Shelbyville girls cross country coach Kelli Hoeflinger wanted to see Danielle Lubbe pushed into a harder race early in the season.
That didn’t happen Monday at the Blue River Memorial Park cross country venue. The Shelbyville senior quickly distanced herself from her teammates and the eight runners representing Greensburg and Brown County. She went on to win the five-kilometer race in 21 minutes, 34 seconds. Her teammate, Jill Anspaugh, finished second (23:43) over two minutes behind.
“I was hoping today (Danielle) would have somebody up there to race against but she still ran a good race on her own,” said Hoeflinger.
Shelbyville won the girls three-team meet when the Pirates and Eagles failed to field a full team of five. The Golden Bears sent 13 runners to the start line for the varsity race and six finished in the top 10.
“Jill had a really good race. Makinsi (Pike) had a really good race. Braelin (Stacy) did as well,” said Hoeflinger. “It’s nice to see that pack starting to close up.”
Pike finished fourth in 24:27. Stacy followed her across the finish line in fifth in 24:43.
Also placing in the top 10 were Hannah Lux (7th in 25:29) and Grace Martin (8th in 26:09).
With the top two finishers in the boys race, Brown County defeated Greensburg, 28-43. Shelbyville finished third (49).
Brown County’s Wyatt Wyman won in 17:13.
Collin Scott finished fifth in 18:25 to lead Shelbyville. Matt Baker, who holds the 3K distance record at the local course from his time in middle school, placed seventh (18:45) in his second varsity race with the Golden Bears.
“Matt Baker had a huge run as a freshman running 18:45,” said Shelbyville boys cross country coach Dan Theobald.
Also for Shelbyville, Nick Anderson placed 10th (19:23), Chandler Martin was 12th (19:40) and Lance Hughes was 15th (20:22).
“I was real happy with the times,” said Theobald. “We’re still figuring out how to race. For the second meet of the year, I thought we ran spectacular.”
Shelbyville next competes Saturday at the Franklin Invitational.
Jeff Brown is the Sports editor of The Shelbyville News. Follow Jeff on Twitter at @iamtsnsports.