On Saturday, September 21, the New Castle Girls’ and Boys’ Cross Country Teams traveled to Yorktown Morrows Meadow to compete in the Jim Leffler Invitational against thirteen other teams. Skies were sunny to partly cloudy with a slight breeze out of the west. Temperatures were in the low to mid 80s with fairly high humidity which made racing a bit more challenging, but, the NC runners have been training in even higher temperatures so their performances seemed to indicate that they were unaffected by the weather.
Across the board the Trojan harriers are learning how to race and gaining confidence on how to push themselves through the pain involved with running a cross country race. This was the fifth meet of the season and the experience gained from the first four meets was evident in how the team executed their performance. Both the girls and boys teams had two awards podium (top 20) finishers and the boys placed 5th out of 14 teams.
In the field of 91 runners, the Trojan boys’ team continued their solid performance as a team. The NC boys placed 5th out of 14 teams and well ahead of 6th place Muncie Central.
Sophomore Andrew Fewell continued his assertion to run with the leaders from the starting gun. Fewell was with the leader until just after the mile mark. During the middle of the race, Fewell held steady running among the pack just behind the leader. Fewell had a strong last mile with a nice kick to the finish and placed 7th with a personal best time of 17:35.0 which was 20 seconds faster than he had run before. The previous week, sophomore Skyler Dickey had placed just one spot off of the awards podium (top 20) and he was determined to change that this week. Dickey planned to have a solid first mile while staying in the mix just behind the lead pack and move up through the field after the first mile. Dickey executed his plan well, as around the mile mark he was in the top 20 when he started picking off competitors one by one. By the two mile mark, Dickey found himself in the top 15 and he was still on the move. Ultimately, Dickey passed a few more competitors with his kick to the finish line and placed 12th with a personal best time of 17:52.0 which was 17 seconds faster than he had run before. In recent weeks, junior Ayden Humbles in workouts has been running as much as his body will allow while cross training and working diligently to rehab a nagging injury. Humbles got out to his fastest first mile this season and continued to run a very solid race while moving up through the field the later stages of the event. Humbles ran his fasted third mile this season which put him in position to finish with a personal best time of 18:51.0 and placed 29th.
Junior Quentin Hedges, had a great race. Hedges is known for his surges in the middle of the race to pass competitors and this meet was no different. On the one hill just after the mile mark, Hedges surged up the hill and held the surge down the hill passing at least a half a dozen runners in one fell swoop. Hedges finished strong posting a time of 19:11.0 which was just four seconds off of his best and good for 37th place. In recent meets, senior Drew Nelson, running his first high school cross country season, has proven himself as a valuable top 5 scorer for the Trojans and the Yorktown meet was no different. Nelson got off to a good start with his first mile being in the range of where he had run in previous meets. Nelson’s second mile is where he made a difference by running his fastest middle mile of the season and continuously passing competitors along the way. Nelson also had a very solid last mile which led to a personal best time of 20:00.0 which was good for 54th place. Next in the varsity race for the Trojans were seniors Ben Head and Luke Carter. The two ran together the first mile. Head pulled away from Carter during the second mile. But, in the third and final mile Carter began gaining on Head and eventually the two were neck and neck the later stages of the race. Into the finish chute it was a kick to the tape where Head edged Carter in a photo finish. The officials scored them with the same time of 21:41.0 with Head placing 80th and Carter 81st. After their race Nelson and Carter headed back to New Castle to honor their commitment their other NCHS activities. Nelson went to practice with the marching band before TMB headed off to compete at Greenwood that evening and Carter to show choir as they prepare for their competition season.
The Trojans had three runners in the JV race. Sophomore Xander Bray had a great race finishing in 23rd with 21:58.0. Sophomore Joshua McCune, finished 49th with a time of 25:23.0. Senior Will Hayes had a nice race and cut 46 seconds off of his time from his race on Tuesday.
The NC boys team competes again next Saturday, September 28 at 9:15am at the Delta Invitational meet which will be hosted at the Muncie Sports Plex.
Trojan Boys Results Summary:
Place Time Name
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7 17:35.0 Andrew Fewell
12 17:52.0 Skyler Dickey
29 18:51.0 Ayden Humbles
37 19:11.0 Quentin Hedges
54 20:00.0 Drew Nelson
80 21:41.0 Ben Head
81 21:41.0 Luke Carter
JV 23 21:58.0 Xander Bray
JV 49 25:23.0 Joshua McCune
JV 59 42:12.0 Will Hayes
Complete Yorktown Invitational results can be found at the following links:
Boys Varsity Results: