time of 23:57.

With the top-10 runners earning all-conference honors, Oak Hill’s Morgan Tinkel placed 10th. Madison Grant’s Jasmine Nelson was one spot away from all-conference honors, taking 11th. Oak Hill’s Krista Hobbs was 12th and Shancy Larson was 13th. Madison Grant’s Eric Peacock was 15th, while Diane Dickey was 19th.

Frankton, which just had its No. 2 runner return to the team, had four runners in the top 10 and the fifth place 12th to win the title.

Neideck won the boys’ race in a time of 16:16.

“I approached this race as a good lead in into the sectional and the regional,” Neideck said. “I wanted to come in right around 16:10 or 16 flat, so I was happy with my time.”

Neideck was one of four Panthers to place in the top-10 and earn all-conference honors. Chris Foss placed seventh, David Rodman was ninth and Lance Hoch was 10th.

Oak Hill’s Luke Colvin finished third. Connor Mitchener was eighth to join Colvin with all-conference honors. Ryan Miller finished 14th, while Collin Brown was 15th, John Hochstedler was 16th, Seth Sallee was 17th and David Horner was 20th.

Nathaniel Pagan was 13th for Eastbrook. Mississinewa’s Jacob Warren finished 11th.

 

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