At the Hoosier Heritage Conference Cross Country Meet Saturday at New Palestine, Shelbyville (50 points) won the boys’ team title while New Palestine junior Seth Eagleson won the individual crown with a time of 16 minutes, 53 seconds.
*COMPLETE HHC RESULTS AT BOTTOM OF PAGE*
Greenfield-Central (73) was runner-up, Mt. Vernon (94) was fourth and New Palestine (125) placed sixth.
It was Shelbyville’s first-ever conference cross country championship.
Eagleson, also the Hancock County Meet champ, broke a 10-year streak of Pendleton Heights’ harriers winning the individual boys’ title.
Local runners garnering all-conference (top 20) honors along with Eagleson were NP’s Austin Dodd (third, 17:19) as well as G-C’s Garrett Benedict (seventh, 17:37), Scott Prewitt (ninth, 17:40) and Zachary Bishop (13th, 17:46).
“Prewitt and Bishop set new personal records on what is arguably one of the tougher courses in the area,” G-C coach Hunter White said.
MV’s Taylor VanWinkle (15th, 17:53), Andrew Thaxton (16th, 17:55), Aaron Rush (18th, 17:58) and Brandt True (19th, 18:02) were also all-HHC.
“The boys don’t have any front runners to win these big meets, but they can put five runners close together towards the front,” MV coach Bruce Kendall said. “In the sectional and regional format this really helps us out, but come semi-state we will dearly pay for no front runner.
“VanWinkle and Thaxton have finally settled down and have given our two talented freshmen some stability in the race. It is tough to pace yourself when your upperclassmen can’t, and that seems now to falling into order. (Andrew) Boyle is a great hard working No. 5 for us.”
On the girls’ side, Pendleton Heights (26 points) prevailed with Alex Buck crossing the finish line first with in 19:44 for the Arabians.
New Palestine (54) was second, Mt. Vernon (82) was third and Greenfield-Central (105) took fourth.
NP’s Bailey Wallace was the top local finisher (fourth, 20:48.66). Mt. Vernon’s Elizabeth Cook finished in 20:48.91 and was credited with fifth place.
Also earning all-HHC decorations for NP were Kayla Medaris (ninth, 21:27), Marissa Crosby (11th, 21:29), Natalie Shields (14th, 21:43) and Emily Trimpe (16th, 21:52).
Hancock County champ and Dragons’ freshman Sarah Schwartz sat out the meet Saturday due to a minor injury.
For MV, Jessica Grubb took 12th (21:39) and Morgan Hayse was 17th (21:54) joined Cook as all-conference runners.
“Really proud of how hard Hayse has worked in the last year,” Kendall said. “Going from a so-so JV runner to All-HHC is quite an accomplishment because this was a very strong field with good competition.
“And Cook and Grubb are really coming on after having horrendous starts at the beginning of the season.”
Kara Purvis (eighth, 21:26), Emily Dupnick (19th, 21:55) and Nicole Stephenson (20th, 21:59) earned all-conference designations for the Cougars.
In the JV race, the G-C boys and Pendleton Heights girls won the team titles, with the Cougars’ Luke Shambaugh and the Dragons’ Mattie Waggoner earning first-place finishes.
The boys’ and girls’ sectionals are next week, on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
Eastern Hancock, G-C and New Palestine will compete at this same New Palestine course, while Mt. Vernon will travel to Pendleton Heights.
Royals win EH Invite
The Eastern Hancock girls’ cross country team won its own invitational Saturday, besting Knightstown 16-41.
Shelby Wyatt (22:22) won the race, followed by Cara Johnson (second), Karlee Gray (third), Hannah Miller (fourth), Hope Spaulding (sixth) and Alex Perkins (10th).
“Shelby took an early lead and Cara went out with her, which was very encouraging to see,” EH coach Rex Putt said. “We depend a lot on our freshmen and if we’re going to win our conference meet Saturday, they need to come through for us.”
Hancock County runner-up Kiersten Schrope was unavailable to run Saturday, but she will be back in action for the Mid-Hoosier Conference Meet, next Saturday at the Hoosier Horse Park in Johnson County.
Horizon Christian won the boys’ race, as the Royals had an incomplete score.
Nathan Kell (10th, 20:01) paced the blue-and-white.
Greenfield-Central 3, Pendleton Heights 0
The Cougars improved to 4-2 in HHC play by sweeping the visiting Arabians, 25-23, 25-18, 25-23, Thursday, as previously published in the Daily Reporter.
Among the G-C stat leaders, which were submitted this weekend, were Megan Bradley (24 assists), Rachel Irbe (11 kills, three digs), Alex Colclazier (10 digs), Jordan Bunch (eight kills, eight aces) and Maddi Graham (nine kills).
“This was a nice victory for the Lady Cougars to solidify at least fourth place in the conference,” G-C coach Rita Rouse said. “Pendleton had some good hitters and certainly forced our defense to be at the top of their game.”
G-C (16-8) is at Hamilton Southeastern today.
Mt. Vernon 3, Franklin 1
The Marauders won their sixth straight match Saturday by besting the host Grizzly Cubs.
Lauren Bradburn, Chelsea Thomas and Hannah Whitaker tallied goals. Bradburn and Blaire Viehweg added assists.
Olivia Coleman had three saves in goal to earn her 10th victory.
MV (11-4-1) faces New Palestine in the sectional semifinals Thursday in Fortville.
Fishers 3, Greenfield-Central 1
The Cougars dropped their regular-season finale Saturday.
Michael Barber scored for G-C (8-6), which takes on MV in the sectional semifinals Wednesday at Shelbyville.
HHC CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS
BOYS TEAM RESULTS: Shelbyville 50, Greenfield-Central 73, Yorktown 86, Mt. Vernon 94, Pendleton Heights 111, New Palestine 125, Rushville 145, Delta 219
GIRLS TEAM RESULTS: Pendleton Heights 26, New Palestine 54, Mt. Vernon 82, Greenfield-Central 105, Yorktown 117, Delta 119, Shelbyville 222, Rushville 224
Complete boys and girls varsity and JV individual results (top 20 varsity are all-conference):
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