Multiple Teams · MC runners seek to advance from Saturday’s sectional


IHSAA Delta Sectional 16 will be held at the Muncie Sports Plex with the boys running at 10 a.m. and the girls race at 10:45 a.m. Teams participating include
Cowan, Delta, Jay County, Monroe Central, Muncie Burris, Muncie Central, Randolph Southern, Union (Modoc), Union City, Wapahani, Wes-Del, and Winchester Community.

The top 10 individuals from non‐advancing teams and the first 5 qualifying teams from each sectional shall advance to the Delta Regional in a week, also at the Sports Plex.

Admission is $5 per person again this year.

Below are previews of both boys and girls sectionals that appeared on ecirunner.com

 

DELTA SECTIONAL PREVIEW:

ECIRunner takes a look at the upcoming Delta Sectional meet and the teams and individuals to keep track of on Saturday.

Boys: ECI teams looking towards this Saturday’s Delta Sectional Meet.
SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HOPEFULS:
Wapahani Radiers: The Raiders have been riding a huge wave of momentum throughout this season. They are the clear favorite coming into this weekend to win their 2nd consecutive Delta Sectional Title. They have relied on the front running of Nathan and Alex Herbst all year, and will definitely need solid races from those two again this Saturday. But, the real surprise is how well their supporting cast has stepped up throughout this season, specifically junior Evan Galbraith. The Raiders no doubt have eyes set on a deep tournament run, but it all starts Saturday at the Muncie Sportsplex

Muncie Central Bearcats: The Bearcats may be the best story we have in ECI this year. A year ago they barely advanced to Regional as a team by finishing 5th as a team, and this year they look to challenge for the top spot. The Bearcats depth has been their main strength all season. With several runners who have shown they can break out a stellar race at any given moment, the challenge for them will be to have their entire team d it on the same day. If that happens….watch out! the Bearcats could challenge the Raiders hopes of back-to-back championships

Delta Eagles: The Eagles are only 2 years removed from sweeping the Delta Sectional titles on both the girls and boys side. But, last year they were denied the Boy’s Championship by a shocking team performance by the Wapahani Raiders. The Delta Eagles undoubtedly will have revenge on their minds this Saturday on their Home course. Cade Orchard showed this past Saturday at the HHC meet that he is ready for the post season. He ran a fantastic 16:24 on the fast Shelbyville course and showed the in-race moxy that took him to the State meet 2 years ago. Will the Eagles supporting cast be up to the task of competing with the Raiders and Bearcats depth? We will see!

CONTENDERS:
Monroe Central Golden Bears: The Golden Bears from Monroe Central could easily be in the championship conversation as well, but will need to rebound from a tough outing at Saturday’s MEC meet in which they took a backseat to Wapahani and Blue River Valley. Monroe Central definitely has the horses to do it. Conner Miller, Dalton Winans, and Zane Kear are a top trio that can run with any teams top 3 in this meet. But, the Bears will have to show the consistency and depth of a championship team if they hope to mix it up with the rest of the very densely packed Sectional competition.

Muncie Burris Owls: Muncie Burris looks to be a team clearly fighting for a top 5, Regional qualifying spot. The Owl’s Elliot Whiteside has been burning up courses lately in the ECI area and seems to be ready for a top 10, if not top 5 individual finish.

Top Individuals from ECI heading into Saturday

  1. Nathan Herbst (WAP)
  2. Alex Herbst (WAP)
  3. Cade Orchard (DELT)
  4. Camden Abernathy (WIN)
  5. Kavan Byrd (MUCE)
  6. Elliot Whiteside (MUBU)
  7. Conner Miller (MOCE)
  8. Braedyn Stovall (MUCE)
  9. Ryan Fox (DELT)
  10. Zane Kear (MOCE)
  11. Dalton Winans (MOCE)
  12. Evan Galbraith (WAP)
Girls: ECI teams looking towards this Saturday’s Delta Sectional Meet.
SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HOPEFULS:
Delta Eagles: Over the last several weeks the Delta Eagles have sent a clear message that they are the team to beat this year in the Delta Sectional. They have had some youth step up in a major way to fill out a roster that also includes some tested veterans. Brandy Tuttle will lead the Eagles and the talented freshmen duo of Ashleigh Brelage and Sara Whitesel are not far behind. pair that with the fact that Brittany Tuttle has ran the last couple races for the Eagles after missing most of the season, and its a perfect recipe for reclaiming the Delta Sectional Championship that was taken from them a year ago by the Randolph Southern Rebels.

Randolph Southern Rebels: The reigning Delta Sectional champions are also a favorite to challenge for the title on Saturday. The Rebels will almost assuredly score the minimum through 2 runner, as Leah Keesling and sister Emma Keesling will very likely go 1-2. The big question will be: can the Lady Rebels supporting cast stay close enough to challenge the Lady Eagles depth. One very good sign is that Makenzie Phenis ran a very nice race at the MEC this past Saturday and looks ready to do her part.

CONTENDERS:
Monroe Central Golden Bears: Teammates Aubrey Norris and Gabby Beckham always seem to run their best as the postseason begins. Also, the Golden Bears got Hannah Bolton back in the mix at last week’s MEC meet. That definitely has chances looking good that the Golden bears secure a top 5 finish to advance to the Delta Regional.

Union City: The Lady Indians are another team that always seems to run their best during the tournament. Reagan Hoggatt, Chloe Wyatt, and Sophia Spence are also 3 Lady Indians who have spent a lot of time on the ECI Top-25 lists this season. Look for them to extend their season another week as well.

Muncie Burris Owls: The Owls have occupied the 5th spot in the ECI Top 5 teams almost all season due to their strong and consistent pack-running mentality. They will be looking to key off frontrunner Kelci Wood to grab an advancing spot to next week’s Regional meet

Wapahani Raiders: The Raiders are in contention for a Top-5 advancing spot as well, but some late-season uncertainty has the Lady Raiders possibly on the outside looking in. Lexi Wulff, who had an absolute breakout season this year has not raced the past few races. If she is able to return next to teammates Olivia Neal and Sydney Cook the Raiders might have a shot of advancing as a team.

Top Individuals from ECI heading into Saturday

  1. Leah Keesling (RAND)
  2. Emma Keesling (RAND)
  3. Aubrey Norris (MOCE)
  4. Brandy Tuttle (DELT)
  5. Ashleigh Brelage (DELT)
  6. Sophia Fugiett (JAY)
  7. Reagan Hoggatt (UNCI)
  8. Sarah Whitesel (DELT)
  9. Ella Baldwin (WIN)
  10. Lexi Wulff (WAP)
  11. Chloe Wyatt (UNCI)
  12. Autumn Rice (UNIO)