Times Sports Editor
SEELEYVILLE -- Surprises were few at the Terre Haute North Sectional on Tuesday at The LaVern Gibson Championship Course.
Clay County will be well represented in Saturday's Bedford Regional as Northview's girls and boys were each in third-place with Clay City's boys placing fourth. The top-five teams advance to the regional along with the top-15 individuals. Clay City's girls advanced senior Kelsey Wright, who placed 12th.
Warm temperatures and gusting winds made for less than optimal conditions, but coaches were happy with the efforts from their runners.
The Knights were paced by junior Nic Yocom, who placed fifth in a time of 17:13. Bertoli won the race in a time of 16:31 and the Braves captured three of the top-four spots overall.
Northview placed three runners in the top-16 overall as freshman Cam Trout placed 14th in 17:54 and Ian Heffner was 16th in 18:04.
"That's good news," Smith said of his top-three running close to each other. "We haven't had that all year. I don't think Nic (Yocom) will be very happy with his time or his place, but he's a perfectionist. He still ran a heck of a race and was in the top-five and gave us a good shot to accomplish our goal, which was to beat Terre Haute North. It was a lofty goal, but we're not far behind them. I knew we couldn't beat South, they are awfully strong. We'll try to beat North again on Saturday."
Travis Beil placed 32nd in 18:53 and Josh Johnson was 33rd in 18:56 to wrap up the Knights' team scoring.
Clay City boy's coach Cole Schroer agreed that the wind did affect the runners as the Eels were led by Parker Ames in 24th with a time of 18:19 and Blake Cochran in 26th in 18:41. Michael Brooks was 34th in 19:01 and Paiden Myers placed 35th in 19:02.
"The conditions weren't ideal, it was pretty windy," Schroer said. "The times were a little slower than we thought, but they knew who they had to beat and they got there. It worked out definitely.
"I know (Parker Ames) is going to be disappointed because his goal was to get top-15, but he'll get another shot this weekend," Schroer added.
In the girl's race, Mundy repeated as the winner with a time of 19:13 and the Patriots took the top-three spots and six of the top-eight.
Clay City's Wright advanced in her first appearance in the sectional by outracing a pair of competitors to the finish line to finish in 21:29. Ashley Reach placed 37th in 25:02 and Kiersten Mann took 43rd in 26:48. Tiara Skaggs was 47th and Kayla Sinders placed 50th.
Northview's girls advanced on the strength of a strong pack run as Ashley Kidwell placed 19th in 22:07, Emily Conrad was 21st in 22:23 and Hannah Zadeii placed 22nd in 22:59. Leeanna Knight crossed the finish line in 32nd position with a time of 24:31, Josie Stakman was 40th in 25:50, Eileen Stinnett was 41st and Maeghan Pilman placed 49th.
"I think (the team) did really well today considering the wind," Northview girl's coach Rexanne Laue said. "I was expecting third-place because I didn't think we could beat Terre Haute North or South. So I was hoping for third. Leanna (Knight) and Ashley Kidwell ran really good times."
Terre Haute North Sectional
- Top-five teams advance to regional
Boy's team results: T.H. South 20, T.H. North 69, Northview 94, Clay City 160, Shakamak 170, Riverton Parke 172, West Vigo 178, South Vermillion 202, Sullivan 230, North Central 241, Owen Valley 259
Top-20 individual results
- Top-15 advance to regional
|1.||Jackson Bertoli (THS) 16:31, 2. Spencer Danielson (THS) 16:55, 3. Justin Clapp (THN) 17:00, 4. Devon Fuson (THS) 17:04, 5. Nic Yocom (Nv) 17:13, 6. Riley Stohler (THS) 17:15, 7. Isaac Wonderlin (THS) 17:23, 8. Jack Harbaugh (THS) 17:29, 9. Logan Hambrock (THS) 17:42, 10. Ethan Sparks (OV) 17:46, 11. Grant Potts (THN) 17:47, 12. Dean Danner (NC) 17:50, 13. Janzen Franklin (Ln) 17:54, 14. Cam Trout (Nv) 17:54, 15. Luke Sweet (SH) 18:01, 16. Ian Heffner (Nv) 18:04, 17. Cole Riggleman (Ln) 18:05, 18. Chase Cresgy (THN) 18:07, 19. Jonah Eckert (WV) 18:11, 20. Mathew Haltom (RP) 18:14|
Other Northview: 32. Travis Beil, 18:53, 33. Josh Johnson, 18:56, 44. Skyler Aguilar, 19:39, 49. Devin McCollum, 19:54
Other Clay City: 24. Parker Ames, 18:19, 26. Blake Cochran, 18:41, 33. Michael Brooks, 19:01, 35. Paiden Myers, 19:02, 52. Travis Strauch, 20:05, 55. Evan Rogers, 20:14, 59. John Hyatt, 20:35
Girl's team results: T.H. North 17, T.H. South 51, Northview 128, West Vigo 150, Shakamak 161, Sullivan 167, Clay City 179, Owen Valley 180, South Vermillion 215, Riverton Parke 259, North Central 275
Top-20 individual results
- Top-15 advance to regional
|1.||Chanli Mundy (THN) 19:13, 2. Jessi Conley (THN) 19:33, 3. Laura Johnson (THN) 19:50, 4. Savannah Turner (SH) 20:14, 5. Anna Nagy (THN) 20:20, 6. Lindsay Welker (THN) 20:26, 7. Nikki Thiede (THS) 20:35, 8. Sydney Dickerson (THN) 20;39, 9. Katie Schmidt (THS) 20:45, 10. Rachel Stephens (THS) 21:13, 11. Natalie Shanks (THS) 21:17, 12. Kelsey Wright (CC) 21:29, 13. Bailey Hayes (Rv) 21:31, 14. Anne Mullican (THN) 21:34, 15. Kirsten Peterson (THS) 21:46, 16. Katie Barton (THS) 21:52, 17. Aydee Dalina (THS) 21:57, 18. Aleksey Green (SH) 22:03, 19. Ashley Kidwell (Nv) 22:07, 20. Cheyenn Wright (OV) 22:17|
Other Northview: 21. Emily Conrad, 22:23, 22. Hannah Zadeii, 22:59, 32. Leanna Knight, 24:31, 40. Josie Stakman, 25:50, 41. Eileen Stinnett, 25:54, 49. Maeghan Pilman, 27:44
Other Clay City: 37. Ashley Reach, 25:02, 43. Kiersten Mann, 26:48, 47. Tiara Skaggs, 27:17, 50. Kayla Sinders, 27:51, 57. Krista Sinders, 28:45