Corydon’s Marshall takes lead, wins sectional
The Floyd Central boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams dominated at the Crawford County Sectional on a cold and frosty Saturday morning with the Highlanders racing to claim seven of the top-10 spots. Floyd Central’s Sydney Liddle continued her winning ways in the girls’ division, while Corydon Central’s Camden Marshall took the boys’ sectional title individually.
The boys ran first, and the Highlanders held back using a pack strategy through the early part of the race. At the halfway point, Floyd Central’s Hunter Griffin had the lead about five meters ahead of Marshall with Floyd Central’s Luke Heinemann in the third spot. New Albany’s Wade Woosley was fourth, and South Central’s Maddox Baker fifth.
At the finish, Marshall had moved well ahead of the field to the first position to win in a time of 16 minutes, 25 seconds and Heinemann passed Griffin to claim the second spot. Floyd Central had four runners in the top five with Eli Johnson fourth and Michel Meier fifth. Woosley finished seventh for Floyd Central, and Justin McWilliams was ninth. Nicholas Gordon was a little farther back for the Highlanders, finishing 17th.
“I just tried to stay behind (Floyd Central’s) No. 1 runner,” said Marshall after the win. “I knew I was in shape to run with them. I’m more of a track runner to be honest. I knew if I was with them with a half mile left, I probably would have the race.”
Marshall said he will try to use that same strategy at this week’s Crawford County Regional.
“I’m just going to go out with that lead pack and see what happens from there,” Marshall said. “They have some pretty good runners at Jasper. I’m really happy. I’m really stoked right now.”
Heinemann said the Highlanders worked the same strategy they will use at this week’s regional meet, focusing on the Jasper runners.
“We kind of said we wanted to go out fast, kind of race like that at regionals, because we knew we were going to win here,” Heinemann said. “We just kind of wanted to prepare for Jasper. We know they’re a good team, and we just wanted to kill our legs early and see if we could hang on … Jasper has run really fast times. They’re probably seeded to beat us, but we still think we’re ahead. We think we can beat them.”
“We looked good,” said Floyd Central coach Tim Korte.
The Highlanders finished with 21 points.
In the team standings, New Albany was second with 70 points, Borden third (85), Corydon Central fourth (107) and South Central claimed the last regional spot finishing in fifth (114). North Harrison was sixth with 162 points, and Crawford County was eighth with 232. Lanesville had no team score.
Making the regional cut individually was North Harrison’s Jacob Wenning (15th), Chase Long (28th) and Oxiel Castro (30th). Lanesville’s Justin Bailey got in at the 43rd spot, and Crawford County freshman Klayton Grizzel claimed the final regional spot from the 44th position.
South Central’s Jude Baker hung on for a 10th-place finish in 17:01.6. His brother, Maddox Baker, was 12th.
Corydon Central’s Bryce Weber came up for 18th place, while teammate Zach Houghland was 20th.
The Lady Highlanders also used the pack strategy in their 3.1-mile run. Corydon Central’s Marcie Stewart and Emily Armstrong led the field through the first turn with Providence’s Natalie Boesing third, Floyd Central’s Sydney Liddle fourth and Crawford County’s Gabi Gaines in fifth.
At the halfway point, Boesing moved up to first with Stewart second. Boesing’s teammate, Maci Hoskins, was third and Armstrong fourth. Liddle and five of her teammates stayed right behind in a six-runner group.
Shortly after passing the midway point, Liddle broke to the front of the field and never looked back going on to win in a time of 19:42.4. Floyd Central’s Chloe Loftus, Sydney Baxter, Savanna Liddle and Jaydon Cirincione lined up in formation for the next four spots with teammate Natalie Clare right behind in sixth. The Lady Highlanders’ Carley Conway was 10th. Floyd Central finished with a perfect score of 15.
“The plan was to run, for me and a few other top girls, to do tempo the first two miles and we were going to try to stay in the top seven the whole pack,” said Sydney Liddle. “That would also push our seventh girl and then spread it out.”
Come regional, the strategy will likely change.
“Next week, we’ll race like we do regularly with Jasper,” she said. “It will be better competition next week. We’ve run a lot of big meets this year, so I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”
Corydon Central’s Emily Armstrong said she wanted to take up the slack for Stewart, who was less than 100% going into the race.
“I felt pretty good,” Armstrong said. “I knew my teammate was struggling, so I really had to step up so I just went out there and did my best. We just talked about working as a team and trying to get the best that we could do. We knew that Floyd was really ahead, and we were just trying to compete and do what we could do and work as a team.”
Armstrong said she was excited after the run.
“Me and Marcie run together so much and, at the end, I just gave it all I had,” she said. “I knew she was struggling so I just gave it all for both of us, not just me. So, I was trying to make up for where she was.”
Stewart, who has been suffering from shin splints, said she felt good through the halfway point but the pain became more intense as the race went on.
“Not very good,” Stewart said. “I really didn’t have a plan for my leg but I knew the Floyd girls were going to do a workout or just go for it. I figured they would try to get a perfect score. I was going to try to stay with that group and they obviously didn’t run very hard at the beginning. So me and Emily and the two Providence girls, I think we just worked together until the Floyd girls got up to us then just tried to go with them. But at that point my shin was hurting and I kind of fell off. But I tried to stay with Emily and I think Emily finished really well.”
Stewart hopes to be a little healthier when she goes into Saturday’s regional race.
“Just go into it strong and try to have a strong race,” she said, “I don’t want to let the top pack get away, try to stay up there and hopefully our team makes it out, which I think we will.”
Crawford County’s Gabi Gaines just missed a top 10 spot finishing 11th in a time of 21:19.5. The Crawford County senior said having the Floyd pack in front of her gave her a target to go after.
