Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


May 2, 2013

Split decision

ALTAMONT -- Back in the fall, Neoga’s Tim Mueller and St. Anthony’s Kevin Wiedman coached their respective cross country teams to a deadlock in the National Trail Conference meet. In the end, the Indians took the tiebreaker.

It was only fitting then, that when the two coaches clashed again on Tuesday at the NTC track and field meet, it again came down to the wire. Duking it out at Altamont, it took nearly four hours of events to determine who the best boys track team in the National Trail Conference was on Tuesday. When the dust cleared, St. Anthony had earned 143 total points and was awarded the conference plaque, while Neoga was close behind with 132.

Only that wasn’t the end, as the scorekeepers looked over an event win by Neoga’s Corey Kersey in the long jump, failing to score the Indians appropriately. The misjudging called for a full recount of the events, with no winner being declared as of press time Tuesday night. After meticulously rescoring each individual event, the new team totals were released on Wednesday morning, with St. Anthony and Neoga both finishing at 142 total points. Indeed, there was a tie.

“I told him, ‘I’m getting sick of tying you Tim,’” Wiedman said. “It’s just funny, you have this big meet with seven teams, who knows how many points available, and to go out with the same amount of points? It shows how tight the competition was.”

Though the Bulldogs had to concede the cross country trophy following the tiebreaker, this final results will stand. Neoga and St. Anthony each stand atop the NTC, as dual winners of the conference.

“We knew Neoga was going to be our toughest competition,” Wiedman said. “We had seen them one other time this year, we knew going in every Neoga runner you beat is going to help.”

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