Hornocker Ends Career With 10th Place In All-Star Race

Posted on November 19, 2017 in Fall Sports, Girl's Cross Country

Margo Hornocker runs in the Meet of Champions

BY SCOTT HUNT – shunt@chronicle-tribune.com

Oak Hill’s Margo Hornocker added a little icing to the cake that has been a stellar senior year and four-year cross country career at the 31st Mideast Meet of Champions.
Hornocker finished 11th in the Indiana girls’ state championship Oct. 28 in Terre Haute and became just the fourth runner from Grant County to earn a spot on the Indiana All-Star team.
On a soggy, soft and slow course in very windy conditions Saturday in Kettering, Ohio, Hornocker ran to a 10th place finish against the top 48 senior athletes from Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana.
Hornocker’s finished the tough five kilometers in 19:30 and was the third-best runner for Indiana, helping the Hoosier All-Stars to a second-place team finish.
“Strong race by Margo in tough conditions,” Oak Hill coach Paige Brunner said via email. “No one is going to run fast on this course, especially when it’s wet, so it was an all-guts race.”
Sophie Carrier, from Shaker Heights, Ohio, won the race in 18:25 and helped the Buckeye state score 38 points to win the team event. Indiana was second with 46.
DeKalb’s Tyler Schwartz, the 2016 Indiana state champion and third place runner in 2017, led Indiana with a third place finish in 19:01.
With her 10th place finish, Hornocker recorded the best-ever finish by a Grant County athlete in the event. The previous best was by Oak Hill’s Cameron Balser who finished 22nd in 2009.
“Great honor to be a part of Team Indiana. It was very cool to see her interact and at times lead the squad like she does for us,” Brunner said. “Beyond proud of her senior year and accomplishments. Not much more you can strive for as senior than to medal at state make the all-star team and score for Team Indiana.”
Michigan won the boys’ race with 35 points, while Indiana was third with 67.

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