The cross country landscape on the boys side will look a little different next season. Five of the area's top runners this past fall were seniors and will be moving on from Gibson Southern and Princeton Community.
In fact, all seven of the Titans' varsity runners this season were seniors.
Both Gibson Southern and Princeton Community finished in the Top 5 of the team standings at the South Knox Sectional to qualify for the regional while the Titans had their season extended a week longer with a semi-state berth.
As a result, the 2019 Daily Clarion All-Area Team consists of a quartet of Titan harriers and three from Princeton Community.
SPENCER BRITTINGHAM -- The junior ran in the top 3 for the Tigers all season. He placed 18th at the sectional, but his time of 17 minutes, 31 seconds at the Big Eight Conference meet was his top time of the year.
"Spencer is one of the hardest working individuals we have," PCHS coach Bill Niederhaus said. "He is a ginder when it comes to practice. When he sets his mind on achieving a goal, he will do whatever he needs to do to reach the goal."
COOPER CLARK -- Despite having numerous multiple No. 1 runners throughout the season, the junior finished the season as the most consistent and top runner for the Tigers. Clark finished 15th at the sectional and posted a season-low time of 17:34 during the conference meet.
"Cooper is becoming the runner he needs to be," Niederhaus said. "He used to think he was strictly a sprint-type of runner, but now he is beginning to see how his speed is a great asset to his long-distance ability. If he stays healthy, he will be a tremendous cross country runner as well as a tremendous mid-distance runner in track."
Clark was also an Academic All-State Honorable Mention selection.
CROSS EPPERSON -- The senior finished as the No. 4 runner for the Titans this season. His top finish and best time this season came during the Heritage Hills Patriot Invitational where he claimed a Top 10 finish and posted a time of 18:01.
"Cross was a top 5 runner for us all season and he worked hard each race to keep the gap close," Gibson Southern coach Jeremy Aydt said.
NOAH GLOMSKI -- The lone senior for the Tigers this season. Glomski ran in the Tigers top 3 all season. The senior posted a season-best time of 17:35 at the conference meet on the Tigers' home course.
"Noah has worked extremely hard at getting better at long-distance running," Niederhaus said of his only senior. "He has become a student of running and with his GPA you know he is going to succeed at learning. His leadership to his team has been out of this world. He has set an example I can only hope others can build on. He is a great teammate."
Glomski was also named to the Academic All-State Team.
PATRICK JONES -- Another one of the Titans' seven seniors. Jones was usually the teams' No. 3 runner. He saved his best races for the postseason as his top two times of the year came in the sectional and regional. His top time of 17:38 came during a 21st-place finish at the Pike Central Regional to help the Titans move to the semistate.
"Patrick had a great senior season," Aydt said. "He worked hard all season to be a solid scorer for our team."
AIDAN NEEL -- Emerged as one of the Titan's top two runners this season. The senior was consistently near the lead pack in almost every race this season. Neel ended the season with 6-Top 10 finishes on the year including a fourth-place effort in the sectional and a third-place finish at the regional.
He posted a season-best time of 16:41 at the Patriot Invitational.
"Aidan had a wonderful senior season which led to many great achievements," the Titans' coach said. "He worked hard and stayed focused on becoming one of the best in the area."
ZACH PURCELL -- Finished as the Titans' No. 1 runner and the best runner in the area this season. The senior started the season with a Top 25 at the ever arduous Valley Kickoff with a time of 17:09 and proceeded to get better as the season carried on. Of the 11 meets on the season, Purcell finished in the Top 5 in eight of those meets including winning the Patriot Invite with a season-best time of 16:25.
Purcell finished third at the sectional and second at the regional.
"Fantastic senior season," Aydt said of his top runner. "He learned that he could run with the best in this area of the state."
Purcell who was named the Titan's Alan Hopewell Leadership Award and was co-MVP with Neel, was also an Academic All-State Honorable Mention selection.