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Varsity Cross Country
October 18, 2011Rossville Middle High School
Hornets advance again
Rossville places fourth at regional
WEST LAFAYETTE - After Tuesday's fifth-place finish at the Harrison Sectional, Rossville head coach Rick Foster said he believed there was room for the Hornets to bump up a spot at Saturday's regional.
And Foster was proven correct.
The Hornets placed fourth, scoring 133 points as Twin Lakes (141) finished fifth to advance to the New Prairie Semistate. Lafayette Jeff, which beat Rossville Tuesday due to the sixth runner, finished sixth with 144 points and out of the qualifying.
"We ran extremely well today," Foster said. "We had four (personal records) today. We didn't have anybody in the top-15 yet we made fourth place. We had a good team effort."
Frankfort freshman Cody Brady is also moving on to the semistate after finishing 13th (17 minutes, 2 seconds).
Rossville's advancement to the semistate is unconventional, to say the least. Rossville's No. 1 runner, Solomon Heffernan, placed 18th (17:18). But the team's second and third runners, Austin Stewart and Austin Meyers, weren't far behind. Stewart was 21st (17:25) and Meyers 25th (17:39).
Rossville may have gotten its biggest boost from senior Dylan Disinger, who finished 38th with a time of 18:10, 35 seconds better than his career-best time.
"There's an instance of a senior stepping up and running his best at the end of the season when we really needed him," Foster said. "Without that, I doubt we finish ahead of Twin Lakes."
Rossville's Ben Pettry also finished with a personal-best time of 18:55 to finish in 52nd place. Seth Waldron was 70th (20:23) and Austin Disinger 74th (22:10).
For Bray, Saturday's 13th-place finish is a culmination of his outstanding freshman campaign. Bray's time of 17:02 was also a personal-best, and his goal was to finish 17:00, because no freshman in Frankfort annals had ever broken that barrier. That also would've also given him the 17th-best time in Frankfort school history.
Bray was confident of his chances of advancing to the semistate after placing ninth at the Sectional Tuesday. Part of his motivation was that the website IndianaRunner.com had Bray seeded 22nd.
Bray is also the first freshman in Frankfort history to advance to the semistate as an individual.
"They had me projected 22nd and I felt pretty good about sectional race, which helped me," Bray said. "I came out a little slow but I guess everybody just kind of stepped it up for regional."
Bray said he had no expectations for himself heading into the season.
"Coming into the year, I had no clue what was going on," he said. "I just wanted to get out there and try my best. I had no clue what to expect of myself."
West Lafayette won the team title with 33 points. McCutcheon was second (53) and Harrison third (97).
Rossville will try to avoid what happened in the semistate two years ago, when two runners fell ill and didn't run. The Hornets finished dead last.
"One of our goals is don't get last," Foster said. "We're realistic. We know we're not going to get in the top-5 but we're going to go there, enjoy ourselves and see how good we can be."