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Warm weather greets cross country sectional runners

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Clay City's Blake Cochran (No. 87), Northview's Ian Heffner (No. 105) and Travis Beil (No. 107) chase top-20 positions in the sectional. [Order this photo]

Times Sports Editor

SEELEYVILLE -- The team results at the Terre Haute North Cross Country Sectional looked quite familiar following the meets held at the LaVern Gibson Course on Tuesday.

Northview's Allie Dupin (No. 22), Hannah Zadeii (center) and West Vigo's Taylor Bunch race for position. [Order this photo]
The boys' regional qualifiers were the same, however, Terre Haute South led by a second-place finish from sophomore Jackson Bertoli, won the team title to dethrone North Vigo by one point. West Vigo was third ahead of Northview, which edged Clay City by just one point.

All five teams advance to the Brown County Regional on Saturday, which is contested at Eagle Park beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The girls' race was dominated by a Terre Haute North team that took the top-seven spots overall led by Chanli Mundy, who finished in 19:18. The Braves' Nikki Thiedi, who was expected to challenge Mundy after finishing second last year, did not compete in the race. That left the Patriots to dominate with just 15 points to the Braves' 58. Shakamak claimed the third position ahead of Northview and West Vigo.

Sunny and surprisingly warm temperatures greeted runners on the five-kilometer course in Seelyville and it wasn't a surprise that the boy's race was won by the Patriots' Tyeson Mundy, who was second last year to his teammate, the graduated John Mascari. Mundy finished in 16:09 to earn the win by nine seconds over the Braves' Bertoli.

The Clay County battle came down to the Knights' Nic Yocom and Clay City's Jake Tiefel, who were six seconds apart to place 10th and 11th. Yocom crossed the line in 17:34 with Tiefel finishing in 17:40.

"That's great. Both schools are always battling each other for third, fourth or fifth every year since I've been here," Northview boy's coach Chad Smith said. "I was pleasantly surprised that we finished fourth since our No. 2 runner isn't here today, but you run with what you've got and I think our other runners stepped up. I think we ran well as a team."

Smith was also amazed at a meet run in weather that was more than 20 degrees warmer than most years.

Clay City's Ashley Reach topped her team with a 33rd-place finish in 25:35. [Order this photo]
"Yeah, I'm in shorts and a t-shirt," Smith joked regarding the unseasonably warm temperatures. "It's rather comfortable out here. It's a little warm, but we've been running in really weird temperatures this year. It's hot one week and 40 (degrees) the next week," Smith said. "You can't ask for a better night, I think the times were a little slow for all the teams due to the fact that we're not used to running in 80-degree heat. Hopefully by Saturday it'll be back down in the 60's."

The Knights were without Collin Richards due to illness, but got a 21st-place finish from Ian Heffner (18:39) with freshman Travis Beil (18:52) finishing in 26th. Freshman Josh Johnson placed 34th in 19:18, Ryan South took 44th (20:10) and freshman Devon McCollum was 49th in 20:29.

Clay City coach Keith Jones had mixed feelings about his team that had six runners finish in the top-36 positions.

"I thought we had some guys that ran pretty well and had some that didn't run as well as I thought they would, but it is what it is," Jones said. "I really though it was a pretty nice day," Jones agreed. "I guess we live for another day. We'll wait and see what comes out of Brown County, we're going to have to run better than we ran today."

Following Tiefel across the line was Blake Cochran in 22nd with a time of 18:41 as freshman Parker Ames placed 30th in 19:09. Shortly behind their teammates was a 36-37-38th-place run by Ben Denker, Wayne Tharp and Michael Brooks, who were four seconds apart 19:24 to 19:28. The Eels' Evan Sumner rounded out the team in 64th in 21:45.

The Northview girls will join their male counterparts in regional competition this weekend as sisters Alyssa Conrad and Emily Conrad finished in 17th and 21st to lead the team. Alyssa finished in 22:51 with her sister 13 seconds back. Hannah Zadeii placed 27th in 24:11 with freshman Allie Dupin in 30th (24:32) and Eileen Stinnett placing 31st in 24:50. Josey Stakeman placed 38th in 26:23 and Olivia Howald took 57th in 29:44.

