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Pugh signs to run for Sycamores

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Northview senior Emily Pugh (center/sitting) signs her letter-of-intent to run for Indiana State University's Cross-country team recently. Also present are (back l-r) Jan Gambille, Northview Girls Athletic Director, Jessica Crowder, Northview Cross Country Asst. Coach, Pugh's parents, Ruth and Randy Pugh, Northview Girls Cross Country Coach Larry Stuckey and Principal Jim Church.

The list of accomplishments for Northview senior Emily Pugh is quite long considering she didn't start competing in cross country until her junior season for the Knights.

Those accomplishments helped lead Pugh to Indiana State University where she will be running track and cross country for the Sycamores next season.

After competing for Clay City as a freshman in track, Pugh moved into Northview and made a splash as a sophomore in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters.

She placed second in the Terre Haute North Sectional and then fifth in regional competition in the 3,200 and also took fourth at the sectional level in the 1,600 and eighth in the regional.

One year later she was fourth in the 1,600 at sectional and was sixth in the regional while placing third in the 3,200 at the sectional level.

On the cross country course, Pugh's list is even more distinguished with back-to-back berths in the Indiana High School State Cross Country Championships to cap off her career.

As a junior, Pugh was the Western Indiana Conference champion and followed that up with a fourth place finish at the Terre Haute North Sectional that helped her team to a sectional title over rival Terre Haute South.

The Knights moved on to the Brown County Regional where Pugh crossed the line in second place overall to lead Northview to a fourth place team finish and a berth in the state finals.

In the finals, Northview would finish 17th as a whole while Pugh was the 79th runner overall to cross the finish line.

As a senior, Pugh placed second in the Terre Haute North Sectional and followed that up with a second place in the Brown County Regional. In the Bloomington North Semistate on the same Indiana University Golf Course where the 2003 state finals were held, Pugh cruised to a fifth place finish and another berth in the state championship.

At the LaVern Gibson Championship Course, Pugh got off to a rough start in extremely windy and wet conditions, but still placed 103rd in the finals.

With her impressive resume, Pugh will join a Sycamores squad that boasted Northview Assistant Coach Jessica Crowder last season.

Crowder won the Missouri Valley Conference title last year on her way to placing 47th in the country at the NCAA National Championship.

Much like Pugh, Crowder has the 2005 track season to cap an impressive career at her school.

Pugh, for one, is looking forward to continuing her running career at the next level. "I'm looking forward to going to Indiana State," said Pugh. "They've got a really good team."

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