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Three SHS runners qualify for regional

By B.J. Hargis

TERRE HAUTE — On a sunny and blustery morning at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course Saturday morning, Sullivan and North Central were among the teams competing in the Terre Haute North boys and girls cross country sectional.
Sullivan ended up with three individuals qualifying for Saturday’s regional at Bedford North Lawrence.
Sullivan’s Riley Smith was 16th overall in the boys race. He had a time of 18 minutes and 56 seconds.
“If it wasn’t for the wind, I would have had a PR today,” said Smith.
In the girls competition, Sullivan senior Sydney Pike finished 17th. Her time was 23:51.9.
This will be her fourth consecutive appearance at the regional.
Sophomore Shelby Hall ended up as the final girls individual qualifier, finishing 41st with a time of 26:04.7.
“The wind really was a  big factor in everybody’s times,” said Sullivan coach Samantha Unger. “Sydney came in here and did what we expected her to do. It is quite an accomplishment to advance out of the sectional four years in a row.
“There was some confusion about the scoring. At first, we did not think that Shelby made it out (top 10 runners outside of the top five teams). But we were thrilled when we found out she was 10th and will be going to the regional with Sydney. It really means a lot to Sydney that she will have someone to run with her.”
Sydney McCammon was the third SHS girl to compete as the Lady Arrows did not have the five runners needed to compile a team score.
McCammon completed her sophomore year with a time of 27:06.02, which was good for 47th overall.
North Central also had just three girls running. Haley McCombs was 51st overall with a time of 28:29.3.
Emily Edwards was 58th at 30:52.8 and freshman Aleasha Weir ran 62nd (32:18).
“Nobody ran good times because of the wind,” said North Central coach Jeff Ransford. “The girls stuck together all season and improved.”
The North Central boys had five runners, finishing 12th with a team score of 363 points.
Zachary Weir (70th, 23:10), Jaron Bonacorsi (71st, 23:27), Nathan Webber (77th, 26:34), William Roberts (81st, 30:30) and Noah Phegley (82nd, 31:31) ran for the Thunderbirds.
“It was good to have a full boys team run, like we have had the past couple of weeks,” said Ransford. “Both boys and girls, the kids ran hard in less than ideal conditions.
“When your kids give you everything they have, that is all you can ask for. The good thing is we don’t have any seniors on either team. So hopefully everybody will be back and we can build on what we learned this season.”
The SHS boys were 10th in the team standings with 245 points.
Will King was 44th at 20:24.
He was followed by Cole Migliorini (51st, 21:22), Will Atkinson (63rd, 22:20), Caden McCrary (76th, 26:15) and Tanner Hancock (31:50).
“We will lose Will Atkinson and Tanner as our only two senior boys,” said Unger. “They have meant a lot to our program over the last couple of years.”
The boys regional race is set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday with the girls race at BNL scheduled for 11:15 a.m.

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