JAC-CEN-DEL SWEEP: Southwestern’s boys cross country team ran to its third straight Jac-Cen-Del Invitational win on Saturday in Osgood and   the Rebels’ Bradley Winston was the boys race winner. Team members are (from left): front row — Bradley Winston, Ethan Goebel, Trevor Smith, Caleb Geary, Billy Eccles, Lane Coles, Mitchell Adcock; back row —  Mikel DeEchenique, Isaac Brown, Owen Bates, Devin Ruebusch and Cameron Watkins. (Submitted photo)
JAC-CEN-DEL SWEEP: Southwestern’s boys cross country team ran to its third straight Jac-Cen-Del Invitational win on Saturday in Osgood and the Rebels’ Bradley Winston was the boys race winner. Team members are (from left): front row — Bradley Winston, Ethan Goebel, Trevor Smith, Caleb Geary, Billy Eccles, Lane Coles, Mitchell Adcock; back row — Mikel DeEchenique, Isaac Brown, Owen Bates, Devin Ruebusch and Cameron Watkins. (Submitted photo)
Southwestern boys cross country team won the Jac-Cen-Del Invitational on Saturday for the third consecutive year.

The Rebels’ top runner, Bradley Winston, won the boys 5K race with a time of 16:30, Ethan Goebel finished third in 17:06 and Trevor Smith finished fifth in 17:29 to set the pace for Southwestern.

“I can’t say enough about this team. This is easily the best we have performed here,” said Southwestern coach Zac Nussbaum. Getting three in the top five with Bradley winning this invite again. His time was the second fastest I have seen at this course since I started coaching in 2010.

Caleb Geary ran 17th in 18:57 and Billy Eccles provided the fifth man score in 20th with a time of 19:13. Lane Coles was 21st in 19:17 and Mitchell Adcock 31st in 20:14 as non-scorers.

“Ethan has really turned a corner and looks really good. Trevor’s mindset is starting to match his ability. Caleb, Billy and Lane finished in the top 25 and are starting to really bridge that gap,” Nussbaum said. “Mitchell cut a full minute from his time here last year. Even the boys who ran in the open did really well. We have to enjoy this win and then get back to work next week. We have a bunch of young guys, so we have to learn how to become consistent, but I know we will get there.”

The Lady Rebels were missing two runners and competed shorthanded. Ashton Goode led the way with a 24:15 that was good for 20th. Maddy Jacobs was 25th in 24:45, Belle Crawford was 40th in 29:17, Elena Morales was 41st in 30:37 and Kristin Thorpe ran 43rd in 31:38.

“The ones that ran did really well,” Nussbaum said. “Ashton and Maddy finished in the top 25 and just keep cutting time. Belle Crawford has only ran with us for a few weeks and has already cut almost four minutes. I’m really looking forward to having the entire team together the next few meets and seeing what they can do.”

Switzerland County also ran in the invitational — the Lady Pacers placed third behind winner South Ripley and Jac-Cen-Del — and set several personal records.

Switzerland’s Leah Anders won the girls 5K with a personal best time of 19:30 that was also the second fastest time in the history of the girls program. Aleiah Thomas was 18th with a personal best time of 24:00, Zoe Cole was 27th in a season best 24:51, Allison Detmer ran 28th in a personal best 25:09 and Bri Vinup was 29th in a personal best 25:10 to round out the scoring. Josie Meyer ran a personal best 27:32 for 34th and Mikailah Peterson ran 36th with a personal best 27:56.

In the boys’ race, the Pacers didn’t field a full team but all three competitors ran persona best times as Garrett Demaree was 27th in 19:45, Nathan Scudder was 45th in 21:58 and Coby Manbeck was 47th in 22:00.

“We are excited where the kids are at right now and look forward to the upcoming weeks,” Switzerland coach Kristopher Sandlin said. “We take things day by day and understand the support we have for each other. Our mindset and work ethic are two things we continually stress and it continues to pay off.”

Shawe also competed in the invitational but was unable to field a team for either race.

However, Leon Kinney was seventh in 17:45 in the boys race while Brian Avalos was 11th in 18:10and Ryan Storm was 44th in 21:51. Lauren Lundergan ran ninth in the girls race with a time of 22:50 and Grace McCallister was 31st in 26:32.

The boys team scores were: Southwestern 42, Rising Sun 74, Jac-Cen-Del 84, South Ripley 105, South Decatur 114, Milan 124, and North Decatur 139.

The girls team scores were: South Ripley 45, Jac-Cen-Del 53, Switzerland County 91, Milan 100, Rising Sun 113, Southwestern 148.



Lady Cubs run seventh at Eagle Classic

Madison girls cross country ran Saturday at the annual Eagle Classic at Brown County and finished seventh in the AA division.

Chloe Ferris led the Lady Cubs with a 21st place finish in 21:19 followed by Brett Cahall in 33rd with a time of 21:53. Clare Wilber was 37th in 22:03, Kelsey Bilz 61st in 22:58, Alysa Goins 65th in 23:12 and Lexie Nay rounded the field in 105th in 26:28.

“The ladies ran very well as an overall team,” said Madison girls coach Josh Wilber. “Kelsey ran over a minute better than last week and both Brett and Clare had season best times. I enjoy seeing this team improve every week.”