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Floyd girls finish 11th at state finals

Floyd Central junior cross country runner Faith Barba had not had a good post-season in this year’s state cross country run. At the Crawford County Sectional, she took a spill and did not finish. However, she made up for all of that at Saturday’s state finals in Terre Haute, running No. 1 for the Lady Highlanders, who finished 11th with 312 points in the final team standings.
Barba covered the 5,000 meters in a time of 19 minutes, 38 seconds, finishing 47th individually. Teammate Kyley Sorg, who had finished second in the sectional and regional and ninth at the semi-state, placed 68th in a time of 19:51.7.
Lillian Pierce finished 104th for the Lady Highlanders in a time of 20:22.3, and Erica Batliner was 111th in 20:27.8. Chloe Loftus, a freshman, finished 123rd in a time 20:34.2, while senior Morgan Paul ran her last high school cross country race in 21 minutes, 20.6 seconds for 165th place. Jessica Owings was 168th (21:27.2).
McKenna Cavannaugh, who won the sectional and regional, both at Crawford County, finished 56th in 19 minutes, 45.5 seconds.
In the boys’ division, Christian Academy of Indiana’s Skylar Stidam blazed his way to a third-place finish in a time of 15:51.6, while teammate Caleb Futter finished 147th (17:40.4). Perry Central’s Marcus Graham had a good day, finishing 38th (16:30.2).
The Tell City boys’ team finished 10th in the team standings with 300 points. Thomas Simpson was the Marksmen’s No. 1, finishing 45th in 16:35.9, and Leo Simpson finished 48th (16:37.5). Nate Kaiser was 62nd (16:47.7), while Seth Vaquero finished 123rd (17:18.3), Elliott Reed 150th (17:42.4), Chase Beckort 183rd (18:11.9) and Will Simpson 187th (18:16.3).