RUNNING UP FRONT: Madison’s Gabby Nay (left) and Landon Perry (right) were the top local finishers at the Brown County Regional. (Courier file photos by David Campbell)
RUNNING UP FRONT: Madison’s Gabby Nay (left) and Landon Perry (right) were the top local finishers at the Brown County Regional. (Courier file photos by David Campbell)
Madison's boys and girls cross country teams ran Saturday at the Brown County Regional with the girls placing fourth and the boys fifth to both advance to Saturday's semistate on the same course.

Madison's Gabby Nay turned in the top finish among local runners - girls or boys - with a ninth place in 19:57.48. Paige Hess was 22nd in 21:08.35 for the Lady Cubs, Ashlee Allen was 26th in 21:17.27, Kayla Cieslinski 35th in 21:48.7 and Hannah Miller 42nd in 22:10.45 to round out Madison's scoring.

Madison Hannah Brady ran a 22:53.21 for 53rd place and Brittany Jaynes was 56th in 22:58.26 in non-scoring finishes.

Columbus North placed five runners in the top seven - including girls regional champion Mackenzie Caldwell's sectional record finish of 17:45.49 - to win the team regional. Caldwell's time was just 1.1 seconds off a course record she set earlier in the week while winning sectional on the same circuit.

All seven Columbus North runners placed in the top 10 to blitz regional runner-up Seymour 18-81 while Hanover Sectional champion Silver Creek was third at 99 and Madison was fourth with 110. Columbus East placed fifth at 119, Brown County was sixth at 177, Brownstown Central seventh at 191 and Southwestern eighth at 211. Jennings County (218) and Scottsburg (224) rounded out the field.

"That was a fun race to watch," Madison girls coach Mark Seib said. "Great effort by the girls today. Almost all of them had either career bests or season best times.

"We were right on that bubble coming into this race if we could get a top five to be able to move on to semistate, so we knew the girls were going to have to step it up today," Seib said. "They were focused and relaxed and just ran with no fear today. I couldn't be prouder of our team today."

Madison's boys were led by Landon Perry's 13th place finish in 16:41.82 while teammate David Gibson was 18th in 17:01.70 and Quenton White was 26th in 17:20.71.

Madison rounded out its scoring with Justin Roberson placing 37th in 17:41.80 and Alex Nunan, 41st in 17:58.93. Josh Howell and Kevin Stewart ran 59th and 60th, respectively, for the Cubs with times of 19:01.29 and 19:09.75 in non-scoring finishes.

Columbus North was once again a dominating force to win the boys regional. The Bulldogs claimed the top two spots individually and six of the first seven as Karson Tays won the boys race for North with a time of 15:41.73 and only a third place finish by Indian Creek's Chris Johnson (15:57.59) prevented a North sweep.

North's winning score of 18 was far ahead of Silver Creek - the sectional champion earlier in the week at Hanover - with 90. Seymour and Indiana Creek both had 111s with the Owls taking third on the sixth man tie-breaker to Madison's 130 in fifth place. Host Brown County was sixth in 145, Columbus East seventh in 160, Jennings County eighth in 185, Switzerland County ninth in 241 and Henryville 10th in 267.

"These guys ran with a lot of heart today," Madison boys coach Josh Thomas said. "They knew they were all going to have to have personal best times to be a top five team today. The guys have bought into the training this season and they were rewarded with an oppurtunity to get to run at semistate next week. I am thrilled of how well the guys have run all season and happy they advanced. I can't wait to see how they all do on Saturday."

Switzerland County advanced only two individual girls to Saturday's regional, but both finished easily in the top half of the 75-girl field as Robin Furnish ran 23rd in 21:08.99 and Paige Ridener was 31st in 21:34.98.

Southwestern's girls were led by Cass Lawson's 29th place finish in 21:28.61 while Savannah Rueda was 32nd in 21:38.00. Jayla Watson ran 50th in 22:44.94 for the Rebels while Rebekah Anderson was 66th in 23:46.93 and Heather Totten was 69th in 24:22.10 to round out the Rebels' scoring.

Austin Courtney and Emily Watkins turned in Southwestern's final two scores with Courtney 73rd in 25:10.45 and Watkins 74th in 26:41.54.

Switzerland County's top finisher in the boys race was Braden Burk in 30th place with a time of 17:30.01 while Talen Taylor was 32nd in 17:31.84. The Pacers' Sean Oatman ran 54th in 18:30.74, Mikhail Cole was 66th in 20:39.71 and Matt Yocum was 67th in 21:20.59 to make up Switzerland County's 241 team score. Dakota Taylor ran 69th for the Pacers in 21:35.77 and Zack Rodgers was 71st in 22:09.02.

Madison's boys and girls teams - both made up entirely of underclassmen - now move on to the Brown County semistate where the top six teams and top 15 individuals advance to the state finals. In addition to Brown County, the semistate includes regional qualifiers from Bedford North Lawrence, Crawford County and Pike Central.

"We will practice through our fall break this week and keep our same routine for next Saturday's race," Seib said. "We just want the kids to have fun and enjoy the whole time at semistate to get some valuable exeperience."