Lady Pacer runners advance to Regional

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The Switzerland County girls cross country team has qualified for its second consecutive Regional.

Facing adverse situations all season, the girls were able to run to a fourth place overall finish at the Southwestern Sectional this past Saturday, October 8th.

Leading the way were All Sectional runners Leah Anders, who continued her outstanding season by finishing second overall in a time of 20:42; and Cameron Ray, who is also having a great year and on Saturday finished 11th overall in a time of 22:22.

Lady Pacer Zoe Cole came way with a 24-second personal best time of 23:48 to earn 21st place overall; and rounding out the scoring was Maggie Clayton in 30th place in a time of 25:13 and Allison Detmer in 47th place in a time of 27:41. Also competing for the Lady Pacers was Josie Meyer, who finished in 48th place in a time of 28:43.

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The boys team, with just four runners and not able to compile a team score, saw its season come to the end Saturday at the Sectional.

Those four were Cameron Papucci in 46th place overall in a time of 19:51; Patrick Stow in 57th place overall in a time of 20:38; Landon Wilks in 61st place overall in a time of 20:59; and Nathan Scudder in 67th place overall in a time of 24:57.

“Thank you to all who came out to support these kids this weekend, gave words of encouragement throughout the week and any other type of support,” head coach Kris Sandlin said. “They really appreciate the support.”

The girls aim for their second consecutive semistate berth this Saturday at Eagle Park in Nashville, Indiana when the Lady Pacers compete in the Regional. The girls race will begin at 10:30 a.m.