The fantastic 2020 Girls Cross Country Campaign concluded at the Shelbyville Semi-State on Saturday.
Freshman Allie Jenson once again led the Marauders while improving her own freshman school record by another 7 seconds to set the new standard at 20:05.9.
Senior Esther Small was second for the Marauders with an excellent final race to end her high school cross country career. The elder Jenson, Tori, alongside Melinda Cornelius also ran exceedingly well for the second week in a row, while Morgan Tharp rounded out the top 5 scorers for the Marauders. Lydia Carrell and Alex Overshiner served as displacers this week.
“I know that Lydia is disappointed to end the season in that manner,” said Coach Coy, “but without Lydia’s leadership and dedication, we would have never seen the vast improvement we made over the course of the year. She did a ton for our program this year and should be proud of her own accomplishments as well as the team’s.”
“Allie was the model of consistency for us throughout the season, something pretty atypical for a freshman. I can’t wait to see what she does the next three years. Esther, Tori, and Mindy really hit their peak when we needed them. They were all really invested mentally. I’m also thrilled for the season Morgan Tharp had. She didn’t have a great race today, but similar to Lydia, she was one of the main catalysts for us to improve so dramatically in a year’s time. Alex Overshiner was our soccer transplant and we were thrilled to have her out. Next year we hope to have her healthy for the entire season because we know she has a really high ceiling.”
Along with the team success this season, the top six Marauder ladies all secured spots on the top 15 Mt. Vernon 5Ks of all time. With the 2020 season concluded, Allie Jenson now sits 3rd all time (#1 Freshman), Lydia Carrell is 4th, Esther Small is 9th, Morgan Tharp is 11th, Mindy Cornelius is 13th, and Tori Jenson currently sits at 14th in the history of MV.
It is a fantastic accomplishment to get 6 girls on the record board, but they are hungry to improve upon both their times and post-season success next season. Many of the top ten ladies will take on big roles in the 2021 MV track season this spring where they hope to find the same improvement.
“I’m just really happy with the effort that the girls put in all year. They wanted it for themselves and their teammates. Now that they understand the recipe for success, which includes all the offseason training, they will undoubtedly be even more motivated as we transition into track,” concluded Coy.
The Marauder ladies were one of the most statistically improved teams in the state this year and graduate only one from their top eleven. The future is looking bright for the Marauder squad heading into 2021 and beyond and they are eager to embrace it.
A big congratulations also goes to Brenna Shaw of New Palestine who will once again represent Hancock County and the HHC at the state championships next Saturday. The lady Marauders wish her luck as she contends for All-state recognition!
Until next year!