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UPDATED:Turner, Sweet win SWIAC XC titles; EG ladies, Shakamak boys win team titles

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The girls race for a Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference Cross Country crown gets underway Saturday at Jasonville. Eastern Greene claimed the team title. (Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
JASONVILLE -- There were more than a few surprises at Saturday's Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship.

Not the least of which came in the form of boys champion Luke Sweet leading his team to the boys championship.

Sweet outraced runner-up Parker Ramsey of Bloomfield to the finishing chute and held him off for a one second win.

The boys field heads off for the start of the 2012 Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship Saturday at Jasonville. The team title was captured by the host Shakamak boys. (Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
"Everybody was on top of their game today and luckily I finished that last mile pretty quick," Sweet said. "I knew it was going to come down to the last hundred meters or so and I wanted to get a good turn so I'd have enough left for the straightaway."

Sweet crossed the line in 16 minutes, 58 seconds while Ramsey was right behind -- where he had been for most of the final lap of the 3.1 mile event -- crossing in 16:59.

"Luke kind of came from behind and showed his potential," SHS boys coach Zack Whitknack said. "He's got a lot of potential I he's just now starting to get where he needs to be."

Parker Ramsey (left) of Bloomfield and Janzen Franklin of Linton-Stockton took part in the Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship Saturday at Shakamak High School in Jasonville. Ramsey finished second while Franklin took home third in the meet. (Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
Linton-Stockton's Janzen Franklin came across third after holding onto the second spot in the early stages of the race. But it was Sweet that set the tone for the Laker boys team.

"It's the first trophy I've ever won, it's the first race I've ever won," Sweet said. "It was amazing that I could do it. SWIAC meet, homecoming weekend, it was awesome."

His first win of any kind on a cross country course meant the Lakers placed three runners in the top 10 and five in the top 16.

Shakamak's Luke Sweet surprised the field with his Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference title Saturday at Jasonville. His time of 16:58 gave him the first win of any kind in his high school cross country career. (Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
It translated to a 46-59 advantage over second place team Bloomfield which could manage only two runners in the top 10.

"We're excited, it's been since 1982 and I think we were due after 30 years," Whitknack said. "I told the guys they were prepared for it physically and it was just a matter of going out there, pushing themselves and executing wire to wire, not back down and meeting any challenges that come up."

The girls race was a case of winning the battle but losing the war for the host Lady Lakers.

Shakamak senior Savannah Turner shows the form that earned her a Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship Saturday at Jasonville. It was her first in three tries. (Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
Girls' champion Savannah Turner of Shakamak posted a new personal best time of 19:20 to claim the individual title, but it was an Eastern Greene girls team that put four of their five top runners in the top 10 and all five in the top 15 to win the team trophy.

They claimed a 41-57 advantage over second place Bloomfield while the Lady Lakers were third.

Even more surprising was how coach Brian Shepherd had to juggle his line-up around due to an injury sustained the night before by one of his runners.

"They ran a great race," he said. "We had four that finished in the top 10 and were all-conference.

"Our five, six and seven runners ran a great race and made contributions when it mattered.

"We had an injury the night before and had one of our top five runners not able to run. Alex Dubois was not originally going to run this meet and came up big today. She ended up running in our fifth spot today and really showed a lot of guts."

Turner, who was pushed throughout the early stages of the race by Bloomfield's Alli Workman, finally bested the upstart freshman and the rest of the girls field by half a minute.

"It is just super," she said. "I knew it was going to be a really tough race. I just tried to tell myself when I wanted to slow down, speed up, speed up."

Turner credited Workman for pushing her and keeping her focused.

"She's really a great runner," the champion said. "She's very good and she pushed me beyond my limits. I was really glad she was there, she's going to be a great runner."

Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference

Cross Country Championship

At Switz City

Boys varsity

Team Standings -- 1. Shakamak 46, 2. Bloomfield 59*, 3. Clay City 59*, 4. White River Valley 108, 5. North Central 113, 6. Eastern Greene 125, 7. (tie) Linton-Stockton, no score, 7. (tie) North Daviess, no score.

Local finishers

Top 10 All Conference

1. Luke Sweet, S, 16:58; 2. Parker Ramsey, B, 16:59; 3. Janzen Franklin, L, 17:11; 5. Cole Riggleman, L, 17:27; 7. Justin Tatum, EG, 17:44; 9. Conner Hill, WRV, 17:57; 10. Eric Johnson, S, 17:59; 11. Kyle Schubla, S, 18:06; 12. Conner Gadberry, B, 18:11; 14. Brett Yeryar, S, 18:25; 15. Buddy Davis, WRV, 18:32; 16. Eli Passen, L, 18:39; 14. Brad Kirkley, B, 18:40; 18. Brent Ellis, B, 18:42; 19. Cody Moorman, S, 18:43; 21. Jared Bond, B, 18:58; 22. Dylan Abell, EG, 19:19; 25. Gage Abrams, B, 19:53; 27. Hunter Cornelius, WRV, 20:02; 28. Clay Reynolds, S, timing error; 29. Spencer Warren, B, timing error; 31. Samuel Messmer, S, timing error; 33. Givi Makharadze, EG, timing error; 34. Brad Clifford, WRV, timing error; 36. Tyler York, WRV, 22:10; 37. Nick Calvert, EG, 22:25; 39. Levi Provo, WRV, 22:38; 40. Andrew Lewellyn, L, 23:28; 41. Dustin Bough, EG, 23:55; 43. Nicholas Meese, EG, 26:28; 44. Vaughn Johnson, WRV, 27:46.

