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Jasper girls, Borden boys capture North Harrison invite

South Central’s Maddox Baker finishes second
Jasper girls, Borden boys capture North Harrison invite
Jasper girls, Borden boys capture North Harrison invite
South Central senior Maddox Baker, right, tries to keep up with Jasper’s Jayrn Weinel during Thursday’s North Harrison Cross- Country Invitational. Baker had to settle for second place, giving him his second Top 3 finish in a one-week span. Photo by Brandon Miniard
Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]

As the temperature struggled Thursday to stay above 80 degrees, more than a dozen schools struggled at North Harrison High School for the top spots in the 53rd annual Cougar Classic.

Jasper enjoyed a great evening on the girls’ side as Ally Wigand (19:44.5) and Linzi VanMeter (19:46.3) took the top two spots while Monica Lorey (20:38.2) finished six en route to the Wildcats taking their second straight girls’ team title.

While the Wildcats’ Jayrn Weinel (16:14.6) and Harrison Hulsman (17:07.9) took first and fourth, respectively, in the boys’ race, it was Borden that stole the team title after placing three runners in the top 20, edging the Wildcats in the team rankings by just six points, 93-99.

Harrison County was well represented in the top 25 on the boys’ side, starting with South Central’s Maddox Baker. Almost a week after finishing third in the Dennis Bays Invitational in Evansville, Baker built off his strong finish by sticking with Weinel for most of the match but had to settle for second place. The Rebels followed Baker with three top 25 finishes coming courtesy of Preston Liebert (16th 18:04.8), Jack Schmeltz (21st 18:30.6), and Cody Liebert (22nd 18:31.9).

The host Cougars had a strong showing after Jacob Wenning (17:45.2) and Oxiel Castro (18:06.8) finished 11th and 17th, respectively. Corydon Central had similar success when Booker LaHue rounded out the top five with a 17:27.7 finish, followed by Aaron Short’s 18:22.5 time, which was good for 18th.

Lanesville senior Adrien Nannen’s 17:48.1 was good for 12th in the race, easily the best finish of the Eagles, who didn’t have a finish since Nannen until Sawyer Lewis finished 48th (20:03.3). Crawford County’s Klayton Grizzel had the best finish of the Wolfpack, finishing 32nd with a time of 19:10.2.

Corydon Central had three runners finish in the top 10 in the girls’ race, including Addison Applegate and Erika Valdivieso, who rounded out the top five with times of 20:37.7 and 20:38.2, respectively. Gabrielle Holland pulled away from Southridge’s Kelsey Wibbeler to finish ninth (21:30.8).

The next local runner to finish came courtesy of Crawford County’s Melonie Kopp, who finished 29th with a time of 22:58.9. Not counting the remaining Lady Panthers’ racers, local schools finished in the remaining top 50 only once courtesy of North Harrison’s Samantha Carr’s 35th place and 23:25.5 finish.

South Central and Lanesville’s best finishes came outside the top 50, with the Lady Rebels’ Jenna Haas finishing 52nd (24:48.7) and Lanesville’s Emilee Snyder 54th (25:00.2).

Before the varsity beat the trails, 15 junior varsity squads competed in their own race to open the invitational. Jasper claimed the boys’ race, while North Oldham (Ky.) captured the girls’ crown with six top-10 finishes, three of which were in the top five. Corydon Central’s Emily Bruce won the girls’ race with a 24:01.8 finish.

Girls’ scores: 1. Jasper 42, 2. Corydon Central 80, 3. North Oldham (Ky.) 86, 4. Charlestown 89, 5. Tell City 155, 6. Borden 204, 7. Northeast Dubois 228, 8. North Harrison 236, 9. Bedford North Lawrence 247, 10. Brownstown Central 257, 11. Crawford County 269, 12. South Central 273, 13. Paoli 311, 14. Springs Valley 332, 15. Scottsburg 377.

Girls’ results: 1. Ally Wigand (JASP) 19:44.5, 2. Linzi VanMeter (JASP) 19:46.3, 3. Jessie McCoy (CHAR) 20:24.0, 4. Addison Applegate (CORY) 20:34.7, 5. Erika Valdivieso (CORY) 20:38.2, 6. Monica Lorey (JASP) 20:38.3, 7. Sara Livingston (NED) 20:51.6, 8. Grace Tanksley (BNL) 21:12.5, 9. Gabrielle Holland (CORY) 21:30.8, 10. Kelsey Wibbeler (SR) 21:35.6.

Boys’ scores: 1. Borden 93, 2. Jasper 99, 3. Eastern (Pekin) 102, 4. South Central 127, 5. Perry Central 131, 6. Springs Valley 141, 7. Corydon Central 144, 8. Northeast Dubois 187, 9. North Harrison 202, 10. Brownstown Central 221, 11. Lanesville 257, 12. Crawford County 305, 13. Southridge 319, 14. Scottsburg 350, 15. Paoli 443.

Boys’ results: 1. Jayrn Weiner (JASP) 16:14.6, 2. Maddox Baker (SC) 16:30.1, 3. Cole Hess (PC) 16:55.3, 4. Harrison Hulsman (JASP) 17:07.9, 5. Booker LaHue (CORY) 17:27.7, 6. Sterling Mikel (BOR) 17:32.1, 7. Alan Marshall (SPV) 17:33.4, 8. Grant Brown (SPV) 17:36.9, 9. Kaden Temple (EP) 17:40.5, 10. Seth Guilluame (PC) 17:42.6.