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Sept. 6, 2006

Stamina, Speed, Strength, Skill, Spirit

IHSAA State Finals

Lacey Oeding competed at the IHSAA State Finals on October 27th and earned All-State honors by finishing seventh overall, the best finish in the girl's program history.

Lacey recorded a finishing time of 18:54.7 at the Laverne Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute which had received rain for five consecutive days. She got off to a solid start by going to the front and staying in the top 25 through the first mile. Lacey began her charge to the finish after the 2k mark, working her way into the top 10 just prior to the 4k mark. She battled for sixth place on the final straight, ultimately finishing 1.7 seconds out of sixth, 8.5 seconds out of third. Four of this year's top six finishers placed in the top six in the 2006 finals led by Alex Banfich of Culver Academy, who won her third consecutive state championship.

Lacey's effort also earned her a berth on the Indiana Cross Country All-Star team. The team was selected from the top nine senior finishers at the state finals, with the coaching staff hasving selected the tenth spot. All-Star teams from Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky will participate on November 17h, 2007 in Kettering, Ohio in the Mid-East Meet of Champions.


Indiana Cross Country All-Stars

Mid-East Cross Country Championships

Bedford North Lawrence Semi-state

Jasper's Lacey Oeding won the Bedford North Lawrence semi-state on October 20th, claiming her second consecutive semi-state championship.

Lacey's set a Bedford course record of 18:44.5 despite taking a fall in the early portion of the race. She moved up through the pack and gained the lead at the beginning of the second lap, ultimately winning by 17 seconds over Bloomington North's Molly Hirt.

Lacey will now move on to the state finals meet at Terre Haute on Saturday, October 27th, where she will compete in her fourth cross country state finals competition.

Crawford County Regional

Lacey Oeding represented the Wildcats at the Crawford County Regional on October 13th and claimed her second consecutive regional championship.

Lacey completed the 5k course in 19:06, 38 seconds ahead of the second place finisher and 13 seconds better than the old course record. The course is rolling terrain consisting of several short to moderate hills, flat sections, several turns and a few straight stretches. The mowed grass course travels through fields, cedar thickets and a quarter of a mile section through the woods.

Many thanks to teammates past and present, parents, and administrators who made the trip up to Crawford County High School to support Lacey. The semi-state is at Bedford North Lawrence on Saturday October 20th. The girls race begins at 9:30 am CST.

Jasper Sectional

Jasper's varsity teams closed out their seasons with sixth place finishes at the Jasper Sectional on October 9th. The girls missed qualifying for the Crawford County Regional by 12 points, while the boys were 6 points short of advancing.

Jasper's top finishing boy was senior Nick Brassard, who completed his high school XC career by finishing 16th in 17:16. Nick's time was approximately 7 seconds behind the 15th place finishing spot needed for individual advancement. Guy Goodness closed out his XC career with a 25th place finish, followed by Kory Voelkel (29), Gibson Goodness (33), Brian Jenkins (37), Alex Hawkins (38), and Patrick Tobin (48).

Jasper's girls were lead by Lacey Oeding who won her first sectional cross country championship in a time of 18:39.39. Lindsay Barth followed with a 22nd place finish, Aubree Block was 27th, Jordan Sermersheim 29th, Alice Brescher 31st in her final race, Rachel Mehringer 35th, and Caitlyn Brick closed out her career in 41st place.

Congrats to all our athletes for their effort this season! The team improved throughout the year but had the misfortune of competing in a very tough sectional. Best of luck to Lacey as she continues on in the tournament series, and thanks to all our Seniors for their participation in our program.


Northeast Dubois Invitational

Jasper wrapped up their regular season on October 2nd at the Northeast Dubois Invitational. The Cats placed 5th in the boys race, 4th in the girls race, 4th in the boys JV and 2nd in the girls JV races.

Nick Brassard lead the boys with a ninth place finish in 16:47. Nick was backed up by Kory Voelkel (24), Alex Hawkins (32), Guy Goodness (35), Gibson Goodness (41), Brian Jenkins (49th) and Logan Kern (50).

The girls were lead by Lacey Oeding, who won her eighth race of the year in a personal best time of 18:29. Rachel Mehringer followed with a 12th place finish, Lindsay Barth was 23rd, Ashlyn Greener placed 28th, Aubree Block finished 35th, Caitlyn Brick was 37th and Alice Brescher came home in 43rd place.

