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Lady Panthers X-C captures third straight MSC title

Panthers’ boys finish second
Lady Panthers X-C captures third straight MSC title
Lady Panthers X-C captures third straight MSC title
The Corydon Central girls’ cross-country team poses after winning the girls’ team title at the Mid-Southern Conference meet at Silver Creek Primary School on Saturday. Led by top-five finishes from Lilli Pavey, Addison Applegate and Erika Valdivieso, the Lady Panthers won the MSC title for the third straight year. Photo by Brandon Miniard
By Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]

A brisk morning chill christened the beginning of October, but it wasn’t enough to deter nine schools from gathering for the annual Mid-Southern Conference cross-country meet on Saturday.

Meeting at the spectator-friendly course behind Silver Creek Primary School, 102 varsity runners between both girls and boys took part in the annual meet. Much like last year’s event, the team standings saw Corydon Central capture its third consecutive MSC title in the girls’ race, while Austin ran away with the boys’ title by capturing four of the top five finishes.

Multiple Lady Panthers held firm in front of the pack to begin the girls’ race, but Charlestown’s Jessica McCoy used a school-record run of 19:01.88 to capture the individual MSC title. The next three finishes belonged to Lady Panthers, led by freshman Lilli Pavey finishing second in 19:29.31. Juniors Addison Applegate and Erika Valdivieso followed by finishing third and fourth with times of 19:33.93 and 19:47.71, respectively.

Junior Morgan Adams (11th, 20:37.20) and freshman Peri Leghart (12th, 20:48.75) rounded out the Lady Panthers’ quintet of All-MSC selections while sophomore Gabby Holland (14th, 21:09.33) was the first of eight honorable mentions. Freshman Katie Eve also earned medalist honors by finishing 23rd in 23:02.72.

On the boys’ side, the Panthers found themselves finishing runner-up to Austin, 26-66. Sophomore Booker LaHue was the lone runner not from Austin to finish in the top five, finishing fourth with a time of 16:45.17. Freshman Kye Combs and junior Sawyer Lewis rounded out the Panthers’ trio of All-MSC selections by finishing 11th and 13th with times of 17:37.01 and 17:46.79, respectively.

Chase Best, the program’s lone senior, was right behind Lewis, being named the first of eight honorable mentions by finishing 14th with a time of 17:50.98. Sophomore Chuck Rowan rounded out the Panthers’ performance by finishing just outside the top 25, taking 26th place in 19:00.94.

North Harrison had a solid showing in the boys’ race as the Cougars finished fifth out of the seven schools to field full teams. As he’s done all season, senior Oxiel Castro led the charge for the Cougars as he finished sixth with a time of 16:50.97, earning the Cougars’ lone All-MSC selection. Most of the other Cougars’ runners finished within the top 40, led by seniors Chase Radcliff (32nd, 20:06.95) and Owen Kimmel (33rd, 20:21.41), followed by junior Andrew Merrit (34th, 20:24.37), sophomore Christopher Squier (35th, 20:25.94) and senior Adam Couch (37th, 20:47.42). Sophomore Ryusei Hasegawa rounded out the Cougars by finishing 44th in 21:14.83.

On the girls’ side, the Lady Cats found themselves finishing last in the seven-team field despite a 16th-place, 21:50.74 finish from sophomore Lydia Wilkins, who earned All-MSC Honorable Mention honors.

Senior Brook Schultz was the Lady Cats’ other top-30 finisher, finishing 29th in 23:50.25.

The remaining Lady Cats’ finishers were sophomore Samantha Carr (40th, 25:17.78) and seniors E.V. Wright (47th, 27:40), Katie Wise (50th, 30:10.88) and Kylie Witham (51st, 30:20.86).

In the junior varsity race, Austin captured the top six spots on the boys’ side. Corydon Central sophomore Camille Coffman won the girls’ race with a time of 22:01.38, followed by freshman Haelley Shearer finishing second in 23:34.73.

Both Corydon Central and North Harrison will now prepare for a trip to Crawford County on Saturday for the Indiana High School Athletic Association sectional. Starting time is set for 10 a.m.

Boys’ Team Scores: 1. Austin 26, 2. Corydon Central 66, 3. Silver Creek 79, 4. Brownstown Central 91, 5. North Harrison 132, 6. Charlestown 133, 7. Scottsburg 171. No Team Scores: Eastern (Pekin), Salem.
Top 25 Finishers (Top 13 named All-Conference): 1. Brandon Rice (AUS) 15:56.64, 2. Carlos Mata (AUS) 16:35.54, 3. Jackson Marshall (AUS) 16:40.78, 4. Booker LaHue (CC) 16:45.17, 5. Brayden Konkler (AUS) 16:50.92, 6. Oxiel Castro (NH) 16:50.97, 7. Ryan Graham (SC) 17:04.63, 8. Brady Day (SC) 17:16.15, 9. Shane Ratliff (BC) 17:22.68, 10. Chance Ratliff (BC) 17:27.85, 11. Kye Combs (CC) 17:37.01, 12. Jadon Muncy (SCOT) 17:40.43, 13. Sawyer Lewis (CC) 17:46.79, 14. Chase Best (CC) 17:50.98, 15. Brady Watts (AUS) 17:53.54, 16. Mason Oakley (CHAR) 17:53.96, 17. Traven Wellman (BC) 18:00.09, 18. Glenn Gosnell (EP) 18:01.94, 19. Cameron Gemme (CHAR) 18:07.76, 20. Bradley Edwards (BC) 18:10.72, 21. Austin Jewell (SC) 18:15.35, 22. Lucas Price (SC) 18:17.25, 23. Jaxon Konkler (AUS) 18:18.70, 24. McKinley Rhodes (SC) 18:51.84, 25. Vance Tefft (SAL) 18:56.50.
Girls’ Team Scores: 1. Corydon Central 28, 2. Charlestown 47, 3. Austin 74, 4. Silver Creek 107, 5. Brownstown Central 129, 6. Scottsburg 152, 7. North Harrison 163. No Team Scores: Eastern (Pekin), Salem.
Top 25 Finishers (Top 13 named All-Conference): 1. Jessica McCoy (CHAR) 19:01.88, 2. Lilli Pavey (CC) 19:29.31, 3. Addison Applegate (CC) 19:33.93, 4. Erika Valdivieso (CC) 19:47.71, 5. Kaylee Kinser (CHAR) 20:03.14, 6. Lanie Roberts (SAL) 20:08.13, 7. Jackie McCoy (CHAR) 20:08.32, 8. Ava Sowder (EP) 20:08.49, 9. Hailey Webster (AUS) 20:20.47, 10. Libby Kochert (SC) 20:29.79, 11. Morgan Adams (CC) 20:37.20, 12. Peri Leghart (CC) 20:48.75, 13. Megan Hall (AUS) 20:54.13, 14. Gabby Holland (CC) 21:09.33, 15. Victoria Snyder (CHAR) 21:22.40, 16. Rakia Sherrard (AUS) 21:46.15, 17. Trinity Cody (BC) 21:50.39, 18. Lydia Wilkins (NH) 21:50.74, 19. Kelsey Hawkins (AUS) 21:52.32, 20. Keegan Caudill (SC) 22:23.22, 21. Briley Bary (SCOT) 22:27.42, 22. Ivy Harris (SAL) 22:42.16, 23. Katie Eve (CC) 23:02.72, 24. Meg Miller (SC) 23:05.70, 25. Emma Faulkner (CHAR) 23:07.93.
JV Race Winners: Camille Coffman (CC), Leif Hacker (AUS).