Times Sports Editor
CLAY CITY -- The Clay City girls held their collective heads high following Tuesday's three-way meet with Sullivan and North Central, winning the team race for the first time under coach Darby Sinders.
The Eels were led by a second-place finish from Ashley Reach, who ran a time of 25:16, as Clay City scored 27 points to edge Sullivan (30) and North Central (73). The Golden Arrows had the individual winner in Haleigh Hinkel (24:45).
"Since we have been here we haven't won a tri-angular meet," Clay City girls' coach Darby Sinders said. "I'm very happy for the girls and they were very happy for what they accomplished. Hopefully this will mean good things for them to come. Tonight we beat some teams in our sectional so that can help build some confidence."
Clay City got a fourth-place finish from Phoebe Farmer, who finished in 25:58 followed by Ashley Sumner in 27:07 in sixth-place. Kayla Sinders placed seventh in 27:24, Michaela Hogan took eighth in 27:35, Kierstan Mann was ninth in 28:46 and Kristen Sinders was 14th in 31:08.
The meet is Clay City's third over the course of five days following Saturday's State Preview Meet at the LaVern Gibson Course and Thursday's Clay City Invitational. Sinders mentioned that, while his team will be a bit leg weary at the end of the week, the workout pays off.
"It's kind of tough having two meets, three days apart," Sinders said. "I think it helps us in some respects because you have to get ready and get your mind ready, but I think it makes your legs tired. So we'll try and take a day off."
"We finally got some decent weather and I thought we ran fairly well," Jones said. "We had too much time between our fourth and fifth man, but we narrowed it down a little bit. It's still a little more than I want, but we keep making progress."
Jones also talked bout the program's tough schedule this week and how it affects his team's workout schedule.
"You don't do a lot of training in between those (meets), but it's something the guys will have to adjust to and try to come back on Thursday and run well," Jones said. "We won't do a lot tomorrow, but we're making progress and that's the important thing."
Ben Denker took third overall in 18:54 and Blake Cochran was fourth, crossing the finish line in 18:58. Freshman Parker Ames took fifth in 19:07 followed by Wayne Tharp in sixth with a time of 19:57.
Tiefel followed up a third-place finish in the State Preview Meet for Class 1A-3A schools with an easy win, which impressed Jones.
"Jake (Tiefel) has put a lot of running in over the summer and it shows," Jones said of his senior. "He's coming along really good. I'm pretty pleased with that time for the first time this year on this course. That's a pretty good time."
The Eels host the seven-team Clay City Invitational on Thursday beginning at 5 p.m. Eminence, Shakamak, White River Valley, Cloverdale, South Putnam and Owen Valley will also be on hand to compete.
At Clay City
Boys' team results
Clay City 19, North Central 58, Sullivan 59
1. Jake Tiefel (CC) 17:14, 2. Dean Danner (NC) 18:37, 3. Ben Denker (CC) 18:54, 4. Blake Cochran (CC) 18:58, 5. Parker Ames (CC) 19:07, 6. Wayne Tharp (CC) 19:57, 7. Michael Brooks (CC), 8. Collin Johnson (NC) 20:40, 9. Casey Garner (SL) 20:46, 10. Paiden Meyers (CC) 20:52
Other Clay City: 11. Nathan Buell, 20:58, 12. Evan Sumner, 20:59, 18. Luke Racer, 24:51, 19. Josh Miller, 25:04
Girls' team results
Clay City 27, Sullivan 30, North Central 73
1. Haleigh Hinkel (SL) 24:45, 2. Ashley Reach (CC) 25:16, 3. Sam Copenhaver (SL) 25:36, 4. Phoebe Farmer (CC) 25:58, 5. Jordan Stowers (SL) 26:21, 6. Ashley Sumner (CC) 27:07, 7. Kayla Sinders (CC) 27:24, 8. Michaela Hogan (CC) 27:35, 9. Kierstan Mann (CC) 28:46, 10. Anna Atkinson (SL) 29:20
Other Clay City: 14. Kristan Sinders, 31:08