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Baker the best at SAC

Rebels finish seven points behind Borden
Baker the best at SAC
Baker the best at SAC
Maddox Baker, shown at the Cougar Classic, won the Southern Athletic Conference title Saturday in Borden. File Photo/Brian Smith
Brian Smith, Sports Editor, [email protected]

With 1-1/2 miles to go, South Central brothers Maddox and Jude Baker broke free from the lead pack to take command Saturday at the Southern Athletic Conference cross-country meet.

The moved paid off as Maddox went on to set a course record at Borden Community Park with a time of 16 minutes, 36 seconds. Borden’s Gavin Just (16:43) was able to pass Jude (16:46) in the late stages, taking second place.

“They were in a group of about seven and, when Maddox decided to leave the group, he took a five-meter lead and Jude went around two guys to go with him,” said South Central coach Rob Murawski. “They worked together and, with 800 to go, Maddox took off again. It was awesome to watch.”

On the whole, it was a positive day for the Rebels. They had sights set on heavily-favored Borden, but the host school came away with a seven-point win, 30-37.

“My entire team ran phenomenal,” said Murawski. “My top seven were all under 19 minutes … The rest of the team did everything they could to pick it up in the back. Borden, they are just too good. They are about one runner better than us right now.”

Behind Just, Borden filled out the sixth- through eighth-place spots. South Central’s Preston Liebert came home ninth with a time of 17:58. Three spots back was Cody Liebert in 18:15.

Rounding out the South Central contingent were Gavin Schweitzer (18:25) in 15th, Preston Martin (18:27) in 16th and Jack Schmelz (18:54) in 18th.

“That’s the closest we’ve been to Borden this year,” said Murawski. “We made them at least work for it.”

Encouraged about the future, Murawski said they Rebels hope to take another step forward once the postseason begins Saturday at Crawford County with sectional racing.

“They were flying,” said Murawski. “I was really happy. Even though we ran second as a team, they were phenomenal. It sets us up for sectional and, hopefully, we can continue it. Jude had been struggling and to watch him move forward with Maddox was great to see.”

Lanesville didn’t score as a team but sent out three as individuals: Justin Bailey (23rd, 20:04), Adrien Nannen (30th, 21:01) and Jacob Kramer (31st, 21:55).

In the girls’ race, Borden took four of the top five spots to earn the team honors with 21 points. Only Crothersville joined the Lady Braves to field a full team, taking the runner-up spot with 35 points.

The top overall finisher was Crothersville’s Kaylyn Holman with a time of 19:57. Borden’s top runner was Kaylie Magallanes (21:25) in second place.

South Central sent out three runners, paced by Autumn Milliner in 12th with a time of 25:33. Teammates Macey Kidd (16th, 27:16) and Hannah Cory (17th, 27:22) also participated.

Lanesville, meanwhile, saw Hayley Gowens (27:49) finish 18th with teammate Mac- Kenzie Lewis (27:57) one spot behind her in the finishing order.

Boys’ team scores – 1. Borden 30, 2. South Central 37, 3. Henryville 65, 4. New Washington 102 (No team scores: Crothersville, Lanesville).

Boys’ individual results – 1. Maddox Baker (SC) 16:36, 2. Gavin Just (B), 3. Jude Baker (SC), 4. David Ross (Cr), 5. Jayke Youll (H), 6. Sterling Mikel (B), 7. Lody Cheatham (B), 8. Nolan Elispurt (B), 9. Preston Liebert (SC), 10. Caleb Lehuecaus (H).

Girls’ team scores – 1. Borden 21, 2. Crothersville 35 (No team scores: Henryville, Lanesville, New Washington, South Central).

Girls’ individual results – 1. Kaylyn Holman (Cr) 19:57, 2. Kaylie Magallanes (B), 3. Joy Coffman (B), 4. Delaney Smith (B), 5. Kaela Rose (B), 6. Grace Wilson (Cr), 7. Hannah Ramsey (H), 8. Grace Hall (B), 9. Autumn Osborne (H), 10. Ella Plasse (Cr).

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