Clay Meyer qualifies for cross country semistate with regional run

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The Switzerland County Pacer and Lady Pacer cross country teams participated in the Pekin Eastern Regional on Saturday morning, October 14th.

The Switzerland County boys cross country team earned eighth place. The Pacers were led by a 13th place finish by Clay Meyer to earn All-Regional honors and earn a trip to the Bloomington North Semistate this Saturday, October 21st. The semistate will begin at 2 p.m.

Clay Meyer covered the hilly regional course in a time of 17:52.

Other finishers for the Pacers were as follows: Josh Hon, 47th with a time of 19:07; Tray Meyer, 50th with a time of 19:12; Jim Abbott, 51st with a time of 19:12; Corey McFarland, 63rd with a time of 20:23; Tanner Ross, 64th with a time of 20:24; and Bradlee Burk, 70th with a time of 21:49.

“Clay Meyer ran a terrific race. He ran with a lot of determination and toughness on Saturday. He has had a great sophomore year. As a team, the season has ended; however, it has been a very successful and productive year. Our team consists of six freshmen, two sophomores, and two seniors,” coach Mark Boggs said. “The two seniors, Jim Abbott and Matt Johnson will be truly missed. They have a lot to be proud of over the last four years. I want to thank them for all they accomplished.”

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The Switzerland County Lady Pacers earned eighth place at Pekin Eastern regional on Saturday morning.

Amber Meli finished 16th with a time of 16:51, just missing all-regional honors by two seconds and one place.

Other runners included: Amanda Hon earned 18th place with a time of 16:52; Chelsea Peters, 46th with a time of 18:36; Beth Abbott, 52nd with a time of 19:03; Shana Todd, 57th with a time of 19:20; Courtney Ellegood, 61st with a time 19:42; and Casey Sharp, 67th with a time 20:30.

“These girls ran very hard, but it was not enough to advance. Unfortunately, Saturday was also an end to Amanda Hon’s season and high school career. I know she is a little disappointed; however, she has an enormous amount of accomplishments to be proud of. She has had a stellar career and has been an integral part of our cross country program for four years” coach Mark Boggs said. “I want to congratulate and thank Amanda on what she has done for the Switzerland County Cross Country program.”