The Switzerland County girls and boys cross country teams participated in the ORVC conference meet on Saturday evening at the Hanover College course hosted by Southwestern High School; and both squads posted outstanding efforts.
In the girls race, Lady Pacer senior Leah Anders ran to a second place overall finish in a time of 20:52.8; just behind conference champion Megan Cole of South Ripley, who posted a time of 19:56.4.
The second place finish earned Anders All Conference honors, and she was joined on the All ORVC team by three teammates: Alisha Detmer, who finished eighth overall with a time of 22:59.6; Keirstan Oeffinger, who ran to a ninth place overall finish in a time of 23:03.6; and Matty Anderson, who finished in 11th place overall with a time of 23:06.6. Other Lady Pacer runners included Allison Detmer, who finished 25th in a time of 27:02.9; and Zoe Cole, who finished 31st in a time of 29:10.4.
As a team, Switzerland County finished in second place with a score of 51. South Ripley won the conference with a team score of 35. Jac-Cen-Del was third with 68 points; followed by Milan with 81 and Southwestern with 103. Rising Sun and Shawe Memorial had individual runners, but did not have enough participants to record a team score. In the boys meet, Switzerland County finished third overall in the conference with a team score of 101. The score tied Rising Sun, but the Pacers were awarded the higher finish based on Switzerland County’s sixth place runner, Peyton Gammons, having a higher overall placing than Rising Sun’s sixth runner.
Garrett Demaree led the Pacers with a 10th place overall finish in a time of 19:05.6 to earn All Conference honors; while Coby Manbeck was 18th in a time of 20:17.8; Ben Hicks was 25th in a time of 21:39.6; Jaydon Day was 33rd in a time of 24:57.8; and Levi Baker was 34th in a time of 25:24.0.
Overall, Southwestern won the conference title with a score of 24 points; while Jac-Cen-Del was second with 45. AFter Switzerland County and Rising Sun, South Ripley was fifth with a score of 104. Milan and Shawe Memorial did not have enough runners to record a team score.
The Pacer runners will return to Hanover this Saturday to participate in the Sectional, with the race getting underway at 10 a.m.