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Sullivan boys advance to cross country regional

By B.J. Hargis
Contributed photo: The Sullivan High School boys cross country team and coaches are pictured above are qualifying for the Bedford North Lawrence Regional on Saturday.

TERRE HAUTE — Eight runners from Sullivan and one from North Central extended their cross country season for at least a week based on their performances at the Terre Haute North boys and girls cross country sectional on Saturday at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country course.
The Sullivan High School boys team claimed the final team slot as the Golden Arrows placed fifth out of 13 teams with a score of 133. Sullivan freshman Josie Gettinger placed 10th as an individual outside the top five girls teams, securing the final spot.
North Central’s Zack Weir claimed the 10th and last spot in the boys race, earning his first trip to the regional. The T-birds finished 10th out of 13 boys teams.
“The sectional is always a mixed emotional meet,” said North Central coach Jeff Ransford. “I am very happy for Zack.
“He was able to make the 10th qualifying spot for regional. He worked hard in the summer and all season and it paid off for him. All the kids worked hard this year. It wasn’t our best meet of the year but the guys ran as hard as they could today.”
He added that Gavyn Dukes had a great race.
“He ran second for us and pushed hard throughout the race,” said Ransford. “I would have liked to have had a few more kids advance to regional but I am happy with how hard they worked this year.”
Haley McCombs and Raygann Richards were the only two North Central girls that ran.
“I wish our seniors — Dalton Jordan, Haley McCombs and Emily Edwards — the best of luck in the future. They were solid runners for us over the years and represented our team very well,” said Ransford. “It is always sad to see them leave but I know they have great things ahead of them.”
Gettinger was just one of three girls that ran for SHS, finishing 42nd overall. Maddy Deckard and Sydney McCammon also finished for the Lady Arrows.
“The girls knew what had to be done to get out individually,” said Sullivan coach Samantha Unger. “They were competing with West Vigo and Clay City.
“Josie is not a confident runner but today she set out to make it happen and she did just that. The girls got behind packs early in the race and then had to fight their way back into it. I was really hoping to see them all make it, but it wasn’t in our favor today. Maddy just missed it and Sydney was battling some issues throughout the race, which set her back. Josie’s nervous about continuing on without her teammates but they are very supportive of her success. We potentially have all the ladies back next year. I’d like to get them some more teammates so they can compete as a team.”
Dossan Lamb led the Sullivan boys as the sophomore placed 15th overall. Riley Smith, Preston Anthony, Will King and Cole Migliorini round out the SHS top five. Grant Alexander and Walker Brocksmith  finished 6-7 for the Arrows.
“They ran hard. They’ve known all year that it was very possible for them to place in the top 5,” said Unger. “They earned a trip to regional for the first time since 1996.
“We have had some injuries in the top 5 that had us concerned at different times throughout the season, but they stuck through it today when it really mattered. Will made some moves up to help out while the others ran their race. Grant was still hurting but he fought to do his best for the team and that’s all I can ask for.”
Unger said she couldn’t ask for much more than their best effort and they gave that today.
“I am proud of them for representing Sullivan today and look forward to their future,” said Unger. “We have at least one more race with Cole. We will definitely miss him next season.”
The regional at Bedford North Lawrence is set for Saturday, starting at 10:30 a.m. Admission is $5.
“We will see how Zack does,” said Ransford. “I hope he gains a lot of experience for the future by running next Saturday.”

Terre Haute North
Cross country sectional
At LaVern Gibson
Championship course
Local finishers
42. Josie Gettinger, S, 26:18; 45. Maddy Deckard, S, 26:58; 49. Haley McCombs, NC, 27:58; 54. Sydney McCammon, S, 28:48; 62. Raygann Richards, NC, 32:15.

1. Northview, 36; 2. Terre Haute North, 54; 3. Terre Haute South, 76; 4. West Vigo, 117; 5. Sullivan, 133; 6. Owen Valley, 173; 7. Clay City, 191; 8. Shakamak, 230; 9. Linton, 252; 10. North Central, 265; 11. Parke Heritage, 326; 12. South Vermillion, 336; 13. Riverton Parke, 381.

Local finishers
15. Dossan Lamb, S, 18:44; 21. Riley Smith, S, 18:58; 24. Preston Anthony, S, 19:14; 27. Will King, S, 19:22; 38. Zack Weir, N, 20:05;  46. Cole Migliorini, S, 20:39; 47. Gavyn Dukes, N, 20:44; 49. Grant Alexander, S, 20:54; 51. Adam Walker, NC, 21:14; 58. Dalton Jordan, NC, 22:11;  62. Walker Brocksmith, S, 22:40; 71. James Roberts, NC, 24:09; 75. Will Roberts, NC, 24:58;  81. Brandon Lee, NC, 27:42.

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