For the Brazil Times
SWITZ CITY -- Personal best times were not at a shortage Thursday during the boys and girls cross country Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference meet. Both individual winners, Drew Gambill of Shakamak and Jennifer Hughes of White River Valley shattered their PBs by 20 seconds each, while boys team winner Eastern Greene accomplished five personal.
The Bloomfield girls team, led by runner-up Julie Riggins, placed four runners in the top 10 as they easily defeated Shakamak in the team standings.
Three Thunderbird boys runners earned All-SWIAC honors by placing in the top 10, as they edged perennial conference power Clay City by four points, 50-54. The Eels had previously claimed the last eight boys team titles. "This has been the goal all season," an ecstatic Bill Valentine said of his T-Birds winning the team title. "We have three seniors on the team who have never won a conference title and we wanted to win this for them."
Running in the Brown County Sectional, Valentine stated the SWIAC was the equivalent of a sectional. "This is our big championship. Running against the much bigger schools at sectional, we know our chances are slim, so we really wanted to come out and win conference from the beginning of the season."
Gambill, who has not been used to being pushed in a race throughout much of the season, found himself in a battle for the individual crown with less than a mile left in the race.
Michael Callison of North Daviess spent most of the race shadowing Gambill, but with roughly three-fourth of mile to go Callison passed Gambill for the first time. "I knew he would have a plan to pass me," Gambill said of Callison. "We are huge rivals and this being his senior year I knew he would give it his all to win it." Gambill would not stay in second very long, as he sprinted ahead with little over half a mile to go and never looked back, coasting to a 15-second victory. The junior's time of 15 minutes and 52 seconds was 20 seconds better than his personal best, in which he set winning the Tri-River Conference meet a week prior.
Parker Modesitt and Braxton Griffith of Clay City finished third and fourth respectively, helping the Eels to a rare runners-up finish. Conner Modesitt also earned All-SWIAC status for the Eels with his 10th place finish. Brody Martin (fifth), Tyler Igel (eighth) and Tyler Ogden (ninth) were the top three runners for the victorious Thunderbirds. "
Clay City has a very good team, and we didn't know if we could beat them coming in, they beat us over at Shakamak earlier in the season," Valentine said
In the girls race, what seemed to be a three-girl race for the battle to win, Hughes lengthened her lead with every lap, on her way to her second SWIAC crown, in record breaking fashion. Her time of 20:01 is a new SWIAC meet record, and is also the school and course record as well. Hughes out distanced Julie Riggins of Bloomfield and defending SWIAC champion Casey Fougerousse of Shakamak.
Sarah Miller (fourth), Avery Frederick (seventh) and Paige Warren (eighth) joined Riggins on the All-SWIAC team and helped the Lady Cardinals to the team title. Sydney Spice (fifth) was the top T-Bird runner on the night, while a pair of Lady Miners, Kerrie Waskom (ninth) and Kelsy Overton (10th) also made All-conference status. Carmela Roeschlein was the top Eels runner for the meet. She placed sixth, also earning a spot on the All-SWIAC team.
At Switz City Girls
SWIAC Cross Country
Girls Team Scores 1. Bloomfield 27; 2. Shakamak 42; 3. Linton-Stockton 56; Eastern Greene, North Daviess and Clay City not complete teams
All-SWIAC (Top 10)
1. Jennifer Hughes (W) 20:01; 2. Julie Riggins (B) 20:37; 3. Casey Fougerousse (S) 20:57; 4. Sarah Miller (B) 22:16; 5. Sydney Spice (E) 22:27; 6. Carmela Roeschlein (CC) 22:33; 7. Avery Frederick (B) 22:44; 8. Paige Warren (B) 23:09; 9. Kerrie Waskom (L) 23:32; 10. Kelsy Overton (L) 23:33 Other local finishers 11. Shelby Mitchell (E) 23:57; 12. Brandi Ashcraft (S) 24:03; 15. Sam Ellis (S) 24:23; 16. Abby Henry (W) 24:24; 17. Bre Alsman (L) 24:39; 19. Casandra Holdaway (S) 25:14; 20. Elise Miller (S) 25:22; 21. Shanna McDonald (W) 25:23; 22. Chelsea Stevens (S) 25:27; 23. Linley Gremore (B) 25:50; 24. Mindy Kurtz (L) 26:06; 25. Meaghan Bucher (B) 26:14; 27. Kelsey Bucher (B) 27:04; 29. Joanna Holsapple (E) 28:42; 30. Timna Bressgoff (L) 28:43; 31. Kim Huettermann (E) 28:44; 32. Erika Enstrom (S) 29:27; 33. Kelsey Anderson (W) 29:49
Boys SWIAC Cross Country Boys
Team Scores 1. Eastern Greene 50; 2. Clay City 54; 3. Bloomfield 79; 4. Shakamak 82; 5. North Daviess 117; 6. Union 147
All-SWIAC (Top 10) 1. Drew Gambill (S) 15:52; 2. Michael Callison (ND) 16:07; 3. Parker Modesitt (CC) 17:21; 4. Braxton Griffith (CC) 17:29; 5. Andy Cochrane (B) 17:38; 6. Brody Martin (E) 17:41; 7. Jake Phegley (U) 17:51; 8. Tyler Igel (E) 17:53; 9. Tyler Odgen (E) 17:54; 10. Conner Modesitt (CC) 17:59 Other local finishers 11. J.L. Cullison (E) 18:08; 12. Jacob Stevenson (S) 18:13; 14. Tyler Richardson (S) 18:22; 15. Matthew Hanauer (B) 18:25; 16. Travis Pate (E) 18:25; 18. Gavin Thompson (B) 18:30; 19. Kyle Smith (B) 18:40; 20. Zach Bruner (E) 18:43; 21. Keith Milhoan (E) 18:52; 22. Tony Alberson (B) 19:03; 23. Ryan O'Neall (B) 19:05; 25. Travis Coleman (S) 19:25; 26. Trey Graves (W) 19:32; 30. Ryan Bredeweg (L) 20:03; 31. Keaton Haywood (B) 20:14; 32. Brock Dowell (S) 20:19; 33. Scott McNabb (S) 21:02; 34. Caleb Hale (U) 21:03; 35. Brandon McCammon (U) 21:23; 36. Jason Allen (S) 21:29; 38. Michael Howard (U) 22:11; 39. Ty Robbins (W) 22:44; 41. Tyler Talpas (U) 26:16; 42. Brian Arnold (U) 23:17; 43. Cole Goodman (W) 25:33; 44. Tel Sherman (U) 27:45; 45. Michael Abrams (U) 29:20