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August 31, 2013

Clay City boys win Riverton Parke Invitational

MECCA — 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.

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