The NC boys cross country team place 4th of eight in the Hoosier Heritage Conference meet. The defending champions had hoped for more, but it was a meet where the competition was close for the top four spots, and the team with the strongest combined score in their third, fourth , and fifth runners prevailed. In the case of the top two individuals, the eventual winning school, Greenfield, trailed Pendleton by three points and was just two points ahead of NC. The Trojans were easily in third as Delta was 13 points behind them. However Greenfield’s next three were 6th, 15th, and 16th for just 37 points from the trio, while Pendleton, the early leader after two runners, added 53 to their score. The Trojans had 75 more points from their final three scorers while Delta tallied only 56 more. This wrapped up the scoring as Greenfield 45, Pendleton 58, Delta 79, and New Castle 85. The other four teams were well back with scores of Doe Creek 122, Mt Vernon 155, Shelbyville 167, and Yorktown 185.
While Pendleton’s A. Carpenter broke away from the field early to go on and win, the battle for second place was exciting. For over a mile Carpenter’s teammate Creel had a gap on the group behind, but Caleb Grow led a pack in chase. Three of that pack pulled just ahead of Grow and up with Creel and the sprint to the finish began. It ended with second to sixth separated by only four seconds. Caleb Grow had the best top end speed and strength to lead the charge and pull off second overall. Once again Trey Miller was keying off his teammate and had his own battle at the end, sprinting in for eighth overall.
Grow and Miller earned Conference ALL Conference status for top ten. Jonah Merida was honorable mention in 18th. Simon Miller was just a place away from the same honor in 21st. After mathematically adjusting the times for the short course, the following were determined to have run personal bests for the year: Grow, T. Miller, Merida, S. Miller, Gavin Frazier, Trighten Cummings, Bryce Jenkins, Harry Calloway, Luke Mills, Niki Greive, Sam Brewster, and Ian Bailey. Congratulations to those and others who were close to their best performance thus far.
The team’s record went to 12 and 5. They run in the largest meet of the year Wednesday at Pendleton for their final competition with other schools.