Whitley Schirmer: Sectional Champion Lady Pacer team finishes fifth


Switzerland County Lady Pacer sophomore Whitley Schirmer has already established herself as of the best distance runners in this area of the state over her first two years; and she added to her growing legend last Wednesday night as she became the Sectional Champion in the 3,200-meter run.

The Sectional was held at Jeffersonville High School, and featured many of the bigger schools in this portion of the state.

Whitley Schirmer finished in a time of 12:14.11 to easily outdistance second place runner Olivia Graebe of New Washington (12:21.62) and a pair of Silver Creek runners: Mackenzie Crouch (12:23.42) and Miranda Coats (12:35.98).

Not to be outdone, Schirmer also qualified for the Regional by finishing second overall in the 1,600-meter run in a time of 5:35.54; just behind winner Jessica Backherms of Silver Creek (5:19.80).

Overall as a team, the Lady Pacers finished fifth overall in the 12-team field. Switzerland County scored 71 points, the most points scored by a girls track team in school history.

Jeffersonville won the Sectional with a total of 149 points; followed by Silver Creek (91 1/2); Madison (91); and Henryville (74). Following Switzerland County: Southwestern was sixth (33); Charlestown (26); Rock Creek Academy (24); Scottsburg (22); New Washington (18); Austin (12 1/2); and Madison Shawe (5).

The Lady Pacers had other runners advance to the Regional with strong Sectional efforts.

Eve Galbreath will move on the Sectional in the 100-meter hurdles; as will Paige Sawyer. Galbreath finished second in the hurdles with a time of :17.11; while Sawyer was third in a time of :17.58.

Megan Dasis was second in the long jump with a distance of 16’2 3/4″ and will advance to the Regional.

Also moving on is the 400-meter relay team of Galbreath, Sawyer, Dasis, and Moriah Northcutt, who finished third in a time of :54.11.


Other Switzerland County team members participating in the Jeffersonville Sectional included:

– Galbreath was fourth in the shot put; the 3,200-meter relay team of Mackenzie Covington, Kim Cutter, Riley King, Jade Mullins, Cameron Ray, and Whitley Schirmer was fifth, as was the 1,600-meter relay team of Covington, Mullins, Dasis, Katerina Svobodova, and Northcutt. Northcutt was sixth in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles;

– Natalie Newman was seventh in the discus and fifth in the shot put; King was seventh in the 800-meters; Emma Giglio was eighth in the high jump; Galbreath was 10th in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles; Audrey Kinne was 11th in the long jump; Cutter was 12th in the 400-meter dash and 15th in the 800-meter run; Jody Breeck was 13th in the discus; and Erin Green was 17th in the 1,600-meter run.