Goshen News, Goshen, IN

October 10, 2012

PREP CROSS COUNTRY: Raider harriers excel

Northridge boys, girls sweep titles; O’Dell wins boys race

By GREG KEIM
THE GOSHEN NEWS

DUNLAP —  During the high school cross country season Olivia Golden never expected to be a sectional champion.

The Northridge junior made it a reality on Tuesday night at Ox Bow County Park by winning the individual title, covering the 5,000-meter course in 19:20 and leading the Raiders to the team championship.

“It’s feels unreal to win,” Golden said. “If you had told me during the season I could win I would not have believed it. At the beginning of the season I was anaemic. I’m taking iron pills and lots of vitamin C.

“My goal tonight was to stay with Sierra Moore (Elkhart Memorial runner who finishes second in 19:29). I stayed with her for the first 2K and then pulled ahead in the 3rd K.”

A year ago, the Raiders had their streak of 20 straight sectional titles snapped by Warsaw.

“I’m very excited about the way the girls ran,” Northridge coach Ryan McClane said. “They ran a smart race. The exact race strategy we talked about.

“Winning was a big thing for Olivia. This is a win for her over a quality runner in Moore. Olivia had her problems during the season, but she never gave up. She pushed right through things.”

Northridge totaled 24 points to finish first in the team standings. Memorial was second at 60, followed by Goshen 104, Wawasee 106, Concord 133, Fairfield 150, Elkhart Christian Academy 212, NorthWood 212, Jimtown 236 and Elkhart Central 250, Bethany Christian didn’t have a complete team.

The top five team and top 15 runners advance to the regional on Saturday at Ox Bow. The girls race begins at 9:30 a.m.

Also for the Raiders, senior Jennifer Schrock was third (19:35), senior Madie Royce fourth (19:57), senior Mandy Campbell sixth (20:03) and freshman Morgan Blyly 10th (20:14).

“Royce had a great night,” McClane said. “She missed three weeks of the season with walking pneumonia and she broke 20:00 for the first time. She has had a 20:00 personal best for a couple of years. She stepped up and was our third runner.

“Blyly was another one that stepped up. I put her in the lineup in place of (senior) Corinne Cominator. She ends up being our fifth runner. Seeing her makes you excited for the future of the Northridge program.”

The Goshen Redskins placed third in the team standings led by sophomore Adrienne Henke ninth (20:12), senior Jessica Wynn 19th (20:48), freshman Annelise Wiebe 22nd (21:03), senior Megan Graves 26th (21:32) and sophomore Tricia Place 28th (21:44).

“The girls ran well, but there is still room for improvement,” Goshen coach Mike Wynn said. “Our goal tonight was third, but we are going to have to step it up in Saturday.

“Having Wawasee finish just two points behind us opened our eyes. I think the girls realize now they have a challenge ahead of them on Saturday. I had hoped we could get a little closer to Memorial rather than  have Wawasee get closer to us.”



Sectional Summary

Northridge (24) — 1, Olivia Golden 19:20; 3, Jennifer Schrock 19:35; 4, Madie Royce 19:57; 6, Mandy Campbell 20:03; 10, Morgan Blyly 20:14. Also: 12, Brianna Eggleston 20:27; 27, Nikki Willey 21:35.

Elkhart Memorial (60) — 2, Sierra Moore 19:29; 7, Haley Moore 20:04; 13, Haley Lehman 20:38; 18, Alisa Zoller 20:44; 20, Christian Trost 20:51. Also: 24, Morgan Severeid 21:25; 45, Madeline Delucenay 23:10.

Goshen (104) — 9, Adrienne Henke 20:12; 19, Jesscia Wynn 20:48; 22, Annelise Wiebe 21:03; 26, Megan Graves 21:32; 28, Tricia Place 21:44. Also: Andrea Kline 22:10; 36, Morgan Short 22:10.

Wawasee (106) — 8, Breanna Robinson 20:08; 14, Jen Slabaugh 20:41; 17, Courtney Linnemeier 20:42; 46, Becky Snavely 23:11; 51, Morgan Eryman 23:30. Also: 54, Megan Rhodes 23:50.

