Cougars finish 6th at state cross country meet; Ashton Bosler 46th in girls’ race PDF Print E-mail

The North Harrison boys’ cross country team finished 6th at the IHSAA State Meet Saturday at the Lavern Gibson Cross Country Course near Terre Haute. The Cougars had a total of 192 points. The top five teams were Columbus North 77, Hamilton Southeastern 109, Carmel 152, Mishawaka 155, and Lawrence Central 179. The team was led by Johnnie Guy, who finished in 14th place (15:52.4), and Ashton Bosler finished in 46rh place (19:27.7) in the girls’ division, as a freshman competing in the state gathering for the first time.

Although the Cougars have finished high in the state meet for three consecutive nears now, their sixth place finish this year was disappointing for both the runners and coach Tim Martin.
They had more in mind heading into the state meet last week, like third, second, oe even a state title. They have been ranked in the polls all season, and had competed successfully in several big meets around the state, such as at Brown County (the site of last week’s semi state).
The general consensus was that the runners as a whole for North Harrison didn’t make a move to the front area of the runners soon enough, and got boxed in after the first kilometer or so.
“We just didn’t move through like I thought we would,” said Martin. He added that they needed to be about 20 spots lower at the third, fourth, and fifth runner positions and that didn’t happen.
“We ran decent; we didn’t run great though, like last year.”
What really hurt was missing the podium again this year, as the top five teams get to mount the podium to receive medals as they are calling out the team results. Last year, the Cougars finished in seventh place, and were denied a place on the podium then.
Martin admitted, “Missing the podium hurts a little bit.”
Johnnie Guy was trying to hold onto second place with a mile or so to go, when he began to be passed up by several runners. He managed to pick a few of them off in turn.
Ashton Bosler is the first North Harrison girl to run in the state meet either with a team or individually since Casey Schneider went as an individual in both 1999 and 2000.
Bosler was somewhat happy with her 46th place finish, although she didn’t know what she had placed immediately after the race, and guessed somewhere between the high 30s and the low 40s.
“It felt like it was going pretty well, but I didn’t finish exactly where I wanted,” said Bosler.
The girls’ team at North Harrison hasn’t gone very far in the IHSAA state tournament since the late 1990s, but they missed qualifying for the semi state by a mere four points. Bosler hopes the success of both the team and her as an individual will propel the girls to the semi state and beyond next year.
Martin is hoping with three quality runners returning for the boys’ team next year, the boys will manage to continue their recent success along with the resurgent girls’ team.
“The program’s great; we just wanted to bring home some hardware,” he said.
The north Harrison boys’ team members’ finishes were: 11. Johnnie Guy (15:52.4), 24. Jonathan Reynolds (16:12.4), 34. Ryan Foster (16:26.2), 54. Josh Guy (16:37.6), 69. Kyle Chesser (16:50.4), 87. Jason Head (17:01.7), and 104. Daniel Fleace (17:13.7).