Rockley and Stepp Earn Semi-State Berths at Cross Country Regional
October 22, 2013Kankakee Valley High School
In today's New Prairie Regional featuring many of the area's top teams and individuals, the area #10 ranked and sectional champion Lady Kougar Cross Country Team ran well. Sr. star Allison Rockley again ran her best when it mattered most. Coming off Tueday's 3rd place finish at the Rensselaer Sectional, Rockley battled the field and muddy conditions to place 33rd overall in a time of 21:05.8. This was also 6th among individuals from non-advancing schools, giving Rockley a much coveted berth in next Saturday's semi-state, also at New Prairie. KV also placed 6th as a team with 193 points. Joining Rockley at semi-state will be classmate Brittany Stepp. Stepp, 11th at sectional, ran her best race in weeks, taking 39th place overall, and the final individual 10th place spot, with her fine time of 21:25.9. Congratulations to both seniors and best wishes at semi-state. (Two male counterparts, Travis Conley-3rd among non-advancing team individuals and Bryce Gawronski-8th, also got out to semi-state.) Rockley and Stepp become KV's 5th and 6th individuals since 2007 to earn semi-state berths. Fellow sr. Kaylin Orsburn, fighting till the end, finished 45th in a time of 21:49.3. Orsburn was 5th at sectionals and like Rockley, was All-NCC 1st Team, a terrific season and career for the sr. Orsburn. The "young" Britt (Kent) and Ally (Schultheis) capped off their outstanding rookie seasons with placings of 50th and 53rd. Kent, honorable mention All-NCC and 10th at sectional, finished in a time of 22:26.6 and had a stellar freshman season. Schultheis, ever improving in each meet, and a very important and strong 15th at sectional, ran a fine time of 22:42.7. Despite the muddy conditions Rockley, Stepp and Orsburn all ran faster than they did at the New Prairie Invite several weeks earlier. Jr. newcomer, Lauren VanderWall, capped off her fine season as # 6 runner with a time of 25:26.4, good for 76th place. Congratulations on a terrific season to all the ladies and best wishes to Rockley and Stepp at semi-state.