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Cougars, Scottsburg win Little 4

The 2010 cross country season officially began Thursday afternoon with the Little Four meet at Hayswood Nature Reserve west of Corydon. The end result was the North Harrison Cougars and Scottsburg Warriorettes coming out as winners in the team competition.
Scottsburg’s Bridgett Elliott and Corydon Central’s Brianna Norris paced each other step for step through the majority of the girls’ race. With a quarter mile to go, Elliott pulled ahead of Norris with a bigger kick going on to win in a time of 22:45 for the 5,000 meters. Paoli’s Kelsey Smith finished third with Crawford County’s Carolyn Pellman fourth. Corydon Central’s Janae Smith rounded out the top five.
‘I’m not much of a sprinter but she was, and I’m OK with second,’ said Norris, a freshman. ‘It was nice to talk with her during the race sometimes because that kind of calms me down when I talk to someone. I get really stressed out sometimes. If I’m nowhere near anyone, I’ll just start spazzing out or something. So, it calms me down a lot to talk to someone.’
Norris said she felt confident going into the race and was comfortable running in the lead group.
‘I was pretty fast during my junior high year, so I guess you could say I’m used to being up in the top 10s and 20s,’ she said. ‘It’s pretty cool to be a freshman at my speed. As I grow a lot more and I get better endurance and more experience, I’ll improve a lot more.’
Pellman, who is also a golfer for the Lady Pack during the fall sports season, said she has had little time to get training runs and wasn’t sure what her outcome would be.
‘I was pretty nervous because I haven’t really been training because I go to golf over cross country,’ she said. ‘We’ve had golf matches since last Tuesday every day, so I haven’t ran in like a week and a half until yesterday.’
The Cougars of North Harrison dominated the boys’ race from beginning to end. Jonathan Reynolds, Johnny Guy, Ryan Foster, Logan Wells, Josh Guy and Kyle Chesser went out front early, along with Crawford County’s Chase Broughton, Scottsburg’s Logan Wells and Corydon Central’s Luke Burch.
Reynolds and Johnnie Guy broke away from the front field in the last half of the race with Reynolds getting a one-second win over Johnny Guy. Foster finished third with Broughton behind in fourth and Scottsburg’s Logan Wells in fifth. Wells broke up North Harrison’s first five to keep the Cougars from getting a perfect score of 15.
‘We’re feeling great about this season,’ said Reynolds. ‘Summer went good, so we’re looking forward to the rest of the season.’
Reynolds said being able to run in a pack will be crucial to how the Cougars perform during the season.
‘It’s huge, especially when you get in the big races,’ he said. ‘It’s even more important because to win a race you don’t have to have the top three spots. The pack is what matters, get everybody as close as you can. Our pack time is going to be more of an advantage for us (as) opposed to last year.’
Broughton, a junior, said staying with the North Harrison runners was key to his finish, and he hopes to do the same during the season when Crawford County and the Cougars are running at the same meet.
‘It was pretty big,’ he said. ‘If they get too far ahead of me, I get kind of discouraged. I knew I wouldn’t run as good. I’m going to try to (run with them) the best I can.’
Burch finished eighth to lead the Panthers with a time of 17:34. Teammate Cheyenne Smith was ninth with a time of 17:36.
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Boys’ scores ‘ North Harrison 17, Corydon Central 58, Crawford County 69, Paoli 88, Scottsburg (no team score)
Boys’ results ‘ 1. Jonathan Reynolds (NH) 16:23, 2. Johnny Guy (NH) 16:24, 3. Ryan Foster (NH) 16:56, 4. Chase Broughton (CC) 17:08, 5. Logan Wells (S) 17:13, 6. Josh Guy (NH) 17:23, 7. Kyle Chesser (NH) 17:24, 8. Luke Burch (Co) 17:34, 9. Cheyenne Smith (Co) 17:36, 10. Levi Taylor (CC) 17:40
Girls’ scores ‘ Scottsburg 29, Corydon Central 52, Paoli 62, North Harrison 75, Crawford County (no team score)
Girls’ results ‘ 1. Bridgett Elliott (S) 22:45, 2. Brianna Norris (Co) 22:51, 3. Kelsey Smith (P) 24:02, 4. Carolyn Pellman (CC) 24:21, 5. Janae Smith (Co) 25:32, 6. Dominque Dobson (S) 25:51, 7. Kacy Brennaman (S) 25:53, 8. Olivia Wiseman (S) 25:54, 9. Haley Love (S) 25:55, 10. Kelsie Collins (S) 26:05