Cross Country teams continue excellent years with invitationals

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The Switzerland County High School boys and girls cross country teams are posting outstanding seasons, and as the squads race their way through invitationals, the Pacers and the Lady Pacers are peaking as they head toward conference and sectional races.

On Saturday, the boys team captured the championship on the Jac-Cen-Del Invitational in an 11-team field. The Pacers finished with 25 points to outdistance second place Brownstown Central with 50 points. South Ripley was third with 96 points; followed by Rising Sun (118); Southwestern Shelby (155); Southwestern Hanover (156); Jac-Cen-Del (157); Madison Shawe (164); and South Decatur (169). Milan and Lawrenceburg did not have enough runners to record a team score.

Individually, Corey McFarland led the way for Switzerland County with a second place finish in a time of 17:12; while Clay Meyer returned from injury to finish third overall with a time of 17:31. Tray Meyer was fourth in a time of 18:02; and Josh Hon was fifth in a time of 18:03.

Anthony Dennis finished 11th in a time of 18:36; Tanner Ross was 22nd in a time of 19:53; and Quinn Meyer was 25th in a time of 20:20.

“It was great to get Clay back,” Coach Mark Boggs said. “His performance was very inspiring after the week he has had. Corey continues to run with so much confidence, and he has stepped up immensely while Clay was out.”

The Lady Pacers also had an outstanding effort in the Jac-Cen-Del Invitational, finishing second overall to a strong team from Brownstown Central. The Braves won the meet with 41 points; while Switzerland County finished with 77 points and South Ripley was third with 104.

Jac-Cen-Del was fourth (111); followed by South Decatur (112); Rising Sun (132); Southwestern Shelby (158); and Milan (171). Southwestern Hanover, Madison Shawe, and Lawrenceburg did not have enough runners to record a team score.

Freshman Bre Hinman continued her outstanding season, finishing sixth overall in a time of 22:37. Allie Mathews was 11th in a time of 23:07; Amber Meli was 18th in a time of 23:56; and Alexis Carfield was 22nd in a time of 24:16.

Beth Abbott was 25th with a time of 24:35; Halie Thomas was 28th in a time of 25:13; and Catie Johnson was 49th with a time of 29:51.

“This was a great team performance. We were second to a very good Brownstown team,” Coach Boggs said. “I asked the girls to try going out a little faster, and the girls tried it and benefited from it.”

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Last Thursday night both teams participated in the East Central Invitational; with the boys placing second and the girls finishing fourth.

Corey McFarland was the overall winner of the boys race in an outstanding time of 17:39; with Tray Meyer finishing fifth overall in a time of 18:08; and Josh Hon in seventh place with a time of 18:15.

Anthony Dennis was 15th in a time of 19:08; Tanner Ross was 24th in a time of 19:54; Quinn Meyer was 31st in a time of 20:59; and Damon Robbins was 41st in a time of 22:17.

“Corey ran an outstanding race tonight,” the Pacer coach said. “He got out front early and held his lead throughout the race. The guys are making the kind of progress we want to see in the early part of September.”

Batesville won the invitational with a total of 31 points; followed by Switzerland County with 52 points. Taylor (Ohio) was third with 78 points; Greensburg was fourth with 98 points; and Rising Sun was fifth with 129 points. Jac-Cen-Del was sixth (153); South Decatur was seventh (194); and Lawrenceburg was eighth (219).

The Lady Pacers finished fourth with a team score of 99; trailing champion Batesville (28); second place Taylor (Ohio) (89); and third place Greensburg (97).

South Decatur (121) was fifth; Jac-Cen-Del (123) was sixth; Rising Sun (133) was seventh; and Milan (174) was eighth,

Bre Hinman was the leading runner individually for Switzerland County, finishing 13th overall with a time of 23:15. Allie Mathews was 15th in a time of 23:33; Beth Abbott was 20th in a time of 24:27; and Amber Meli was 23rd in a time of 24:49.

Alexis Carfield finished 28th in a time of 25:10; Andrea Brogan was 35th in a time of 27:36; and Catie Johnson was 37th in a time of 28:41.