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Cross-country awards presented

Friday, November 21, 2003

The 2003 girls cross-country team: (from l-r) Brit Hoffman, Kim Deakins (MVP), Nikki Royer (Inspiration Award), Shandra Kirby (Leadership), Mary Pugh (Most Improved), Emily Pugh (Outstanding Performer-course record holder) and Emilee Lutes.

The 2003 cross-country season will go down as one of the best in Northview history and Wednesday the athletes were awarded by their coaches.

The girls program under the tutelage of Kimberly Caulkins enjoyed rarefied heights this year with a team sectional title and a fourth place finish in regional action. The team then advanced to the Terre Haute North Semistate where they finished a close second to Bloomington South's powerful squad.

The team advanced to the State Championship Meet at the Indiana University Course where they placed 17th overall.

On Wednesday, members of that team were given awards for the past season.

Kim Deakins was given the MVP award for her key role in winning several meets for the Knights. Deakins was often the fifth and final scorer for Northview and thus aided the team in edging out some of the better teams in the state. Her 16th place finish in the sectional enabled the Knights to claim the team title by three points over rival Terre Haute South.

Nikki Royer received the Inspiration Award this season. Her positive attitude and bright disposition no doubt helped to keep her teammates loose no matter the size of the meet. She also battled through asthma to consistently be one of the Knight's top runners.

She placed in the top-10 (9th) at the sectional in 16:42 and went on to take 29th in regional action as the Knights took fourth as a team.

Mary Pugh was the Most Improved runner for the Knights and progressed strongly to challenge Shandra Kirby as the number two runner for the Knights. Pugh placed 10th in sectional action with a time of 16:47 and went on to take 26th in the regional and later, was 103rd in the state meet with her time of 16:12.

Emily Pugh received the Outstanding Performer award for Northview in this, her junior season. Pugh was the top runner for the Knights all season which culminated in her 79th place finish at the State Championships.

Pugh also came through with a fourth place individual performance in the sectional to lead the Knights to their team title. From there she was second in the regional and then 12th in the semistate. She will return to lead Northview next season as a senior.

On the boys side Justin Scherb was named the MVP and is the course record holder at the Knight's course at Craig Park. Scherb placed second in sectional action with a time of 17:07 and advanced to finish fifth in the Brown County Regional and ninth in the Terre Haute North Semistate before a 136th place finish in the state finals.

Cam King was given the MVP Award for underclassmen. He took 21st at the Terre Haute North Sectional in helping Northview to a second place finish as a team. From there he moved on to take 44th in regionals as the team placed fifth and advanced to the Terre Haute North Semistate with the girls squad.

Both Matt Brand and Jarrod Reece earned awards as captains of the Northview squad this season. The pair helped lead not only with their performances, but with their leadership qualities.

Brand was 11th in the sectional, finishing in the third scoring position for the Knight's team. Reece was 15th in the race with his time of 18:11. In Regional action, Brand was 30th and Reece crossed the line in 60th place.

Josh Timm's edition this season was a key reason the Knights had as much success as they did as a team.

Timm took the top runner position early in the season and finished strong despite never running cross country before this year. He finished eighth at the sectional in a time of 17:36 before a 21st place finish in the regional.

Each of these award winning athletes joined their teammates in comprising very special teams this year on the cross country course. Many will join coach Jeff Gambill and Annie Gasway for the Spring track season and bring their special talents to the track surface.

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