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Eagles sweep at Corydon Inv.

Eagles sweep at Corydon Inv.
Eagles sweep at Corydon Inv.
Competitors in the girlsÂ’ 5-kilometer race at the Corydon Central Invitational Thursday take off at the start. South CentralÂ’s Rachel Pease, second from right, won the race in 21:39. Photos by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

A week prior, temperatures approached triple digits. At Thursday’s Corydon Central Invitational, cross country runners returned to familiar weather: cool and rain.
During the opening race, the girls’ 5-kilometers, a steady, light rain came down at the start and through much of the event which was held at Hayswood Nature Reserve. The top two racers, South Central’s Rachel Pease and Corydon Central’s Brianna Norris, finished well ahead of much of the field.
The duo paced each other during the early stages before Pease took off on her own. She opened up a wide lead and completed the race in 21:39. Norris came across in second place, running in 22:30. The third-place finisher, Henryville’s Sadie Spears, ran in 24:18.
Of the six participating teams, two recorded team scores in the girls’ race. Lanesville’s Bailey Kaake was her team’s best finisher with a time of 24:31 for fifth place. Her teammates, Caryn Eisert (24:37) and Miranda Kaake (24:40), placed sixth and seventh, respectively. Erica Kennedy placed in the top 10 for Lanesville, crossing the line in ninth in 25:37. Lanesville went on to win the team title with a score of 21.
Corydon Central finished second with 36 points. Kim Burks had CCHS’s second-fastest time (25:45) and finished 10th.
Also competing for South Central was Erica Coulter, who placed eighth in 25:28.
The boys’ race was packed with five Lanesville Eagles in the top 10.
Corydon Central’s Levi Taylor cruised to a 40-second win, reaching the final chute in 17:13.
From there, purple jerseys filed across. Isaac Blackman took the second overall spot in 17:53, followed by teammate Brandon Price (18:03).
Travis Kaake represented Lanesville with a sixth-place finish in 18:25, while Andrew Kennedy (eighth, 18:51) and Gabe Stone (ninth, 19:13) cracked the top 10.
Lanesville finished with 25 points, followed by Corydon Central (36), South Central (97), Crothersville (98) and Christian Academy of Indiana (99).
Corydon Central’s Taylor Stepro placed fifth with a time of 18:20. Jake Pitts (18:35) finished seventh for the Panthers.
South Central’s top finisher was Nick Soots (20:20) in 12th place.
Corydon Central, Lanesville and South Central are scheduled to participate in the Crawford County Invitational on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Pease wins Brown County Invitational
Rachel Pease, along with South Central teammate Erica Culter, competed in the 35-team Brown County Invitatational Saturday.
The race was broken down into a small school (less than 1,000 students) and a large school (more than 1,000 students) divisions. Competing in the small school division, Pease was the top finisher with a time of 19:33.51. Among all runners, Pease was the 18th fastest including larger schools.
Coulter finished 64th in the small school race with a time of 24:13.95.