OXFORD, Ind. — It was the first cold and rainy night for cross country this season as 13 teams met at Benton Central for sectional competition.
The weather drew mixed reviews as some runners such as Morgan Grubb of Fountain Central found it to her liking while others did not.
“It was really cold,” she said of her ninth-place finish in 20 minutes and 46 seconds, “and I got a PR [personal record] so I’m really happy. I’ve worked all year to break 21 [minutes] and I did it tonight and get to move on.”
Her entire girls’ team advanced to the West Lafayette Harrison Regional on Saturday with a third-place finish.
Joining them will be Seeger who took second, edged out of their second consecutive championship by only three points 27-30 to Twin Lakes.
“It was a good meet and I’m proud of my girls,” said Seeger coach Miles Stuckey. “It came down to their fourth and fifth runners - their fifth place girl ran her personal best by 30 seconds.”
Stuckey said that while it was disappointing not to win the title, his team still has goals.
“We want to advance to semi-state as a team and Cara [Fowler] wants to make state. Connor [Million] also wants to advance to semi-state for the boys.”
On the boys’ side, Seeger — with a fourth-place finish — was the lone area school to advance as team, but there was a change in the rules this year that allowed more local runners to advance as individuals than in past seasons.
Up until this year, only runners who finished in the top 15 and were not members of an advancing team would move on to the regional. This season, the top 10 runners regardless of position who were not affiliated with an advancing team moved on.