The JV boys got top 10 finishes from Max Mendel (9) and Adam Dills (10). The JV girls got a first place finish from Jordan Sermersheim and had top ten finishes from Kelsey Schwenk (4), Lauren Lilly (5) and Stephanie Kalb (8).


Jasper Invitational Canceled

The Jasper Invitational was canceled on September 25 due to heavy rain leading to concerns of unsafe course conditions. The meet will not be rescheduled.

The Booster Club cookout and Senior recognition activities were held as scheduled. I want to thank all of you for the drinks, side dishes and desserts provided for the cookout. A special thank you to Martha and Kevin Keusch for bringing the grill; Steve Jenkins, Steve Brosmer and Jerry Mehringer for manning the grill; Ann Oeding, Janet Lee, Vicky Mehringer, and Martha Keusch for getting the supplies as well as setting up the shelter houses; and Betty Jenkins for announcing the Seniors and their parents.

We wish the best of luck to our Senior class as they head into the final month of their high school cross country career:

Cameron Betz is the son of Ron and Lori Betz. He is a two year member of the cross country team. He would like to study engineering or mathematics at Rose Hulman.

Nick Brassard is the son of Dan and Mary Brassard. He is a four year member of the cross country team. He plans to major in biology at a four year college.

Alice Brescher is the daughter of Pat Brescher and Janet Lee. She is a two year member of the cross country team. She plans to attend a four year college to major in nursing. She is currently looking at IU, IUPUI, or Purdue but is undecided at this time.

Caitlyn Brick is the daughter of Gary and Danita Brick. This is her first year on the cross country team. She has been accepted at Lipscomb College in Nashville, TN where she will be studying dietetics.

Matthew Brosmer is the son of Steve and Frannie Brosmer. He is a four year member of the cross country team. He will be studying accounting but is undecided on a college at this time.

Guy Kulumanu Goodness is the son of Grayson and Diane Goodness. He is also a four year member of the cross country team. Guy has plans to attend University of Evansville, University of Southern Indiana, or Southern Adventist University upon graduation.

Maxwell Charles Mendel is the son of Pat and Nancy Mendel. He is a two year member of the cross country team. He plans to study mathematics at a four year college.

Lacey Korinne Oeding is the daughter of Luke and Ann Oeding. She is a four year member of the cross country team and will continue running at a collegiate level. She plans to major in dietetics and minor in exercise physiology. She is still undecided on a college at this time.

Barr-Reeve Invitational

The heat returned for Jasper's trip to the Barr-Reeve Invitational on September 18th. Jasper placed third in the boys and second in the girls race while competing against athletes from 15 other schools.

For the boys side Nick Brassard paced the Cats with an 8th place finish in a time of 17:41, Other Wildcats who placed were Kory Voelkel (17th), Guy Goodness (21st), Logan Kern (30th) and Gibson Goodness (36th).

In the girls race, Lacey Oeding won her sixth race of the season by more than 90 seconds in a time of 19:54. The other top five Wildcat finishers were Alice Brescher (14th), Jordan Sermersheim (15th), Lindsay Barth (18th) and Caitlyn Brick (20th).


Quick Notes

--The Parent Info page has been updated with newsletter information.

--2007 time summaries for the Boys and Girls teams are available on the Schedule/Results page.

--We would like email addresses for those families who have not already provided them. We will again set up a photo distribution list of meet photos. The Photos page has a sampling of photos Ann takes at every meet.

--The listing of Ann's photos will be posted out on Snapfish.com. This is a photo sharing web site that you can join for free by selecting the "new to Snapfish?" text. Ann will share photos by sending an email link to the meet albums allowing you to go to Snapfish and view the album. If you request prints the charge will be approximately 12 cents a print (depending on size). Please forward your email addresses to luoeding@yahoo.com.

Princeton Invitational

Jasper's girls won their second meet of the year and the boys placed third in the Princeton Invitational on September 11th.

The Lady Cats were led by Lacey Oeding who captured her fifth race win in a time of 18:35. She was followed by Rachel Mehringer (3rd), Lindsay Barth (7th), Alice Brescher (17th) and Jordan Sermersheim (19th),

The boys top finisher was Nick Brassard in 16:50, good for third overall. Other Wildcats who scored were Kory Voelkel (17th), Guy Goodness (22nd), Gibson Goodness (27th) and Alex Hawkins (31st).

