The running conditions were ruthless to say the least at the Troy Regional on Saturday. Runners had to battle fierce winds of up to 20 MPH on their quest to a state tournament berth. Tippecanoe’s boys team took care of business and did not let anything effect them en route to their second straight regional title and third straight state tournament appearance.
The running conditions were ruthless to say the least at the Troy Regional on Saturday, October 25th. Runners had to battle through fierce winds of up to 20 MPH on their quest to a state tournament berth. Tippecanoe’s boys team took care of business and did not let anything effect them en route to their second straight regional title and third straight state tournament appearance. The boys team scored only 49 points, beating 2nd place Carroll by 34, 3rd place Hamilton Badin by 63, and 4th place McNicholas by 111 in the 16 team field.
Jason Salyer won the individual title with a time of 16:12, edging out last year’s regional champ Andrew Trick from Carroll in the final 100 meters after having run stride for stride with each other for a majority of the race. Kevin Fink finished strong in 4th place with a time of 16:34 after finishing 35th last year. Tyler Fietshans finished 9th with a time of 16:47, and Jason Bruns finished 16th with a time of 16:57. Tipp’s top 4 runners would have qualified individually if their entire team had not placed in the top 4. Andrew Wharton rounded out Tipp’s score by placing as the team’s 5th man for the second time this season after battling through injuries all year. He finished in 37th overall with a time of 17:34. Luke Zerkle finished 59th with a time of 17:57, and Matt Zuzolo finished 66th with a time of 18:09. 130 runners competed in the race.
Ever since finishing 5th as a team at the state meet last year, the goal has been to win the state title. All of their hard work and dedication has been geared towards this year’s state meet. Tipp has been ranked #1 or #2 all year in the state polls and will have their hands full against the two-time defending champions in Peninsula Woodridge. Statistically, the teams look like mirror images of each other. The deciding factor is going to be the performance of each team’s fifth runner, who caps off the team scoring. Tipp has had Andrew Wharton, Luke Zerkle, and Matt Zuzolo interchange as the team’s fifth runner all year. Although most of the emphasis lies on them, Tipp’s whole squad is going have to lay it all on the line in order to accomplish their goal..
The Tippecanoe girls team finished off their season by placing 9th place in the Troy Regional. They gave it their best effort, but injuries have plagued them throughout the season. They lost two top 5 runners in Leah Schiller and Alex Mahan to injury early in the season. Jessica Bruggerman, the team’s usual #2 runner, also injured herself during the District race and wasn’t at her full strength Saturday.
Allison Chin finished 55th with a time of 21:27 as the team’s #2 runner. Team leader and senior Corrie Jones capped of an excellent running career by placing 70th with a time 21:45. Tracy Fujimura finished 73rd with a time of 21:48. Peyton Miller finished 74th with a time of 21:49. Jessica Bruggerman finished 88th with a time of 22:34 and Jillian Blakey finished 108th with a time of 23:12. 123 runners competed of the race.
The story of the day for the girls team was the impressive performance by Katie Landwehr. After placing 26th last year at the regional meet, Katie ran toe to toe with the region’s best, without feeling her best, and finished 3rd overall with a time of 19:20. Although she heads to the state meet as an individual, Katie will definitely have the support from her teammates who will continue to run with her this week at practice. Katie has her sights set on placing in the top 15 at state, earning All-Ohio honors and placing on the podium.