Julius And Vermilya Will Join The Girls Cross Country Team At Semi-State

Posted on October 18, 2015 in Boy's Cross Country, Fall Sports, Girl's Cross Country

Matt Wilson
New Haven won the boys’ meet with 82 points. South Adams was second with 83 points, Bellmont was third with 109 points and Adams Central was fifth with 122 points. Oak Hill was sixth with 129 points and Marion was eighth with 153 points.
Mississinewa’s Brennan Butche was the top area individual finisher, taking third in 16:12. The top 10 individuals on non-advancing teams qualified for the semistate as individuals. Area individuals joining Butche at the semistate will be Oak Hill’s Chandler Julius (fifth, 16:22), Marion’s Jalen Springer (sixth, 16:24), Marion’s Adrien Howard (15th, 16:43) and Oak Hill’s Silas Vermilya (19th, 16:49).
New Haven was third in the girls’ race with 86 points. Bellmont was fourth with 88 points and South Adams was fifth with 116 points. Marion was seventh with 171 points. Marion’s Sabrina Porter qualified for semistate as an individual, taking 12th in 19:26. Mississinewa freshman Amanda Baldwin broke her own school record, qualifying for the semistate after taking 19th in 19:47.
Eastbrook’s boys’ team was led by Michael Neideck and Connor White, who were 12th and 13th, respectively. Neideck finished in 16:37 and White finished in 16:38. Jackson said Neideck and White PRd by about 10 seconds, which helped the Panthers advance. Freshman Eli Seward was 32nd in 17:11, junior Channing Cook was 36th in 17:15 and sophomore Ethan Keller was 49th in 17:39. Keller normally is the Panthers’ sixth runner but PRd by about a second to move up to the fifth spot on the team.
South Adams junior Bailey McIntire won in 15:24. Derek Laurent from New Haven was second in 15:34. Butche came in behind those top two finishers.
“At first I had the plan to go out with the front guy, but he went out really fast and I didn’t want to die off as the race went on,” Butche said. “So I just changed my plan and decided to run my race.”
This will only be the second time in the last 14 years the Eagles won’t have a boys’ team at the semistate. Oak Hill had four runners place in the top 33, with Julius second, Vermilya 19th, Beau Clouser 26th in 17:02 and JC Herring 33rd in 17:12. Oak Hill’s next finisher, however, was freshman Julian Garcia in 76th place.
Oak Hill’s fifth runner at the start of the season, Colin Harts, has a broken leg. Oak Hill’s fifth runner at the sectional, Zach Gunter, had been sick and missed school for the first part of the week.
“It’s not that our fifth runners are doing bad, I just think we are asking too much out of our fifth runners,” Brunner said. “Julian Garcia had been running in the 20s at the start of the season and he was in the 18s for him. So he ran a good race, it was just not a good enough race to advance at this level.”
The Eagles had advanced out of the regional the last four years, winning it last year.
“This is the only the second time in the last 14 years we will not be going to semistate, and that really puts things in perspective and shows that it is a challenge to get things done,” Brunner said. “You just can’t step on the course and wing it and think that you are going to be going to semistate.”
After Marion’s top two finishers, Austin Hendricks was 48th in 17:36, James Hovermale was 51st in 17:41 and Noah Shigley was 67th in 18:04.
Madison-Grant freshman Mason Miller was 69th in 18:11. Mississinewa’s Jonathan Tucker was 71st in 18:17.
In the girls’ meet, Oak Hill put its top four runners in the top 25. Sophomore Margo Hornocker was fourth in 18:55, freshman Jenessa Hasty was 10th in 19:18, senior Brooke Hasty was 20th in 19:52 and sophomore Savannah Hart was 24th in 20:27. Sophomore Camille Taylor was 38th in 21:02.
“We had some girls have some phenomenal days,” Brunner said. “Margo was able to break 19 and Jenessa just had an unreal race. But our back end was just not where it needs to be to beat a state-caliber team like Huntington North. For Jenessa to go from our fifth best runner in junior high to a top-10 finish at the regional, she has no idea how good she can be.”

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