Cross country teams compete in semistate

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The Switzerland County High School boys cross country team saw its outstanding season come to an end on Saturday at the Brown County Semistate meet.

The Pacers ran an excellent race, but did not advance in the strong field of teams. The Pacers finished 16th out of 20 semistate teams.

Clay Meyer, fresh off of his Regional Championship, barely missed qualifying as an individual for the State Meet, finishing 17th overall in a time of 16:40. The top 15 individuals advance to the State Meet.

Other Pacer runners included Corey McFarland in 63rd place in a time of 17:22; Josh Hon in 129th place in a time of 18:22; Anthony Dennis is 148th place in a time of 19:03; Tray Meyer in 153rd place in a time of 19:14; Tanner Ross in 157th place in a time of 20:15; and Quinn Meyer in 158th place in a time of 20:27.

“This meet was a great experience for our underclassmen,” Coach Mark Boggs said. “We hope that this is a stepping stone to the future and plan to get back there next year.”

The Pacer coach also had high praise for his senior leader.

“Clay Meyer will be a big loss for our cross country program,” Coach Boggs said. “He has been a solid four year member. He just missed out on a trip to the State Finals, but he has nothing to hang his head about. He will arguably leave our program as one of the top individual cross country runners to wear a Pacer uniform.”

In the girls Semistate, freshman Lady Pacer Brelyn Hinman qualified as an individual after an outstanding Regional, and at the semistate she finished an impressive 41st in a field of 159 runners.

She ran a time of 20:37.

“Bre is such a competitor,” Coach Boggs said. “She steps up to the line with so much confidence and performs every race. This was a huge accomplishment for a freshman, and gives her the experience needed to get back there next year and improve.”