Brattain, Romer, Haynes and Love book trips to semi-state

Sunday, October 20, 2013
Greencastle junior Elijah Brattain (442) leads a pack of runners down the final straight-away during Saturday's cross country regional. Brattain's run qualified him for semi-state. (Banner Graphic/GRANT WIEMAN)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Greencastle junior Elijah Brattain raced in the Indiana High School School Athletic Association Carmel Semi-State as a freshman when his team qualified in 2011.

He'll do it again this week, though now he's an individual. Brattain finished the Ben Davis Regional at 16:52 in 20th-place on Saturday, the fifth-best race for an individual on a non-qualifying team.

Though he's the first and only boys' runner to compete in that round since 2011, Brattain won't be alone at the race.

Sophomore Corrie Romer, junior Sammy Haynes and junior Brittany Love continued a streak of four-straight years the Tiger Cubs girls' team has had semi-state participants.

Romer led the way, finishing in 22nd place at 20:40 to secure the fourth individual spot. Haynes and Love finished one second apart in 37th- and 38th-place, with Haynes coming in at 21:28.

"I was hoping to get a team out of here," Greencastle coach Garry Anderson said. "I thought we had a shot ... If I can't get the team, I'll take the individuals any day."

The Greencastle girls advanced to semi-state as a team last season, and missed out by one spot this year. The Tiger Cubs (178) placed sixth behind Avon (28), Zionsville (40), Pike (88), Plainfield (117) and Brownsburg (135), with the top-five teams moving to semi-state.

Greencastle's top five finishers (from left) Corrie Romer, Megan Haynes, Sammy Haynes, Brittany Love and Alex Stoffregen pose after Saturday's race. Romer, Sammy Haynes and Love advanced to next week's semi-state.

All three individuals who advanced for the Tiger Cubs this year were on last season's semi-state squad.

Greencastle's other competitors on Saturday -- senior Megan Haynes (46h, 22:13), sophomore Kat King (47th, 22:15), senior Alex Stoffregen (50th, 22:27) and sophomore Alyssa Seeman (80th, 31:14) -- were part of this year's Putnam County and West Central Conference championship team.

Brattain's race was his best of the season and five seconds faster than he ran at the same meet last year.

The Tiger Cubs boys' team all qualified for regional, with Brattain leading the group to a ninth-place finish (227).

Zionsville (47), Avon (51), Brownsburg (94), Indianapolis Cathedral (120) and Ben Davis (122) all moved on the semi-state as a team.

"Elijah had a great race," Anderson said. "Our top three guys had good races."

Freshman Clayton Wilson finished the race in 43rd-place for Greencastle, coming in at 17:33. Junior Taylor Secrest finished in 48th-place at 17:42.

Freshman Braden Pershing (70th, 18:47), freshman Cameron Lewis (77th, 19:06), sophomore Peyton Jones (79th, 19:15) and junior Levi Lewis (87th, 20:48) also competed for the Tiger Cubs.

The young group exceeded expectations, Anderson said.

"Clayton has had a good year for a freshman, and all our freshmen did well today," he said. "It's nice to have a boy (advance), along with three girls.

"It's fantastic. I'm excited."

The Carmel Semi-State is Saturday with the boys' race scheduled for 10:30 a.m. The girls' race will follow at around 11 a.m.

Greencastle juniors Brittany Love (490) and Sammy Haynes come around a bend in the course during Saturday's cross country regional. South Putnam junior Ariel Higgins trails. (Banner Graphic/GRANT WIEMAN)

IHSAA Cross Country
Ben Davis Regional

Team result -- Boys
1. Zionsville, 47; 2. Avon, 51; 3. Brownsburg, 94; 4. Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter, 120; 5. Ben Davis, 122; 6. Pike, 140; 7. Plainfield, 193; 8. Danville, 220; 9. Greencastle, 227; 10. Covenant Christian, 254

Individual results -- Boys
1. Bond, Brownsburg, 16:11; 2. Sathyamurthy, Brownsburg, 16:15; 3. Rigg, Zionsville, 16:16; 4. Martin, Avon, 16:19; 5. Cash, Zionsville, 16:21; 6. Thompson, Plainfield, 16:24; 7. Corya, Zionsville, 16:26; 8. Warren, Speedway, 16:28; 9. Kleyn, Avon, 16:30; 10. Behrmann, Ben Davis, 16:31

Greencastle seniors Alex Stoffregen and Megan Haynes compete in their final high school cross country race. (Banner Graphic/GRANT WIEMAN)

Individual advancers -- Boys
6. Thompson, Plainfield, 16:24; 8. Warren, Speedway, 16:28; 16. Huffine, Pike, 16:41; 19. Roark, Pike, 16:49; 20. Brattain, Greencastle, 16:52; 22. Barron, Pike, 16:54; 29. Gerber, Danville, 17:04; 31. Davis, Covenant Christian, 17:07; 33. Gross, Decatur Central, 17:17; 36. Bratton, Danville, 17:20

Greencastle -- 20. Brattain, 16:52; 43. Wilson, 17:33; 48. Secrest, 17:42; 70. Pershing, 18:47; 77. C Lewis, 19:06; 79. Jones, 19:15; 87. L Lewis, 20:48

South Putnam -- 60. Vittetow, 18:09; 62. Franklin, 18:18; 66. Freeman, 18:37; 74. Vandermark, 18:58; 76. Nield, 19:05

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