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October 29, 2005
Warren Central captured its first state championship while Pendleton Heights’ Brock Hagerman ran away to take the individual title at the IHSAA Cross Country State Finals on Saturday at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute.
The Warriors had two runners
place in the top seven, including junior De’Sean
Turner who finished second (15:25.5) and classmate Ondraius
Richardson in seventh (15:41.8), to tally 118 points for the school’s first
state championship in the sport. Other scoring runners for
The new state champions edged
Hagerman covered the 5,000
meter course in a time of 15:13.2 and became the first cross country runner
from his school to take home the blue ribbon medal. Hagerman finished fourth as
a sophomore in 2003, but was 26th in last year’s event when the course was used
for the first time for the state finals. He outdistanced Turner, who was third
in 2004, Chesterton senior Adam Martin (15:31.8), Franklin Central junior Adam
Green (15:36.3) and
This year’s meet, the 60th annual event for the boys, was run under bright, blue skies with slight winds and temperatures in the low 60s.
HAGERMAN HONORED WITH MENTAL ATTITUDE AWARD
Following the race, Hagerman was honored with the Charles F. Maas Mental Attitude Award by members of the IHSAA Executive Committee.
The award is named after the late IHSAA Assistant Commissioner and is awarded annually to the senior who, having been nominated by his principal and coach, best demonstrates excellence in the areas of mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability. Since the award was first handed out in 1973, Hagerman becomes just the sixth individual to win both the race and the mental attitude award.
He rates 25th
in his current class of 234 students at
He is a three-year letterwinner in track having qualified as many times for the 3200 meter run in the state meet and was twice named All-State in that event.
Though undecided about his college plans, Hagerman intends to study engineering, pharmacy or medicine.
He is the son of Rod and Melissa Hagerman of Markleville.
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presented a scholarship check for $1,000.00 to
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