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North Harrison’s Byrne second at Crawford Invitational

The Crawford County Lady Pack finished second as a team in the Crawford County Invitational cross country meet Saturday morning as the Madison Lady Cubs took home top honors. The Perry Central Commodores finished second in the boys division behind winner New Albany with North Harrison’s Tyler Byrne finishing second individually. It was a day that brought perfect conditions with clear skies and temperatures near 60 at race time.
‘It was nice weather to run, definitely from being hot,’ said Corydon’s Harrison Mann. ‘It was a big, big difference.’
Four races were run in the event: freshman and sophomore girls, freshman and sophomore boys, junior and senior girls, and junior and senior boys. In the freshman and sophomore girls event, Perry Central’s Rachel Rayford and Madison’s Chelsea Stephen paced each other through most of the race with Eastern’s Erika Wilson behind in third. Eleven minutes into the 5K run, Rayford led by three steps. But in the end, Stephen would come back to win both the race and overall with a time of 19 minutes, 19 seconds.
‘This is a tough course, but I was feeling pretty good,’ said Rayford, who finished third in the overall standings. ‘We’ve been working pretty hard the last few weeks, so we’re all pretty tired, the whole team. I tried to kick it a little bit, but I just couldn’t stay with her. Towards the end, I started falling out. I should have stayed up with her. That was stupid on my part.’
The Perry sophomore said her training schedule has her in the right position now to peak near state meet time.
‘Right now in our training, we’re starting to do a little bit of speed work so there at the end I can have more of a little kick than I usually do,’ said Rayford. The start of the boys freshman-sophomore race began at a torrid pace, and North Harrison’s Tyler Byrne found himself somewhat boxed in as the runners headed for the first turn. By the mile, however, Byrne was all by himself with a 40-meter lead. Byrne easily cruised to the win in the race with a time of 16 minutes, 28 seconds, and second overall in the boys division standings.
‘It wasn’t the smoothest race I’ve run this year,’ Byrne said after the 5K. ‘The first mile, I came through at 5:04 but that start was really quick. I was hoping to get a little closer to 16:00, but I’m pretty satisfied with it.’
‘The competition was all right but I didn’t have anybody pushing me,’ he said. ‘Up to a mile I was being pushed, but then I kind of slowed down. I’d like to be breaking 16 pretty soon. I’m right near that mark, but I just haven’t got there yet. I think by sectional I’ll be there.’
Crawford’s Lauren Schaftlein got out with the lead group in the girls junior-senior race but also found herself slightly boxed in at the first turn. At the mile, Brownstown’s Kassie Kovert was leading with Schaftlein third and Salem’s Brooke Davisson fourth. Renee Darland was having a good race for the Lady Pack running seventh and Morgan Kenner was back in 11th.
Two top runners not in the race were North Harrison’s Amber Gresham and Paoli’s Audrey Thill, both trying to recovering from injuries.
‘I tried running a mile, but it just hurt too much,’ said Gresham, who hadn’t run for two weeks with shin problems. ‘I don’t like sitting here watching everybody else.’
At the halfway point, Schaftelin was fourth followed by Davisson but a quarter-mile later Davisson moved ahead of Schaftlein. Kovert went on to win in a time of 19 minutes, 24 seconds with Schaftlein second and Davisson finishing fourth. Overall, Schaftlein was fifth and Davisson seventh (20:09). Darland was 11th (20:45) with Kenner 17th (21:18), Ashlee Satterfield 24th (21:33) and Carolyn Pellman 36th (22:13).
‘I tried to push it in at the 800 mark,’ Schaftlein said. ‘Usually I don’t have that much energy, but it must be the weather. It’s really nice and cooler, and I do better in cool weather over hot.’
Schaftlein said she wasn’t that worried when Davisson passed her just past the halfway point.
‘I tried to stay right behind her,’ the Crawford senior said. ‘I knew I needed to pace off Brooke. She’s a good runner, and I was hoping I could stay with her and thankfully I did, and I ended up with a sub-20. That was my goal. I said I wanted to get under 20 minutes. And I was five seconds under, so I was really happy.’
The Perry Central Lady Commodores finished fourth of the 25 schools running and put their top-five in the top-50 of the 157 runners. Behind Rayford was Audra Gehlhausen (26th, 21:36), Lavian Schwartz (30th, 21:53), Amy Schwartz (34th, 22:10) and Robbie Thomas (37th, 22:16).
In the boys junior-senior race, Corydon’s Harrison Mann was pushed well back at the start and had to fight his way up to the lead group. By the mile, Mann was up in a top-10 position and held that spot. Mann finished seventh in the race and was 14th overall of 215 runners with a time of 17 minutes, 24 seconds for the 5,000 meters.
‘At the beginning, I got stuck back in the second pack where I knew I shouldn’t have been,’ said Mann. ‘I used a bit of energy to catch up with the next group. I got up there and I tried to hang with them, which is usually where I am. It worked for a while, passing people, and then I stayed with the New Albany guys.’
Perry Central finished second of 26 schools in the team standings with three runners in the top 15. Corey Kimball was seventh at 17:00 minutes, Jake Schwartz was ninth in a time of 17:10, and Michael Ernst finished 12th in 17:20.
The North Harrison boys team finished sixth. Behind Byrne were Matt Bruce at 44th (18:19) and Chris Foster (48th at 18:23). Corydon was seventh as Charles Bright came in 43rd (18:17) and Cheyenne Smith at 49th (18:24). Paoli’s Ben Warren finished 32nd overall at 17:51.