Concord (133) — 15, Vanessa Steiner 20:41; 23, Anna Nisen 21:24; 25, Heather Johnson 21:30; 29, Cassidy Field 21:46; 41, Emily Davis 22:44. Also: 43, Laura Housman 22:46; 47, Mackenzie Porter 23:17.

Fairfield (150) — 11, Taylor Stidham 20:15; 30, Brooke Mast 231:47; 31, Jenna Kieper 21:54; 38, Anastasia Suderman 22:28; 40, Katie Kieper 22:37. Also: 44, Kali Reese 23:02; 53, Mallory Inniger 23:36.

Elkhart Christian (212) — 5, Kayla Casaletto 20:00; 39, Sydney Newland 22:29; 50, Alexandria Feighner 23:28; 57, Ericka Baughman 24:36; 61, Hanna Smith 34:50. Also: 62, Baylee Hibshman 24:51; 66, Viridana Hernandez 25:47.

NorthWood (212) — 33, Madison Angle 22:07; 34, McKayla Fielstra 22:09; 42, Jennifer Hilty 22:45; 48, Melissa Berger 23:25; 55, Jamie McBride 24:05. Also: 62, Cheyenne Diamond 24:59; 64, Mariah Williams 25:02.

Jimtown (236) — 32, Raelie Hurtekant 22:06; 37, Justice Newland 22:26; 52, Kiley Gimson 23:31; 56, Morgan Kerrn 24:31; 59, Madison Dowdy 24:48. Also: 67, Amy Jones 25:58; 72, Amber Miller 28:06.

Elkhart Central (250) — 16, Amanda Dibley 20:42; 49, Rachel Huang 23:26; 58, Alexandra Smith 24:43; 60, Megan Kahler 24:49; 68, Maria Nowicki 26:27; 69, Elizabeth Massaquoi 26:34; 69, Morgan Juillerat 27:19.

Bethany Christian (incomplete) — 65, Sadie Gustafson-Zook 25:08; 71, Lena Yeakey 28:00.



Boys Race

DUNLAP — Northridge junior Blake O’Dell won the individual boys sectional cross country championship, leading the Raiders to the team title Tuesday night at Ox Bow County Park.

O’Dell covered the 5,000 meters in 16:12, finishing ahead of his sophomore teammate James Bradberry (second in 16:15).

“I knew the race was probably going to come down to either me or James winning,” O’Dell said. “I think I wanted it a little bit more. This is my junior year and I’m not going to have too many more chances.

“The plan was to set a fast pace over the first 1K, then keep it up and even try to pick it up a little bit more. We picked it up around the 2K mark and then again around the 4K. The wind made it a little tougher, especially at the start and the finish.”

Northridge posted a team score of 30 points. Goshen was second at 52, followed by Wawasee 93, Elkhart Central 117, Concord 136, Fairfield 168, NorthWood 187, Elkhart Memorial 244, Elkhart Christian Academy 245, Jimtown 298 and Bethany Christian 331.

The top five teams and top 15 individual runners advance to the regional on Saturday, also at Ox Bow. The boys race begins at 10 a.m.

“This was a big win for the guys,” Northridge coach Ryan McClane said. “We needed a win like this. All season we have been finishing behind Warsaw or a team like them. Now with Warsaw being moved out of the sectional it gave our guys a chance.”

McClane credited assistant coach Sam Miller for being an inspiration to the team.

“We have these banners hanging in the gym with the years when teams won either a conference title or a title in the state tournament,” McClane said. “Sam was the one that told the kids this was their opportunity to hang a number up there and they went out and did it.”

Also for the Raiders, senior Jacob Frost was sixth (16:45), sophomore Luke Riffel 10th (17:05) and freshman Conner Sandt 11th (17:06).

Senior Luke Kaufman placed fourth (16:36) to lead the Goshen Redskins. Senior Reid Zimmeman was seventh (16:52), senior Josh Abbs eighth (17:00), senior Adam Weeden 15th (17:13) and sophomore Shawn Graves 18th (17:20).

