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Great job cross country runnersPosted Monday, October 19, 2009, at 8:14 AM
Big congratulations to Shakamak's Casey Fougerousse and Drew Gambill for earning spots in next week's cross country semi-state at Brown County. The semistate will take place at Brown County's Eagle Park Course on Saturday, Oct. 24.
Fougerousse placed 14th in the Brown County regional, while Gambill placed third. In postseason cross country, the top 15 individuals and top 5 teams advance to the next level. Fougerousse, a senior, has made it to the semistate every year. Gambill, also a senior, is making his third straight semistate appearance. As a sophomore and junior, Gambill advanced to the cross country state finals. Congratulations are also in order for Shakamak coaches Jon and Kelley Miller.
The Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference (SWIAC) was definitely well represented at the regional. In addition to Fougerousse and Gambill, also participating were the Lady Lakers team, the Bloomfield Lady Cardinals team, and Union's Jake Phegley. Shakamak's team placed ninth, Bloomfield's team placed sixth, and Phegley placed 31st. Individually, Riggins was Bloomfield's top finisher placing 19th.
I'd like to congratulate all the runners on a great cross country season! I love watching cross country, but it's never been a sport for me. I truly admire anyone who runs cross country -- you are much tougher than I ever was.
Kudos to all runners for staying on their feet on that horribly muddy course. What a muddy mess! I can't imagine running through huge mud puddles can make a race easy. I know weather isn't something we can control, but I hate muddy cross country meets. It makes it hard on the runners (and makes me worry the entire time that someone is going to fall and get hurt) and it makes it hard for fans to watch the race. I was kicking myself for not wearing boots. Needless to say, my tennis shoes were a muddy mess.
Now, I'm going to make myself feel old. The fact that Fougerousse (my first cousin) and Gambill are running as seniors really makes me feel old -- I remember watching those two run when they were much younger. Time sure flies by. It seems like I've blinked and they've gone from junior high students to seniors in high school.
Best of luck to Fougerousse and Gambill at the semistate cross country meet. I know you'll have several from the Jasonville community cheering you guys on -- hopefully, we'll get to cheer you both on at the state finals!
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