BEDFORD — Eight Greene County runners extended their seasons by at least a week as they were among the top finishers at the boys and girls cross country regional Saturday here at Bedford North Lawrence High School.
Shakamak’s Luke Sweet, Parker Ramsey of Bloomfield and Janzen Franklin of Linton-Stockton all were among the top 10 individual boys not on the five qualifying teams, earning a spot at next week’s semistate.
Alli Workman of Bloomfield led five local qualifiers in the girls competition. She was seventh overall to earn a second consecutive trip to the semistate.
“It was very slick,” said Workman, who recorded a time of 19 minutes and 57 seconds on a misty, overcast morning. “I had to be more cautious because I did not want to fall.”
BHS coach Caleb Dunkerly said that Workman just continues run smooth and steady, the way she has all season.
Eastern Greene senior Hannah Resler also will be going back to the semistate. Her time of 20:38 was good for 21st overall, but fifth among girls not on qualifying teams.
“I ran better than I did at the sectional,” she said. “It may sound a little weird, but I like running when it’s muddy.
“After the first mile, I just went for it.”
The Shakamak trio of Aleksey Green, Elizabeth Bredeweg and Mariah Sweet all were among the top 10 individual finishers not on advancing teams, thereby qualifying for the semistate. They took the sixth, seventh and eighth qualifying spots as they placed 24th, 26th and 39th overall.
“It was a really muddy mess,” said Green. “As a senior, I am really excited about having the chance to run at the semistate.”
The Shakamak girls were hoping to advance to the semistate, but ended up sixth in the team standings, one spot short.
“I thought the girls ran great today,” said SHS coach Kelley Miller. “They came over here and did what they had to do to give themselves a chance to advance.
“I knew it was going to be close with us and Salem.”
Franklin’s time of 17:29 was good enough for 27th overall. He qualified fifth among the top 10 outside of qualifying teams. The sophomore did this despite being a victim of the conditions.
“I slipped and fell on the back side of the course,” said Franklin. “But I was able to get back up and get back into the race.
“There were some bad spots, but it was not as bad as it was a couple of weeks ago at the conference meet. In spite of the fall, I was able to run a pretty good race and I am happy about making it to semistate.”
Luke Sweet finished 30th at 17:29 for the Lakers, who finished eighth in the boys team standings. Sweet was the seventh individual qualifier.
“To be honest, I did not run as well as I would have hoped,” he said. “I went out too slow in the first mile.”
Ramsey posted a time of 17:49, which was 35th overall. He was the 10th and final boy to advance, nosing out Shakamak’s Eric Johnson by three seconds.
“We knew that Alli had a great chance to advance and that Parker was right on the bubble,” said Dunkerly. “We had crunched the numbers on Thursday and Friday and knew that he would have a chance, but it would be very close.
“I am so proud of his performance. No matter what happens at the semistate, this is going to be a good experience that he can used to build upon the next couple of seasons.”
The Brown County Semistate is set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at Eagle Park in Nashville.
The top six teams and top 10 individuals not on qualifying teams will advance to the state finals, which are set for Saturday, Nov. 2 at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute.
BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE
CROSS COUNTRY REGIONAL
TEAM SCORES (TOP FIVE ADVANCE TO SEMISTATE)
1. Bloomington South 29; 2. Terre Haute South 47; 3. Bloomington North 50, 4. Northview 154; 5. Terre Haute North 174; 6. Bedford North Lawrence 179; 7. Edgewood 187; 8. Shakamak 187; 9. West Vigo 240; 10. Mitchell 260.
SHAKAMAK (187) — 30. *Luke Sweet 17:29; 36. Eric Johnson, 17:52; 46. Gavin Padgett, 18:06; 49. Billy Creech 18:11; 53. Cody Moorman 18:15, 83. Clay Reynolds 19:20; 84. Brett Yeryar 19.25.
BLOOMFIELD — 35. *Parker Ramsey, 17:49; 55. Luke Vandeventer, 18:16.
EASTERN GREENE (219) — 51. Justin Terry, 18:14; 56. John Kirts, 18:20.
LINTON-STOCKTON — 27. *Janzen Franklin 17:21.
TEAM SCORES (TOP FIVE ADVANCE TO SEMISTATE)
1. Bloomington South 45; 2. Terre Haute North 47; 3. Bloomington North 85; 4. Terre Haute South 115; 5. Salem 139; 6. Shakamak 173; 7. Edgewood 207; 8. Northview 213; 9. Bedford North Lawrence 215; 10. Rockville 254.
SHAKAMAK (173) — 24. *Aleksey Green, 20:45; 26. *Elizabeth Bredeweg, 20:52; 39. *Mariah Sweet, 21:38; 55. Shayley Gould 23:13; 56. Annika Hepe, 23:17.
BLOOMFIELD — 7. *Alli Workman, 19:57; 42. Bridget Buka, 22:00.
EASTERN GREENE — 21. *Hannah Resler, 20:38; 50. Tabby Tatum, 22:47; 53. Abby Cramer, 22:57; 54. Rachel McLaughlin, 23:12.
LINTON-STOCKTON — 60. Hannah Camden 23:42.