"We've had two injuries this year, two of my top-five haven't been running," Northview girls' coach Rexanne Laue said. "One of them is back though, Allie Dupin, and she ran really well. We were hoping to finish third, but we got fourth, but hey we made it, and we're going to advance and that's what counts."

Clay City's girls' season concluded with a seventh-place finish led by freshman Ashley Reach, who finished 33rd in 25:35. Behind her was sophomore Phoebe Farmer in 35th with a time of 26:09 and Kayla Sinders in 36th position (26:20). Ashley Sumner was 41st in 26:41. Michaella Hogan (52nd, 28:10), Kiersten Mann (53rd, 28:57) and Krista Sinders (59th, 30:52) rounded out the team.

Terre Haute North Sectional

At LaVern Gibson Course

Top-five teams and top-15 individuals advance to regional

Boys' team results: T.H. South 43, T.H. North 44, West Vigo 74, Northview 128, Clay City 129, Shakamak 155, Riverton Parke 184, Sullivan 210, South Vermillion 221, North Central Inc, Linton Inc, Union (Dugger) Inc.

Top-20 individuals

1. Tyeson Mundy (THN) 16:09, 2. Jackson Bertoli (THS) 16:18, 3. Andrew Kumpf (Wv) 16:52, 4. Justin Clapp (THN) 17:04, 5. Kyle Mullins (THS) 17:13, 6. Peter Davis (THN) 17:17, 7. Riley Stohler (RP) 17:27, 8. Nathan Kumpf (Wv) 17:31, 9. Devon Fuson (THS) 17:33, 10. Nick Yocom (Nv) 17:34, 11. Jake Tiefel (CC) 17:40, 12. Kaleb Blair (Wv) 17:47, 13. Logan Hambrock (THS) 17:50, 14. Jerad Fuson (THS) 17:51, 15. Spencer Danielson (THS) 17:52, 16. Nathan Moshos (THN) 18:00, 17. William Hubbs (THN) 18:02, 18. Dean Danner (NC) 18:20, 19. Luke Sweet (SH) 18:34, 20. Chase Cresgy (THN) 18:39

Other Northview: 21. Ian Heffner, 18:39, 26. Travis Beil, 18:52, 34. Josh Johnson, 19:18, 44. Ryan South, 20:10, 49. Devon McCollum, 20:29

Other Clay City: 22. Blake Cochran, 18:41, 30. Parker Ames, 19:09, 36. Ben Denker, 19:24, 37. Wayne Tharp, 19:25, 38. Michael Brooks, 19:28, 64. Evan Sumner, 21:45

Girls' team results: T.H. North 15, T.H. South 58, Shakamak 108, Northview 125, West Vigo 126, Sullivan 174, Clay City 197, South Vermillion 210, Linton 229, Riverton Parke 240, North Central 308, Union Inc.

Top-20 individuals

1. Chanli Mundy (THN) 19:18, 2. Jessi Conley (THN) 20:00, 3. Annie Mullican (THN) 20:10, 4. Laura Johnson (THN) 20:22, 5. Katherine Loebker (THN) 20:30, 6. Emily Cotterman (THN) 20:45, 7. Mallory Sanders (THN) 20:53, 8. Rachel Stephens (THS) 21:09, 9. Savannah Turner (SH) 21:18, 10. Natalie Shanks (THS) 21:37, 11. Katie Schmidt (THS) 21:48, 12. Aleksey Green (SH) 21:57, 13. Sarah Hudson (Wv) 22:12, 14. Stacey Beckman (THS) 22:31, 15. Sami Holmes (THS) 22:45, 16. Caitlyn Waldrop (SV) 22:48, 17. Alyssa Conrad (Nv) 22:51, 18. Nicole Howe (THS) 22:54, 19. Acetha Tolerson (Wv) 22:55, 20. Emily Conrad (Nv) 23:04

Other Northview: 29. Hannah Zadeii, 24:11, 30. Allie Dupin, 24:50, 31. Eileen Stinnett, 24:50, 38. Josey Stakeman, 26:23, 57. Olivia Howald, 29:44

Other Clay City: 33. Ashley Reach, 25:35, 35. Phoebe Farmer, 26:09, 36. Kayla Sinders, 26:20, 41. Ashley Sumner, 26:41, 52. Michaella Hogan, 28:10, 53. Kiersten Mann, 28:57, 59. Krista Sinders