On Saturday, September 14, the New Castle Girls and Boys Cross Country Teams competed in their third meet of the season traveling to the Randolph Southern High School to compete in the Rebel Invitational. It was a great morning for racing as the skies were sunny and clear, with a light breeze from the west with a temperatures in the high sixties. The meet hosted 20 teams from schools of various sizes in the East Central Indiana area. The Trojans were ready to compete after another solid week of training in over 90 degree temperatures and high humidity. On the Randolph Southern course, finishing times for most competitors were slightly slower than postings from previous weeks as the course consisted of more tight turns and hills than courses from NC’s first two meets.
Randolph Southern Invitational – New Castle Boys Meet Summary:
The Trojan boys’ team had a solid showing in the field of 168 runners by placing 6th as a team with several on the squad posting marks similar to what they have run in recent weeks.
The team has been battling nagging injuries in recent weeks and was hoping to be at full tilt on Saturday. Some athletes were back in action and a few sat out of the meet in hopes of rehabilitating before their NC home invitational on Tuesday.
Again this week sophomore Andrew Fewell, in his second meet wearing the Trojan uniform, led the team. At the starting gun, Fewell went out with the leaders and was in the top ten around the 1,000 meter mark. Fewell maintained his position until around the half-way point when some competitors passed him. Ultimately, Fewell stayed in the top 20 with a strong finish and placed 18th with a time of 18:13.9 which was just over four seconds off of his time from the previous week. Before the race, sophomore Skyler Dickey had a plan for how he was going execute his efforts for the day. Dickey effected his plan very well as he ran his first mile a bit more conservative than in recent weeks and then started moving up through the field. Around the 1600 meter mark, Dickey was positioned in the top 35 in the race. By the 3200 meter mark, Dickey had moved into the top 25 and he was still on the move. Dickey had his sights on the award podium which was the top 20 places. Dickey made a valiant effort but missed the top 20 by 3 seconds. Dickey’s time of 18:21 was good for 21st place.
Junior Ayden Humbles had a difficult race the previous week at Marion and took some time off of running this week to cross train to keep his fitness while giving his legs a bit of a chance to recover. As has been the case during the two previous meets this season Humbles ran the first two miles with teammate Skyler Dickey. Eventually Dickey pulled away. However, Humbles maintained a solid pace. Humbles’ training strategy for the week paid off as he improved his time by fourty-three seconds faster than the week before finishing with a time of 19:05.6 which was good for 33rd place. During warm-up recent top four runner for the Trojans, junior Quentin Hedges, found pain in his right calf, that he had been experiencing this week, too severe to race that morning. Senior Drew Nelson stepped up to fill the void left without Hedges in the race. Nelson took charge pulling a pack of Trojan teammates along with him through the first 2,000 meters of the race. Senior Ben Head was back in action this week after cross training and rehabilitating an injury for several weeks. Head was with Nelson through the 2,000 when Nelson pulled away. Nelson ultimately finished 73rd with a time of 20:24.8. Nelson, never one to sit idle, was off to New Castle shortly after the girls race to join his Trojan Marching Band mates to prepare for the evening’s marching band competition at Lawrence Central. Head had a solid race after his time off of running as he rounded out the top five scoring for the team. Head’s time of 21:10.0 was good for 96th place.
Also in the pack behind Nelson were senior Luke Carter and junior Dominic Reynolds. Carter ran good race eventually pulling away from Reynolds midway through the event. Carter working toward a time similar to the previous week when he got nauseous in the later stages of the contest and that forced him off of his pace. Carter was able to keep his composure through the finish line and still had a respectable finish placing 114th with a time of 21:54.4. Sophomore Xander Bray steadily moved up through the field as the race progressed. Bray eventually caught up with his teammate, Reynolds. Bray and Reynolds pushed each other through the later stages of the race. Eventually it came down to a sprint to the finish as they passed other competitors along the way. Bray edged Reynolds in a photo finish. Final times and places were Bray 121st with 22:17.0 and Reynolds 122nd with 22:17.7. Sophomore Joshua McCune, competing in his second cross country race, had a solid showing. McCune kept a steady pace throughout the contest and finish with a time of 24:56.4. Senior Will Hayes and freshman Bradley Henderson did not compete as they are working to rehabilitate from nagging injuries. Both hope to be back action at NC’s home invitational meet next Tuesday.
The team competes again next Tuesday, September 17 at 5:30pm at their only home meet which will be hosted on the grounds of Blue River High School.
Trojan Boys Results Summary:
Place Time Name
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18 18:13.9 Andrew Fewell
21 18:21.0 Skyler Dickey
33 19:05.6 Ayden Humbles
73 20:24.8 Drew Nelson
96 21:10.0 Ben Head
114 21:54.4 Luke Carter
121 22:17.0 Xander Bray
122 22:17.7 Dominic Reynolds
158 24:56.4 Joshua McCune
Complete Randolph Southern Invitational results can be found at the following links:
Boys Varsity Results: