WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Some things at the regional cross-county meet at the Tippecanoe Amphitheater came as no surprise. Other things came as quite a pleasant surprise.
As expected, West Lafayette swept the team titles with their girls dominating by putting five in the top seven places while their boys took the top four places and an 11th to capture the crowns.
Also as expected, the Seeger girls’ team advanced to the semi-state with a third-place finish.
“We’d hoped to get some revenge against Twin Lakes,” said Patriot head coach Miles Stuckey of the team that edged his squad for the sectional title, “But we couldn’t do it today. We did, however, beat Harrison for third after they beat us here last year.”
Stuckey said he was proud of his runners, saying that Cara Fowler who took ninth “always runs well” but that “our two through five runners really did well today.”
He also said the Conner Million had a personal best in the boys’ race “and getting him to semi-state is huge for us. I can’t remember when Seeger last had a boy get that far.”
Fountain Central took eighth in the girls’ team standings with Morgan Grubb advancing to semi-state as an individual.
Clint Burney said he was very pleased for Grubb but also wanted to mention the performance of Hannah Gayler.
“It was sloppy out there and a lot of kids didn’t come close to their best times,” he said, “But Hannah ran a season and career best out there today. She didn’t quite get out, but I’m really proud of the way she ran today.”
Burney said he took advantage of the new qualifying rules that let him give his team an additional week of practice.