Leah Anders is 4th overall in Regional


Switzerland County’s Leah Anders continued her incredible season on Saturday, as she raced to a fourth place overall finish in the Brown County cross country Regional.

The Lady Pacer junior covered the course in a time of 19:44.29; and was the top advancing individual out of the Regional, and will now run this Saturday in the Semistate meet – which will again be run on the Brown County course.

Arig Tong of Columbus North won the Regional in a time of 19:00.57; while Ashton Chase of Seymour finished second overall in a time of 19:25.30. Columbus North’s Aric Tong, sister of the individual champion, finished third in a time of 19:27.42.

Following Anders, the top 10 included: Makenna Sunbury of Seymour (19:51.50); Emilia Koester of Brown County (20:00.83); Emma Morrison of Jennings County (20:15.32); Kirsten Ballard of Columbus North ((20:32.44); Abby Voss of Seymour (20:35.46); and Carley Conway of Charlestown (20:42.34).

Overall, Switzerland County as a team finished 10th and did not advance as a team to the semistate. Other Lady Pacer runners included: Kiersten Oeffinger, 56th in a time of 24:21.19; Brianna Vinup, 58th in a time of 24:47.36; Zoe Cole, 61st in a time of 25:41.69; Aleiah Thomas, 62nd in a time of 26:42.41; Allison Detmer, 63rd in a time of 27:03.10; and Mikailah Peterson, 66th in a time of 29:01.47.

Columbus North won the Regional with a team score of 35; followed by Seymour with 48; Charlestown with 128; Columbus East with 129; and Jennings County was fifth with 130.


This Saturday’s semistate will be run at Brown County; and will feature Regional qualifying individuals and teams from the Brown County, Bedford North Lawrence, Crawford County, and Pike Central Regionals.

The individual winner at Bedford was freshman Annalyssa Crain of Edgewood, who won in a time of 18:20.49.

The individual winner at Crawford County was senior Kyla Sorg of Floyd Central, who ran a time of 19:27.9.

The individual winner at Pike Central was Natalie Graber of Barr Reeve, who ran a time of 18:31.87.

The girls semistate race is expected to start at 12:15 p.m.