Times Staff Reporter
Northview and Clay City's cross country teams met at Craig Park Tuesday in a three-way meet that also featured West Vigo.
The girls' meet served as nothing more than an exhibition for Northview, as they were the only school who met the minimum requirement of runners (five) needed to have a qualified team score.
The Knights looked impressive regardless, placing six runners in the top ten, as Alyssa Conrad, Shelby Sands and Nicole Nelson took the race's top-three spots. Girls' coach Ryand Tucker said he saw the meet as a glorified practice for his team, and was fairly pleased with the results.
"We used today as a workout day," Tucker said. "It's hard to gauge when none of the other teams qualify, but we set goals for our girls and (most of them) were pretty close to meeting (their goals)."
Though his team didn't qualify for a final score, Eels girls coach Darby Sinders said he was disappointed in his team's performance, as Tiffani Goodman (seventh) was the only Clay City runner who placed in the top-10.
Both the Eels and the Knights came out on the losing end in the boys meet. West Vigo took the meet with a score of 28, followed by Clay City at 44 and Northview at 51.
Conor Strain was tops for Northview, placing second. Tanner Brown was the only other Knight in the top-10, finishing ninth.
The Eels faired better, with four top-10 runners.
Parker Modesitt, Jesse Vansickle and Connor Modesitt finished fifth, sixth and seventh respectively, while Ben Denker came in tenth. Despite the respectable finishes, coach Keith Jones wasn't blown away by the final results.
"We've run better than we did today," Jones said. "We've got some people who need to get a bit tougher. But that's why we run these meets, so we can get where we need to be come sectional time."
Knights coach Chad Smith was also underwhelmed by the final results, but shared the same optimism Jones did about his team's ability to bounce back, expecting the Knights to do so by Saturday, when they compete in the Culver Invitational.
"Our times were pretty close to where we wanted them, we just got beat today," Smith said. "I think we did struggle a bit, and it's never good to get beat by your county rival, but I think we'll bounce back come Saturday."
Girls Team Results
Northview 15, Clay City (Inc.). West Vigo (Inc.)
Top 10 individuals
Alyssa Conrad (NV) 23:50.1 2. Shelby Sands (NV) 24:15.1 3. Nicole Nelson (NV) 24:30.5 4. Sarah Hudson (WV) 24:32.4 5. Acetha Tolerson (WV) 24:53.7 6. Corey Laue (NV) 25:14.6 7 Tiffany Goodman (CC) 25:36.0 8. Brittany Solomon (WV) 26:30.2 9. Tori Rohrabaugh (NV) 26:42.4 10. Meaghan Pilman (NV) 27:31.9
Other Northview: 11. Eileen Stinnett 28:23.2 16. Hallie Harbison NF
Other Clay City: 12. Kaleigh Decker 29:36.6 13. Ashley Sumner 30:45.2 15. Nutchaya Thangthanee NF
Boys Team Results
West Vigo 28, Clay City 44, Northview 51
Top 10 individual:
1. Andrew Kump (WV) 17:35.4 2. Connor Strain (NV) 17:42.2 3. Kaleb Blair (WV) 17:57.5 4. Nathan Kump (WV) 18:30.0 5. Parker Modesitt (CC) 18:36.4 6. Jesse Vansickle (CC) 18:44.2 7. Conner Modesitt (CC) 18:51.8 8. Michael Norris (WV) 19:13.3 9. Tanner Brown (NV) 19:24.5 10. Ben Denker (CC) 19:26.7
Other Northview: 11. Patrick Durchols 19:29.2 14. Kyle Yocom 19:36.5 15. Ryan South19:47.3 22. Christian Swan 23:33.9 23. Tim Stewart 23:38.9 24. Jacob South 23:54.8 25. 25:23.9
Other Clay City: 16. Austin Sinders 19:50.6 18. Mark Grubbs 21:28.4 21. Landry Moss 23:00.1 26. Adam Sumner 25:23.1 27. Wayne Tharp 26:19.0