Lady Lakers win own Invite; T-Birds, Lady T-Birds second

Saturday, September 22, 2018
Shakamak's Jacy Collins chases Clay City's Alexis Laswell into the final turn of the first lap. Collins would pass Laswell to win the girls race in Saturday's Shakamak Invite.
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Lady Lakers win own Invite; T-Birds, Lady T-Birds second

By Terry Schwinghammer

Sports Writer

Joe Records set a new WRV school record while finishing second in the Shakamak Invite Saturday.
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JASONVILLE – Fast Times at Shakamak High was the theme for Saturday’s annual Shakamak Invite cross country meet.

Cool, overcast weather and a course favorable to runners meant fast times were predictable. Temperature at race time was 60 degrees – ideal for running. And the fast track at Shakamak yielded low times across the board including numerous personal and season bests.

No one was faster collectively than the Shakamak Lady Lakers. Paced by Jacy Collins – with three Lady Laker teammates in the top 15 – Shakamak ran away with the team title.

The Lady Lakers finished 30 points ahead of second-place Eastern Greene, 52-82. Owen Valley finished third with a team score of 86.

“Our girls ran spectacular today,” Shakamak coach Mark Messmer said. “They exceeded my expectations.”

Collins outdueled Clay City’s Alexis Laswell for individual honors. The two rivals ran neck-and-neck through the final turn on the first lap. Collins forged ahead on the back straightaway and crossed the finish line 27 seconds ahead of her Clay City foe.

“Jaci is a smart runner,” Messmer said. “She knows what she needs to do to win.”

He estimated Collins’ time of 19 minutes, 30.6 seconds was approximately 45 seconds faster than her previous season best.

Collins had plenty of help. Carly Reynolds (eighth, 21:30), Jaci Stone (10th, 21:46) and Kyrstyn Busenbark (14th, 21:58) all broke 22 minutes for the first time.

“They all dropped one to one-and-a-half minutes,” Messmer noted. “With those times that’s hard to beat.”

The Laker coach thought it might be a tight race between Shakamak and Owen Valley. But instead it was the Lady Thunderbirds who came in ahead of the Lady Patriots.

Sierra Ford ran to a fourth-place finish for the Lady Thunderbirds.
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“It was a great day for us,” Lady T-Birds coach Adam Nonte said. “I couldn’t be more happy with our girls.”

Nonte mentioned the Eastern girls also set several personal records.

Sierra Ford ran to a fourth-place finish in 21:11. “It was by far her fastest race of the year,” Nonte said.

The coach was equally pleased with freshman Addison George who finished ninth in 21:41.

“This team has been a pleasant surprise,” Nonte said. “Earlier in the year if you had told me we’d be where we are right now I wouldn’t have been so sure. But they’re making a believer out of me.”

WRV’s Christiane Davis (seventh) and Bloomfield’s Hannah Walls (11th) also finished in the top 15.

The boys race was closely contested with the top three in the team standings coming down to a battle between the fourth and fifth runners. West Vigo edged Eastern Greene 74-81 with the Bloomfield Cardinals a close third, just two points behind the Thunderbirds.

“We ran a really good race today,” Eastern coach David Young said. “We didn’t get that top spot but we were close.”

White River Valley’s Joe Records ran a strong race. Records set a new WRV school record with his time of 16:36.8, 10 seconds behind overall winner Damon Kesler of West Vigo.

Eastern Greene's Cory Cramer makes his way through the backstretch at Shakamak.
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“That’s very huge for Joe,” said WRV assistant coach Conner Hill. “We’re proud of him for that.”

Wolverine freshman Eli Crites broke 18 minutes for the first time – by a large margin, finishing fourth in 17:17.2. “Eli had a monstrous PR,” Hill noted.

Eastern’s Cory Cramer finished in between the two Wolverines, two-tenths of a second ahead of Crites. T-Bird Dustin Lester ran sixth in 17:41.

A trio of Bloomfield frosh – Lance McIntosh, Wyatt Frye and Landen Myers – finished eighth, 10th and 11th respectively. Bloomfield coach Bob Richardson said the Cards continue to run well, getting to within two points of Eastern and nine of West Vigo. Only 49 seconds separated McIntosh and Bloomfield’s fifth runner, Mitchell Burch.

“Eastern and Bloomfield seem to go back and forth this season,” Richardson said. “Whichever team has the better pack seems to win. It was their turn today. Our pack is closing the gap each time out.”

Bloomfield's Hannah Walls and Shakamak's Kyrstyn Busenbark battle into the final turn.
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The T-Birds finished second despite being without injured No. 2 runner Will Valentine.

“The boys earned it today,” Young said. “They definitely moved up to where they needed to be.

“Then again we were only two points ahead of Bloomfield. It’ll make next week interesting.”

Next week is the Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference meet, on the same Shakamak layout. All eight SWIAC teams were represented at the Shakamak Invite, perhaps providing a sneak preview of Saturday’s conference meet.

