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Cougars place 10th at semi-state

Cougars place 10th at semi-state
Cougars place 10th at semi-state
North Harrison's Nathaniel Lone cracks the top 50 of the boys' semi-state race, finishing 46th, but the Cougars finished 10th as a team and out of the state final. Photo by Wade Bell

The pressure cooker.
That’s what the semi-state portion of Indiana’s high school cross country tournament can be considered as runners and schools have one final chance to reach the big dance in Terre Haute at the LaVerne Gibson Cross Country complex for the state final.
At the semi-state race, 20 teams try to squeeze their way into one of those six coveted spots to advance. And, those who are running individually have the pressure of finishing high enough to, hopefully, secure one of 10 spots from a non-qualifying school. Whatever the case, the pressure sometimes forces runners to pull something super human and then falter at the end.
During the boys’ race, Borden’s Julien Magallanes joined the more elite runners on the front row. Through the first kilometer, Magallanes and Northview’s Cameron Trout paced each other as they went on to cover the first mile, with Magallanes staying a half-step ahead.
Meanwhile, the North Harrison team was trying to hold together as a group but found themselves slipping farther apart. The same was happening with the Floyd Central boys’ team.
Magallanes gave up the lead in the last portion of the race, falling behind Trout and being threatened by Bloomington South’s Evan Franklin, who eventually passed Magallanes in the stretch run. Trout won in a time of 15:25.2 followed by Franklin at 15:44.2 and Magallanes third at 15:49.6.
The bigger battles were behind the leaders as runners pushed themselves into oblivion in an attempt to make the big show. Some runners collapsed at the finish line, while others used a last-minute surge to pass one or two other opponents in hopes of bringing team scores down.
North Harrison, one of the pre-race bubble teams, saw its chance of making the state final fall by the wayside as the Cougars finished 10th as a team. Nathaniel Lone finished 48th as the team’s No. 1 for the Cougars, but that spot wasn’t high enough to help get the Cougars into the final.
‘At the start, I got caught in the middle of a bunch of people way bigger than me,’ said Lone, who stands at about 5 feet, 4 inches. ‘They were pushing me around. So many kept getting thrown around. I didn’t think I was going to get out of that pack. I got behind someone and they were bigger than everybody else; they were trucking through. So, I just followed them as they were going through. That’s what got me in ahead of that pack.’
‘I was very pleased to see that out of Nataniel today,’ North Harrison coach Chris Dodds said. ‘He’s a tough kid and, from day one at practice, he’s shown me his toughness all season. It’s a shame to see him go down with an injury right after Brown County. He’s been fighting it all year. You’re trying to get back and he’s been itching to get back all year. I held him out a few meets, and he’s come back and, gradually through the year, gone out and finished on a good note.’
Other finishers for the Cougars included Tyler Hood at 57th (17:04.6), Noah Rothrock at 58th (17:04.8), Michael White at 92nd (17:28.4) and Collier Smith at 132nd (18:01.1). Caden Smith rounded out the Cougars’ team, finishing 165th in 18:53.0.
The Floyd Central Highlanders team fell well back in the race and placed 18th in the team standings. Tony Murphy was the Highlanders No. 1, finishing 51st at 17:01.7 while Chance Schickel finished 56th at 17:03.7.
Other finishers included South Central’s Dalton Terry (71st at 17:14.7), Eastern’s Josh Ratts was ninth at 16:06.3 and teammate Caleb Futter was 27th at 16:36.1. Silver Creek’s Cameron Stephens was fifth at 15:54.9.
In the girls’ race, the plan for Floyd Central’s Kassidy Manning was to start out at running somewhere between fifth and 10th. Floyd Central coach Carl Hook set assignments for his runners in hopes of getting one of those final six spots to reach Terre Haute.
Manning got jumbled back at the start but, by the first kilometer, was up front pacing with Evansville Reitz Memorial’s Presley Warren. As the race went on, the pace was slower than what Manning wanted so the senior went out in front. By the second circuit, Manning had extended her lead to about 100 meters. With a kilometer to go, Bloomington North’s Grace Williams and Columbus North’s Rachel Brougher began to close on Manning.
In the final 300 meters, Williams and Grougher got by Manning and headed for the final stretch. Williams went to the front and stayed there with Brougher in second. Manning kept her third spot, finishing in a personal best and school record time of 18:25.7.
Floyd Central’s Faith Barba was No. 2 for the Lady Highlanders and cracked the top 25, finishing 24th in a time of 19:32.0. Erica Batliner finished 51st at 20:16.4. Kiley Sorg (54th, 20:19.2) and Lydia Kotowski (60th, 20:27.9), both coming back from injuries, ran well. Morgan Paul was 65th (20:35.7), and Jacqueline Owings was 74th in 20:51.3.
Other area runners included Christian Academy of Indiana’s McKenna Cavanaugh (ninth, 18:45.2), Salem’s Sandra Warren (79th, 20:59.3) and Tressa Pate (100th, 21:36.8) and Perry Central’s Macey Emmons (85th, 21:03.2) and teammate Elizabeth Dauby (108th, 21:48.2).
The state finals will take place Saturday with the boys’ race at 1 p.m., followed by the girls at 1:45. Admission will be $8.

