Panthers’ cross-country program takes team titles
The Corydon Central Junior High and High School cross-country teams won the MSC championships this fall on both the girls’ and boys’ sides.
Coaches said the junior high girls won in dominant fashion with five runners in the top 10: Gabby Holland led the pack and placed second with a time of 12:21 followed shortly by her teammates Peri Leghart third, Ella Taylor fifth, Reese Withers sixth and Sophia Bulleit ninth.
The boys’ team pulled off a victory without two of their top five runners. Eighth-grader Booker LaHue cruised to a win in 10:54 for the individual championship. Kye Combs was second followed by Chuck Rowan fifth and Brock Conrad 16th.
“Both our boys’ and girls’ teams have proven how strong they are physically and mentally,” said head coach Marcee LaHue. “The girls were short one of their top three runners and still dominated, scoring only 20 points to win their third straight MSC Championship.
“The boys have absolutely rallied, determined to secure back-to-back conference titles despite losing two of our top runners to quarantine,” she said. “We’ve had setbacks and challenges, but we’ve risen above to have a phenomenal season. This group of young athletes have solidified our team mantra for this season: Can’t Mask Hard Work!”
For the high school squad, freshman Addison Applegate led the way for the Panthers with a 20:26 first-place finish. The Panthers then took three of the remaining top-five spots with Erika Valdivieso finishing second, Emily Armstrong fourth and Emily Gunther fifth. Also receiving All-Conference Honors were Olivia Martin in ninth and Morgan Adams in 10th.
CCHS girls’ runners took six of the top 10 spots in the race with a final team score of 18 points.
Senior Camden Marshall continued his winning ways for the boys’ team, leading the race with an uncontested first-place finish in 16:12 to win his first individual MSC championship in cross-country. After Austin’s top two athletes finished in third and sixth, the Panthers’ Zach Hougland, Bryce Weber and Trey Saulman finished in ninth, 10th, and 12th, respectively, edging out Austin’s mid-pack (13th and 14th) before Brian Sharp and Chase Vanlaningham finished in 21st and 22nd ahead of Austin’s 24th- and 26th-place finishes.
The Panthers had four runners with All-Conference honors on the day.