Different day, different course and definitely a different field of competition for Clay City on Saturday at the Riverton Parke Invitational.
A week after finishing in the middle of the pack against high schools with Class 4A enrollments at the Early Bird Meet, Clay City captured the boys title at Riverton Parke High School against schools with Class A and 2A enrollments.
Paced by the top-10 performances of Blake Cochran and Parker Ames, Clay City’s boys outraced second-place South Vermillion 71-81 to win the field of smaller schools.
“I knew we had a good chance coming in. Last year we were short-handed. We got fourth last year. We came in with the mindset we were going to improve,” Clay City coach Cole Schroer said.
Seeger took the first five places in the girls race to score a perfect 15. Led by race winner Cara Fowler in 21 minutes and 38 seconds, Seeger took six of the top 10 places.
Linton was short of a full team in the boys’ race, but had the best runner on the course. Janzen Franklin ran the narrow, wooded course in 18:15. The sophomore was not pleased his time, despite the heat and humidity.
“I would like to be in the 16s, but it’s a hard course. You take a wrong step and you could fall off, that’s why you have to be careful and think about your footwork, so that kind of takes a little bit of speed out of you,” Franklin said.
Clay City’s Cochran took second place in 18:37, followed by Ames in fourth at 18:59. Paiden Myers came in 15th in 20:16, Logan Thomas was 28th in 21:04 and Evan Rogers rounded out Clay City’s scoring in 30th place at 21:09.
Cochran hit his stride over the final mile of the course.
“I was trying to push as hard as I could, mainly to pick [the pace] up in the second mile and on the third. The first mile I was taking it easy, just setting a good pace, the second pick it up, third pick it up, but I was about dead there at the end,” Cochran said.
South Vermillion had two runners in the top 10 — Tristan Spivey, fifth in 19:26, and Davey Francis, seventh in 19:32. Rounding out the Wildcats’ scoring were Tony Gaebel 14th in 20:15, Brody Jacobs 27th in 21:03 and Jon Handley 36th in 21:41.
“We have some pretty good kids and we just fell a little short. Clay City had a couple better kids, fourth- and fifth-place finishers, and that was the difference for us today,” South Vermillion coach Mike Costello said.
“The kids ran pretty good considering the heat. Tristan Spivey finished fifth overall. He just played football [Friday] night and comes out here and runs. He’s doing a great job for us,” Costello added.
Seeger settled the girls race early. After the first mile, Seeger held six of the top seven places. Fountain Central finished a distant second with 91 points.
The strength of the Wabash River Conference is definitely in the north. Seeger had six runners in the top 10, Fountain Central two, Attica one and Rockville’s Bailey Hayes took ninth in 23:43.
The next big cross country meet for the Wabash Valley is the Terre Haute North Invitational on Sept. 7 at LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course.
Riverton Parke Invitational
Team scores — Clay City (CC) 71, South Vermillion (SV) 81, Seeger (S) 83, Rockville (R) 103, Attica (A) 140, Cloverdale (C) 150, Fountain Central (FC) 150, Sullivan (Sul) 169, North Central (NC) 212, North Vermillion (NV) 262, Riverton Parke (RP) 275, Linton (L) inc., Turkey Run (TR) inc.
Top 10 — 1. Janzen Franklin (L) 18:15; 2. Blake Cochran (CC) 18:37; 3. Conner Million (S) 18:37.1; 4. Parker Ames (CC) 18:59; 5. Tristan Spivey (SV) 19:26.0; 6. Kenny Little (A) 19:31.0; 7. Davey Francis (SV) 19:32.0; 8. Lance Hopkins (R) 19:41.0; 9. Clayton Corey (FC) 19:46.0; 10. Ben Payton (FC) 19:54.0.
Clay City — 15. Paiden Myers 20:16; 28. Logan Thomas 21:04; 30. Evan Rogers 21:09; 32. Travis Strauch 21:23; 34. Jarrett Fisher 21:38.
South Vermillion — 14. Tony Gaebel 20:15; 27. Brody Jacobs 21:03; 36. Jon Handley 21:41; 44. Austin Fagg 22:03; 54. Mo Holland 22:45.
Rockville — 11. Shane Slaven 20:02; 26. Cole Butler 21:02; 29. Luke Monroe 21:07; 37. Canaan Palm 21:48; 49. Eli Palm 22:23; 53. Caleb Sparks 22:37.
Cloverdale — 16. Bret Brumfield 20:24; 19. Nick Blundell 20:31; 23. Ethan Maners 20:43; 40. Jake Waycott 21:51; 65. Clayton Byrd 24:15.
