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Eels grab own invitational championship

Friday, September 7, 2007

Runners begin the five-kilometer boys' race at the Clay City Invitational on Thursday. Shakamak's Anthony Witt broke the existing course record, but Clay City won the team event.
CLAY CITY -- Clay City played host to eight boys' and girls' cross country teams on Thursday evening.

Shakamak's Anthony Witt left little doubt about who would be the individual winner.

Witt emphatically erased the standing course record set by Terre Haute North's Zach Mayhew in 2006. The Lakers' top man, crossed the finish line in 16:28 to beat the previous record by an amzing 17 seconds.

"I wasn't surprised," admitted Clay City coach Keith Jones of Witt breaking the record. "(Witt) works very hard and that's why he's doing what he is this season. He really went after (the record) and he just ran a great race."

The Clay City boys ran a pretty strong race themselves despite being at something less than full strength.

The Eels won the boys' team event, scoring 27 points to beat out Shakamak's 38 and South Putnam's 57. White River Valley did not have a complete team.

Parker Modesitt was cleared following injury and participated in his first race and finished in 17th place overall.

Braxton Griffith came in with the top effort by the Eels' taking third overall in 18:53 followed by teammate Kevin Cook with a time of 19:16. Jesse Vansickle's fifth place was key in overcoming Shakamak, who finished 1-2.

Connor Modesitt placed seventh and Ben Dickey came home in eighth overall to cap the Eels' scoring.

"That's as close as we've been runners one through five," said Jones. "Trying to get that nailed down. (The top-five) is the key to our success. Our top-five has to be strong and I'd like it to be our top-seven."

In the girls' race, Shakamak's Casey Fougerousse was the top finisher in 21:24 to beat out South Putnam's Shannon Egold (22:23) and Owen Valley's Melissa Jennings.

The Lakers won the team event with 38 total points to edge out the Patriots' 47 and the Eagles 48. WRV had 96 followed by the Eels' 119.

Despite the discomfort of running with blisters on her feet, Andrea Ladd took 16th for the Eels with Brittany Richard in 21st and Stephanie Granger in 23rd. Samantha Stoops took 28th overall with Taylor Walden in 31st.

"For the girls, it was only their second time out and we're going to get nothing but better," mentioned Jones.

The Eels are now off until Sept. 15 when they travel to the South Knox Invitational.

Clay City Invitational

Boys Team Results

Clay City 27, Shakamak 38, South Putnam 57, WRV Inc.

Top-10 Individuals (* - Course record)

1. Anthony Witt (SH) 16:28*, 2. Drew Gambill (SH) 17:25, 3. Braxton Griffith (CC) 18:53, 4. Kevin Cook (CC) 19:16, 5. Jesse Vansickle (CC) 19:22, 6. Josh Horton (SH) 19:23, 7. Connor Modesitt (CC) 19:48, 8. Ben Dickey (CC) 19:54, 9. Drew Townsend (WRV) 19:55, 10. Tyler Shoffner (SP) 19:57.

Other Clay City: 17. Parker Modesitt, 21:09, 21. Kyle Yocum, 22:07

Other South Putnam: 11. Tanner Barr, 19:58, 12. Dylan Hayes, 20:08, 14. Andrew Northrop, 20:48, 15. Jon Weaver, 20:56, Brad Eickhoff, 21:07, 19. Tyler Heavin, 21:19

Girls Team Results

Shakamak 38, Owen Valley 47, South Putnam 48, WRV 96, Clay City 119

Top-10 Individuals

1. Casey Fougerousse (SH) 21:24, 2. Shannon Egold (SP) 22:23, 3. Melissa Jennings (OV) 22:27, 4. Jennifer Hughes (WRV) 22:50, 5. Danielle Matsel (OV) 23:05, 6. Samantha Ellis (SH) 24:07, 7. Ashley Gladhill (OV) 24:30, 8. Sam Crosby (SH) 24:32, 9. Lauren Haynes (SP) 24:48, 10. Abby Sweet (SH) 25:43

Other Clay City: 16. Andrea Ladd, 26:17, 21. Brittany Richard, 27:05, 23. Stephanie Granger, 27:44, 28. Samantha Stoops, 29:55, 31. Taylor Walden, 33:34

Other South Putnam: 11. Meghan Canary, 26:01, 14. Cassie Davis, 26:09, 18. Amanda Lund, 26:25, 30. Bailey Birt, 30:17

Junior Varsity

Boys winner: Jacob Parker (SP) 20:46

Girls winner: Kendra Stratton (OV) 26:37

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