Girls Middle School Cross Country · Girls Middle School Cross Country finishes 3rd place at Hhc

  Place Points
Pendleton Heights High School 1st 28
Delta High School 2nd 64
New Castle High School 3rd 65
Greenfield-Central High School 4th 99
Mt. Vernon High School - Fortville 5th 127
New Palestine High School 6th 136
Shelbyville High School 7th 179
Yorktown High School 8th 193

Running on the home course at Baker Park Monday evening in 90 degree heat, the NC girls showed great depth in both the Varsity and Junior Varsity races. It was easy to see that Pendleton was the dominant team as they asserted themselves from the start with all five scoring members in the top seven early into the race. Anyone unaware of Nicki Sutherland’s talents got a first hand look at the extremely talented runner from Delta as she quickly separated from the field. Last year’s state champion continued to expand her lead throughout the race to finish in a course record 10:30, a minute and 37 seconds ahead of second. Pendleton’s Jarrell was next. The Trojan’s Corinne Harvey ran a beautiful race, moving up steadily to finish third in 12:22. It was a personal record and an improvement from when four of the Pendleton Heights runners beat her earlier in the season. Those four Arabians took 4th, 6th, 7th, and 9th to wrap up the victory for PH. It appeared NC might have claimed second place just ahead of Delta as the Trojans had a pack of three ( Mireya Guerrero, Kaitlyn Crabtree, and Anya Amman) just one place behind the Eagles’ third, and NC’s fifth scorer Sydney Mattews was just ahead of Delta’s fifth and only two places behind the Eagles’ fourth scorer. If it would have gone to the sixth runner, the Trojans would have been well ahead as they had Chloe Vitatoe in 29th place versus Delta’s 43rd placing. Unfortunately, the Trojans were one point shy of getting a tie on the first five scoring members, so it did not go the the sixth place tie-breaker. Sylvie Terrell, despite struggling and finishing well off her best time, showed the team’s depth as the seventh and final NC varsity runner finished ahead of three opponents’ sixth finisher and four seventh place finishers.
“Besides Corinne’s impressive third place finish, Kaitlyn ran 13th(All Conference) and had a 5 second PR in these terribly hot conditions. That was a huge boost as Anya Amman was coming off an illness and we knew would not likely be at full strength. Anya was over thirty seconds from her best, but she still made ALL-Conference in 14th place. It was an impressive comeback effort”. Mireya Guerrero paced the trio in for 12th place. The Trojans four All Conference honors were only surpassed by Pendleton with five receiving the honors.
Coach Dye added that the girls not only would have surely placed second with Anya at full strength, but they did it while still keeping it fun. They wore the green and white colors not only on their uniforms, but had a little fun by adding a little flare to their arms, legs, and faces as well.
In the reserve race, the Trojan girls were very impressive as they put all twelve of their runners in the top 34 of the 45 field race. Team scoring would have only had Pendleton ahead of NC in this race.The first eight Trojan finishers were awarded ribbons for being in the top 20. Those members included: Maxine McKee -5th with an astounding minute and 38 second drop; Audra Cornett-7th; McKenna Prickett- 9th with a whopping 47 second PR; Lily Farmer- 12th; Shae Groce-14th; Maria Mil-15th and a PR by a second; Dani Chergou- 19th ; Laci Southerland- 20th and 16 second PR. McKaleigh Eaton also had a PR by 23 seconds and Lauren Watterson knocked 34 seconds off her personal record.