The North Clay girls were second in Saturday's South Knox Invite. The team (front row l-r) Alyssa Conrad, Shelby Bass, Nicole Nelson. (Back row l-r) Hallie Harbison, Emily Phillips, Cory Laue, Breanna Fagg.
The Clay City Eels boys cross country team showed they might just be a very strong challenger for a sectional championship when they placed second to Barr-Reeve at the South Knox Invite, scoring 82 points to finish behind Barr Reeve's 63. South Knox placed third followed by Terre Haute North in fourth. Northview was sixth overall as a team.
Josh Bedford was the overall winner for Terre Haute North, running a 16:58 to edge out Northview's James Grounds who was seven seconds back. Clay City's Logan Bettenbrock was sixth overall in 17:39 with teammate Adam Schroer in ninth place at 17:47.
In the girls team event, Terre Haute North flexed its collective muscle by defeating the field with 63 points, five points ahead of Southridge and 10 better than Gibson Southern. Northview's girls were sixth and Clay City was 12th
Kayla Alexander dominated the field, winning in 15:29 to beat Courtney Heller of Barr-Reeve by 33 seconds.
The Knights were topped by Hannah Hunter who ran a 25th place time of 18:00 and Clay City's Andrea Ladd was 33rd in 18:34.
A freshman/sophomore meet was also held and the Knights sent several of their varsity runners to compete in the event with sophomore Landry Moore leading the Knights (55) to a third place finish behind Tell City (40) and Terre Haute North's 51. Moore ran a sixth place time of 18:05 with Chris Smith in eighth place at 18:38. Clay City's Kevin Cook was 15th.
In the girls meet, Amy Hamilton ran away from the field as the Patriot girls dominated the field with just 10 team points. Castle was second with 17 in a six team field.
Northview's Shelby Colson was 27th in 21:46.
The North Clay cross country teams had strong showings at the South Knox Invite on Saturday.
The girls team came in as defending champions and came home with a second place finish on Saturday, scoring 101 points to finish second to Otter Creek's 91.
North Clay's Emily Phillips was ninth overall to lead her team in 12:39 while Clay City's Carmela Roeschlein was sixth in 12:27.
The Knights Alyssa Conrad ran a time of 12:53 for North Clay followed by teammate Hallie Harbison (13:08), Corey Laue ran a 13:09 with Shelby Bass close behind in 13:14, Nicole Nelson ran a 13:50 and Breanna Fagg was at 14:02.
Katie Blemker of Home School Union was the overall race winner in 12:09 to place ahead of Shakamak's Casey Fougerousse who ran a time of 12:17.
In the boys race, Skyler Hall lead the team in 11:37 followed by Tanner Brown in 12:31 and Brad Smith in 12:54. Dillon Reynolds finished in 13:09, Joey Thomas in 13:31, Cole Watts in 13:34 and Ben Denker ran a time of 14:13.
Next up for North Clay is a Tuesday meet at Clay City beginning at 4:30 p.m.