Mount Vernon News

By Mount Vernon News
November 16, 2011 10:30 am EST


MOUNT VERNON — A pair of Freddies take top honors on the Mount Vernon News All-Area cross country team.

Nick Gaumer and Emily Roberts, the sole qualifiers to the state cross country event, are the All-Area Runners of the Year.

Gaumer, a junior at Fredericktown High School, ran the Division III race in a time of 17:36.15 at National Trail Raceway in Hebron.

Gaumer had spent the season building to a peak, which he reached at the Mid-Buckeye Conference championship. He won that race with a time of 17:16. His times remained steady through the following weeks, allowing him to qualify for state.

Roberts, a sophomore, finished fourth at the state meet. Her time of 18:46.75 was her best of the season. Roberts had finished second the previous year.

Mount Vernon’s Perry Studebaker was named First Team All-Area by the News. Studebaker was the best runner for the Yellow Jackets, finishing 31st at the Division I district meet at Watkins Memorial.

Logan Ebersole of Highland is also on the First Team. Ebersole qualified for Division II regionals with a time of 18:09.14, placing him 13th.

Centerburg’s William Thatcher is also named First Team. Thatcher earned his PR at the MBC championship with a time of 17:25. He then qualified for regionals with a time of 17:46.04 at the district meet.

Gaumer’s teammate Colin Roddy rounds out the boys First Team. Roddy, a freshman, had dominated the year before in middle school. He carried that over to high school, finishing with a time of 17:36 at the Centerburg Invitational and helping the Freddies qualify for regionals.

On the girls’ side, Mount Vernon’s Lindsey Studebaker is named to the First Team. Studebaker, a senior, peaked with a time of 20:37 at the Fredericktown Invitational. Although she didn’t qualify for regionals, she did register the fastest time for any Yellow Jacket at districts (21:49.61).

Centerburg’s Torrie Purdy is also named First Team. Purdy led the Trojans to regionals by finishing third at districts (20:15.95). Purdy would have finished 12th at regionals, except for a controversial call that got Purdy disqualified for carrying a hairband on her wrist.

Purdy’s teammate Alyssa Burton is also on the First Team. Burton peaked at the MBC championship with a time of 20:17.

Rounding out the girls’ All-Area First Team is Fredericktown’s Rebekah Haip. The sophomore finished 15th at districts with a time of 22:20.32, helping her team advance.

For helping lead both Centerburg teams into regionals, Belinda Pinkerton is the All-Area Cross Country Coach of the Year.

The All-Area First Team is voted on by Mount Vernon News sports writers and editors.

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