Cross Country teams second in invitational

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The Switzerland County boys’ and girls’ cross country teams performed very well in the extremely competitive East Central Invitational on Tuesday night. Both teams were runner up to very strong Batesville teams.

In the girls race, Batesville won with 22 points; followed by Switzerland County with 67 points. Greensburg was third with 70 points; and Jac-Cen-Del was fourth with 81 points.

Individually for the Lady Pacers, Bre Hinman finished third overall with a time of 21:51; followed by Allie Mathews in 10th place with a time of 23:08. Paige Freeman was 16th with a time of 24:38; and Taryn Parr was 18th in a time of 24:54.

Alexis Carfield finished 28th overall in a time of 27:15; and Halie Thomas was 29th in a time of 27:27.

“Our times were a little slow tonight, but that shouldn’t take away from how our girls competed,” Coach Mark Boggs said. “The girls were exhausted after a tough practice on Monday. I’m really proud of all the girls.”

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In the boys meet, Batesville won with a score of 33; followed closely by the Pacers with 54 points. Greensburg finished third with 61 points; followed by Rising Sun in fourth with 110 points. Jac-Cen-Del finished fifth overall with 112 points.

Individually, Pacer senior Corey McFarland was the overall winner in a time of 17:37; while senior Tray Meyer finished third overall in a time of 18:20. Anthony Dennis ran to a seventh place finish in a time of 19:20; Quinn Meyer was 21st overall in 21:28; and Tanner Ross was 25th overall in 22:09.

Alex Galbreath finished 27th in a time of 23:04; and Bradlee Burk was 29th in a time of 23:30.

“These boys ran on some tired legs, but I am pleased with how they competed,” Coach Boggs said. “We definitely need to tighten our pack from one to five, which I see happening due to how hard these boys work. Corey ran a terrific race and continues to lead this team in a positive way.”