The Delta girls were invited into the Championship race at Flashrock in Carmel along with 17 other selected teams, four of those ranked in the top 10 in the state. Carmel showed why they were ranked second in the state, placing 5 runners in the top 15 to win the meet. The Eagles had a great day, placing 14th of the 18 teams ( just one point out of 13th). With only ten members allowed to compete per team, those Delta girls took full opportunity of the great temperatures, footing, and competition as all ten ran season bests. Nicki Southerland continued to show she can compete with the top runners of the state as she pressed on to her fifth victory in as many tries, winning by six seconds and nipping her own school record by less than a second in 17:35.04. Not leaving her personal record to such chance, Makayla Robles took ten seconds off her PR finishing in 39th. Ashleigh Brelage approached her PR by knocking 47 seconds off her season best, placing 69th. Shannon Cox, fourth in for the Eagles, was 99th. Camryn Eldridge was the final scoring member, dropping 69 seconds from her season’s best. Following the top five were Olivia Bohanon, Haley Honey, Katie Alexander, Ella Painter, and Caitlyn Crouch all with season bests. Painter, while struggling early on, paced with freshman Crouch to help Crouch to her third straight time improvement. In the process, Painter had her fourth consecutive time drop.
The Delta boys were in the Open Invitational race with 15 total teams running. Cathedral was the winning team. The Eagles finished 9th as a team. Sophomore Clay Batio ran 17:30 to place 18th, just 7 seconds off his PR. With the exception of one other, each Eagle ran a season best time. Lucas Fox finished 30th in 17:53, just 3 seconds off his PR (personal record) from last year. Clay Bragg came within 10 seconds of his PR finishing in 18:46 (55th). Sophomore Caden Clark stepped up and pushed the pace as he and Riley Brand had to leave struggling Jarren Haggard, who usually paces the group. Due to his bandaged ankle from a sprain, Haggard was just short of a season best. Clark and Brand came in together in 19:09 (68th and 69th) with Brand getting the nod by way of chip timing. Each earned a PR. Lane Decker, with a very impressive 61 second drop in time, was the sixth Eagle at 73rd overall. It was Decker’s third consecutive drop in time, each a PR. Evan Reno was next, only one second off his PR from the ‘19 season. Javin Kile was 33 seconds from his ‘19 season PR, but had a 45 second season drop.
Highlights from past meets (not aforementioned) have included: the girls earning first place trophies at The County Clash and Maconaquah Invite; Nicki Southerland’s initial school record of 18:15 in her first meet and then smashing that record at the Marion Invite in 17:35.6; Makayla Roble’s runner-up (to Southerland) at the Delaware County Meet; Jared Hart’s, Royce King’s, and AJ Lewman’s improvement in each of their races; and Kaleb Keys and Clay Batio’s PR’s at Marion.
Delta Assistant Cross Country Coach