NASHVILLE -- Brown County played host to the culmination of another strong cross country season by the North Clay Knights on Saturday.
The North Clay girls, paced by a runner-up finish by Emily Conrad, won the program's first team championship, outpointing Owen Valley by 18 points. The Knights scored 40 points and placed three runners on the All-Conference team with top-10 finishes. Edgewood placed third, one point behind the Patriots as Sullivan, Brown County and South Vermillion wrapped up the scoring.
In the boys' race, Josh Johnson claimed the individual championship, finishing the three-kilometer race in 10:42 as North Clay placed second to Edgewood by seven points.
The Colts scored 43 points to edge out the Knights' score of 50 points with Brown County in third-place followed by South Vermillion and Owen Valley. Sullivan did not field a complete team.
"This was the first ever WIC title for the North Clay girls," coach Chris Walker said. "They ran their best race when it counted. The boys had their best race of the season too but it wasn't enough today."
Walker was especially pleased with how Johnson wrapped up a breakout season.
"I think Josh surprised some people today. He's put in a lot of work over the last couple of years in the summer and it has paid off. He was basically the last runner on the team as a sixth-grader and now he is WIC champion."
Edgewood's Hannah Sears was the overall winner in 12:07.
In the boys' race, joining Johnson on the All-WIC team was Cam Trout, who placed ninth overall in 11:33. Placing 12th for the Knights was Christian Herron in 11:39 with Tyler McNabb in 14th with a time of 11:43. Dawson Nelson placed 18th in 12:07, Gaidj Evans was 20th in 12:18 and Nathan Marshall was 32nd in 13:45.
Caleb Simmons was the top North Clay finisher in the Open Race with a time of 13:45 and Caitlin Fairbanks was the top girl finisher in 14:13.
Junior High Western Indiana Conference Meet
At Brown County
Girls team results: North Clay 40, Owen Valley 58, Edgewood 59, Sullivan 87, Brown County 124, South Vermillion 136
North Clay results
1. Hannah Sears (EW) 12:07, 2. Emily Conrad (NC) 12:10, 3. Heather Wright (SV) 12:36, 4. Zaine Bucy (OV) 12:41, 5. Allie Dupin (NC) 12:45, 6. Isabella Shumaker (NC) 12:51, 7. Nikki Hutchcraft (SL) 12:59, 8. Kelley Arnold (OV) 13:07, 9. Bailey Kail (OV) 13:09, 10. Miranda Drake (EW) 13:14
Other North Clay: 12. Kourtney Johnson, 13:34, 15. Kaysia Reberger, 13:47, 17. Chelsey Hines, 13:52, 30. Josie Stakeman, 14:49
Boys team results: Edgewood 43, North Clay 50, Brown County 55, South Vermillion 82, Owen Valley 130, Sullivan Inc.
North Clay results
1. Josh Johnson (NC) 10:42, 2. Michael Gossett (EW) 10:48, 3. Hank Phillips (EW) 11:08, 4. Casey Garner (SL) 11:13, 5. Jonas Carmichael (EW) 11:15, 6. Austin Fagg (SV) 11:17, 7. Davey Francis (SV) 11:20, 8. Brock Updike ((BC) 1:24, 9. Cam Trout, 11:33, 10. Robbie Dolph (BC) 11:33
Other North Clay: 12. Christian Herron, 11:39, 14. Tyler McNabb, 11:43, 18. Dawson Nelson, 12:07, 20. Gaidj Evans, 12:18, 32. Nathan Marshall, 13:45
Open race results
* - First girl
Caleb Simmons, 13:45, Caitlin Fairbanks 14:13*, Jason Samm, 14:21, Julie Weir, 14:34, Cassidy Gardner, 14:55, Abby Conrad, 16:15