September 11, 2013 | 09:31 AM
For the second consecutive year, North Harrison's Ashton Bosler came away with top honors at the program's home cross country meet, the Cougar Classic, Thursday in Ramsey.
Taking off at the start gun, 146 harriers headed for the first turn in the girls' race. By the time the runners reached the one mile marker of the 5K race, Bosler had a slight lead over Floyd Central's Lydia Kotowski and Jasper's Hannah Welsh.
North Harrison's Ashton Bosler holds a slight edge over Floyd Central's Lydia Kotowski a mile into the Cougar Classic Thursday. Bosler would win in 19:23.9. Photos by Brian Smith (click for larger version)
Bosler would eventually stretch the lead out after winding through the open field of the North Harrison cross-country course. The junior hung on to win in 19:23.9. She was two seconds better than fast-closing Welsh. Kotowski placed third and was among five runners cracking the 20-minute mark.
"There was some good competition today," Bosler said. "I thought it went pretty well. I thought, in the end, I had more of a lead than I really did. My body just about gave out."
The junior has made multiple appearances at the state meet in cross country and on the track and was pleased to win her home meet, which drew 22 full girls' teams.
"It feels good to win our home meet," Bosler said. "Our team is looking good. We seem strong and practices are going well. We have high hopes for the postseason."
As a team, North Harrison placed fourth with 169 points. Taking the top spot was Floyd Central (59) with all five runners placing in the top 20.
Taking the second spot for North Harrison was Blos Karin, a foreign-exchange student, who placed 18th in a time of 21:13. Also new to the high school team is freshman Stevi Burns, who was 37th in 22:19. Also competing for the Lady Cats were Natalie Hollensead (54th, 23:27), Shelby Lindsey (59th, 23:40) and Hayley Elliot (82nd, 24:32).
"The girls, the same with boys, they will get better and better," said North Harrison coach Tim Martin. "We have a foreign-exchange girl, and it's her first time running, and she placed today. The other girls, like Natalie Hollensead, who ran great her freshman year, is making it back. Our third girl is a freshman and is already in the 22 range. We're hoping on the girls' and boys' side will be rocking in about five weeks."
Crawford County finished 18th with Yasmeen Yennes placing 23rd with a time of 21:43. Teammate Rachel Schwartz (24:53) was 86th.
Following the Lady Pack was Lanesville in 19th place. The Lady Eagles were paced by Bailey Kaake (24:47) in 87th and Elise Lawson (25:01) in 91st.
As a team, South Central was 22nd with Sandy Wagner finishing 86th with a time of 24:46.
Corydon Central didn't have enough runners to complete a team score but had Kristain Proctor close with a 68th-place finish, running in 23:52. Fellow Lady Panther Brianna Norris (23:59) was 71st.
In the boys' race, 164 runners kicked up dust at the start, but one runner eventually took the lead and never looked back. Borden sophomore Julien Magallanes ran a 5:08 mile pace and romped to a win in 15:58.7. The next fastest runner was Brownstown Central's Ryan Franklin in 16:35.
Lanesville's top runner at the Cougar Classic, Gabe Sronce, completes the first mile of the race Thursday. (click for larger version)
With the top finisher, Borden nearly won the team title but was edged out by the tighter pack of runners from Floyd Central. The Highlanders placed five in the top 21 to score 79 points, led by Luke Uhl's fifth-place run in 16:41.
North Harrison, a power program in recent years, finished fourth with a young group of competitors. Curtis Wetzel put in his best career effort, passing runners throughout the race to place eighth with a time of 16:49. Teammate Daniel Fleace didn't have his best performance but managed to take 12th with a time of 16:58.
"Daniel usually beats Curtis by 30 seconds, which would have put him in about second place today, but it wasn't his day," Martin said. "We want to run great at our home meet. We will be there."
Collier Smith, a talented freshman, was the second fastest among his grade, coming in at 28th place for the Cougars. He ran the race in 17:47, while teammate Jacob Faith (17:49) was 30th. Also competing were Austin Powell (75th, 19:22) and Andrew Robertson (80th, 19:31).
