Pacers cross country focus is on sectionals


The Switzerland County Pacers boys cross country team placed third in the ORVC meet at Milan on Tuesday, October 3rd.

Rising Sun was the overall winner with 58 points followed by South Ripley with a score of 61. Switzerland County Pacers finished with a score of 72. Jac-Cen-Del, finished with 102, Southwestern 116 and Shawe with 154.

Top finishers for the Pacers were Clay Meyer earning seventh place with a time of 17:27. Corey McFarland earned eighth place with a time of 17:28. Jim Abbott, 16th with a time 18:01; Josh Hon, 18th with a time of 18:09; Tray Meyer, 23rd with a time of 19:02; Matt Johnson, 29th with a time of 19:29 and Tanner Ross finishing 38th with a time of 20:49.

“Clay Meyer and Corey McFarland ran superb races tonight. The two of them looked focused before the race. Their effort tonight was awesome. I am very happy for them. The two were awarded all-conference honors,” coach Mark Boggs said.

“As a team, I am very happy with what we accomplished. Each runner tonight ran with pure heart and guts. We had been defeated by Rising Sun all year by 30 points. Tonight we cut that deficit to 14 points.”


The Switzerland County Lady Pacers earned fourth place in the ORVC meet with a score of 73 at Milan. Southwestern was the team winner with 31 points followed by South Ripley earning 63 points and Rising Sun with 68. Jac-Cen-Del finished behind the Lady Pacers with 92; Milan and Shawe were incomplete teams.

Amanda Hon finished fifth for the Lady Pacers with a time of 16:32. Amber Meli finished 10th with a time of 17:35. Beth Abbott earned 19th place, Chelsea Peters earned 20th place, Courtney Ellegood, 23rd place; Shana Todd, 29th place and Emilee Waldron finishing 35th place.

“Amanda Hon has overcome so much this year. She is an extremely tough competitor. She battled from the start to the finish. Amber also ran with pure guts. Last week she injured her ankle in soccer match. She missed a few practices, but it did not show. I am very proud of both girls,” coach Mark Boggs said.

“The team overall faired well. We were beaten by three better teams. Congratulations to all of them.”

The boys and girls will now focus their attention to the Southwestern Sectional on Tuesday, October 10th.