Eagles reign over SAC meet
The Lanesville harriers defended their home field last Tuesday, sweeping the Southern Athletic Conference cross-country team titles.
At the Lanesville Heritage Grounds, runners had to combat three climbs up the hill at the grounds to complete the 5,000-kilometers. South Central’s Rachel Pease won the girls’ race, while Lanesville’s teams took top honors.
All eyes zeroed in on the Lanesville and Borden boys’ teams in what was expected to be a tight finish. The expectations were correct, as the Eagles narrowly defeated their rivals by two points, 27-29.
‘All season it has been between us,’ said Lanesville coach Evan Bridges. ‘It comes down to who wants it more, placing and position.’
Coming through with a big effort was Travis Kaake, who placed second with a time of 17:13.
‘Travis put in his best race in the three years I’ve worked with him,’ Bridges said. ‘I told him to go out and burn up the course, and he did. He is the most consistent runner I have top to bottom between both teams. I was impressed.’
Two seconds behind Kaake was third-place finisher Isaac Blackman for the Eagles. Each trailed Borden’s Nathan Macallanes, who ran a 16:50.
Lanesville’s Andrew Kennedy rounded out the top five with a time of 17:39. From there, it was a battle of placement between Borden and Lanesville runners.
Borden runners finished sixth, seventh, ninth and 10th with Lanesville’s Brandon Price (18:17) sandwiched in between in eighth. Lanesville’s Gabe Scooner was 12th in 18:29.
‘I had a couple guys that really pushed the last half mile,’ Bridges said.
Also running for Lanesville were Joseph Tyree (18th, 19:34) and Caleb Cornwell (35th, 25:38).
South Central’s boys placed third (92 points) and were paced by Nick Soots (13th, 18:43) and Zach Goodwin (14th, 18:56).
For the fourth time in her prep career, South Central’s Pease won the girls’ individual honors at the SAC.
‘This was my last meet on this course, and I just wanted to go out and run a really low time,’ Pease said.
She was also proud of the accomplishment of winning the race the previous four years.
‘This definitely was a goal from my freshman year to now,’ Pease said. ‘It feels great to have won conference every year.’
With teammate Erica Coulter sidelined, Pease was the lone Lady Rebel that competed at conference. She dominated the field by better than two minutes with a final time of 19:58.
Sadie Spears from Henryville placed second in 22:14.
Holding a tight pack time, Lanesville became back-to-back SAC champs by scoring 36 points with all five scoring runners placing 12th or better. Henryville was second (51), followed by Borden (53) and New Washington (78).
Leading the way for the Lady Eagles was Bailey Kaake in fourth place. She ran in a time of 22:54. She was followed by older sister Miranda Kaake’s sixth-place finish in 23:15.
‘They’ve been consistent the whole season,’ Bridges said of the Lanesville girls’ team. ‘We have our girls in a pack, and they stayed toward the front. Both Kaake girls put in good runs, including Bailey. This is her first conference, and a top four is really good. Everyone else filled in nicely.’
Erica Kennedy finished ninth for Lanesville, crossing the finish line in 23:58. Finishing behind her were teammates Caryn Eisert (24:35) and, in 12th place, Amber Parsons (24:59).
Also competing for Lanesville were Olivia Bays (20th, 28:11) and Tara Borders (21st, 29:15).
‘I was happy with both teams,’ said Bridges, who was named girls’ coach of the year. ‘We put up a good run on the home course. The plan is we’ve done all the training we could do and go for that conference title and to be ready for the postseason.’
The Crawford County Sectional was yesterday (Tuesday). The top 15 individuals and top five teams advance to the Crawford County Regional set for Saturday starting at 10:30 a.m.
Boys’ team scores ‘ 1. Lanesville 27, 2. Borden 29, 3. South Central 92, 4. New Washington 106, 5. Crothersville 111.
Boys’ individual results ‘ 1. N. Macallanes (B) 16:50, 2. T. Kaake (L), 3. I. Blackman (L), 4. J. Hedrick (Henryville), 5. A. Kennedy (L), 6. G. Tipker (B), 7. B. Eurton (B).
Girls’ team scores ‘ 1. Lanesville 36, 2. Henryville 51, 3. Borden 53, 4. New Washington 78.
Girls’ individual results ‘ 1. R. Pease (South Central) 19:15, 2. S. Spears (H), 3. B. Kaake (L), 4. R. Seals (NW), 5. M. O’Lohr (H), 6. M. Kaake (L), 7. A. Ellis (B).