SEELEYVILLE -- Terre Haute North and South dominated in the team competitions on a soggy, LaVern Gibson Championship Course in sectional action on Tuesday night.
The South boys were the class of the field with a team score of 28 points and a sectional title, dethroning the host Patriots despite junior North runner Josh Bedford winning the individual crown.
Bedford crossed the finish line in 16:42, nearly 30 seconds ahead of second place Andrew Sullivan from South who paced the Braves to a team score of 50.
The Clay City Eels moved up one spot in the team standings from last year to place third with 95 points despite almost a completely different team from last year's group. The Eels, with just one senior on the team, was led by Logan Bettenbrock's seventh place finish in 17:42.
The Northview Knights also qualified for regional competition as a team with a fifth place finish with 143 points, just behind West Vigo's 122.
Patriot junior, Kayla Alexander was the winner of the girls' race in a quick 15:18, finishing ahead of Northview's Emily Pugh who ran a 15:33.
Terre Haute North's girls' team won the sectional title, defending their crown from last year as did Alexander who was 12 seconds faster than in her 2003 victory over Ariel Hall who was fifth this year.
Despite competing in a steady rain, times were, on average, quicker than last year.
Pugh, who was fourth in last year's sectional, shaved 25 seconds off her time in leading the Knights to a berth in the Brown County Regional with their fourth place team finish, just behind West Vigo.
"I was really happy with how I ran today," said Pugh. "At the beginning of the season my times were not very good, but I really listened to what coach Stuckey has had to say and I moved up from fourth to second from last year and had a better time."
Stuckey agreed that Pugh, and the rest of the Knights, ran a strong race on Tuesday evening. "Our times were excellent today," he commented. "Emily (Pugh) had an awesome race. We've got another week to work, but you can't count these girls out they've worked really hard."
The Clay City boys team was also working hard in their sectional run, despite graduating five of their top six runners from last season. The Eels, were paced by three top-25 sophomores (Bettenbrock-7th, Adam Schroer-17th and Austin Vansickle-24th) who didn't even run in last year's race. Senior Dustin Souder (19th) placed 20th last year and junior Cole Schroer (28th) also didn't run in last year's race. However, the Eels will advance to the Brown County Regional and look for a trip to Indiana University for semistate action.
Saturday's Brown County Regional competition at Eagle Park will kick off at 10:30 a.m.