The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

High School Sports

November 3, 2013

Arabians' Buck places 19th at girls cross country meet

PH's Alex Buck 19th overall as sophomore

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — On a windy and cool Saturday, more than 200 runners lined up for a chance to win a girls state high school state cross country championship at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course.

Twenty-four teams vied for the right to hoist the trophy and to be remembered as champions, while 40 individual runners who qualified were chasing the overall title.

For the third time in school history and the first in 25 years, the Pendleton Heights Lady Arabians were one of those 24 teams and finished 14th.

After winning the sectional and regional rounds, Pendleton finished third at a difficult New Haven semi-state to advance to the first state final for the team since 1988. Coming into the finals, Pendleton was ranked 10th in the state. Sophomore Alex Buck led the way with a 19th place finish.

Carmel and Columbus North were expected to be the teams to beat and it held true on Saturday. Carmel, led by individual race winner Kelcy Welch, defeated Hamilton Southeastern 76-122 to win the team title. Columbus North was third, West Lafayette was fourth and Avon was fifth.

As the runners broke from the starting line, Sierra Moore of Elkhart eased out to an early lead but was quickly chased down by Welch and Mackenzie Caldwell of Columbus North. Buck was battling and was in the top ten at the three-quarter mark but faded a little down the stretch, finishing in the 19th spot with a time of 18:35.1.

The experience of making the state finals made for a lasting memory for the team, but especially the two seniors. Chelsea Blackwell finished 132nd in a time of 21.02 and fought back tears as she explained how much it meant to make it to the state final as a senior after a rough freshman year.

Fellow senior Maddi Hinton finished 136th, four seconds behind Blackwell. “It was an amazing experience,” Hinton said. “Our goal was to get here and try our hardest, which I think we did.” Hinton and Blackwell both acknowledged the level of work it took to make it to state finals.

Text Only
High School Sports
  • Lions star plays in national tourneys Liberty Christian senior Chris Nunn, a three-year starting guard for the Lions and Indiana Class Basketball Junior All-Star, took his talents on the road this summer,competing in back-to-back tournaments with his AAU travel team, Team Progeny.

    July 28, 2014

  • Riddle again steps down as Frankton coach

    For the second time in a storied coaching career at Frankton High School, Dean Riddle has resigned his post as the girls varsity basketball coach.

    July 26, 2014

  • Pay for South Madison soccer coaches under review An ad hoc parent group wants the South Madison Community Schools board to consider raising the stipend for Pendleton Heights High School soccer coaches.

    July 21, 2014

  • SPT - HB0720 - Mireles art Mireles looks toward future after all-star finale Surrounded by his friends and family near midfield under the lights of Friday night, Elwood’s Sammy Mireles did something he’s never done in his career. The state’s all-time leading rusher freely absorbed a hit.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0715 - Mireles art Mireles leaning toward joining Ravens The next big play record-setting running back Sammy Mireles makes could be at Anderson University.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0712 - Morgan Nadaline art Nadaline's storied junior career concludes Morgan Nadaline's junior golf career came to an end Friday when Rachel Johnson sank a birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole to win the Indiana Section Junior PGA Championship at Honeywell Golf Course in Wabash.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0710 - Brady Cherry art THB Baseball Player of the Year: Lapel's Brady Cherry The hardest part of the 2014 season for Brady Cherry might have been living up to his own legend.

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0709 - Weins art Weins aids Eagles' bonding process

    Contrary to popular belief, sometimes numbers do lie. Logan Weins surrendered nine hits and seven runs in the final start of his high school career — a sectional championship loss against Class 2A state champion Wapahani — and nobody argues those figures. But they don't tell the whole story.

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - AOTY - softball - Benefiel 3 Repeat for Benefiel

    It might not have been the season that she envisioned, but it was a mark worth honoring.Pendleton Heights’ Bailey Benefiel put up some spectacular numbers and earned the nod as The Herald Bulletin’s Softball Pitcher of the Year — repeating the award she also won a season ago.

    July 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - AOTY - softball - Noone 2 Noone as in No-one better It is hard to imagine how Elwood's Jessie Noone could have had a better senior season individually than the one she posted this past spring.

    July 4, 2014 1 Photo

Latest Sports Photos


Click here to browse and buy photos from The Herald Bulletin