Cross Country Conference Meet, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020
The eight Hoosier Heritage Conference teams faced off in Shelbyville Saturday on an ideal morning for racing.
The girls ran the first race and came away with third place. New Palestine, a strong favorite to win, showed their strength up front with four individuals earning All Conference honors. Mt. Vernon’s pack was a bit further back, but still strong enough to have four individuals earn HHC honors. Nicki Southerland continued her winning streak, becoming Conference Champion in a time of 18:03. Makayla Robles received All-Conference honors as well, placing 5th overall. Next for our Eagles was Asleigh Brelage in 19th, just 5 seconds off her season best time. In 23rd place was Shannon Cox, only 12 seconds from her season best. Camryn Eldridge was the final scoring member. Olivia Bohanon was 18 seconds after Eldridge and had her second best time of the season. Haley Honey ran her season’s fastest time, improving 11 seconds.
The Delta varsity boys were 6th in the team standings. Mt. Vernon won and Greenfield Central was the runner-up. Season bests and personal records were the big story for the Delta boys. Twelve of the boys had season bests, and the two who did not were each only one second away! Clay Batio led our Eagles with a 17th placing individually, missing a PR by one second. He was just 2 seconds away from All Conference honors. Lucas Fox helped push Batio the first half of the race. Fox improved his time 12 seconds, placing 20th with a new PR of 17:41. Clay Bragg once again showed improvement, dropping another 21 seconds this season to PR and place 32nd. Jarren Haggard was 17 seconds under his best this season, placing 38th. Caden Clark broke 19 minutes for the first time, placing 2 seconds and 2 places behind Haggard. Lane Decker and Riley Brand raced in together, with Decker edging out Brand by one second. Both picked up PR’s in the process.
In the open race, most likely running in their last race of this season (and their last as a Delta Eagle for seniors), most all experienced a strong final run.
Some of the girls neared their season best. Katie Alexander, coming off last week’s huge drop, came within 14 seconds of a best again. Ella Painter continued to show improvement for the 7th time in eight races, dropping another 9 seconds. Libby Crouch ran her second best race of the season, falling only short of her incredible performance at Pendleton just last Tuesday. Senior Alyssa Thorpe came just 4 seconds shy of her season best and re-established herself as the top Thorpe on the team. Rebekah Thorpe similarly ran her second best race of the season and came in just 7 seconds behind her older sister, Alyssa.
Senior Evan Reno, 8th fastest on the team the last four meets, PR’d once again in 19:42. Senior Kaleb Keys, our seventh runner the first half of the season, had his second best time ever, just one second off his PR. Junior Javin Kile’s shouting, “It’s a great day to be a harrier” during the race was very fitting as it later turned out that he had the biggest drop in time of any Delta Eagle in this race. Following the race, he was seemingly unaware of his accomplishment of dropping 41 seconds more off his season best and earning a lifetime PR by 8 seconds. Freshman Royce King improved for the 5th time in 6 attempts. Senior Jared Hart ran his fastest of the season. Junior Austin Parker PR’d for the second straight time. Freshman Brady Mynatt continued his streak of improving in each of his four races.
Congratulations to all of the runners on their efforts and accomplishments this season. The varsity squads will race in the Sectional this coming Saturday at the Muncie Sportsplex.