"We're young still with the two veterans Daniel and Curtis," Martin said. "Daniel didn't have the greatest race, but Curtis PR'd. Our third is a freshman that is making big jumps every week. We have a second-year runner who had a PR today as our fourth. So these guys are going to get better and better as the year goes on. We're just getting started."
Martin said the team has the mileage in to handle the 5K, but training and building confidence is something they'll work on in practice and upcoming meets.
"Last year, Floyd and others beat us here, and we beat them all by semi-state. That is the plan, to be ready by semi-state," Martin said. "Borden is a great team, and Floyd is always going to be good because they have such a good pack. We're going to try to cut into their runners which I have no doubt we will do."
Crawford County took the 12th spot as a team with Cody Carlton having a big day. The senior placed 11th with a time of 16:54. Cooper Murphy was 47th, and Jared Massengale was 48th.
Gabe Sronce paced the Lanesville team with a 53rd-place finish, running in 18:35. Following Sronce was Caleb Clifton (65th, 18:57) and David Blank (76th, 19:22) for the 14th-place Eagles.
Corydon Central's Jake Pitts came home in 33rd place, with a time of 17:58. As a team, Corydon Central was 15th. Jacob McClanahan was 95th for the Panthers.
Rounding out the Harrison County schools was South Central, finishing 23rd. Sophomore Dalton Terry was much the best for the Rebels, completing the race in 18:25 for 46th place.
Saturday will feature a key meet for North Harrison and Corydon Central when they head to the site of the semi-state, Brown County, for an invitational that will begin at 9 a.m.
Boys' team results – 1. Floyd Central 79, 2. Borden 104, 3. Tell City 129, 4. North Harrison 152, 5. Eastern (Pekin) 195, 6. Perry Central 195, 7. Jasper 217, 8. Brownstown Central 227, 9. New Albany 267, 10. Northeast Dubois 271, 11. Forest Park 276, 12. Crawford County 280, 13. Salem 311, 14. Lanesville 370, 15. Corydon Central 448, 16. Scottsburg 451, 17. Austin 463, 18. Henryville 481, 19. Southridge 557, 20. Jeffersonville 566, 21. West Washington 566, 22. Charlestown 579, 23. South Central 584, 24. Paoli 614, 25. Clarksville 710.
Boys' individual results – 1. J. Magallanes (Borden) 15:58.7, 2. R. Franklin (Brownstown Central), 3. J. Hedrick (Henryville), 4. Cam. Sherry (Tell City), 5. L. Uhl (Floyd Central), 6. K. McDaniel (Eastern Pekin), 7. B. Lain (Perry Central), 8. C. Wetzel (North Harrison), 9. T. Dooley (Forest Park), 10. Cal. Sherry (Tell City).
Girls' team results – 1. Floyd Central 59, 2. Jasper 73, 3. New Albany 150, 4. North Harrison 169, 5. Brownstown Central 192, 6. Northeast Dubois 204, 7. Perry Central 213, 8. Southridge 245, 9. Bedford North Lawrence 253, 10. Forest Park 260, 11. Salem 289, 12. Henryville 333, 13. Paoli 345, 14. Charlestown 361, 15. Jeffersonville 367, 16. Tell City 398, 17. Borden 455, 18. Crawford County 459, 19. Lanesville 476, 20. Scottsburg 522, 21. Eastern (Pekin) 547, 22. South Central 579.
Girls' individual results – 1. A. Bosler (North Harrison) 19:23.9, 2. H. Welsh (Jasper), 3. L. Kotowski (Floyd Central), 4. Sadie Spears (Henryville), 5. T. Cassidy (Jasper), 6. S. Warren (Salem), 7. C. Greene (Henryville), 8. S. Calhoun (Salem), 9. R. Kaforski (New Albany), 10. G. Rodriguez (Floyd Central).