SHAKAMAK INVITE

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES

1) Shakamak 52, 2) Eastern Greene 82, 3) Owen Valley 86, 4) North Daviess 98, 5) Clay City 116, 6) Bloomfield 124, 7) West Vigo 129, 8) White River Valley 163, 9) Linton 239, 10) Sullivan N/S.

TOP 15 INDIVIDUALS

Jacy Collins (S), 19:30.6; 2. Alexis Laswell (CC), 19:57.8; 3. Jozee Spatta (OV), 20:50.03; 4. Sierra Ford (EG), 21:11.0; 5. Lauren Thomas (CC), 21:17.8; 6. Maci Easton (WV), 21:17.9; 7. Christiane Davis (W), 21:26.4; 8. Carly Reynolds (S), 21:30.2; 9. Addison George (EG), 21:41.0; 10. Jaci Stone (S), 21:46.1; 11. Hannah Walls (B), 21:52.3; 12. Abigail Giesler (ND), 21:54.3; 13. Lilly VanderMel (ND), 21:55.5; 14. Kyrstin Busenbark (S), 21:58.7; 15. Kenzi Brown (OV), 22:10.9.

OTHER AREA INDIVIDUALS

SHAKAMAK: 19. Jada Huff, 22:40.6; 26. Hannah Walters, 23:28.0; 42; Rebekah Messmer, 25:12.6.

EASTERN GREENE: 18. Jessica Deford, 22:37.6; 25. Farrah Young, 23:26.7; 28. Zoe Logston, 23:40.6; 58. Michelle Hatfield, 28:29.7.

Bloomfield freshman Lance McIntosh paced the Cardinals to a third-place finish in the Shakamak Invite.
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BLOOMFIELD: 16. Nicole Kilzer, 22:15.4; 30. Abby Hartzburg, 23:51.6; 31. Brycelynn Davis, 23:51.7; 41. Ansley Ross, 25:10.7; 59. Emily Neighbors, 28:58.2.

WHITE RIVER VALLEY: 27. Patricia Soliday, 23:38.1; 45. Olivia Cornelius, 25:20.8; 47. Jailea Lundy, 25:40.4; 53. Carley Sloan, 26:29.9; 63. Emma Records, 31:25.6.

LINTON: 49. Oakley Pilant, 25:51.8; 51. Makenna O’Bryan, 26:27.5; 52. Sierra Neff, 26:28.5; 55. Shelby Hicks, 26:42.6; 57. Breanna Lower, 26:50.1; 62. Samantha Holcomb, 30:41.5; 65. Hannah Watson, 41:56.7.

BOYS

TEAM SCORES

West Vigo 74, 2) Eastern Greene 81, 3) Bloomfield 83, 4) White River Valley 101, 5) Clay City 102, 6) Sullivan 115, 7) Owen Valley 147, 8) Shakamak 179, 9) North Central 248, 10) North Daviess 301, 11) Linton N/S.

TOP 15 INDIVIDUALS

Damon Kesler (WV), 16:26.5; 2. Joe Records, 16:36.8; 3. Cory Cramer (EG), 17:17.0; 4. Eli Crites (W), 17:17.2; 5. Dossan Lamb (Su), 17:33.9; 6. Dustin Lester (E), 17:41.1; 7. Colsyn Head (OV), 17:42.7; 8. Lance McIntosh (B), 17:43.4; 9. Bryce Stateler (WV), 17:44.4; 10. Wyatt Frye (B), 17:48.5; 11. Landen Myers (B), 17:49.1; 12. Jacob LaFary (CC), 17:50.6; 13. Carter Dickson (CC), 17:52.2; 14. Blaine Gilstrap (W), 17:56.2; 15. Preston Anthony (Su), 17:58.9.

OTHER AREA INDIVIDUALS

EASTERN GREENE: 18. Layton Anderson, 18:04.7; 28. Ben Lindsey, 18:18.3; 30. Adam Anderson, 18:28.9; 46. Isaac Hudson, 19:34.5; 47. Caleb Lindsey, 19:37.2.

Freshman Eli Crites finished fourth for the Wolverines.
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BLOOMFIELD: 25. Dylan Richardson, 18:15.6; 34. Mitchell Burch, 18:32.5; 39. Austin Bond, 18:52.7; 41. Cameron Ross, 19:05.0.

WHITE RIVER VALLEY: 37. Clayton Abrams, 18:49.3; 50. Parker Stone, 19:49.5; 51. Lane Charleton, 19:50.2; 75. Tyler Moore, 27:31.8.

SHAKAMAK: 19. John Gould, 18:08.7; 24. Adam Slater, 18:14.8; 38. Preston May, 18:50.0; 53. Payton Yeryar, 19:56.8; 57. Logan Burris 20:16.4; 58. Justin Lane, 20:20.1; 62. Jostin Collins, 20:36.6.

JESSICA DEFORD
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LINTON: 21. Austin Gordon, 18:10.2; 22. Jonathan Hayden, 18:11.6; 31. Samuel Feaster, 18:29.4; 69. Cody Neff, 22:10.9; 73. Ben McKee, 25:58.2.

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