Boys’ team scores (top 6 to state) ‘ 1. Columbus North 70, 2. Bloomington North 114, 3. Terre Haute South 122, 4. Bloomington South 147, 5. Tell City 163, 6. Silver Creek 253, 7. Terre Haute North 257, 8. Evansville Reitz Memorial 260, 9. Eastern (Pekin) 266, 10. North Harrison 285, 11. South Knox 294, 12. Jennings County 319, 13. Seymour 327, 14. Princeton 329, 15. Austin 330, 16. New Albany 335, 17. Evansville F.J. Reitz 396, 18. Floyd Central 414, 19. Jasper 420, 20. Evansville Harrison 485.
Boys’ individual results ‘ 1. Cameron Trout (Nrthvw) 15:25.2, 2. Evan Franklin (BS), 3. Julien Magallanes (Bor), 4. Matthew Schadler (ERM), 5. Cameron Stephens (SilCk).
Boys’ qualifying individuals from non-qualifying teams ‘ 1. Trent Cameron (NrthVw), 3. Julien Magallanes (Bor), 4. Matthew Schadler (ERM), 7. Cale Kilian (Jspr), 9. Josh Ratts (EP), 11. Skylar Stidam (CAI), 12. Ricky Hendrix (JC), 13. Cole Chudy (BC), 15. Austin Nolan (ERtz), 16. Nathaniel Schadler (ERM).
Girls’ team scores (top 6 to state) ‘ 1. Columbus North 42, 2. Bloomington North 80, 3. Seymour 104, 4. Bloomington South 145, 5. Terre Haute North 148, 6. Floyd Central 155, 7. Evansville Reitz Memorial 176, 8. Jasper 207, 9. Evansville North 257, 10. Barr-Reeve 301, 11. Evansville Mater Dei 323, 12. Gibson Southern 333, 13. Terre Haute South 404, 14. Jeffersonville 438, 15. Switzerland County 443, 16. Columbus East 445, 17. Owen Valley 456, 18. New Albany 472, 19. Forest Park 480, 20. Jennings County 507.
Girls’ individual results ‘ 1. Grace Williams (BN) 18:12.1, 2. Rachel Brougher (CN), 3. Kassidy Manning (FC), 4. Ali Workman (Blmfld), 5. Grace Saccone (BN).
Girls’ qualifying individuals from non-qualifying teams ‘ 4. Ali Workman (Blmfld), 6. Natalie Graber (BR), 7. Presley Warren (ERM), 9. McKenna Cavanaugh (CAI), 12. Hannah Welsh (Jspr), 15. Tara Cassidy (Jspr), 19. Haley Baker (Bnvl), 21. Elizabeth Bredeweg (Shkmk), 22. Carrissa Proctor (BC), 26. Whitley Schumer (SwitzCo).