Pacers runners win Jac-Cen-Del Invitational

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The Switzerland County Pacer varsity boys and girls cross country teams had a very successful Jac-Cen-Del Invitational on Saturday.

The boys team won the event with a team score of 57.

South Ripley was second with 66; followed by Brownstown Central with 84; Southwestern with 142; Rising Sun with 142; North Decatur with 153; Jac-Cen-Del with 154; Milan with 175; and South Decatur with 206.

Lawrenceburg and Madison Shawe participated in the invitational, but did not have enough runners to record a team score.

Switzerland County was led by freshman Braden Burk, who finished fifth overall in a time of 17:16. Anthony Dennis was seventh in a time of 17:34; Michael Douglas was 13th in 17:56; Sean Oatman was 15th in 17:59; and Quinn Meyer was 20th in a time of 18:30.

Dakota Taylor was 23rd in a time of 18:45; and Logan Pike finished 26th in a time of 19:03.

“The boys ran a great race on tired legs,” Coach Mark Boggs said after the win. “They raced very well on Thursday, and came back and ran another great race today. Each runner continues to gain a great deal of experience.”

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In the girls race, the Lady Pacers finished second overall with a score of 47; narrowly falling to champion Brownstown Central, who had 42.

North Decatur was third with 69; followed by Jac-Cen-Del with 91; South Decatur with 115; Rising Sun with 139; and South Ripley with 191.

Edinburgh, Milan, Lawrenceburg, and Southwestern all had runners in the race, but did not have enough team members to record a score.

Junior Bre Hinman led the way for Switzerland County, finishing second overall in a time of 19:46. She was followed by teammate Allie Mathews, who finished fifth in 21:29.

Paige Ridener was eighth in 21:46; Robin Furnish was 11th in 22:01; Samantha Reynolds was 32nd in 25:30; and Taryn Parr was 42nd in a time of 27:03.

“Bre really ran a strong race,” Coach Boggs said of his star junior. “She ran against a very strong runner in Brownstown’s Hope Lockman, and they battled for a majority of the race. I was also pleased with Samantha, who stepped into the fifth spot and knocked approximately four minutes off of her time this year.”