Eagles runner finishes in top 100 at state meet

TERRE HAUTE — Brown County senior Wyatt Wyman has run on the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in the past, but never for the state finals.

Saturday was Wyman’s first time running in the state meet. Although he did not reach his goal of making placing in the top 50, he said he did the best he could.

Wyman finished in 16 minutes, 34.6 seconds for 5,000 meters (3.1 miles) to place 99th overall. The 40-degree weather might have played a part in his performance.

“I’m not really used to it, but everyone was under the same conditions, so I can’t really complain too much,” Wyman said.

Wyman said running on the course for the state meet felt a lot different for him because he was racing the best. The mentally taxing part of the race for Wyman was right after the third kilometer. Athletes had to race up the top of the hill to reach the 3K mark, and Wyman said he just had to push through the third and fourth kilometers to reach the final stretch.

Brown County Coach Rob Abraham said Wyman ran well, but said there is an advantage of running in the state meet before your last year. He said reaching the state finals at least the year before gives you the experience to know what to expect the second time around.

“As we get farther into the state series, it is the situation where the cream of the crop starts to show up,” Abraham said. “When you’re running here, it’s one of those deals where it’s tough.”

Hamilton Southeastern’s Gabe Fendel won the boys race in 15:17.2. Carmel won the boys state title with 94 points, and Zionsville’s girls took first with 118 points. Greencastle’s Emma Wilson won the girls race in 17:45.9.