'Hare and Hound' tests area runners
August 19, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
Jake Goecke remembers the first time he ran the Richmond High School cross country Invitational on the Earlham College course as a freshman.
The race is set up in a “Hare and Hound” European style format, featuring straw bales and a water hazard to jump over.
“I’m just paranoid, because freshman year, first meet of my high school career I slipped and fell on that and looked like an idiot, but I didn’t do that today,” Goecke said Saturday.
No, he didn’t slip this time. Now a senior at Union County, Goecke instead showed that he’s come a long way, finishing the course in 17:34.48, second overall to Connersville’s Mathew Hill (17:10.99).
Junior Hayley Rogers of Hagerstown continued her dominance from last year with a second-place finish as the Tigers won the girls race. Union County finished second in the boys race, won by Greenfield-Central.
The Patriots also had a top 10 finish from freshman Breyden Wicker (sixth).
Coming in right after Goecke was another TEC standout in Northeastern’s Eric Yandl, who finished third.