“We ran well. The pack tighten up a little bit more,” Goshen coach Mike Wynn said. “There is still room for improvement. Our goal tonight was to get a little closer to Northridge. The Raiders are the power in the area.

“It was quite a feat for us to get four runners in the top 15 finishers.”

McClane doesn’t like the sectional being held on Tuesday night.

“We had a good night considering the fact that we were off for 10 days,” McClane said.

Northridge’s last meet was the NLC on Sept. 29.

“The 10 days off doesn’t bother me as much as the sectional being held on Tuesday,” the coach said. “All season long our focus is on running on Saturdays. On Tuesday you are adding the stress of school. We don’t get out of school until 4 p.m. so by the time we get here the girls had about 15 minutes until they had to start warming up.”

Sectional Summary

Northridge (30) — 1, Blake O’Dell 16:12; 2, James Bradberry 16:15; 6, Jacob Frost 16:45; 10, Luke Riffel 17:05; 11, Conner Sandt 17:06. Also: 13, Neel Patel 17:10; 21, Phil Kilmer 17:28.

Goshen (52) — 4, Luke Kaufman 16:36; 7, Reid Zimmerman 16:52; 8, Josh Abbs 17:00; 15, Adam Weeden 17:13; 18, Shawn Graves 17:20. Also: 19, Ricardo Castillo 17:24; 20, Alfonso Torres 17:27.

Wawasee (93) — 5, Reid Stichter 16:38; 9, Adam Doll 17:01; 22, Zach Cockrill 17:31; 26, Austin Yoder 17:37; 31, Troy Carolus 17:55. Also: 32, Austin Krizman 17:56; 36, Joey Bornman 18:11.

Elkhart Central (117) — 17, Logan Edwards 17:19; 23, Austin Quick 17:32; 24, Caleb Woodard 17:33; 24, Nathan Munet 17:34; 28, Cheston Samuels 17:49. Also: 35, Evan Herr-Knispel 18:04; 46, Nicklaus Lavagnilio 18:50.

Concord (136) — 14, Henry Zelaya 17:11; 16, Dominic Proffitt 17:14; 33, Keenen Burnett 18:01; 34, Jacob Camacho 18:03; 39, Alec Macri 18:18. Also: 56, Areau Savoie 19:24; 59, Gavin Longbrake 19:47.

Fairfield (168) — 12, Nate Miller 17:09; 29, Alex Oberlin 17:51; 40, Treg Beer 18:19; 42, Zac Kropf 18:29; 45, Will Kercher 18:50. Also: 51, Adrian Torres 19:03; 54, Forrest Glogouski 19:16.

NorthWood (187) — 27, Jose Medina 17:45; 37, Garret Flowers 18:12; 38, Nathan Bailey 18:16; 41, Mason Pippenger 18:21; 44, Casey Hershberger 18:40. Also: 47, William Schrock 18:52; 48, Erick Heckaman 18:54.

Elkhart Memorial (244) — 30, Nolan Kondek 17:52; 49, Jacob Chastian 18:57; 50, Alvaro Lopez 19:01; 57, Angel Gomez 19:38; 58, Mytchell Sellers 19:39. Also: 61, Liam Wilcox 19:53; 69, Austin Miller 21:04.

Elkhart Christian (245) — 3, Joel Hartman 16:29; 53, Austin Springer 19:11; 62, Steve Weaver 20:01; 63, Mike Brown 20:02; 64, Jacob Thatcher 20:03. Also: Mac White 20:28;  74, Jake Kersey 23:02.

Jimtown (298) — 52, Nick Trevino 19:05; 55, Zackery Bailey 19:18; 60, Conner Gasper 19:50; 65, Chase Hoeflinger 20:23; 66, Travis Atkinson 20:23. Also: Hunter Price 21:34; 71, Phillip Hanna 21:44.

Bethany Christian (331) — 43, Jesse Bontreger 18:30; 68, Joel Gerig 20:55; 72, Colin Samuel  21:55; 73, Austin Hooley 22:39; 75, Ryan Miller 23:52.