Four of five Jackson County high schools competed at the Bedford North Lawrence Invitational on Monday. Here’s a look at each team’s day:
Owls girls dominate
The Seymour girls cross-country team managed a perfect score of 15 for their second straight meet by placing in the top seven spots, and eight out of the top 10 overall individual finishes.Owls freshman Emma Brock once again garnered first place, coming in at 20:26.9.
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Brownstown Central again earned fifth scoring 133 while Trinity Lutheran and Medora didn’t score as a team bringing one girl each in the seven-team field.
Owls girls coach Spencer Sunbury said that the BNL invite was the first time the program has placed in the top seven spots in a race.
“I was happy with our consistency,” he said. “We keep talking about packing it up front. Some of the runners shifted around, we had up and down times. But, that’s the nice thing about having a group of strong runners.”
Like their inaugural race, the Owls ran in a pack for the first 2 miles.
Nine of the top 10 spots sported Seymour purple until the final set of hills in the final mile.
Following Brock’s first place, freshman Ashton Chase was second crossing the white line at 20:32.3.
Senior Megan Winter was third in 20:41.6 and the army of sophomores that’s Abby Voss, Oriana Morales and Claire Loebker finished fourth through sixth.
Senior Maya Hauersperger placed seventh in 21:39.2 and freshman Brett Kleber ran a time of 22:33.9 for 10th.
“I’m just proud of the way they’re coming out,” Sunbury said. “Just watching before the race, they were ready to come out here and run. They’re serious about this season. They were relaxed, but ready to go. It’s a good sign for this season.”
Braves’ girls notch fifth
In their fifth place finish, Alexis Koch led the Braves team with a 23rd place finish in 24:03.7.The next three spots went to freshmen, as Kaelyn Johnson placed 28th in 24:26.1, Destiny Satterthwaite was 29th in 24:28.4 and Shauna Drake 44th in 25:53.5.
Sophomore Morgan Harrison finished the Braves’ scoring in 54th place timing 26:22.8.
“We had some good things and some bad things,” Braves coach Maria Weigel said. “Alexis didn’t run as well as the Seymour meet, but her second mile was stronger than her first. Kaelyn had a great race, she ran 30 seconds faster and I think she’s getting in a groove. Destiny also had a great race, she was faster and Shauna ran a good race for our fourth spot.
“Each meet, if we can drop time it’s good. Three of my top-four runners are freshmen and my five runner is a sophomore. They just need to keep working hard to keep dropping time.”
Seymour boys claim second
For the boys, Jennings County placed first with 45 points, Seymour had 61 for second, Brownstown Central notched 126 for fifth, Trinity Lutheran finished with 140 points in sixth and Medora didn’t score with just two runners.Jennings County’s Ricky Hendrix earned his second straight invitational win by finishing in 16:52.5 while his brother, Alex, was second clocking 17:27.9.
The Owls boys cross-country team placed second to the Panthers on Monday for the second straight meet.
Last week, the Panthers topped the Owls by four points at the Seymour Invitational.
Jacob Voss led the Owls’ unit with a time of 17:51.3 for seventh place while Owls senior Cam Deppen came-in ninth at 18:07.6
In a time of 18:18.7 Hunter Bauserman was 12th, Trent Hohenstreiter earned 16th in 18:34.9, Alex Lovins ran an 18:43.1 to garner 17th and Tim Molinari placed 20th clocking 18:49.3.
“I wasn’t quite as happy as I was last Thursday (at the Seymour Invitational),” Owls coach Randy Fife said. “I don’t think we ran as well as we needed to up front. Our depth was a little better today, runners four through nine were better. Jennings beat us by 16 points for second place again, we need to be more competitive up there.
“Overall, there’s a lot more work to do. We need to get a little tougher mentally.”
Braves boys finish fifth
Brownstown Central’s Jake McCullough led his pack, finishing in fifth place and timing 17:40.7.“Jake had an outstanding run,” Braves coach Derrick Koch said. “He went out fast with the Seymour and Jennings County boys. I expected him to draw back a little bit but he gained spaces. From the one to two mile he gained a lot of places, he ran a tremendous race and I’m really pleased with how he’s doing. As a senior, he knew he was going to need to step it up some and he’s doing that.”
Next for the Braves was Harlan Deaton who finished in 19:13.8 for 22nd place.
Cameron Lee’s time of 19:59.5 was 33rd and teammate Seth Berry wasn’t far behind placing 34th in 20:11.1.
The Braves’ Reece Covert rounded-out his team’s scoring with a 40th place finish at 20:31.3.
“I would like to have beaten Mitchell, but I’m pretty pleased,” Koch said. “Overall, we ran pretty well. We ran much better compared to Seymour. We’re headed in the right direction.”
Goecker earns third, leads Cougars boys squad
Trinity Lutheran freshman AJ Goecker turned heads with a third place finish at the BNL invitational with a time of 17:35.8.“I didn’t know how (Goecker) would show based on last year’s race times from here, but I thought he would perform well and be in the top-five,” Cougars coach Chris Crenshaw said. “He was able to come out here and get it done.”
Senior Luke Onken’s time of 18:46 claimed 18th, Nikolai Haak ran a 19:42.8 for 27th, Daniel Horton broke the finish line in 21:08.8 for 41st and Alex Royalty rounded-out the Cougars’ times in 23:25.7 (51st).
“I was hoping we could have been a little higher,” Crenshaw said. “The times were good, but I thought we would have placed higher. I was hoping our times from today would push us a little furthur to the top.”
Cougars senior Andrea Foster was the long female runner on the day, finishing in 70th place in 28:32.8.
“Andrea ran better than Saturday (at Rising Sun),” Crenshaw said. “Her time was comparable to last year’s at this invite. She’s at about the same pace as she was last year.”
Medora runs three
The Hornets kicked-off its 2015 cross country season just down the road at the BNL invite.On the boys side, Matt Jones placed 56th in 22:19.2 and Zac Thompson was 73rd in 24:22.1.
Jadelyn Dean was the lone girls runner, crossing the finish in 26:50.9 for 62nd.
“The kids came in with a little more confidence than last year,” Hornets coach Brad McCammon said. “Their times cut two or three minutes a piece. I’m pleased with the start. At this point, they’re where they need to be. Some years we feel like we ran ourselves into shape at meets, but this year we’re ready for them.
“I think they just need to understand where they want to be in the pack. We saw a lot of positive things. I’m proud of the effort of the kids.”