Lady Pacers advance to semistate after fifth place finish

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The Switzerland County Lady Pacer cross country team advanced to this Saturday’s Brown County Semistate after earning fifth place overall in last Saturday’s Regional held at Bedford.

The Regional was a tightly fought battle, with Bedford North Lawrence and Madison each finishing with team scores of 55 – but the Regional championship went to Bedford on the strength of its sixth runner having a better finishing position.

Trinity Lutheran finished third with 102 points; Brownstown Central was fourth with 113; and Switzerland County earned the final team spot with 146 points.

Seymour was sixth with 151; Mitchell was seventh with 158; Jeffersonville was eighth with 205; Jennings County was ninth with 208; and Scottsburg finished with 219.

Individually, junior Lady Pacer Bre Hinman continued her outstanding season with a fourth place overall finish in a time of 19:47. Robin Furnish was 21st in a time of 21:34; Allie Mathews was 37th in a time of 22:22; Paige Ridener was 39th in 22:31; and Taryn Parr was 73rd in a time of 27:05.

“This was a goal of ours since last season,” Lady Pacer coach Mark Boggs said. “I am so proud of the way these girls prepared and competed. This semistate birth just adds to the many accomplishments they have already achieved. Congratulations to Bre Hinman for making the All-Regional team. She has shown a lot of focus and character. You cannot ask for a more deserving individual. She has worked to get to this stage of the season.”

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The Switzerland County boys cross country team saw its season come to an end at the Bedford Regional.

Bedford North Lawrence won with a team score of 44; followed by Seymour with 68; Jennings County with 93; Mitchell with 150; Madison with 154; Crothersville with 167; Austin with 167; Jeffersonville with 180; Switzerland County with 182; and Salem with 209.

Individually, Braden Burk finished 18th overall in a time of 17:09; while Anthony Dennis was 35th in a time of 17:46. Sean Oatman was 46th in a time of 18:24; and Michael Douglas was 55th in a time of 18:58.

Mikhail Cole was 63rd in a time of 19:31; Dakota Taylor was 69th in a time of 20:12; and Pacer Quinn Meyer was unable to finish the race.

“The boys season ended on Saturday; however, they have a lot to be proud of, Coach Boggs said. “Braden, Anthony, Sean, and Mikhail ran personal best times. This team far exceeded the expectations considering we had four individuals who had no varsity experience before the season. With everyone returning, we are excited about the potential for next season.”