Sullivan — 18. Ben Short 20:30; 25. Jon Rose 20:58; 33. Eric Holscher 21:32; 45. Casey Garner 22:07; 61. Michael McKain 23:51; 62. Jacob Orndorff 23:52; 75. Austin Fulford 28:47.
North Central — 22. Matthew Fulford 20:39; 35. Jeremy Corbin 21:39; 43. Logan McDonald 22:02; 58. Brett Wanninger 23:13; 69. Tristan Baker 25:30; 71. Nathan Melchert 25:56; 73. Julian Wharton 27:18; 78. Wyatt Vire 33:28.
North Vermillion — 41. Tristen Holmes 21:52; 47. Zach Buchhaas 22:13; 63. Michael Mendenhall 24:01; 64. Lauren Kinneer 24:14; 66. David Hill 24:40; 70. Adam Wesley 25:32.
Riverton Parke — 38. Daniel Noorlag 21:49; 56. Odin Meyers 23:04; 60. Brett Hillyer 23:32; 68. Kaleb Derrick 25:25; 74. Avery Moore 27:21; 76. Shane Feuquay 28:49; 77. Clay Keller 28:55.
Linton — 13. Thaniel Heath 20:09; 50. Ben Lewellyn 22:27; 52. Eli Passen 22:30.
Turkey Run — 59. Luke Gill 23:26.
Team scores — Seeger (S) 15, Fountain Central (FC) 91, North Vermillion (NV) 105; Rockville (R) 126; Attica (A) 132, South Vermillion (SV) 132, Linton (L) 173, Clay City (CC) 184, Sullivan (Sul) 216, North Central (NC) 223, Cloverdale (C) inc., Covington (Cov) inc., Riverton Parke (RP) inc., Turkey Run (TR) inc.
Top 10 — 1. Cara Fowler (S) 21:38; 2. Courtney Million (S) 22:04; 3. Lydia Collins (S) 22:05; 4. Bobby Jo Edwards (S) 22:11; 5. Becca Haussin (S) 22:26; 6. Morgan Grubb (FC) 22:58; 7. Meghan Hennessey (S) 23:08; 8. Carly Stoll (A) 23:22; 9. Bailey Hayes (R) 23:53; 10. Hannah Gaylor (FC) 24:54.
North Vermillion — 13. Sierra Grube 25:22; 15. Gretchen Vicars 25:24; 23. Whitney Wienke 26:11; 28. Chloe Stalcup 26:33; 29. Paxton Axtell 26:36; 50. Mackenzi Lamb 29:36; 75. Abby Lenhart 36:39.
Rockville — 14. Hannah Houvenagle 25:23; 21. Rachel Overpeck 26:00; 39. Jessica Cooper 28:14; 51. Brianna Holechko 29:46; 58. Kayla Houvenagle 30:42.
South Vermillion — 16. Shai Hollifield 25:42; 18. Mai Newburn 25:53; 37. Julia Junker 28:02; 47. Emily Vitaniemi 29:05; 48. Taylor Uselman 29:27; 59. Megan Foster 31:15.
Linton — 22. Lexi Holbert 26:04; 26. Kiera Mossburger 26:19; 30. Maddie Gainey 26:37; 33. Hanna Camden 27:06; 44. Katie Doyle 28:42; 55. Kennedy Camden 30:24; 74. Shanea Spinks 36:38; 76. Morgan Cox 36:48.
Clay City — 17. Phoebe Farmer 25:45; 24. Ahsley Reach 26:16; 35. Kiersten Mann 27:29; 61. Elizabeth Duckwell 31:33; 67. Krista Sinders 32:36.
Sullivan — 36. Annalisa Hinkel 27:57; 40. Mackenzie Cox 28:23; 45. Hannah Russell 28:43; 52. Cassidy Hatton 29:52; 66. Morgan Miller 32:20; 70. Olivia Craighead 33:09.
North Central — 25. Galina Carrio 26:18; 43. Brooke Hall 28:40; 56. Maddi Bolinger 30:30; 60. Ashlyn Halstead 31:18; 68. Julia Roberts 32:38; 69. Morgan Mason 32:55; 77. Marie Drake 36:52.
Cloverdale — 20. Clare Plamondon 25:56; 32. Laura Worthington 26:43; 64. Chelsea Combs 32:16; 65. Izzy Monnett 32:17.
Riverton Parke — 41. Keara Richey 28:38; 46. Natasha Leonard 28:51; 53. Taylor Guoli 30:04.
Turkey Run — 71. Ellie Ashley 33:15.
Different day, different course and definitely a different field of competition for Clay City on Saturday at the Riverton Parke Invitational.
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