PREP ROUNDUP: Wilson continues winning streak; Cougars, Clovers have good days
TERRE HAUTE – Greencastle junior Emma Wilson continued her winning streak at the Terre Haute Savings Bank State Preview on Saturday at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course, winning the girls’ varsity race in a time of 18:25.9.
Her time was 15 seconds better than runnerup Gabby Dilick of Westfield.
Sydney Kallem of Greencastle was 56th in 20:59.6, while Emmy Huber was 187th in 24:43.5.
In the boys’ race, Ben Gellman paced the Tiger Cubs by placing 124th in 17:33.1. Other Tiger Cubs running were Justin Berish (229th in 19:13.1), Ian Frank (286th in 20:34.7), Tylan Jones (304th in 21:59.3) and John Brook (307th in 22:21.1).
In other cross country:
• Cougar girls just miss top 20 – North Putnam competed in the Brownsburg Invitational on Saturday, with freshman standouts Anna Haste and Grace Elmore just missing placing in the top 20.
Haste was 21st in 23:14.14, while Elmore was right behind in 22nd with a time of 23:24.40.
“This was our first experience at this invitational,” NP coach Kevin Lutes said. “So I really had no idea how we’d do. I was proud of the effort our kids gave. Anna Haste and Grace Elmore did well leading the girls. They just missed out on ribbons. They all gave a great effort!”
Other Cougar runners were Madison Trotter (42nd in 25:25.73), Sydney Sims (50th in 26:40.96), Taylor Hensley (57th in 28:16.03) and Gabby Carney (59th in 28:49.71).
The Cougar boys also had their top two runners going back-to-back, as Adam Bonebrake was 89th in 20:14.18 and Matt Trotter was 90th in 20:16.58.
“Adam and Matt did a great job of encouraging each other during the race,” Lutes said. ”Matt actually took a minute off of his previous best.”
Other Cougar runners were Grant Jarboe (103rd in 21:10.83), Jacob Farrington (120th in 23:35.67), Steven Weir (121st in 23:47.36) and Janus Oestergaard-Dinesen (124th in 24:08.98).
• Many Clovers get PRs – Cloverdale competed in the Columbus North Invitational on Saturday.
Chase Ashcraft paced the Clover boys by finishing 47th in 18:46.0 in the Boys’ A division. Rylan Hall was one spot behind in 48th with a time of 1 8:48.5.
“We are continuing to train hard,” Clover coach Andy Tyler said. “Once again almost everyone had a personal record. Chase Ashcraft led the way for us on the boys’ side – he has really stepped it up in practice and his times are showing that.”
Other Clover runners were Ray Bates (70th in 19:41.3), Abel Bates (91st in 20:20.1), Elliott Williamson (97th in 20:40.9), Seth Geiger (99th in 20:42.3), Eddie Mannan (102nd in 20:45.9) and Michael Halloran (120th in 21:55.1).
Lily Monnett paced the Clover girls by placing 28th in 22:27.1.
“Lily had a great time even with some traffic issues,” Tyler said.
Other Clover runners were Arianna McCracken (85th in 26;27.5), Abigail Bernard (90th in 26:59.9) and Megan Miller (93rd in 27:33.3).
• Southmont 7, North Putnam 0 (boys) – The Mounties scored four goals in the first half and three in the second half to record the shutout win.
“Two mistakes led to a quick start from Southmont that left our team playing from behind in the first four minutes of the game that we never recovered from,” NP coach Curt Krominaker said. “We seem to have periods in the game we forget how to work together, and once we eliminate those periods we can compete with any teams out there. But until we do, we will struggle.”
Krominaker applauded two players for their play.
“The efforts from Dane Spencer and John Huffman [our newest member] were outstanding,” Krominaker said. “We need a break in our game schedule to get some practice time to work the kinks out and we will be fine.”
• Greencastle 221, Owen Valley 250 – Macey Masten shot a 51 to win medalist honors as the Tiger Cubs won easily.
Bailey Shuee shot a 53 for the Cubs, while Marin Nally had a 56, Rose White had a 61 and Molly Ramey shot a 64
“Both teams had a hard time with the hills and hard fast greens,” Greencastle coach Steve Paquin said. “Windy Hill CC is a very difficult course for inexperienced players and this was apparent with the scores in this meet. Macey continues to be the leading scorer and Bailey, Marin, and Rose followed in that order. Molly is lowering her scores and looks to consistently score in the 50s.”
Paquin noted that consistency in driving, shot making and putting are areas that need to improve in order to be competitive with the stronger teams in the area.
“The girls are working hard to get better and lower their scores,” he said.