By JOSH BROWN
OLNEY –– Neither team was at full strength for their season opener, but those who did run for Lawrence County’s high school cross country team did fairly well.
The Lawrenceville-Red Hill co-op was not able to score as a team in either race at Olney Tuesday (Sept. 1), as each team had just three runners compete. However, the ones that did run ran well.
“We had only three boys and three girls running, but we were really pleased with the results,” co-head coach Bill Bandy said. “They all had great runs for the first meet of the season.”
Leading the way for Lawrence County was Brayden Green, who finished second in the boys’ race with a time of 15:53. Meanwhile, Seth Seitzinger finished 13th in 17:22 and Reece Ralston was 14th in the 37-runner field with a time of 17:35.
Effingham St. Anthony won the team competition with 17 points, followed by Teutopolis (47) and Olney (77).
In the girls’ race, top finisher for Lawrence County was Melina Loudermilk, who was fourth in 21:26. Right behind her was Ophelia Klein in fifth with a time of 21:48, while Kyra Griesemer finished 11th out of 18 runners with a time of 23:01.
Teutopolis was the only school to have a full girls’ team, so they won the meet by default.
“Brayden Green had an excellent race and might have won it if he hadn’t encountered a bad side stitch in the second mile.” Bandy said. “He fought through it and still finished second. Our three freshman (Ralston, Griesemer, Loudermilk) had great first races. In spite of not having full teams, our runners beat 50 to 60 percent of the competitors.”
The Lawrenceville-Red Hill Coop ran in a 7 team meet at Robinson this afternoon (course 2.96 Miles). The results are as follows;
Girls winner.......Tatum David, Richland Co., 18:28
Girls Team results: Richland Co. 23, Robinson 57, Effingham St. Anthony 79, Teutopolis 88, Paris 92, Lawrenceville NS
The girls competed very well on a hot day. All three finished in the top 25% of the field.
Boys Winner............Negus Bogard, Robinson, 15:31
Boys Team Results: Richland County 27, Robinson 62, Effingham St. Anthony 63, Teutopolis 102, Lawrenceville 121, Paris 165, Palestine-Hutsonville NS
The boys team has definitely improved in the last week. The time spread of our top 5 shrunk by over a minute.
The fields were slow in both races, probably due to the terrain and the heat.
By JOSH BROWN
DIETERICH – Individual success is the focus right now for Lawrence County’s high school cross country teams and they are getting their fair share of it so far this season.
The runners in the Lawrenceville-Red Hill co-op do not have enough runners to post team scores, but they continue to perform well on an individual basis.
“Our runners did a great job,” co-head coach Bill Bandy said after a recent meet at Dieterich. “The course was approximately 2.76 miles in length. It was also quite warm, with temperatures in the upper 80s, which was a bit intimidating. However, the team rose to the challenge.”
In the boys’ race at Dieterich Tuesday, Lawrence County took three of the top four spots, including Brayden Green, who won the race with a time of 16:40, which was more than a minute faster than the closest competitor. Reece Ralston came in third out of 14 runners at 18:18 and Seth Seitzinger was fourth at 18:41.
In the girls’ race, Lawrence County took three of the top five positions, led by Cara Eagleson, who won the race with a time of 21:27. Melina Loudermilk finished third out of 11 runners in 22:59, Kyra Griesemer was fifth with a time of 24:30 and Reese Tracy was 10th in 28:14.
“Brayden ran off with the boys race, winning by over a minute,” Bandy said. “Cara won the girls event by an even larger margin, her first victory in a cross country race. Both veterans ran smart tactical races in the heat. Dieterich had the numbers, but we had the front runners and beat most of their team.”
Lawrence County then ran in a multi-team meet at Olney Saturday, where the girls had enough runners to post a team score for the first time this season.
“Our girls were able to field a complete team for the first time and all nine of our runners competed,” Bandy said.
In the girls’ meet, the Lawrenceville-Red Hill co-op placed third with 58 points, while Olney won with 24 and Danville was second with 48. Mt. Carmel and Cerro Gordo both had runners, but not enough to post a team score.
Loudermilk was the top finisher for Lawrence County, placing sixth out of 20 runners with a time of 21:10. Eagleson was right behind in seventh with a time of 21:38, Ophelia Klein was 11th in 22:33, Griesemer was 15th in 23:33 and Tracy was 19th in 25:41.
Race winner was Olney’s Emily Nuttall with a time of 19:37.
In the boys’ race, Lawrence County had two of its four boys finish in the top-10, led by Green’s second-place effort with a time of 16:02.
Seitzinger came in 10th out 28 runners with a time of 17:27, while Ralston finished 15th in 18:10 and Alex Helderman was 22nd in 20:43.
Race winner was Olney’s Gavin Kirby with a time of 15:59.
Olney won the meet with 16 points, while Danville was second with 50 and Mt. Carmel third with 73. Cerro Gordo also ran, but again did not have enough runners to record a team score.
Lawrence County will return to Olney Saturday for the annual Olney Invitational at 11:45 a.m.