Girls team results
Madison 104:13, Crawford County 105:44, Heritage Hills 106:26, Perry Central 107:29, Forest Park 108:48, New Albany 109:02, Tell City 109:06, Bedford North Lawrence 110:50, Brownstown Central 111:07, Providence 118:44, Salem 119:46, Eastern (Pekin) 120:05, Henryville 122:09, Paoli 133:08, Borden 133:32, Scottsburg 143:10, West Washington 150:57, INC-Austin, Cannelton, Charlestown, Clarksville, Corydon, Mitchell, North Harrison, South Central

Girls results
1. Chelsea Stephen (Mad) 19:19, 2. Kassie Kovert (Brntn) 19:24, 3. Rachel Rayford (PC) 19:34, 4. Kirsten Hart (Mad) 19:42, 5. Lauren Schaftlein (CC) 19:55, 6. Carissa Martin (NA) 20:08, 7. Brooke Davisson (Sa) 20:09, 8. Tricia Oxford (HH) 20:21, 9. Erika Wilson (E) 20:34, 10. Alison Cooper (FP) 20:42, 11. Renee Darland (CC) 20:45, 12. Casey Gillespie (BNL) 20:53, 13. Shaina Miller (HH) 20:59, 14. Tiffany Davis (TC) 21:09, 15. Sidney Strobel (TC) 21:12

Boys team results
New Albany 86:42, Perry Central 86:50, Bedford North Lawrence 88:00 (sixth Man 18:02), Tell City 88:00 (sixth Man 18:21), Brownstown Central 91:24, North Harrison 91:42, Corydon Central 92:57, Austin 93:07, Heritage Hills 93:25, Forest Park 93:35 (sixth Man 29:52), Madison 93:35 (No sixth Man), Providence 94:55, Scottsburg 95:38, Paoli 96:36, Borden 97:55, Henryville 98:25, Eastern (Pekin) 98:26, South Central 98:27, Charlestown 99:07, Mitchell 100:41, Clarksville 102:39, Rock Creek Christian Academy 117:59, INC-Crawford County, Cannelton, Salem, West Washington

Boys results
1. Mark Crossman (Brntn) 16:04, 2. Tyler Byrne (NH) 16:28, 3. Alex Fenn (TC) 16:31, 4. Oliver Book (Prov) 16:36, 5. Cody Stein (HH) 16:43, 6. Jason Holcomb (NA) 17:00, 7. Corey Kimball (PC) 17:00, 8. Robert Atteberry (BNL) 17:09, 9. Jake Schwartz (PC) 17:10, 10. Alan Hoon (NA) 17:15, 11. Christian Everhardus (NA) 17:16, 12. Michael Ernst (PC) 17:20, 13. Spencer Sandage (TC) 17:22, 14. Harrison Mann (Co) 17:24, 15. Josh Thomas (FP) 17:26