On the JV side Jasper placed 8 runners in the top 10. For the girls, Aubree Block placed first, followed by Kelsey Schwenk (2nd) and Stephanie Kalb (4th). For the boys, Logan Kern finished second, Max Mendel fourth, Adam Dills fifth, Derek Keusch eighth and Edwin Cortez was ninth.


Upcoming Events

-November 17th, Mid-East Cross Country Championships


The Jasper Cross Country Booster Club held their annual Awards Banquet on Sunday, November 4th. Coach Schipp and Coach Michelle recognized team members and gave out the following awards:


Most Improved: Brian Jenkins
Diehard: Kory Voelkel
Mental Attitude: Guy Goodness
Most Valuable Senio
r: Nick Brassard
Most Valuable Runner: Nick Brassard
Most Valuable Freshman: Alex Hawkins
4 Year Participation Award: Nick Brassard, Guy Goodness, Matt Brosmer

Booster Club Boys Scholarship: Nick Brassard
All Big 8 Conference: Nick Brassard, Kory Voelkel
Big 8 JV Conference Championship Team: Matt Brosmer, Max Mendel, Nic Johnson, Derek Keusch, Edwin Cortez, Samuel Gadlage, Andy Willis, Will Disinger, Kyle Merkley, Nick Uebelhor

Academic All-State (IATCC): Cameron Betz; Honorable Mention, Nick Brassard


Most Improved: Jordan Sermersheim
Diehard: Lacey Oeding
Mental Attitude: Caitlyn Brick
Most Valuable Senior: Lacey Oeding
Most Valuable Runner Lacey Oeding
Most Valuable Freshman Lindsay Barth
4 Year Participation Award: Lacey Oeding
Booster Club Girls Scholarship: Lacey Oeding
All Big 8 Conference: Lacey Oeding, Rachel Mehringer, Alice Brescher, Lindsay Barth, Aubree Block.

Big 8 Conference Championship Team: Alice Brescher, Caitlyn Brick, Lacey Oeding, Jordan Sermersheim, Rachel Mehringer, Lindsay Barth, Aubree Block.

Big 8 JV Conference Championship Team: Kara Brooner, Stephanie Kalb, Brittany Kordes, Kami Schmitt, Kelsey Schwenk, Lauren Lilly, Ashlyn Greener, Amber Gudorf

State Finals participation certificate: Lacey Oeding
IHSAA All-State (top 25): Lacey Oeding
Class 3A-4A First team All-State (IATCC): Lacey Oeding
Indiana Cross Country All-Stars (IATCC): Lacey Oeding

Big 8 Conference

Jasper's Wildcats traveled to Haubstadt and took home the girls Big 8 Conference championship on September 30. The boys finished third, just five points behind conference champ Vincennes, and three behind second place Mt. Vernon.

Seven Wildcats earned all-conference honors by placing in the top ten in their respective races: Lacey Oeding (1st), Nick Brassard (2nd), Rachel Mehringer (4th), Alice Brescher (7th), Lindsay Barth (8th), Aubree Block (9th), Kory Voelkel (10th).

The JV boys and girls teams won their respective races and swept the individual championships as well. Max Mendel won the boys JV race while Ashlyn Greener took top honors in the girls competition.


Bloomington North Invitational

Jasper competed at the Bloomington North Invitational on September 15th. The meet schedule included four races, Frosh-Soph and Junior-Senior for boys and girls, and the results were further divided by school size.

The Cats ran well in perfect weather conditions, with nearly all our athletes posting times among the best they've recorded this season, arguably their best effort when considering course difficulty.


Heritage Hills Invitational

Jasper placed eight runners in the top 10 of the boys and girls varsity and JV races at the Heritage Hills Invitational on September 8th. Jasper finished second in the boys and fourth in the girls races.

On the boys side, Nick Brassard led the varsity Cats with an eighth place finish (17:40) followed by Kory Voelkel in 10th place (18:03). Brian Jenkins placed fifth (19:41) to lead the JV team, followed by Adam Dills in seventh (20:06) and Edwin Cortez in eighth (20:13).

For the girls, Lacey Oeding finished first in the varsity race with a personal best time of 18:46. Lauren Lilly led the JV squad, finishing fifth (24:05) while Aubree Block placed seventh (24:44).


Dubois-Crawford Invitational

Jasper battled local schools and near record high temperatures on September 4th at the Dubois-Crawford County Invitational at Southridge High School.

