Brownstown cross country runners receive awards


BROWNSTOWN — Trinity Cody and Chance Ratliff were named most valuable runners and Claire Schepman and Brady Blann received mental attitude awards when the Brownstown Central cross country teams were honored at an awards program Monday night in the school auditorium.

In presenting Cody with her most valuable award, coach Derrick Koch said, “Overall, when I started looking at the points and how we did, especially at the end of the season when it matters, the conference, sectional and regional are by far the most important meets, (Cody) started standing out more and more.”

Cody, a sophomore, was the Lady Braves’ top runner in the Mid-Southern Conference meet, placing 10th in 20:59 to earn all-conference honors. She also made the school’s 20-minute club with that time.

Koch spoke about Schepman.

“She’s quiet, doesn’t say much, takes it all in, but I know absolutely every time she is out there at practice or every time she is on the cross county course, I’m getting 100% of her effort,” he said.

Senior Tori Lokey was named the most improved runner. She was BC’s second runner in the MSC meet, finishing 16th in 21:57.

“She has really worked hard, especially over the last couple of years,” Koch said. “I’ve seen a lot of improvement in her running. She really did well when it came to scoring.”

Koch said Lokey ran 24:26 her freshman year and cut 2:29 during her career.

Cambell Shasteen finished 17th in 22:16 and Kelsey Schneider was 18th in 22:16 at the MSC meet and made honorable mention.

Shasteen and Lokey made the 21-minute club.

The Braves placed second in the conference, fifth in the Bedford North Lawrence Sectional and 23rd in the Evansville Regional and were 99-58 overall.

“We had a good, winning record,” Koch said. “I went into the conference thinking we could get second, and we did. We scored really well, especially with the top four. We had a really good run that day, and it was fun to watch. It was great for us to get out of the sectional. I think we had a pretty successful season.”

Cody, Shasteen and Maddie Singleton received their letter jackets.

Other seniors were Riley Pumphrey and Alexa Wheeles.

Koch announced this was his final year coaching cross country.

Ratliff made the all-conference team and was the Braves’ second finisher in the MSC, sixth in 16:34, and he had his best time at the regional at 16:12.

Chance and his twin brother, Shane, were both all-conference and finished in the top 25 at the regional to qualify for state. Shane was fourth at the Mid-Southern meet in 16:11.9.

Both are in the 16-minute club, and Traven Wellman is in the 17-minute club with his best time being 17:47, which he ran at the regional.

Wellman, a senior, was all-conference honorable mention.

Coach Bailey McIntire said, “Throughout the whole year, Chance has been consistent. He’s always looking for more. He helped out the team both in and out of practice, but especially at races, he’s always stepped up and been consistent.”

In presenting the mental attitude award, McIntire said, “(Blann) embodies what this team wants, what this team needs. It embodies what it means, in this case, a Brownstown Brave, what our athletic department is looking for as far as an athlete both inside and outside of practice. I never had to question his efforts. Every day, he gave 110%.”

Freshman Eli Crockett was named the most improved runner.

“In his first year, he really stepped up,” McIntire said. “He had a tough race in his first race, but from there, he just kept getting better, so I’m really excited about his future. I’m really excited to see where he can go.”

The Braves were fourth in the MSC, fourth in the sectional and 17th in the regional and had an overall record of 127-41. McIntire said that is the boys’ best record in the past 10 years.

Garrett Driver was the only other senior.

“They were flexible. They always did what I asked,” McIntire said of his seniors. “They always stepped up, and the big thing I can say about this group is every one of them led by example in their own way.”

Damien Owens received his letter jacket.

There were five seniors, two sophomores and no freshmen on the girls roster, while there were three seniors, one sophomore and one freshman on the boys roster. Both coaches encouraged their returning runners to recruit runners for next year.

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