Boys Middle School Cross Country · Boys Middle School Cross Country finishes Struggles at Hhc

  Place Points
Mt Vernon High School - Mt. Vernon 1st 38
New Palestine High School 2nd 45
Pendleton Heights High School 3rd 83
Greenfield-Central High School 4th 111
Delta High School 5th 150
Shelbyville High School 6th 160
Yorktown High School 7th 168
New Castle High School 8th 203

Perhaps it was the unusual schedule of going home first and not running until 6:30 PM. Maybe it was that most of the team members had just run a great race three days earlier. Whatever it was, the boys got off to a slower start than usual and could not fight their way back into the mix at Monday night’s Conference Meet at Baker Park. The team knew that several of the other Conference teams had strong advantages over them from past meetings, but they hoped to overcome some of that and maybe beat those they had not faced. Most importantly , the coaches and runners hoped to see their continued improvement, which had been happening regularly for different sets of team members. This was not such a night for the most part. None of the varsity runners ran their fastest time for the year, which was understandable with the hot conditions. Unfortunately some fey members were well off their mark. In a field of 56 competitive runners and close finishes, that can add up to a lot of points. Nicholas Smoot cramped up and fell back from leading the NC runners to being their seventh finisher. His side stitch reduced him to a walk for a short time. Darin Reynolds was coming off an extended illness and just didn’t have the strength built back up to run near his norm. Bryceton Cheeseman and Marshall Snell struggled as well. Colton Lawson finished as the first Trojan for the fourth time this season, placing 26th overall. After Cheeseman (40th), Sam Mathis was just 15 seconds off his best in 41st and Evan Millikan just 21 seconds off was 47th. Snell wrapped up the scoring in 47th. Reynolds was 51st and Smoot 53rd.
Mt Vernon won, placing their scoring fivein the top 10 for a low score of 38 points. New Pal kept it close with 45 points, led by the second and third individual finishers. Pendleton had 82 points and the individual winner, Will Coggins in 10:20. The remaining teams each finished with over 100 points.
On some positive notes, Colton Lawson beat two Pendleton runners who had beaten him by 48 and 15 seconds earlier in the season and finished just two seconds behind another who had beaten him by 40 seconds. Other similar cases can be said for other team members indicating their willingness to work hard to improve their conditioning and racing skills. In the reserve race, the top highlights were Eli Murphey had a 10 second PR for the season, and Sammy Huynh made an impressive 39 second drop.
” While the scores were not nearly as low in the varsity race as we had hoped to see, these boys have made great strides this year. They were a very young inexperienced team, having only one of our top seven from last year with us. Their willingness to work has been encouraging and it showed in their individual improvement over the season, ” shared Coach Dye