Special to the Tribune-Star
TERRE HAUTE —
Several Wabash Valley area cross country standouts had excellent outings last Saturday to help their teams to outstanding team finishes.
Indiana’s men’s cross country made a bold statement at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational at Madison, Wisc., with an impressive win over a highly ranked field of opponents, including No. 6 Wisconsin.
Terre Haute North grad Zach Mayhew ran fourth for the Hoosiers in a time of 23:52 and was 10th overall. Greencastle’s Andy Weatherford was sixth for the Hoosiers and 41st overall in 24:20.
The IU men, entering the meet raked No. 25 by the USTFCCCA, also defeated No. 23 Princeton, No. 11 Syracuse, No. 15 Oklahoma, No. 20 Providence and No. 18 Michigan State.
Shakamak grad Anthony Witt ran second as Grand Valley State placed third in the Greater Louisville Classic that featured several Division I squads.
Witt placed 26th with a time of 24:19 as GVSU ran the fastest team time in school history.
• BCS football report — Former Northview offensive linemen Scott Wheeler and Joey Evinger, the Valley’s two representatives in Bowl Championship Subdivision football, are both sidelined this season for different reasons.
Wheeler is a freshman tackle at Kent State, and is sitting out under the program’s policy of redshirting all freshman linemen.
Evinger, a senior at Louisville, will miss this season due to a back injury but will have one year of eligibility left next season. He had been listed on the UL depth chart as the starting right guard in the spring.
Two former area residents are also competing at college football’s highest level.
Texas senior receiver James Kirkendoll was his team’s second leading receiver through four games with 15 receptions, and he led the team with 201 receiving yards.
He has scored one touchdown and has a long reception of 45 yards.
Anthony Oden, a sophomore offensive tackle and younger brother of NBA center Greg Oden, is listed as the third-string right tackle for Arkansas. The 6-8, 328-pounder did not see action in a near upset of top-ranked Alabama two weeks ago.
• Seaton sidelined, again — Terre Haute South grad Kristen Seaton has been sent to the sidelines again by injury, and hopes to return to the court for the Pepperdine Waves by season’s end.
The Pepperdine senior had shoulder surgery in December and spent all spring and most of summer rehabbing.
Seaton began playing again in July, but at the team’s summer camp one of the campers took out her knee.
“They were pretty positive it was my ACL,” Seaton said. “It turns out my knee cap just got dislocated again, so I'm working on rehabbing that to hopefully get some playing time before the end of the season.”
• Pingleton to Lindsey Wilson – Former Greencastle wrestling standout Charlie Pingleton has enrolled at Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky, where he will compete for a former University of Indianapolis teammate after taking a brief departure from school to be in the military.
In three seasons of competing for the Greyhounds, Pingleton was a two-time NCAA Division II All-American at 149 pounds. He was a two-time state runner-up at Greencastle.
“Charlie and I were teammates and training partners for three years at Indianapolis and I'm glad to have the opportunity to work with him again,” Lindsey Wilson assistant coach Shane Perkey told the Greencastle Banner-Graphic. “He is such a quiet, humble person, but he is already establishing himself as a mentor to our younger guys.
“He has been serving our country in the National Guard over the past couple years, but is eager to finish his education and fulfill his quest for an individual and team national title.”
• Five Braves heading to D-1 — Terre Haute South has five athletes already committed to play Division I athletics upon completion of their high school careers.
Baseball standout A.J. Reed announced last summer that he would sign with Kentucky. He had surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn meniscus suffered when sliding into third base while playing this fall.
He said on his Facebook page that the surgery went well, and he is now headed for therapy. Reed will be out of commission until January.
We’ll track down the other four Braves — seniors Haley Seibert (basketball at IPFW), Addison Bray (swimming at Louisville) and Thomas Goss (golf at Dayton) plus junior Hannah Lee (basketball at IPFW) — over the next couple of weeks and tell their stories.
Joey Bennett is a former Tribune-Star sports reporter and copy editor who now teaches at Northview High School in Brazil. He can be reached at email@example.com.