High school cross country teams excel at invitationals

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The Switzerland County High School boys and girls varsity cross country teams have had a busy week, participating in the East Central Invitational last Thursday and the Jac-Cen-Del Invitational on Saturday.

At East Central, the girls team placed fourth in the seven-team field, compiling a team score of 88. Batesville won the invitational with 33; followed by Greensburg with 65; and Rising Sun with 66. Following the Lady Pacers, Jac-Cen-Del had 113; Lawrenceburg had 135; and Milan participated but did not have enough runners to record a team score.

Individually for Switzerland County, Amanda Hon was the overall winner of the meet with a time of 16:27.

Other Lady Pacer runners included: Beth Abbott, 17th in 19:42; April Thieman, 18th in 19:43; Shana Todd, 23rd in 20:15; Ashley Bright, 35th in 22:41; Heather Thomas, 37th in 22:53; and Melissa Kinne, 39th in 24:07.

“Amanda ran a very smart race,” Coach Mark Boggs said. “Started out conservatively and picked it up midway through the race. She has always been a consistent runner, but I feel that in this race she really ran a complete race.”

The boys team placed fourth in an eight-team field. Team scores were: Batesville, 33; Rising Sun, 90; Jac-Cen-Del, 90; Switzerland County, 90; Milan, 99; South Ripley, 121; Greensburg, 133; and Lawrenceburg, 206.

Individually for Switzerland County: Josh Snow was 13th in 18:47; Zach Getz was 16th in 19:07; Jim Abbott was 17th in 19:08; Clay Meyer, 20th in 19:19; Travis Webster, 24th in 19:28; Kyle Green, 47th in 22:00; and Mark Sharp, 49th in 22:15.

“Once again the team’s pack time has been very good and consistent,” Coach Boggs said. “What we need to work on is getting this group in the upper tier of the race. By tournament time, we should be much closer.”

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On Saturday at the Jac-Cen-Del Invitational, the boys team placed fifth in the 11 team field.

Top finishers for the Pacers were: Josh Snow, 10th in 17:24; Jim Abbott, 18th in 17:55; Clay Meyer, 22nd in 18:14; Zach Getz, 24th in 18:16; Cliff Meyer, 35th in 19:06;; Matt Johnson, 54th in 20:19; and Mark Sharp, 71st in 22:28.

The Lady Pacers finished fifth in a field of nine teams.

Individually, Amanda Hon was third overall in 15:52; Beth Abbott was 23rd in 19:04; April Thieman was 25th in 19:07; Shana Todd was 28th in 19:24; Heather Thomas was 42nd in 21:27; Ashley Bright was 44th in 21:54; and Melissa Kinne was 45th in 22:00.