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Stewart makes it 3x MSC champion

Stewart makes it 3x MSC champion
Stewart makes it 3x MSC champion
Corydon Central runners Marcie Stewart, left, and Emily Armstrong exchange a high-five during the awards ceremony at the Mid-Southern Conference meet, Saturday. They went first-second at the meet with Stewart capturing her third MSC title. Photo by Alan Stewart
Brian Smith, Sports Editor, [email protected]

At the Mid-Southern Conference cross-country meet Saturday in Salem, the Corydon Central duo of Marcie Stewart and Emily Armstrong made it a 1-2 finish for the black and gold in the girls’ race.

Stewart, capturing her third MSC title, turned in a season’s best performance, according to coach Daniel Love. The senior recorded a time of 20 minutes, 44 seconds on a course that many believed to be a bit longer than 5 kilometers.

“I told her before the race that she had a really good shot at being conference champion again,” said Love. “When we were at Silver Creek, the No. 1 runner from Charlestown was able to beat Marcie. But, I told her if she goes in and puts in a solid race, she will have it. She stepped up big time. Honestly, I think that was her best performance this year and going back to late last season.”

Love said he caught up with Stewart a little past the first mile marker and could see in her facial expression that she’d be tough to beat. Building a solid gap between herself and Charlestown’s Ashley Wight, Stewart went on for the victory.

Armstrong wasn’t far behind, closing with a time of 20:55, outlasting Wight by two seconds. Corydon Central teammate Sarah Bailey was 10th with a time of 22:37.

“Emily had a great race, a solid performance,” said Love. “Sarah ran well to get all-conference as a senior. We had a really big race out of Emma Bailey, our No. 4. She PR’d by a lot on a tough course, which is great to see.”

Charlestown, however, won the team title with a score of 40 points followed by Corydon Central’s 63.

Bailey placed 20th in 23:19. Also for Corydon Central, Emily Bruce (24:39) was 30th, Ryleigh Lisher (24:49) was 31st and Brooklynne Burress (24:50) was 32nd.

Love said Lisher was battling an illness and struggled on the day.

“Our other girls stepped up big time,” said Love. “If (Lisher) would have been healthy, I think we could have given Charlestown a run for the money. It would have been a tighter score.”

North Harrison’s girls’ team placed eighth with 168 points with the top Lady Cat Sadie Rothrock coming in at 23:09 in 18th place. Gracie Rothrock was a few spots behind, coming in 23rd in 23:25.

North Harrison also sent out Alicia Murphy (33rd, 24:51), Katie Wise (45th, 27:00) and Kylie Witham (53rd, 29:09).

On the boys’ side, it was a battle between Austin and Eastern at the top. Austin came away with the team honors, scoring 29 points. Eastern had 58 points, but the Musketeers had the top overall individual with Uriah Guthrie going in 16:19.

Corydon Central was third as a team with 79 points.

“The guys had a good day,” said Love. “We knew going after Eastern and Austin would be a long shot because they are running so well. We tried our best to push them.”

Camden Marshall got up for a fourth-place finish for the Panthers, running in 17:00. Zachary Hougland (17:58) and Bryce Weber (18:01) were 13th and 14th, respectively, for Corydon Central.

The Panthers also saw Brian Sharp (21st, 18:30), Colin Blackburn (29th, 18:55), Dylen Lawson (34th, 19:19) and Trey Saulman (47th, 21:02) complete the course.

Love said some of the boys were bummed about their times, but the goal was to improve race strategy.

“We talked about the difference between regular season racing and championship racing,” said Love. “In championship racing, it’s about placing and winning one-on-one battles. I thought they did a good job fighting for spots.”

North Harrison’s Jacob Wenning led the boys’ team with a seventh-place showing. The sophomore completed the circuit in 17:30. The Cougars, who placed sixth with 135 points, saw Oxiel Castro (18:05) come in 15th while Chase Long (18:18) was 18th. Rounding out the Cougar contingent was Owen Kimmel (49th, 21:25), Adam Couch (52nd, 22:27) and Lucas Miller (53rd, 22:46).

The Crawford County Sectional will take place Saturday with the top five teams and the top 10 individuals on non-advancing teams moving on to the regional round. Admission will be $5 per person.

Boys’ team scores – 1. Austin 29, 2. Eastern (Pekin) 58, 3. Corydon Central 79, 4. Brownstown Central 106, 5. Silver Creek 111, 6. North Harrison 135, 7. Scottsburg 175, 8. Salem (No team scores: Charlestown, Clarksville).

Boys’ individual results – 1. Uriah Guthrie (EP) 16:19, 2. Philipp Tabert (A), 3. Wyatt Beck (A), 4. Camden Marshall (CC), 5. Rhett Pennington (EP), 6. Chance Craig (A), 7. Jacob Wenning (NH), 8. Brandon Rice (A), 9. Nathaniel Endris (EP), 10. Brady Watts (A).

Girls’ team scores – 1. Charlestown 40, 2. Corydon Central 63, 3. Silver Creek 76, 4. Austin 102, 5. Brownstown Central 124, 6. Eastern (Pekin) 133, 7. Scottsburg 155, 8. North Harrison 168 (No team scores: Clarksville, Salem).

Girls’ individual results – 1. Marcie Stewart (CC) 20:44, 2. Emily Armstrong (CC), 3. Ashley Wright (Char), 4. Isabel Odle (SiCr), 5. Skylar Chochran (Char), 6. Grace Grady (SiCr), 7. Laney Hawkins (Char), 8. Jessie McCoy (Char), 9. Grace Igleheart (A), 10. Sarah Bailey (CC).

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