Conference meets prep for sectional
Conference bragging rights were up for grabs in cross country last week. South Central’s Rachel Pease picked up serious hardware in the girls’ Southern Athletic Conference race, taking first place overall.
The cross country teams are prepping for the upcoming post-season events. The sectional meet was held yesterday (Tuesday) at Crawford County. The 11 team sectional features Corydon Central, Crawford County, Lanesville, North Harrison and South Central. The top 15 individuals and top five teams advance to regionals. Regionals will be held Saturday, also at Crawford County, starting at 10:30 a.m. The regional will feature advancers from Crawford County and Jasper.
South Central finished second as a team in both girls’ and boys’ races in Lanesville. In the girls’ race, South Central finished five points behind first-place finisher Henryville (43-48). New Washington took third with 53 points, and Crothersville was fourth with 75. Lanesville and Borden turned in incomplete team scores.
In the girls’ race, Pease took the top individual honors. The South Central freshman won with a time of 21:47. Her teammate Shelby Miller placed second.
Lanesville’s top runners came in strong. Miranda Kaake placed fourth, and Rachel Butler took sixth. All four were named All-Conference.
Borden took first place in the boys’ race with 48 points, followed by South Central’s 54. Crothersville took third place, followed by host Lanesville (98), Henryville (113) and New Washington (115).
Borden’s Hunter Williams finished first with a time of 17:42, and Crothersville’s Mark Crossman was second.
Joe Kissel represented Lanesville well with a third-place finish. He was flanked by a pair of South Central runners in John Lopp in fourth and Chris O’Connor in fifth. The trio were also named All-Conference.
In the junior high race, Lanesville finished first in the boys’ division, and South Central was fourth. Lanesville’s Brandon Price won the race in 10:40.
Lanesville was second in the girls’ junior high event. South Central’s Maddison O’Connor had a fourth place finish, and Lanesville’s Erica Day was seventh.
The Mid-Southern Conference boys’ race was missing a familiar runner, but it didn’t slow the North Harrison harriers from a second-place finish. Tyler Byrne, who had logged fast times all season, watched on the sideline while being hampered with a minor injury. He is expected to return at sectional.
The Cougars were second at the MSC at Hardy Lake with 64 points. The first-place finisher was Silver Creek with 42. Corydon Central finished fifth with 112 points.
Billy Wink from Silver Creek was the top overall finisher in 16:47. Corydon Central’s Harrison Mann continues to have a strong season, finishing second at the MSC meet in a time of 17:03. Also for the Panthers, Cheyenne Smith was eighth.
North Harrison finished with a tight pack time of 46 seconds. Ryan Foster led the team with a ninth-place finish with a time of 17:30. Other top North Harrison finishers were Johnnie Guy (12th), Peter Book (13th), Chris Foster (15th), Christian Horstman (18th), Josh Guy (23rd) and Matt Bruce (26th).
In the girls’ MSC race, Silver Creek’s Olivia Horvath tied the conference record with a time of 20:44.
Overall in team standings, Brownstown Central was first with 60 points, followed by Silver Creek with 62. North Harrison finished fourth (108), and Corydon Central was sixth (135).
North Harrison was led by Kasey Cox’s ninth-place finish with a time of 22:05. Tori Moberly also had a good finish, taking 10th place.