Shakamak girls, Eastern boys win county meet

Friday, August 24, 2018
Austin Gordon of Linton (left) puts on a burst of speed to catch WRV’s Eli Crites at the finish line. Gordon and Crites finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Photos by Andrew Bowen

SWITZ CITY -- The Eastern boys and the Shakamak girls won the Greene County Cross Country Invitational Thursday evening at White River Valley.

The Thunderbirds won the boys meet with a time of 91 minutes, 51 seconds, followed by WRV, 93:11; Bloomfield, 94:44; Shakamak, 101:00; and Linton, 106:13. In the county meet, the finishes are based upon the top five times for each team rather than the top five places.

“This is a really tough competition,” said Linton coach Bill Doyle, “because Eastern and Shakamak have great teams.”

Eastern boys coach David Young said he preached all week on the importance of running as a pack, something more essential than usual because the places were based on times. The Thunderbirds obviously listened as Cory Cramer came in second and four more T-Birds finished sixth through ninth.

“I’ve been pushing that all week, being able to run like that,” Young said.

The Lady Lakers won the girls meet with a time of 116:00, followed by Eastern, 120:18; Bloomfield, 124:32; Linton, 134:53; and WRV, 137:39. The Lady Lakers placed four runners in the top 10 and six in the top 13.

“They did an excellent job,” said Shakamak coach Mark Messmer. “They exceeded my expectations. That puts us in good position for the conference.”

The races featured two dominating individual performances. Jacy Collins of Shakamak won the girls race with a time of 21 minutes, eight seconds, 47 seconds head of the next runner. Joe Records of WRV won the boys race with a time of 16:54, 1:08 ahead of the second-place runner.

“Joe had an excellent race,” said WRV head coach Claire Records. “That’s a good win for this early in the season.”

“Jaci did a great job,” Messmer said.

Several coaches said they were pleased by their team’s performance in their first meet of the season. Shakamak, Bloomfield, and WRV had been scheduled to compete last Saturday in the Bloomington North Early Bird Invitational at Lavern Gibson Course near Terre Haute, but it was canceled because of weather.

Bloomfield girls coach Ashley Patton said the Lady Cards put forth a great effort to place third in their first meet of the season. Messmer said he didn’t know what times the Lakers would record since they didn’t get to race Saturday.

“I think everybody was glad to get a meet in, get a race in, and establish some times,” coach Records said.

After Collins, the top finishers for the girls were Sierra Ford (E), 21:55; 3, Hannah Walls (B), 22:20, 4, Christiane Davis (WRV), 22:50; 4, Carly Reynolds (S), 23:03; 6, Crislyn Woods (L), 23:17; 7, Nicole Kilzer (B), 23:22; 8, Jaci Stone (S), 23:23; 9, Jessica DeFord (E), 23:26; 10, Natalie Lang (S), 23:49; 11, Addison George (E), 24:32; 12, Kyrstin Busenbark (S), 24:37; 13, Jada Huff (S), 24:47; 14, Brycelynn Davis (B), 25:04; and 15, Zoe Logston (E), 25:12.

“I think we moved up well as the race went on,” said Eastern girls coach Adam Nonte.

Walls led Ford part of the race, but the senior from Eastern surged ahead of her on the last lap. Still, it was Walls’ best race since the Bedford Sectional two years ago, the last race before she sustained an injury in the regional.

“Sierra had a solid race,” Nonte said. “She’s running really strong. Hannah ran a nice race.”

“Christiane had a great race,” coach Records said. She added the Lady Wolverines got another fine performance from freshman Patricia Solliday who came in 17th.

Jailea Lundy placed 25th for WRV. Records said she did well after a bad race at Lavern Gibson. Emma Records finished 36th as the fifth girl to contribute to WRV’s score, and her mother said she ran “one of her better races.” The coach pointed out freshman Lily Kuhen, WRV’s sixth runner, ran a full five kilometers for the first time.

Patton noted senior Nicole Kilzer joined Walls in the top 10. She said Kilzer ran hard all summer and provided good leadership Thursday. Patton added freshman Brycelynn Davis and senior Abby Hartzburg also competed well, finishing 14th and 20th, respectively.

“I’m really proud of them,” she said of Walls and Kilzer. “(Hannah) is happy to be running.”

Emily Neighbors finished 30th for Bloomfield, but Patton pointed out she had been battling illness all week.

Woods made the regional as a freshman, Doyle said, but injuries prevented her from repeating that success in her sophomore and junior years. He said he hopes she can make the semistate field this season.

He added that the Lady Miners had finished last for the previous three county meets, but moved up to fourth this year.

“We have a lot of girls who are improving a lot,” Doyle said. “I’m looking forward to the sectional.”

Runners finishing after Records were 2, Cory Cramer (E), 18:02; 3, Lance McIntosh (B), 18:08; 4, Austin Gordon (L), 18:13; 5, Eli Crites (WRV), 18:13; 6, Will Valentine (E), 18:24; 7, Dustin Lester (E), 18:25; 8, Layton Anderson (E), 18:30; 9, Adam Anderson (E), 18:30; 10, Samuel Feaster (L), 18:37; 11, Jonathon Hayden (L), 18:39; 12, Blaine Gilstrap (WRV), 18:51; 13, Tanner Denham (WRV), 18:55; 14, John Gould (S), 18:55; and 15, Landen Myers (B), 19:05.

“Cory had a great race,” Young said.

Records and WRV assistant coach Conner Hill said nearly all of the boys set personal records in the race, including Parker Stone (35) and Lane Charleton (38) who shaved about a minute off their previous times. They praised Crites for finishing fifth as a freshman and said Gilstrap and Denham both raced well to make the top 15.

