Burris, Miller crack top five as MC takes fifth spot; Moystner, Walser fall just short
Monroe Central’s cross country boys continue to claw their way through the postseason, reaching yet another milestone on Saturday as they punched their ticket into the semi-state by placing fifth at the IHSAA Delta Regional Cross Country Meet.
Saturday’s single class semi-state is hosted by New Haven High School, but held this year at Huntington University in Huntington.
Under Ron Braun, success continues to breed success for Monroe Central’s cross country program. The Bears have won 12 straight county championships and now 18 total. They have advanced to the semi-state five times including this season, and since 2006, there have been only three seasons in which the Bears did not send at least one runner to the semi-state.
But this 2020 team has accomplished more than past teams. This is the first team to claim championships in the Randolph County Meet, the MEC Meet, and the Sectional. No other team was able to win all three.
This is the first Golden Bears’ team to have won the very competitive South Adams Invitational, and Tucker Burris is the first Bear to have won the meet as an individual.
This 2020 team is the first to produce an IHSAA Delta Sectional Champion – again Tucker Burris. Making that statistic even more amazing is that had Burris not won, teammate Carter Miller would have. Miller was second. Burris and Miller were instrumental in the team’s securing of the sectional championship.
On Saturday, Burris and Miller again forged into the front of the pack to help the Bears earn their way to Huntington. Burris finished fourth in a time of 16:27, his best run on the Muncie Sportsplex course in three meets this season.
Miller also ran his best time on the Delta course, finishing in fifth place with a time of 16:40. He is one of only two current Bears who have run past the regional. Miller advanced to the sem-state last year, the only individual on the team to qualify.
Junior Kyler Shumaker fished third for the Bears and 36th overall. His time of 17:53 was 1:44 faster than the time he turned in last year at the regional. Shumaker has been running very well late in the season and has been vital in the team’s success.
The lone senior on this year’s team, Caden Shumaker, is the only other Bear with semi-state experience. Shumaker was on the 2017 team that advanced to New Haven. In Saturday’s regional run, he earned 43rd place in a time of 18:20. Shumaker’s career has included four times All Randolph County and three times All Mid-Eastern Conference.
Freshman Eli Chamberlain has played a major role in the late-season success of the Bears. He finished fifth for the team and 55th (18:49) overall which gave them what they needed to defeat sixth place Yorktown.
Sophomore Caden Landis has been steady all season and has been actively involved in many of the Bears triumphs. He was fourth in the Randolph County Meet, 18th in the MEC, and 11th at the sectional. Landis finished 47th at the regional in a time 19:19.
Junior Lane Anderson finished 80th (20:11). He may run seventh for the Bears, but he is still one of the best runners in Randolph County. Anderson finished 10th in the Randolph County Meet earning himself all-county honors.
These seven talented runners will represent Monroe Central at Saturday’s semi-state run at the New Haven course.
Moystner, Walser have season come to an end
Winchester’s Aidan Moystner and Union City’s Conner Walser also ran in the regional. Although neither runner will advance to the semi-state, both runners had stellar seasons.
Moystner finished 38th in Saturday’s race. His time of 18:11 was not just a PR, it was his best time by 15 seconds. His time was 51 seconds faster than the time he turned in at the sectional and 1:09 faster than the time he ran at the regional last year.
Moystner was seventh in the Randolph County Meet and seventh in the Tri-Eastern Conference Meet. He advanced to the regional as a freshman and not only repeated as a sophomore but also improved from 69th place to 38th place.
Walser finished 45th in a time of 18:30. He has been among the best runners in the county all season. Walser finished ninth at the county meet and ninth at the conference meet.
This talented Union City freshman finished 15th in the sectional making him the top individual finisher on non-qualifying teams. He ran an even faster time in the regional but fell short of making the list of advancing individuals.
Moystner and Walser should be back in the thick of things next season, perhaps also finding their way to New Haven in 2021.
Boys Team Scores
1. Fishers 26
2. Hamilton Southeastern 58
3. Pendleton Heights 107
4. Wapahani 110
5. Monroe Central 123
6. Yorktown 158
7. Frankton 162
8. Delta 188
9. Blue River 263
10. Daleville 293
Monroe Central - 5th
4. Tucker Burris 16:27
5. Carter Miller 16:40
36. Kyler Shumaker 17:53
43. Caden Shumaker 18:20
55. Eli Chamberlain 18:49
63. Caden Landis 19:19
80. Lane Anderson 20:11
38. Aidan Moystner 18:11
45. Conner Walser 18:2
Girls Team Scores
1. Hamilton SE41
2. Fishers 52
3. Delta 92
4. Pendleton Heights 112
5. Yorktown 141
6. Monroe Central 156
7. Jay County 194
8. Cowan 201
9. Alexandria-Monroe 225
10. Frankton 237
Monroe Central - 6th
20. Katie Osborne 21:12
22. Addison Coe 21:16
38. Gracie Baker 22:15
40. Karly Puckett 22:20
64. Sophie Budreau 24:21
70. Morgan Ferguson 24:49
73. Kelsie Gaddis 25:21
9. Olivia Keesling 20:34
45. Ella Baldwin 22:44