Jasper's boys (43 points) missed the team title by one point, losing to Northeast Dubois (42) but edging out Forest Park (44) by the same margin. The Cats got top ten performances from Nick Brassard (5th), Guy Goodness (6th) and Kory Voelkel (7th).

On the girls side the Cats placed fourth. Lacey Oeding led the girls with a first place time of 19:10, while Alice Brescher was 12th in 22:35, a personal best.

Jasper took first place in both JV races. The boys were led by Logan Kern (2nd), Derek Keusch (4th), Adam Dills (6th), Max Mendel (7th), Edwin Cortez (8th), and Cameron Betz (10th). On the girls side Jordan Sermersheim finished third followed by Kelsey Schwenk (5th), Stephanie Kalb (9th) and Lauren Lilly (10th).


North Harrison Invitational

Jasper traveled to Ramsey for the North Harrison Invitational on August 30th and competed against participants from 23 other schools.

The Cats placed 11th in the boys varsity, eighth in the girls varsity, sixth in the boys JV and first in the girls JV races. Lacey
Oeding won the girls varsity meet with a time of 19:10 and Aubree Block edged Ashlyn Greener at the finish for first in the JV race; each girl was timed at 23:35. Kory Voelkel placed 44th in a time of 18:11 to lead the boys varsity and Brian Jenkins finished 22nd in 19:59 to lead the boys JV team.

Our athletes continued to show improvement with 22 individuals posting their best times of the season!


Paoli Triangular

Jasper's boys finished second and the girls finished first in blistering hot conditions at the Paoli Triangular on Tuesday, August 22nd.

The Wildcat girls tallyed 26 points to place in front of Northeast Dubois (41) and Paoli (74). Lacey Oeding won the meet in 21:09 and the Cats got top 10 finishes from Rachel Mehringer (3rd), Alice Brescher (5th), and Caitlyn Brick (6th) .

The Wildcat boys scored 40 points to place second behind the Jeeps (30). Jasper was led by Nick Brassard who placed fourth followed by Kory Voelkel (5th) and Guy Goodness (6th).


Terre Haute South Early Bird Invitationa

The theme for Jasper's visit to the August 18th THS Early Bird Invitational could easily have been "Competition makes you better". The boy's field contained three of the state's top 50 rated teams (four of the top 10 ranked in the South semi-state). The girl's lineup featured four of the top 50 squads (five of who have been ranked in the top 10 for the South semi-state.)

Running in very comfortable conditions (70 degree temperatures) for the first time in weeks, the varsity boy's placed eighth and the girl's fourth against the competitive field. Our varsity teams each had five boys and girl's running their first varsity meet on the Lavern Gibson Course, home of the IHSAA State and NCAA National Championship Cross Country meets.

The JV race results show the boys placing sixth and the girls third. The boy's team had four runners competing in their first ever high school meet while the girl's had two making their debut.

Results are linked below and pictures will be posted soon:

Boys Varsity results , Girls Varsity results

Boys JV results
Girls JV results

Bloomington North's
website link contains photos with our runners and parents

Vincennes Alice Relays

The Wildcats ran in their first competition of the season on August the 13th at the Alice Relays. Jasper placed three pairs in the top 10 of the coed relay event where each boy and girl completed five laps for a total of 10 kilometers.

2007 Strassenfest Wettlauf

Current and past team members are mixed in with local runners at the start of the August 4th Strassenfest Wettlauf 5K run. Congratulations to all our athletes, coaches and parents who completed the challenging course in difficult conditions.

Complete results are provided by TriSateRunner.com at the link below:

2007 Strassenfest Wettlauf Results

Cross Country Basics!

Have you ever asked your runner about practice and been informed that they did a "fartlek" workout? If so I suspect you were probably curious as to what that involved!

Fear not, this link will define fartlek and other cross country lingo for those of you new to the sport! Click
Cross Country Basics-Glossary.. Additionally, we have created a page explaining Cross Country Scoring. Many thanks to Columbus North's team web site which provided much of the information for these links!

Visit the Links page for information regarding meet results, rankings (individual and team) and team web sites! Favorites of mine include Hoosier Authority, Crawford County, Bloomington North, and Brown County; you can visit them by clicking the blue text descriptions.

Tips For the High School Runner

Runners World has a section on its website for the High School Runner. Learn how to be a great teammate, be stronger mentally, eat healthy foods, and prevent injury.

Visit the Links page which contains many other links to websites with valuable information on running..

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