Eagleson repeats as HHC champion
October 7, 2013By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School
The defending Hoosier Heritage Conference champions repeated on Saturday afternoon, with Shelbyville's boys and Pendleton Heights' girls both repeating as the conference champions in the annual race Saturday morning at New Palestine High School.
In addition, the individual champions also repeated. New Palestine's Seth Eagleson and Pendleton Heights' Alex Buck both won for the second straight year, with Buck setting a 5K conference record.
In the boys race, Eagleson ran a 16:52 on a course that had become muddy due to overnight rains. He outdistanced runner-up Zach Bishop of Greenfield-Central by 16 seconds.
"It's really special. It's my last year to win a conference. It means so much more that my team was in the top five," Eagleson said. "It was tough because every single turn, you pretty much had to walk because it was muddy. It was nice running on my course one last time before sectional, and really putting it all out there."
Shelbyville's depth gave the Golden Bears the title. The Bears had three runners in the top 10, and the top five were all All-Confernece. Alton Anspaugh finished third, just three-tenths behind Bishop at 17:08.3. Daniel Kuhn overtook Mt. Vernon's Christian Noble at the line for fourth, running 17:18.9. Shelby's Garrett Reinhart was ninth, Adam Eads 15th and Tanner Phares 16th.
The Bears' 47 points outdistanced Greenfield-Central (62) and Mt. Vernon (86). Pendleton Heights was fourth with 105. New Palestine (114), New Castle (143), Yorktown (157) and Delta (204) rounded out the team scores.
"That was definitely our goal. THey were all back from last year. They wanted to come back and win that championship again. Six of the seven are seniors, and this is it for them," Shelbyville coach Todd McCullough said.
"It seemed like all year, we hadn't put a full race together. We'd have a good finish or a good start, but today, we pulled it together all the way through."
G-C had two top-10 runners, with Bishop the runner-up and Syrus Fletcher placing seventh. Taylor Wright (14th) and Tyler Morris (17th) were also all-conference, with Scott Prewitt finishing 22nd. MV's Noble placed fifth, but the Marauders had a close pack after him. Aaron Rush was 18th, Jake Russell 19th, Andrew Boyle 21st and Andrew Thaxton 23rd.
PH was led by Parker Jones' eighth-place finish and Tyler Flood's 13th-place run. Tony Flood (20th) was also All-Conference.
In the girls race, Buck set a 5K conference record and finished nearly a minute ahead of teammate Alli McCarty. She ran a 19:18.2, shattering the record of 19:31 set by three-time champion Courtney Edon of New Palestine in 2008.
"Alex wanted the record," PH coach Melissa Hagerman said. "Without a doubt, I knew she could do it. After the first mile, I knew she had it."
Buck was happy to win the individual title, but also happy to bring the team trophy back to Pendleton.
"It means a lot to me because it shows how hard we've practiced as a team," Buck said. "Having them finish right behind me in front of all these other talented girls really shows how hard we've worked."
The Arabians tallied a score of 25, with all seven runners in the top 20. McCarty was second in 20:16 and Emma Hall third in 20:48. Both are freshman. Maddi Hinton was eighth, Monica Dudley 11th, Faith Baer 14th and Chelsea Blackwell 19th to earn All-HHC medals for the entire team.
"Our goal was to get all green shirts at the awards in the top 20. We did that. That's something we can mark off the checklist," PH coach Melissa Hagerman said. "I'm very pleased with Emma, all seven of them. They really stepped up and won a great race."
Mt. Vernon was second with 77 points, again with solid depth. Kaylee Walkey was fifth (20:58), but the Marauders had all five placers in the top 25 -- the only school besides PH to accomplish that feat. Morgan Hayse was 12th, Marcie Dungan 13th, Samantha Sanders 22nd and Leah Chaves 25th. New Palestine was third with 96, led by seventh-place Bailey Wallace and 10th-place Sarah Schwartz.
Shelbyville was fourth with 100, led by Blayre Scott's sixth-place finish. Yorktown (118) was fifth, with Carly Trulock placing ninth. Delta's sixth-place finish of 136 was led by Jenna Parsons' fourth-place finish. New Castle was seventh (185) and Greenfield-Central eighth (191).
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