Braves honor top runners from 2015

Tuesday, the Brownstown Central boys and girls cross-country teams gathered in the auditorium to celebrate the 2015 season.

Boys cross-country coach Derrick Koch handed out awards to his team to start the night.

The Braves finished with a record of 100-65 and finished fifth in their conference and ninth at the sectional this year.

The most valuable runner was senior Jake McCullough, who qualified for the semistate this year and moved up to 16th on the Braves’ all-time list with a time of 16:54, which he ran at the regional.

Koch said that McCullough finished as the Braves’ top runner in every meet this season.

McCullough also earned All-Mid-Southern Conference honors this year with a 10th-place finish in the annual meet.

The most improved runner was junior Aaron Kruse, who reduced his time from around 25 minutes to 19:43 by season’s end.

The mental attitude award was presented to junior Harlan Deaton.

“This is an award the guys vote on, and it was almost a unanimous decision,” Koch said.

Junior Cameron Lee and Deaton made All-MSC honorable mention.

Lee received his letterman jacket for getting five varsity letters.

The Braves will be losing three seniors to graduation: McCullough, Seth Berry and Xavier Miranda.

Girls coach Maria Weigel then went over her team’s season.

The girls record was 103-66, and they finished second in the conference and sixth at the sectional.

The most valuable runner was junior Alexis Koch, who won most of her team’s races, and she moved up to seventh all-time on the Braves’ career achievement list with a time of 21:52.

Sophomore MacKinzey Warren garnered the most improved runner award, going from a time of 29 minutes to a time of 25:55.

The mental attitude award was given to to senior Hannah Gallion, who came back from injury and finished strong.

Two Braves made all-conference — freshman Kaelyn Johnson and Koch.

Freshmen Destiny Satterwaite and Shana Drake (21st), and sophomores Morgan Harrison and Claire Smith.

Gallion, Sara Martin and Sarah Shoemaker will all gradate from the program.

Martin and Koch received their lettermen jackets since they’ve received five varsity letters.

Weigel looks for her team to improve next year since she has a lot of quality underclassmen returning in 2016.