|Mon, Dec 09, 2013 05:09 AM
|Issue of November 27, 2013
October 30, 2013 | 12:57 PM
The Floyd Central Lady Highlanders cross country team did what it needed to do on a cold and windy Saturday morning to take one of the six state final qualifying spots at the Brown County Semi-state. Floyd Central finished fourth out of the 20 teams, qualifying for this weekend's run at the Lavern Gibson Cross Country complex in Terre Haute. North Harrison's Ashton Bosler and Daniel Fleace also qualified as did the Jasper girls' team and Orleans' Angela Kendall.
The boys ran first, and Perry Central's Aaron Pierrard got out in front for the first 300 meters. That changed by the end of the first kilometer as a cluster of Terre Haute runners moved to the front while Pierrard fell farther back. The Perry Central junior said he didn't feel completely healthy for the run.
"After I got about a thousand meters into the race, the cold air really hit me and then I've been having that stomach stuff all week long," he said. "That hit me pretty hard after about a thousand, and I just couldn't hold on at all. I just kept dropping back. It definitely wasn't very good at all for me."
North Harrison's Daniel Fleace earns one of the individual spots to the state cross country finals with a 19th-place finish in a time of 16:10.8. Photos by Wade Bell (click for larger version)
Pierrard fell back to finish 119th. Teammate Bryce Lain had a better run, finishing 48th, but still not enough to qualify for the state finals.
North Harrison's Daniel Fleace held back at the start but kept in contact with the lead pack, which seemed to change every kilometer. Fleace kept himself in the top 20 and held on to finish 19th, which was good enough for one of the individual state finals positions, in a time of 16 minutes, 10.8 seconds. The Cougars as a team finished eighth overall.
"It was very cold and muddy on some turns," Fleace said. "That was the hardest part, getting around the turns smooth. It's hard to regain your footing, and you're slipping and trying to get back under control. It's kind of difficult."
"I was racing to make it out, to make it to state," he said. "I was just trying to hang on to that lead pack as long as I could and just keep fighting. Just like the regional from Saturday, I wanted to go for it from the beginning. I went with the leaders and did what I could."
Crawford County's Cody Carlton had a disappointing day, finishing 65th in 17:09.9.
"I felt horrible," Carlton said. "I had a pretty good start, but I think I took off too fast. It hurt me the full race. I was slipping all over the place, and I started feeling nauseous. I just couldn't push it anymore."
Floyd Central finished right behind the eighth-place Cougars in ninth with Luke Uhl finishing 33rd to lead the Highlanders. Borden finished 11th as a team but sectional and regional champion Julien Magallanes finished 12th (15:57.7) for a state finals position. Tell City finished 17th, and Jasper was 18th. Corydon Central's Jake Pitts was 124th (17:53.8).
"Up front, we were great," North Harrison coach Tim Martin said. "Our three, four, five were a little farther back than I was hoping. Michael (White) PRed by 25 seconds today (16:29.3), so he had a big day. Daniel ran solid and was 19th. Those two ran great. It's just the gap between two and three was just huge."
"The kids all came in pretty quick," he said. "Our third man (Jacob Faith) actually PRed by a good 10 seconds. I was hoping he'd be our fifth guy, but he was our third guy. It's tough, especially for the young kids that haven't been here before in a race of this caliber. You've got 50 guys in front and 50 guys behind you, and it's hard to gauge anything for a young kid. You have to be here a year or two to figure it out."
For North Harrison, Chance Schickel (17:44) was 112th, Collier Smith (17:49) was 118th, Curtis Wetzel (17:50) was 120th and Tyler Hood (18:09) was 139th.
The Floyd Central girls' team all got a great start to begin the girls' race with sophomore Lydia Kotowski up with the lead pack on the inside rail and North Harrison's Ashton Bosler a few steps behind. Kotowski continued to look strong through both circuits of the Brown County course while Bosler stayed a few steps back. Kotowski went on to finish eighth in a time of 18:51.3 with Bosler ninth at 18:57.2. Orleans senior Angela Kendall took the final individual state finals spot finishing 24th in 19:41.8.
"I had it in my head that I had to be at least close to my position by the first K so that just helped me," Kotowski said. "Around the corners, you had to pay attention to where you stepped. I just wanted to run fast and find someone at the pace I needed to go do what I needed to do for my team."
"I just didn't hold on to the pack," Bosler said. "I got a pretty good start, but I didn't hold on like I was supposed to. I wasn't boxed in very much, maybe a tiny bit after a quarter-mile or something. I wish I would have been closer to (Kotowski) and held on."
North Harrison's Ashton Bosler, left, paces through a narrow section of the Brown County cross country course next to Evansville North's Allie Rollins en route to a ninth-place finish and a spot in Saturday's state finals. (click for larger version)
Bosler said she was hoping for a top-five finish.
"It's a little disappointing," she said. "That's not where I wanted to be today ... I'll focus on state now. I've got to get faster. I wanted to get a good start because there's a ton of people at state, of course, and hold on then sprint it out."
