Boys and girls cross country teams hitting their stride as season kicks in

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The cross country season for the boys and girls teams at Switzerland County High School are off to a fast start, with the Pacers competing in a dual meet during the past week.

On Tuesday night the Pacers took on South Dearborn, and the boys won the meet by a score of 27-29; while the girls fell by a score of 26-29.

For the boys, senior Clay Meyer finished second overall in a time of 18:09; and Corey McFarland was third in a time of 18:46. Josh Hon was fifth in a time of 19:33; Anthony Dennis was sixth with a time of 19:47; Tanner Ross was 11th with a time of 21:38; Quinn Meyer was 13th in a time of 21:59; Damon Robbins was 17th in a time of 24:15; and Bradlee Burk was 19th in a time of 24:42.

“The boys were definitely exhausted going into the race,” Coach Mark Boggs said. “We had a tough practice on Monday, and we competed in the heat in this race. Each of the boys gave a valiant effort; and I was extremely pleased with freshman Anthony Dennis. He continues to close the gap on the runners in front of him.”

Coach Boggs also noted that number three runner Tray Meyer did not compete in the meet due to a minor knee injury.

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The girls were led by freshman Bre Hinman, who finished second overall in a time of 25:26; and fellow freshman Allie Mathews was right behind, finishing third overall in a time of 25:45. Senior Beth Abbott was fifth in a time of 26:22; Alexis Carfield was ninth in a time of 28:14; and Halie Thomas was 10th in a time of 28:20.

Amber Meli was 12th in a time of 29:40 as she continues to recover from injury; Tara Hoffman was 14th in a time of 34:21; and Caitlyn Fairhurst was 16th in a time of 40:13.

“The times in this meet did not reflect how our girls did,” Coach Boggs said. “We expected slow times when factoring in the heat and the hilly course. It will be nice once we get all the girls running at the same time.”

Coach Boggs said that sophomore Andrea Brogan did not run in the meet due to a death in her family.