Corey McFarland, Allie Mathews are individual champs; Pacers claim boys ORVC title


On the strength of individual conference titles by senior Corey McFarland in the boys race and sophomore Allie Mathews in the girls contest, Switzerland County continued its dominance of the Ohio River Valley Conference cross country scene on Tuesday night – with an injury to a key runner providing the only downfall.

The races were run on the campus of Hanover College.

The boys team won the conference title in impressive fashion; placing four runner on the All Conference team with top 12 finishes; leading to a team score of 31.

South Ripley was second with 61; followed by Madison Shawe with 96; Jac-Cen-Del with 110; Rising Sun with 110; Southwestern with 131; and Milan with 153.

Corey McFarland dominated the race just has he’s dominated the opposition all year long, racing out to a solid lead in the rainy, windy, and cold conditions and running alone for much of the race. He finished with a time of 17:20.

Just as he has most of the season, Pacer teammate Tray Meyer was right behind, finishing second overall with a time of 17:27; and sophomore Anthony Dennis made it three Switzerland County runners in the top four, finishing fourth overall in a time of 17:55. Quinn Meyer finished seventh in a time of 19:11; and Anthony Dasis rounded out the scoring with a 17th place finish in a time of 19:59.

Other Switzerland County runners included Tanner Ross in 24th place in a time of 20:57; and Bradlee Burk in 26th place in a time of 21:26.

Other conference runners finishing in the top 12 and earning a spot on the All Conference team included: Anthony Nierlich of Rising Sun, third place; Zack Grossman of South Ripley, fifth place; Campbell Higbie of Madison Shawe, sixth place; Ethan Back of South Ripley, eighth place; Donnie Lows of Jac-Cen-Del, ninth place; Andrew Pulliam of Rising Sun, 10th place; Kyle Daugherty of Madison Shawe, 11th place; and Ryan Bohman of Southwestern, 12th place.


In the girls race, Allie Mathews put together an outstanding effort, leading wire-to-wire to claim the individual championship in a time of 22:05. Her effort was even more outstanding as she has been shouldering a bigger load for coach Mark Boggs’ Lady Pacers due to the injury to fellow sophomore Bre Hinman – who won the conference meet last year as a freshman but is now out of action with a leg injury.

In spite of competing the final portion of their schedule without their lead runner, the team was also without junior Halie Thomas on Tuesday, who is also nursing an injury.

Nevertheless, the Lady Pacers worked hard, and that hard work showed on Tuesday night, as they nearly pulled off the conference team championship, falling by a single point.

Jac-Cen-Del won the team title with 38 points; followed by Switzerland County with 39. South Ripley finished with 58 points; and Milan was fourth with 89. Rising Sun, Southwestern, and Madison Shawe did not have enough runners to record a team score.

Along with Allie Mathews, freshman Paige Freeman was fourth overall in a time of 23:04; and fellow freshman Taryn Parr was eighth overall in a time of 23:43.

All three earned spots on the All Conference team with their efforts.

Other Switzerland County runners included Andrea Brogan in 18th place in a time of 25:35; Alexis Carfield in 21st place in a time of 26:28; and Samantha Reynolds in 30th place in a time of 30:58.

Other ORVC runners earning All Conference honors by finishing in the top 12 were: Jennifer Patrick of South Ripley, second place; Sam White of Jac-Cen-Del, third place; Anna Sutter of Southwestern, fifth place; Katie Dickey of Milan, sixth place; Ashley Hammond of Jac-Cen-Del, seventh place; Lauren Fennelly of Jac-Cen-Del, ninth place; Chloe Storm of Madison Shawe, 10th place; Sarah Torline of Madison Shawe, 11th place; and Chelsea Bowman of Rising Sun, 12th place.