Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

October 16, 2012

Greensburg’s Pake advances to Semi-State

Nick Gonnella
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — Two local cross country teams and two other individual runners competed in the Greensburg Regional Cross Country Tournament Saturday morning. The meet featured runners that advanced from the Franklin Community and South Dearborn sectionals.

Greensburg freshman Shelby Pake qualified for the Carmel Semi-State meet. She is the fourth Lady Pirate harrier in school history to qualify individually for semi-state, and will compete Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

The Greensburg boys and girls squads each placed in the top 10, while North Decatur freshman Megan Hoover and South Decatur freshman Ashley Hamilton both ran for a shot at a semi-state appearance.

In the girls’ competition, Oldenburg Academy’s Sarah Billingsley was the individual winner. She set a new course record breaking the 18 minute barrier, running 17:58 for 5,000 meters. Center Grove won the team title with 32 points.

The Lady Pirates finished 10th in the team standings with 238 points, and finished the 2012 season with a record of 60-49. The first finisher for Greensburg was Shelby Pake. She ran a personal best of 19:47 and earned 10th place overall.

Senior Ericka Carman was the next finisher for the Lady Pirates. She also set a new personal record as she finished 56th in 22:49. Erin Hamilton took 67th in the race with a time of 23:41. Seniors Tori Helms and Cierra Luers came in next for Greensburg. Tori placed 68th in 23:49 while Cierra was 69th in 23:52. Mary Kate Porter finished 75th in a time of 24:28, and senior Melissa Brickett ran 24:33 to place 76th.

North freshman Megan Hoover took 20th overall, clocking a time of 20:28.5. For Hoover, her regional time was a personal-best for the Greensburg course. Hoover had set North’s 5K record and became the first Lady Charger to break 20 minutes at North.

“Megan had a great season,” said North coach Scott Johnson. “She is a hard worker who deserved all of the success that she experienced this year. The amazing thing is that she is just a freshman. I look forward to having the opportunity to coach her the next three years.”

South freshman Ashley Hamilton placed 37th with a time of 21:21.77.

“As a freshman going into regionals, she had a great mentality,” said South coach Bethany Fromer of Hamilton. “She treated it like any other ordinary meet. She didn’t show her nerves and just went out and ran the best race she could that day. It is exciting to see how she has grown over the year and for the years that she will have to come in cross country. I know she is going to continue to work hard each year to be where she needs to be. She is a great athlete, she works hard and it shows!”

For the boys, Mooresville’s Michael Passmore took first place running 15:55, while Center Grove was the team champion scoring 65 points.

The Greensburg boys finished 43-71, placing ninth overall with 212 points.

Freshman Peyton Buening led the Pirates for the second straight race. He came in 35th in 17:58. The next finishers for Greensburg were a pair of seniors. Bryce Nystrom placed 45th in 18:23, and Colin Evans was 47th in 18:26. Michael Back finished his freshman year running a personal best of 18:38 to take 53rd. Teammate Ethan Sebastian also ran 18:38 and placed 54th in the race. Senior Justin Starkey ended his season with a personal record for 5000m. He was 72nd in 20:46. Ben Newhart earned 74th in a time of 22:44.

Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.