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7 individuals but no teams earn berths to cross country semistate
Courier Sports Staff
Monday, October 21, 2013 11:00 AM
Three girls and four boys from the Courierarea advanced to the semistate after strong finishes at the IHSAA cross country regional held Saturday at Brown County.
Madison's Ashlee Allen, David Gibson and Quenton White, Southwestern's Savannah Reuda and Switzerland County's Whitley Schirmer, Talen Taylor and Braden Burk each advanced to the next round. None of the local teams advanced.
In the girls' race, Columbus North dominated the field by placing four runners in the top five for 18 points and the championship. Silver Creek was second with 73 points while Brown County placed third with 107. Seymour and Columbus East completed the teams advancing to the semistate, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively with 132 and 146 points.
Rounding out the results were: Brownstown Central, sixth, 174; Switzerland County, seventh, 196; Madison, eighth, 198; Southwestern, ninth, 223; and Charlestown, 10th, 223.
The top five teams in the regional and top 10 individuals from non-qualifying teams are entered into the semistate field.
Switzerland County's Schirmer finished sixth overall in a time of 19:32.03. Robin Furnish, who finished 26th overall in 21:30.47, missed advancing by just two spots. The rest of the Pacers' finishes were: Cameron Ray, 62nd, 23:44.54; Melissa Furnish, 72nd, 24:13.12; and Emily Campbell, 83rd, 26:21.20.
Allen placed 14th in 20:37.44 to qualify from Madison. Other Cub scorers were: Paige Hess, 45th, 22:37; Hannah Miller, 58th, 23:05.78; Liz Ray, 61st, 23:30.93; and Brittany Jaynes, 69th, 24:05.46. Hannah Brady was 77th in 25:05.67 and Grace Spencer was 82nd in 26:05.74.
Rueda was 24th in 21:15.22 to clinch the final individual spot in the semistate field. Cass Lawson finished seven places behind at 31st in 21:51.09 for Southwestern. The rest of the Rebels were: Jayla Watson, 75th, 24:44.55; Rebekah Anderson, 78th, 25:14.58; Ashton Elliot, 80th, 25:43.19; Austin Courtney, 81st, 25:48.63; and Jordan Worcester, 86th, 30:12.35.
Shawe's Hannah Storm was the lone Hilltopper representative in the regional. Storm finished 79th in a time of 25:17.93.
Columbus North completed the sweep of regional titles by placing all five scorers in the top five for a perfect 15 points. Martinsville was a distant second with 99 and Seymour was third with 133. Brownstown Central (140) and Columbus East (146) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to round out the semistate qualifiers.
The rest of the team scores were: Jennings County, sixth, 149; Madison, seventh, 158; Silver Creek, eighth, 158; Henryville, ninth, 218; and Switzerland County, 10th, 220.
Gibson and White finished 21st and 22nd, respectively, for Madison, qualifying as individuals for next weekend's semistate. Gibson ran a17:27 while White ran a 17:28.02.
The rest of the Cubs were: Justin Robertson, 42nd, 18:10.04; Alex Nunan, 47th, 18:23.64; Josh Howell, 52nd, 18:33.89; 57th, Will Monroe, 18:41.14; and Gunner Jones, 82nd, 20:48.65.
Taylor placed 17th in 17:11.68 while Burk finished 25th in 17:37.56 to qualify from Switzerland. The rest of the Pacers were: Sean Oatman, 65th, 19:13.52; Jordan Lay, 80th, 20:09.26; Colton Penick, 83rd, 20:49.82; Michael Scott, 84th, 22:14.23; and Cameron Papucci, 85th, 22:16.51.
Josiah Lawson represented Southwestern as an individual competitor. Lawson placed 79th in 20:01.57.
The semistate is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Brown County.
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