As a team, Floyd Central put three runners in the top-20. Besides Kotowski, Kassidy Manning was 13th (19:22.0) and Madison Barney 19th (19:36.0). Morgan Paul was 43rd (20:27.1) and Jamie Bierman was 55th (20:52.5) to round out the Lady Highlanders' front five.
"Our front three, it was our dream race for those upfront," Floyd coach Carl Hook said. "We kind of knew as Lydia went she would be there. Kassidy pulled off a huge race today. Madison, again, was rock solid like always. Our four was where she should be; Morgan Paul had a good race at the four spot. That really was pretty good."
North Harrison placed 11th as a team with 330 points. Karin Blos was 98th with a time of 21:15. Other Lady Cats participants were Shelby Lindsey (102nd, 21:19), Hayley Elliot (113th, 21:25), Stevi Burns (116th, 21:32), Lexi Terrell (153rd, 22:21) and Natalie Hollensead (175th, 23:42).
The state finals will take place Saturday at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute. The boys' will run at 1 p.m., followed by the girls at 1:45. Admission is $8 per person.
Girls team scores (top 6 to state) 1. Columbus North 38, 2. Bloomington South 98, 3. Terre Haute North 115, 4. Floyd Central 138, 5. Bloomington North 178, 6. Jasper 203, 7. Evansville Reitz Memorial 207, 8. Terre Haute South 211, 9. Evansville North 216, 10. Silver Creek 247, 11. North Harrison 330, 12. Northeast Dubois 350, 13. Brown County 384, 14. Gibson Southern 389, 15. Salem 393, 16. Forest Park 399, 17. Columbus East 405, 18. Vincennes Lincoln 437, 19. Evansville Mater Dei 502, 20. Seymour 554.
Girls individual results 1. Mackenzie Caldwell (CN) 17:45.3, 2. Sierra Lax (CN) 18:13.8, 3. Kate Raphael (BN) 18:18.2, 4. Alexandra Warzyniak (BS) 18:20.6, 5. Shannon Effron (ERM) 18:36.2, 6. Lindsay Welker (THN) 18:42.2, 7. Rachel Brougher (CN) 18:46.4, 8. Lydia Kotowski (FC) 18:51.3, 9. Ashton Bosler (NH) 18:57.2, 10. Allie Rollins (EN) 19:03.8, 11. Allison Coffey (CN) 19:06.2, 12. Whitley Schirmer (SwitCo) 19:19.4, 13. Michaela Ward (EN) 19:19.6, 14. Kassidy Manning (FC) 19:22.0, 15. Mackenzie Crouch (SilCk) 19:22.8.
Qualifying individual girls not on qualifying teams 5. Shannon Effron (ERM), 9. Ashton Bosler (NH), 10. Allie Rollins (EN), 12. Whitley Schirmer (SwitCo), 13. Michaela Ward (AEN) 15. Mackenzie Crouch (SilCk), 16. Alli Workman (Blmfld), 21. Hannah Sears (Egwd), 23. Cia Greene (Hnryvl), 24. Angela Kendall (O).
Boys team scores (top 6 to state) 1. Columbus North 36, 2. Bloomington South 63, 3. Terre Haute South 79, 4. Bloomington North 128, 5. South Knox 234, 6. Evansville North 253, 7. Seymour 264, 8. North Harrison 277, 9. Floyd Central 281, 10. Evansville Reitz Memorial 311, 11. Borden 317, 12. Martinsville 349, 13. Northview 356, 14. Evansville F.J. Reitz 376, 15. Terre Haute North 395, 16. Brownstown Central 396, 17. Tell City 403, 18. Jasper 409, 19. Columbus East 418, 20. Gibson Southern 463.
Boys individual results 1. Jackson Bertoli (THS) 15:29.1, 2. Jarit Perkins (BR) 15:37.6, 3. Kaden Eaton (CN) 15:37.7, 4. Riley Stohler (THS) 15:38.6, 5. Seth Williams (CN) 15:39.8, 6. Brogan Armand (EH) 15:40.7, 7. Anthony Williams (BS) 15:46.2, 8. Andy Carr (CN) 15:49.4, 9. Spencer Danielson (THS) 15:50.6, 10. Quentin Pierce (Cstl) 15:51.1, 11. Adam Guth (ER) 15:51.4, 12. Evan Franklin (BS) 15:52.2, 13. Kyle Burks (BS) 15:54.3, 14. Chase Ballard (CN) 15:56.0, 15. Julien Mangallanes (Bor).
Qualifying individual boys not on qualifying teams 2. Jarit Perkins (BR), 6. Armand Brogan (EH), 10. Quentin Pierce (Cstl) 11. Adam Guth (ER), 15. Julien Magallanes (Bor), 16. Jesse Stanley (Bnvl), 19. Daniel Fleace (NH), 21. Ryan Franklin (Brntn), 25. Jack Tormoehlen (Symr), 26. Nathaniel Schadler (ERM).