Madison’s cross country teams competed in the Eagle Classic at Brown County High School on Saturday.

The Madison girls placed seventh out of 19 teams with 214 points in the very tough AA race. Pike ran away with the win with 51 points.

“I was blown away with the run we had today. The girls competed at a high level against great competition,” Madison girls coach Josh Wilber said. “We saw (personal bests) from Brett (Cahall) and Isabel (Wilber). The others were on point with their times and places.”

Sophomore Cadence Traylor led the Cubs with a 16th-place finish in 20:30. She was followed by: Brett Cahall, 33rd, 21:12; Ava Spencer, 34th, 21:14; Isabel Wilber, 49th, 21:42; Chloe Ferris, 88th, 23:16; and Cameran Cahall, 89th, 23:20.

Madison’s boys finished 19th with 532 points in the crowded field. Avon won the race with 60 points with Perry Meridian second with 70.

“After a tough training week the guys ran gritty and toughed out some good runs on Saturday. We had four guys (set personal bests) and six guys come within 10 seconds of a (personal best). All guys set course best times as well,” Madison boys coach Kris Sandlin said. “Training is setting itself up, the guys are working hard, buying in and we look forward to a great rest of the season.”

Luke McCarty led the Cubs with a 94th-place finish in 19:08 and Logan Ferris was 105th in 19:18. Other times for the Cubs were: Noah Burkhardt, 127th, 19:53; Lane Brawner, 143rd, 20:15; Trevor Hoffman, 150th, 20:46; Liam Murphy, 157th, 21:05; and Lucas Owen, 158th, 21:08.

Madison returns to action on Saturday when it competes in the Jennings County Invitational.

Rebels, Pacers run at JCD

The cross country teams from Southwestern and Switzerland County competed in the Jac-Cen-Del Invitational on Saturday.

The Southwestern boys finished second out of 10 teams in the meet, placing behind only Hagerstown.

Joe Drossart led the Rebels with an eighth-place finish in 18:08 and was followed by: Caleb Geary, 14th, 18:36; Colton Cloud, 17th, 18:59; Keegan Gross, 20th, 19:06; Brandon Smith, 22nf, 19:14; and Jamison Lewis, 26th, 19:21.

“The boys had their full team for the first time this season, but you could tell that the ones that have missed aren’t in mid-season race shape right now,” Southwestern coach Zac Nussbaum said. “Hopefully we can be at full strength going into the South Dearborn Invitational next weekend and get things rolling.”

The Southwestern girls placed fifth overall. Kirsten Geary was eighth in 22:31 to lead the Rebels and was followed by: Patricia Smith, 19th, 24:20; Faith Glascock, 33rd, 27:09; Aleea Crumley, 35th, 28:22; and Lilly Douglas, 42nd, 32:41.

“We have several girls who have never ran before and I am really proud of them for how hard they are working and how much better they have become,” Nussbaum said. “Our two girls that have ran before, Kirsten and Patricia, ran well today and are setting themselves up for tournament success.”

Switzerland County did not field a complete team in either race but had four runners post personal-bests on the day.

In the girls race, Grace White was 10th in 22:48 while Alisha Detmer was 11th in 23:06, Bethan Dashzeveg was 38th with a personal-best 30:27 and Katie Allen was 41st in 32:29.

All three Pacers boys posted personal-bests on the day. Nathan Furnish was ninth in 18:16, Avery Osowski was 24th in 19:16 and Myles Covington was 44th in 20:48.

Southwestern returns to action today at Jennings County while both schools compete in the South Dearborn Invitational on Saturday.