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Byrne takes first at Columbus East

The North Harrison boys’ cross country team had one of its best performances Saturday at a highly competitive 12-team meet at the Columbus East Invitational. The Cougars placed fourth behind Ben Davis, Carmel and, the eventual winner by tie, Bloomington South.
The team scored 125 points and had a pack time of 3:13. Cougar harrier Tyler Byrne was the overall winner, just missing his personal best by three seconds, winning the race at 16:06. Ryan Foster had a personal best time of 17:24 and placed 10th overall. Johnnie Guy also had a personal best time of 17:58 and placed 24th. Chris Foster placed 43rd with a time of 19:00, and Josh Guy had a personal record time of 19:19 and placed 47th.
The junior varsity boys’ team also did well, coming in sixth place with a score of 173 points with a pack time of 4:44. Peter Book lead the team with a PR time of 18:37, placing seventh overall. Casey Wagner placed 39th with a time of 20:06; Christian Horstman placed 44th with a time of 20:22; Ben Wellner placed 83rd with a PR time of 22:17; and Aaron Lett placed 90th with a PR time of 23:21.
North Harrison’s girls’ team ran in the junior varsity race and also came in fourth place. Tori Moberly lead the team with a PR time of 22:18 placing sixth overall; Kasey Cox placed 10th with a time of 22:45; Cassie Crawford just missed her PR by two seconds with a time of 23:44 coming in 19th place; Sydney Taylor placed 48th with a time of 26:15; Kelley Naegele also had a PR time of 26:30:51 and placed 51st, just ahead of teammate Jenna Waiz, who placed 52nd with a time of 26:30:88; Nisa Moss placed 70th with a time of 29:32; and Amber Rodewig placed 78th with a time of 33:19.
Top 20 Freshmen were also recognized at Saturday’s meet with Tori Moberly placing 12th overall, Ryan Foster placing second overall, Johnnie Guy placing fourth overall and Josh Guy placing 15th overall.

NH Invitational Thursday

North Harrison’s 5,000-meter cross country course will be the backdrop tomorrow (Thursday) of the annual North Harrison Cross Country Invitational.
It will be the 40th year for the boys’ race and the 28th year for the girls’ invitational. Course records were set last year on both sides, with Northeast Dubois’s Dustin Betz running in 15:59 and Jasper’s Lacey Oeding coming home in 19:10.
Runners will take off at 6 p.m. with a girls’ junior varsity race followed by a boys’ junior varsity race at 6:30. The gun will signal the start of the girls’ varsity race at 7, followed by the varsity boys at 7:30. An awards program will follow at approximately 8:15.
Thirty schools will take part, mainly from the southern portion of the state. Harrison County teams Corydon Central, Lanesville and South Central will be competing, along with Crawford County and Floyd Central.
North Harrison will send out a squad on the boys’ side, highlighted by state qualifier Tyler Byrne. The junior finished fourth in the Invitational last year and went on to a 21st-place finish at state.
At the North Harrison Invitational a year ago, Crawford County won the girls’ team top honors and Silver Creek won the boys’.