XC Boys Team And Three Girls’ To Semi-State

Posted on October 21, 2013 in Boy's Cross Country, Fall Sports
Ryan Miller runs in the IHSAA regional and helps the boys to a semi-state berth.

Ryan Miller runs in the IHSAA regional and helps the boys to a semi-state berth.

By Matt Wilson mwilson@chronicle-tribune.com

For the 11th time in 12 years, the Oak Hill boys’ cross country team will compete in the semistate.

With the top five teams and top 10 individuals on non-advancing teams from Saturday’s regional at Indiana Wesleyan advancing to the semistate, the Eagles took the fifth and final semistate-qualifying spot with 129 points. Oak Hill beat sixth-place Northfield by three points.

The Oak Hill boys will be the only Grant County team in the New Haven Semistate, which will be next Saturday at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. The Oak Hill girls’ team was six points away from qualifying for semistate after taking sixth with 130 points. Canterbury was fifth with 124 points.

The Marion girls’ team was eighth with 174 points. The Eastbrook boys’ team was eighth with 197 points.

The Eagle boys’ team will be joined by a group of individuals at the semistate.

Eastbrook senior Josh Neideck qualified for the semistate after winning the boys’ race in 15:47.

“This was the first time that I have run under 15:50,” Neideck said. “It was cold and windy, but when I woke up this morning I just told myself that I was not going to worry about the elements and just go out and run my race.”

Five of the 10 individual semistate qualifiers in the girls’ race came from Grant County. Oak Hill’s Shallen Lenhart was the first individual qualifier to get out after she placed third in a time of 18:58. Teammate Brooke Hasty also advanced after taking 17th in 20:14 and Reagan Brankle also advanced after placing 22nd in 20:36.

“I couldn’t ask for anything more out of my top three runners,” Oak Hill coach Paige Brunner said. “We just needed one person out of our back four to run like they did at the sectional, and unfortunately all four of them had an off day. It’s not a good feeling right now, but we do have three individuals moving on to semistate.”

Eastbrook’s Elizabeth Rodman advanced after taking 20th in a time of 20:22. Teammate Sierra Colvin also advanced after taking 27th in 20:45.

Huntington North beat South Adams on a sixth-runner tiebreaker to win the boys’ race. The Vikings and Starfires both had 57 points. Bellmont was third with 101 points. Norwell was fourth with 104 points.

Senior Ryan Miller led the Eagles, placing 21st in a time of 17:11. Junior Bradey Newhouse was 22nd in 17:14. Senior Riley Jones, who missed the sectional meet, was the third Eagle to cross the finish line, taking 31st in 17:31. Senior David Horner was 35th in 17:38. Sophomore Chandler Julius was 44th in 17:56.

“I don’t feel like we ran well on the boys’ side and I feel like our sectional as a whole got outperformed by the other sectional,” Brunner said. “Luckily for us we had some other teams that had bad days and we were able to advance on.”

Neideck won the individual race by 14 seconds. South Adams junior Sawyer Miller was second in 16:01. South Adams freshman Bailey McIntire was third in 16:03.

After Neideck, Eastbrook’s next finisher was Brad Burchell in 56th place in 18:29. Junior Trevor Hix was 59th in 18:34.

“Everyone ran a time that was comparable to the sectional, which is good considering the conditions,” Neideck said. “Everyone had a good season and I’m proud we made it here.”

Marion had five individuals at the regional. Junior Zach Richardson was 51st in 18:11. Sophomore Adrien Howard was 68th in 19:11. Senior Justus Elliott was 71st in 19:14. Sophomore Athan Circle was 76th in 19:25. Freshman Noah Shigley was 85th in 20:39.

Madison-Grant junior Aaron Patton was 37th in 17:42.

Huntington North won the girls’ race with 72 points. Norwell was second with 97 points. Bellmont was third with 102 points and Northfield was fourth with 120 points.

After Oak Hill’s top three runners, the next Eagle to cross the finish line was Elissa Austin, who was 64th in 22:07. Krista Hobbs was 67th in 22:20.

“The girls’ team just kind of fell victim to that regional trap,” Brunner said. “We had beat Canterbury earlier in the season, but that was in a bigger meet with a lot more runners. When we are a team that is healthy and hitting on all cylinders, then we are a semistate-qualifying team, but we were not healthy and were not hitting on all cylinders.”

Senior Bethany Hovermale was Marion’s top finisher, taking 36th in 21:18. Sophomore Sabrina Porter was 37th in 21:21. Senior Lila Persinger was 43rd in 21:30. Freshman Anna Hussong was 50th in 21:42. Junior Isabelle Case was 62nd in 22:02.

Eastbrook sophomore Hannah Seward was 41st in 21:24. Junior Megan Cly was 52nd in 21:48.

Madison-Grant sophomore Tori Galloway was 53rd in 21:49.

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