“Just looking at all of them in front of me I just wanted to get past them,” Gaines said. “I couldn’t this time but hopefully next time I will … I’m just going to find a girl that paces good and stay up with her for a while. Then if I feel like I can keep pushing I’m going to go but if I need to slow it down I’ll cut it back and move towards the front as we get towards the end.”
Corydon Central finished second in the team standings with a score of 73 and Borden was third at 111 points. New Albany was fourth with 115 and Providence claimed the final regional spot at fifth with 134. Crawford County was sixth (161) and North Harrison seventh (171). Lanesville and South Central had no team scores.
Crawford County’s Kloee Grizzel (25th) and Melonie Kopp (32nd) will join Gaines at Saturday’s regional. North Harrison’s Gracie Rothrock (16th) and Sadie Rothrock (24th) also made the cut for Saturday’s run.
Boys’ team scores (top five advance) – 1. Floyd Central 21, 2. New Albany 70, 3. Borden 85, 4. Corydon Central 107, 5. South Central 114, 6. North Harrison 162, 7. Providence 174, 8. Crawford County 222, 9. Paoli 280 (No team score: Christian Academy of Indiana, Clarksville, Lanesville).
Boys’ individual results – 1. Camden Marshall (Cory) 16:25.0, 2. Luke Heinemann (FC) 16:35.6, 3. Hunter Griffin (FC) 16:41.9, 4. Eli Johnson (FC) 16:45.6, 5. Mitchell Meier (FC) 16:48.3, 6. Angelo Gonzalez (NA) 16:51.5, 7. Wade Woosley (FC) 16:58.8, 8. Sterling Mikel (Bor) 16:59.2, 9. Justin McWilliams (FC) 16:59.7, 10. Jude Baker (SCent) 17:01.6, 11. Gavin Just (Bor) 17:05.0, 12. Maddox Baker (SCent) 17:08.6, 13. Gregory Schindler (NA) 17:13.7, 14. Aaron Lord (NA) 17:22.7, 15. Jacob Wenning (NA) 17:28.3, 16. Aidan Lord (NA) 17:29.2, 17. Nicholas Gordon (FC) 17:31.8, 18. Bryce Weber (Cory) 17:40.7, 19. Lody Cheatham (Bor) 17:47.6, 20. Zach Houghland (Cory) 17:52.0, 21. Isaac Cooley (NA) 17:58.7, 22. Blake Hoffman (Bor) 18:05.4, 23. Collin Madley (NA) 18:05.7, 24. Garrett Huber (Prov) 18:08.6, 25. Jaden Hardestry (CAI) 18:08.7
Boys’ regional qualifiers not on a qualifying team – 15. Jacob Wenning (NH) 17:28.3, 24. Garrett Huber (Prov) 18:08.6, 25. Jaden Hardestry (CAI) 18:08.7, 27. Ben Kelly (Prov) 18:11.7, 28. Chase Long (NH) 18:17.8, 30. Oxiel Castro (NH) 18:23.7, 40. Will Harper (Prov) 19:18.1, 42. Noah Futter (CAI) 19:30.6, 43. Justin Bailey (Lnsvl) 19:44.6, 44. Klayton Grizzel (CC) 20:04.6.
Girls’ team scores (top five advance) – 1. Floyd Central 15, 2, Corydon Central 73, 3. Borden 111, 4. New Albany 115, 5. Providence 135, 6. Crawford County 161, 7. North Harrison 171, 8. Paoli 179, 9. Christian Academy of Indiana 200 (No team scores: Lanesville, South Central).
Girls’ individual results – 1. Sydney Liddle (FC) 19:42.4, 2. Chloe Loftus (FC) 20:24.9, 3. Sydney Baxter (FC) 20:25.0, 4. Savanna Liddle (FC) 20:25.1, 5. Jaydon Cirincione (FC) 20:25.1, 6. Natalie Clare (FC) 20:31.4, 7. Natalie Boesing (Prov) 20:37.1 8. Maci Hoskins (Prov) 20:43.6, 9. Emily Armstrong (Cory) 20:47.6, 10. Carley Conway (FC) 21:08.7, 11. Gabi Gaines (CC) 21:19.5, 12. Marcie Stewart (Cory) 21:27.2, 13. Ryleigh Lisher (Cory) 21:40.3, 14. Kaylie Magallanes (Bor) 21:40.4, 15. Laura Andrew (NA) 21:40.6, 16. Gracie Rothrock (NH) 21:50.7, 17. Sarah Bailey (Cory) 22:11.5, 18. Caroline Barieri (NA) 22:17.7, 19. Alexandra Hogue (NA) 22:19.2, 20. Joy Coffman (Bor) 22:29.3, 21. Callie Crouse (CAI) 22:34.9, 22. Emma Bailey (Cory) 22:47.1, 23. Delaney Smith (Bor) 22:58.1, 24. Sadie Rothrock (NH) 23:06.0, 25. Kloee Grizzel (CC) 23:22.9
Girls’ regional qualifiers not on a qualifying team – 11. Gabi Gaines (CC) 21:19.5, 16. Gracie Rothrock (NH) 21:50.7, 21. Callie Crouse (CAI) 22:34.9, 24. Sadie Rothrock (NH) 23:06.0, 25. Kloee Grizzel (CC) 23:22.9, 29. Cailyn Baechle (Paoli) 23:40.7, 30. Briley Dunn (CAI) 23:55.6, 31. Madelyn McDonald (Paoli) 24:02.9, 32. Melonie Kopp (CC) 24:14.3, 34. Hannah Alberton (Paoli) 24:26.8.