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The 2010 Indiana high school cross country season was a good mix of veteran experience and newcomers for Whitley County.
The depth of talent in the county was shown in all-state honors named Monday by the Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches.
Five runners in all were part of the list of the state’s best cross country runners. The county had its share of experience with Whitko senior Brian Menzie and Columbia City senior Renee Menzie.
The state of running also looks bright for the future. Two Columbia City freshmen joined the list in regional champion Samantha Roush and fellow freshman Brooke Werstler.
Whitko had an underclassmen join the list as well in junior Trapper Mize, who will likely fill the No. 1 running spot next season.
The IATCCC divides the all-state honors up into four different levels across three different classifications.
Columbia City fell into the class 3A-4A division. Roush landed in the highest honor for her 12-place finish at the state finals. Roush was named to first-team all-state.
Whitko senior Brian Menzie found his own spot on the first-team all-state in the class 1A-2A. Menzie was named for his individual sectional title at Marion, a eighth-place finish at semistate and 49th overall at state.
Lady Eagle Renee Menzie was selected to the second-team all-state as a sectional champion winner and her 43rd-place finish at state.
Brooke Werstler rounded out the Columbia City honors with a spot on the honorable mention list. Werstler ran a personal best time of 19:20 at the New Haven semistate and stood as the Lady Eagles’ No. 3 runner for most of 2010.
Wildcat Mize joined his teammate Brian Menzie with a spot among the honorable mention runners. Mize was a conference champion in the Three Rivers Conference along with a sectional runner-up finish.