“I thought we probably could have ran a little better than we did, but we had a really hard workout [Monday] because we weren’t sure we were going to have the meet,” Western coach Gary Jewell said, noting that Tuesday’s heat might have forced the meet to be called off. “When we ran it was at least 93 [degrees]. We were kind of running on tired legs but sometimes you have to do that. Sometimes you have to do a hard workout and a race back-to-back.
“Matt basically sat back the first half of the race before making his way to the front and he gapped the No. 2 guy. On his last K he ran sub 3 minutes. Our sixth man, Josh Scott, is a sophomore who seems to be coming into his own right now. He’s ran PRs in his last two races. He picked a good day to do it. If he doesn’t run as well as he did, we’re in second place.”
Nate Gonzalez led Tipton with a third-place finish (16:59). Cameron Conn led Carroll in 12th (18:06)
WESTERN 2, OAK HILL 1
Nic Bewley opened the scoring on a header off a feed from Mason May, and Zac Simpson closed the scoring on a 35-yard rocket early in the second half to break a 1-all tie and give the Panthers the win. Edgar Sanchez had three saves as Western improved to 6-2-1.
“First and foremost we did a very nice job of maintaining possession,” Western coach Mike Roe said. “We limited their touches on the ball. one thing we wanted to work on was making sure we didn’t let anybody string together several passses. I really feel that worked well for us. And we were able to maintain possession. Oak hill’s younger this year but they’re always a solid team.”