“I thought our boys ran well today,” Hill said.

“I think he’s believing in himself,” coach Records said of Crites’ performance.

She and Hill said Clayton Abrams shaved a few seconds off his time as he placed 28th and was the fifth Wolverine to contribute to the school’s place.

Gould was the only Laker to make the top 15, but Messmer said Preston May (21) and Adam Slater (23) had good days for Shakamak

Doyle said the Miners have a young team, but Samuel Feaster and Jonathon Hayden gave a good one-two punch for young runners as they finished 10th and 11th, respectively. Senior Austin Gordon nipped Crites at the very end to place fourth. Doyle predicted the Miners will improve as the season progresses, especially with Gordon’s “good senior leadership.”

Bloomfield coach Bob Richardson said McIntosh and Myers are only freshmen, but “ran really well” Thursday to place third and 15th, respectively. He noted this was Myers’ first meet.

“We had some good performances and some bad performances,” Richardson said. “The kids have to continue to work hard and quit doubting themselves and everything will come together and we will perform better as a team.“

RESULTS

GIRLS

Jacy Collins (S), 21:08; 2, Sierra Ford (E), 21:55; 3, Hannah Walls (B), 22:20, 4, Christiane Davis (WRV), 22:50; 4, Carly Reynolds (S), 23:03; 6, Crislyn Woods (L), 23:17; 7, Nicole Kilzer (B), 23:22; 8, Jaci Stone (S), 23:23; 9, Jessica DeFord (E), 23:26; 10, Natalie Lang (S), 23:49; 11, Addison George (E), 24:32; 12, Kyrstin Busenbark (S), 24:37; 13, Jada Huff (S), 24:47; 14, Brycelynn Davis (B), 25:04; 15, Zoe Logston (E), 25:12; 16, Farrah Young (E), 25:13; 17, Patricia Solliday (WRV), 25:14; 18, Sarah Cox (L), 25:31; 19, Hannah Walters (S), 25:34; 20, Abby Hartzburg (B), 25:48; 21, Rebekah Messmer (S), 27:13; 22, Oakley Pilant (L), 27:27; 23, Lindsey Pierce (S), 27:36; 24, Thaida Uland (B), 27:58; 25, Jailea Lundy (WRV), 28:L02; 26, Livi Cornelius (WRV), 28:16; 27, Makenna O’Bryan (L), 28:45; 28, Ansley Ross (B), 28:55; 29, Michelle Hatfield (E), 29:39; 30, Emily Neighbors (B), 29:41; 31, Brianna Lower (L), 29:53; 32, Shelby Hicks (L), 30:01; 33, Sierra Neff (LP), 30:57; 34, Esmeralda Moreno (E), 30:58; 35, Alyssia Johnson (S), 31:26; 36, Emma Records (WRV), 33:17; 37, Samantha Holcomb (L), 33:33; 38, Lily Kuhen (WRV), 35:27; 39, Rachel Wise (S), 35:46; 40, Hannah Watson (L), 47:47.

BOYS

Joe Records (WRV), 16:54; 2, Cory Cramer (E), 18:02; 3, Lance McIntosh (B), 18:08; 4, Austin Gordon (L), 18:13; 5, Eli Crites (RV), 18:13; 6, Will Valentine (E), 18:24; 7, Dustin Lester (E), 18:25; 8, Layton Anderson (E), 18:30; 9, Adam Anderson (E), 18:30; 10, Samuel Feaster (L), 18:37; 11, Jonathon Hayden (L), 18:39; 12, Blaine Gilstrap (WRV), 18:51; 13, Tanner Denham (WRV), 18:55; 14, John Gould (S), 18:55; 15, Landen Myers (B), 19:05; 16, Mitchell Burch (B), 19:076; 17, Dylan Richardson (B), 19:10; 18, Wyatt Frye (B), 19:14; 19, Ben Lindsey (E), 19:23; 20, Cameron Ross (B), 19:39; 21, Preston May (S), 19:48; 22, Brandon Sciscoe (E), 19:49; 23, Adam Slater (S), 19:58; 24, Caleb Lindsey (E), 20:03; 25, Jacob Lindsey (E), 20:08; 26, Isaac Hudson (E), 20:13; 27, Austin Bond (B), 20:17, 28, Clayton Abrams (WRV), 20:18; 29, Brandon Flieger (E), 20:45; 30, Drew Sherrard (B), 20:56; 31, Cade Benefiel (E), 21:07; 32, Logan Burris (S), 21:11; 33, Matthew Miller (S), 21:11; 34, Justin Collins (S), 21:35; 35, Parker Stone (WRV), 21:41; 36; Andrew Miller (S), 21:45; 37, Justin Lane (S), 21:49; 38, Lane Charleton (WRV), 22:03; 39, Hunter Neukam (B), 22:13; 40, A.J. Sipes (B), 23:06; 41, Cody Neff (L), 23:50; 42, Levi Paterson (B), 24:22; 43, Carl Miller (S), 24:23; 44, Kaden Miller (S), 24:39; 45, Payton Yeryar (S), 24:58; 46, MIchael Miller (S), 26:11; 47, Mason Horton (S), 26:12; 48, Kody Slough (S), 26:33; 49, Logan Agee (S), 26:33; 50, Ben McKee (L), 26:54; 51, Brayson Shipman (S), 26:56; 52, Joe Palmer (L), 26:56; 53, Tyler Moore (WRV), 29:58; 54, William Mahan (S), 52.45.

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