Lady Panthers win Warpath title; boys’ squad runner-up
By Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]
For many cross-country teams in Southern Indiana, the 2022 season kicked off Saturday. Many of those teams converged in Borden for the annual Warpath Invitational, including Corydon Central, Lanesville and South Central.
As has been the case in years past, the Panthers had one of the best overall showings at the event between the two races as they took home the team title in the girls’ race with a combined score of 32, followed by a close runner-up finish on the boys’ side, being edged by Mid-Southern Conference-rival Austin 42-47.
The girls’ side of the program entered the season ranked 42nd in the state, their first top-50 ranking in program history.
On the girls’ side, the Lady Panthers were paced by junior Addison Applegate, who won individual medalist honors over Forest Park’s Karli Kitten by 18 seconds, finishing with a time of 19:40. It was a historic first race of the year for Applegate, who broke the course record set by Crothersville’s Kaylyn Holman, who held a time of 19:49.
Applegate was only one of four Lady Panthers who finished in the top 10 in the girls’ race, including two more top-five finishes by Lilli Pavey (fourth, 20:26) and Erika Valdivieso (fifth 20:55), along with a seventh-place finish by Morgan Adams (20:58). Other Lady Panthers’ finishers include Gabby Holland (15th, 22:26), Perl Leghart (16th 22:41), Camille Coffman (18th, 23:09), Haelley Shearer (18th, 23:09) and Katie Eve (22nd, 23:35).
Harrison County also saw a bit of representation from its southern region as a pair of runners from South Central took part in the girls’ race. Hannah Cory finished 30th in the event with a time of 28:31 followed by Kameron Jones finishing 36th with a time of 31:13.
On the boys’ side, Corydon Central sophomore Booker LaHue finished second with a time of 16:54, unable to overcome the 16:30 time set by Austin’s Jackson Marshall. LaHue’s performance led the way for the Panthers, followed by a sixth-place, 18:11 finish by Chase Best for the Panthers’ top-10 finishers. Other finishers for the Panthers include Chuck Rowan (16th, 19:10), Kye Combs (19th, 19:22), Sawyer Lewis (20th, 19:33) and Jansen Wise (31st, 20:58).
In its first race of the post-Maddox Baker era, South Central did not have enough racers to qualify for the team standings but did have a number of solid performances, led by Jack Schmelz finishing ninth with a time of 18:33. Other Rebels’ finishers include Lane LaPlant (23rd, 19:41), Kole Stewart (36th, 21:38) and Colin Jones (39th, 22:29).
Jayden Schickel was the lone representative for Lanesville, finishing 40th with a time of 23:02.