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Greencastle squad, Eagles' Barr moves on to regional

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

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South Putnam's Hunter Barr placed ninth overall in Tuesday's sectional with a time of 17 minutes. [Order this photo]
After claiming the conference title Saturday, Greencastle continued its strong performances, placing fifth at Tuesday's sectional meet at South Putnam to advance to the Ben Davis Regional Saturday.

Greencastle placed fifth with a score of 138, with South Putnam placing seventh with 158 and North Putnam was ninth with a 294. Cloverdale placed 11th on the night with a score of 322. Avon won the sectional with a score of 48.

Tiger Cub runner Tyler Hudson paced the squad with a time of 17:17, placing 13th on the night. Elijah Brattain followed in 18th place with a time of 17:30. Taylor Secrest posted a time of 17:48, good enough for 22nd overall.

Jacob Lewis placed inside the top 40, finished 38th with a time of 18:40. Matthew White was 47th in a time of 18:55 and Peyton Jones was 60th in a time of 19:48. Levi Lewis rounded out the GHS runners, finishing 63rd with a time of 20:06.

"I thought the boys raced very hard tonight," GHS head coach Art Dwigans said. "They knew it was going to be tight getting out in the fifth transfer spot. It's really hard racing three such important meets in one week. There isn't a meet you feel you can hold back on, especially not the sectional.

"It's really an uneven playing field, when none of the non-conference schools in the sectionals have a race the week up to sectional, when sectional is our third meet of the week."

Dwigans thought the performance of his top runners helped set the tone for his squad.

"Our top three runners ran another strong race and kept us in the hunt. Our four and five guys showed true heart in finishing the race pushing forward and closing the gap on Danville," he said.

While it was Greencastle had the top placing team, South Putnam boasted the county's top individual finishers on the night.

South Putnam's Hunter Barr scored a top 10 finish, placing ninth in a time of 17 minutes flat. Eagles head coach Brandon Welti praised Barr's performance following the meet.

"Hunter did a great job," Welti said. "He raced really hard today. You could see it. Normally you can tell he still has something left, but today he put it all out there. He did everything he could to try to help the team chances and that's all you can ask for. He had a great race."

Berndt Freeman finished 26th with a time of 17:57, while Lane Franklin came in 37th with a time of 18:33. Matthew Lund was 42nd in a time of 18:48 and Tyler Nield was 44th in a time of 18:51. Matthew Allen finished with a time of 18:55, placing him in 47th place and Colton Bunten was 55th in a time of 19:23.

"We had some good performances and some not so hot performances," Welti said. "It's so hard to get everybody to hit and be where they need to be on the same day. We just didn't have that today. Having just had conference on Saturday, it's kind of hard to maintain that emotional high.

"They still went out there and they all had a goal, they worked for it, gave it their best shot and fell short."

Dalton Spear who placed 41st overall with a time of 18:47 paced North Putnam. He was followed by Trent Mason in 51st place in a time of 19:16 and Trebor Mason was 53rd in a time of 19:18.

Trae Straziscar led a pack of Cougars, placing 74th in a time of 21:43. Chase Salyers was 75th in a time of 21:53 and Elisha Volland was 77th in a time of 22:42. Darian Brown finished 82nd overall with a time of 27:31.

North Putnam head coach Kevin Lutes acknowledged his top runner wasn't happy with his finish on the night and praised a pair of runners who posted impressive times in the meet.

"They did. We have a set of brothers on the team, the Mason boys, and they had just broke 20-minutes in conference and they both ran 19:16 and 19:18 tonight," Lutes said. "They had the best race. Out of anybody, I think they improved the most. They all gave 100 percent and couldn't be happier to have them do well.

"I know Dalton, with his finish tonight, wasn't too excited. He had a great race Saturday."

Cloverdale was led to the finish line by Nick Blundell who placed 56th in the meet with a time of 19:33. Chris Worthington followed in 61st place with a time of 19:58 and Ethan Maners was 62nd with a time of 19:59.

Tomas Martin Suarez was 71st in a time of 21:19 and Dean Monnett was 72nd in a time of 21:22. Cristain LaFary placed 78th on the night after posting a time of 23:22 and Austin Nelson was 81st in a time of 24:12.

The Greencastle squad, along with Barr, will compete in Saturday's regional competition at Ben Davis at 10:30 a.m.

At South Putnam

Boys' Cross Country Sectional

1. Avon 48, 2. Brownsburg 59, 3. Plainfield 76, 4. Decatur Central 119, 5. Greencastle 138, 6. Danville 151, 7. South Putnam 158, 8. Cascade 191, 9. North Putnam 294, 10. Tri-West 313, 11. Cloverdale 322, 12. Bethesda Christian 363

Individual Results

1. Mogos (PLA) 16:18, 2. Musson (CAS) 16:24, 3. Thompson (PLA) 16:34, 4. Hays (BRO) 16:42, 5. Shaw (BRO) 16:45, 6. Hughes (AVN) 16:46, 7. Voth (AVN) 16:47, 8. Cramer (AVN) 16:56, 9. Barr (SP) 17:00, 10. Weisbach (PLA) 17:07, 11. Bond (BRO) 17:15, 12. Scheerer (AVN) 17:16, 13. Hudson (GHS) 17:17, 14. Spaulding (DEC) 17:20, 15. Everling (AVN) 17:24

Greencastle -- 18. Brattain 17:30, 22. Secrest 17:48, 38. J. Lewis 18:40, 47. White 18:55, 60. Jones, 63. L. Lewis 20:06

South Putnam -- 26. Freeman 17:57, 37. Franklin 18:33, 42. Lund 18:48, 44. Nield 18:51, 50. Allen 19:15, 55. Bunten 19:23

North Putnam -- 41. Spear 18:47, 51. Tren. Mason 19:16, 53. Treb. Mason 19:18, 74. Straziscar 21:43, 76. Salyers 21:53, 77. Volland 22:42, 82. Brown 27:31

Cloverdale -- 56. Blundell 19:33, 61. Worthington 19:58, 62. Maners 19:59, 71. Martin Suarez 21:19, 72. Monnett 21:22, 78. LaFary 23:22, 81. Nelson 24:12