Girls varsity

Team Standings -- 1. Eastern Greene 41, 2. Bloomfield 57, 3. Shakamak 66, 4. Clay City 82, 5. Linton-Stockton 118, 7. (tie) North Central, no score, 7. (tie) North Daviess, no score.

Local finishers

Top 10 All Conference

1. Savannah Turner, S, 19:20; 2. Alli Workman, B, 19:50; 3. Hannah Resler, EG, 20:10; 5. Aleksey Green, S, 20:57; 6. Mariah Sweet, S, 21:51; 7. Baylie Schoffstall, EG, 21:53; 8. Tabitha Tatum, EG, 22:03; 9. Abby Cramer, EG, 22:25; 10. Bridget Buka, B, 22:55; 12. Kiera Mossburger, L, 23:54; 13. Shelby Patton, B, 23:55; 14. Alex Dubois, EG, 24:02; 15. Cheyenne Wikle, B, 24:27; 17. Emily Osborn, EG, 24:37; 18. Bethany Stewart, B, 24:39; 19. Kristin Hall, B, 24:55; 20. Charlene Warren, B, 25:06; 22. Brooke Butler, EG, 25:24; 24. Maddie Gainey, L, 25:41; 25. Shantelle Burris, S, 26:30; 27. Katie Doyle, L, 27:41; 30. Sherry Landis, L, 29:08; 31. Makayla Ketchem, L, 29:51; 32. Nicole Mattox, S, 30:58.

Junior High


Team standings -- 1. Bloomfield 27, 2. Clay City 54, 3. Eastern Greene 93, 4. White River Valley 120, 5. North Central 137, 6. Shakamak 144, 7. Linton-Stockton 177, 8. North Daviess 185.

Local finishers

1. Justin Terry, EG, 12:03; 2. Brennan Hughes, B, 12:21; 3. Luke Vandeventer, B, 12:34; 4. Brayton Cornelius, 12:36; 5. Zachary Stone, B, 12:49; 6. Dylan Richardson, B, 13:12; 10. Rylee Landry, S, 13:28; 11. Noah Cumming, B, 13:28; 15. Collin Campbell, EG, 13:39; 17. Dakota Sparks, WRV, 13:49; 18. Noah Floyd, B, 13:52; 19. Alec Mossburger, L, 13:54; 21. Wyatt Birch, EG, 14:00; 23. Josh Pyne, B, 14:15; 24. Nick Grimes, EG, 14:16; 25. Cory Anderson, S, 14:40; 26. Beau Driscol, WRV, 14:43; 28. John Gould, 14:47; 30. Ben Lewellyn, L, 14:53; 32. Dylan Fuller, EG, 15:05; 33. Austin Gordon, L, 15:08; 34. Isaac Hudson, EG, 15:08; 35. Jag Butcher, EG, 15:09; 36. Joe Records, WRV, 15:18; 37. Addison Wall, WRV, 15:20; 38. Kyle Anderson, S, 15:30;42. Carter Davis, WRV, 16:15; 43. Ethan Lockard, S, 16:42; 44. Andre Almedina, S, 16:48; 45. Conner Sullivan, WRV, 16:54; 46. Braydon Allen, L, 17:01; 47. Levi Webb, S, 17:22; 49. Justin Riggleman, L, 20:00.


Team standings -- 1. Eastern Greene 33, 2. White River Valley 65, 3. Shakamak 79, 4. Clay City 124, 5. North Daviess 124, 6. Bloomfield 126, 7. Linton-Stockton 132, 8. North Central, no score.

Local finishers

1. Lynly Kirkman, EG, 13:29; 3. Addi Graves, WRV, 13:58; 4. Liz Bredeweg, S, 13:59; 5. Jessica DeFord, EG, 14:07; 6. Chloe Kirkman, EG, 14:11; 7. Hannah Camden, L, 14:19; 9. Abby Denham, WRV, 14:36; 10. Vitorya Valentine, EG, 14:46; 11. Sierra Ford, EG, 14:52; 12. Abby Isenogle, WRV, 14:57; 13. Crislyn Woods, L, 14:59; 14. Alexis Gilreath, WRV, 15:20; 16. Farrah Young, 15:27; 17. Hannah Walters, S, 15:37; 18. Nicole Kilzer, B, 15:42; 19. Shayley Gould, S, 15:52; 20. Caley Hall, B, 15:59; 21. Alexis Brunson, S, 16:08; 22. Jesylan Lambermont, S, 16:13; 23. Cheyanne Richardson, B, 16:15; 26. Shelby Allen, L, 16:19; 28. Christiane Davis, WRV, 16:29; 31. Alyssa Johnson, S, 16:42; 32. Marissa Grimes, EG, 16:45; 34. Alandra Brinegar, B, 16:49.2; 35. Lia Ragle, WRV, 16:49.9; 36. Malea Toon, B, 17:00; 38. Bridget Francis, WRV, 17:24; 39. Mariah Messmer, S, 17:26; 41. Hannah Wells, B, 17:32; 44. Shannon Caudill, L, 17:39; 45. Anna Hennie, B, 17:42; 47. Sierra Neff, L, 18:18; 49. Miranda Johnson, L, 18:58; 52. Emalee Sherman, 24:56.

*tie broken by sixth runner placing

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Congratulations to Shakamak for their top runners, Savannah Turner and Luke Sweet.

-- Posted by wwis on Thu, Oct 4, 2012, at 11:17 AM

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