Times Sports Editor
CLAY CITY -- With unseasonably warm temperatures bearing down on runners in a three-way meet at Clay City on Tuesday night, times weren't much of an indicator of how runners competed.
The Clay City Eels edged a very solid West Vigo boys team, earning the team victory via their sixth runner as the Eels and Vikings tied with 34 points. Northview was third with 56 points.
Jesse Vansickle's 14th-place finish for Clay City was the deciding factor as he finished ahead of West Vigo's Dillon Graves by 36 seconds to pace the Eels' victory.
In the girls meet, Northview got a winning effort from Nicole Nelson in a time of 24:31 to top West Vigo's Acetha Tolerson by 15 seconds. The Knights placed five runners in the top-10 to score 22 points to beat the Vikings' 40 points and Clay City's 66.
The West Vigo boys' first three runners crossed the line as Andrew Kump won the race in 18:33 with Kaleb Blair in second at 18:43 and Nathan Kump placing third in 18:53. The Eels' first runner was Jake Tiefel in fourth-place with a time of 18:57 with Ben Denker in fifth at 19:21 and Austin Sinders placing sixth in 19:29. Northview was paced by Ryan South in seventh-place with a time of 19:44 followed by Travis Beil in eighth in 19:51. Wayne Tharp and Blake Cochran wrapped up the top-10 for the Eels.
Following Nelson across the finish line was Donna Martin in third-place for the Knights with a time of 24:50 and Alyssa Conrad and Kylie McKee finished in a near dead heat at 26:20 in fifth and sixth. Leanna Knight placed seventh with Clay City's Ashley Sumner in ninth with a time of 28:06.
Boys team results
Clay City 34*, West Vigo 34, Northview 56
* - Clay City wins on sixth runner
1. Andrew Kump (WV) 18:33, 2. Caleb Blair (WV) 18:43, 3. Nathan Kump (WV) 18:53, 4. Jake Tiefel (CC) 18:57, 5. Ben Denker (CC) 19:21, 6. Austin Sinders (CC) 19:29, 7. Ryan South (Nv) 19:44, 8. Travis Beil (Nv) 19:51, 9. Wayne Tharp (CC) 20:10, 10. Blake Cochran (CC) 20:14
Other Northview: 11. Ian Heffner, 20:16, 12. Tanner Brown, 20:34, 18. Patrick Durcholz, 24:40, 19. Artur Paiva, 30:36
Other Clay City: 14. Jesse Vansickle, 21:11, 17. Michael Brooks, 24:35
Other West Vigo: 13. Landon Ellis, 20:47, 15. Dillon Graves, 21:47, 16. Derrick Brown, 22:23
Girls team results
Northview 22, West Vigo 40, Clay City 66
1. Nicole Nelson (Nv) 24:31, 2. Achetta Tolerson (WV) 24:46, 3. Donna Martin (Nv) 24:50, 4. Sarah Hudson (WV) 25:51, 5. Alyssa Conrad (Nv) 26:20, 6. Kylie McKee (Nv) 26:20, 7. Leanna Knight (Nv) 27:31, 8. Mariah Hoffman (WV) 27:57, 9. Ashley Sumner (CC) 28:06, 10. Taylor Bunch (WV) 28:46
Other Clay City: 11. Phoebe Farmer (CC) 29:09, 14. Alex Wolfe (CC) 31:27, 15. Krista Sinders (CC) 31:39, 17. Michaela Hogan (CC) 33:43, 18. Kayla Sinders (CC) 34:11
Other Northview: 12. Maeghan Pilman (Nv) 29:32, 13. Eileen Stinnett (Nv) 30:04, 19. Olivia Howald (Nv) 34:53, 20. Tori Rohrbaugh (Nv) 36:30
Other West Vigo: 16. Kendra Carlson (WV) 31:58