Hon, Rogers complete season at Cross Country Semistate


  The outstanding cross country seasons of two Switzerland County Pacer athletes came to an end on Saturday.

  Freshmen Cooper Hon and Claire Rogers each competed as individuals at the Brown County Semistate — and represented themselves and their school in outstanding fashion.

  Hon ran in the boys semistate, finishing in 153rd place overall with a time of 18:12.5.

  For the boys: state powerhouse Columbus North won the team event with a score of 45; followed by Bloomington North with 129; Floyd Central with 151; Northview with 157; and Bloomington South with a team score of 196.

  Austin was sixth overall with a team score of 213.

  The individual winner in the boys race was Reese Kibarger-Stumpff of Columbus North, who covered the 3.1-mile course in a time of 15:10.5.

  Spenser Wolf of Forest Park was second with a time of 15:18.4; Abram Eckman of Jasper was third in 15:21.8; Matthew Newell of Columbus North was fourth in 15:30.3; and Alexander Hooten of Evansville Central was fifth in a time of 15:31.6. All five top finishers are seniors.


  Rogers ran in the girls semistate, finishing in 38th place overall with a personal record time of 19:30.9. Rogers was just six places from advancing to the state meet as an individual.

  Columbus North also won the girls team title, finishing with a score of 65; followed by Floyd Central with a score of 96. Northview was third with a score of 110; Jasper was fourth with 164; and Bloomington North was fifth with 175.

  Individually: Julia Kiesler of Columbus North was the semistate winner in a time of 17:41.6; followed by Ellie Hall of Forest Park in a time of 18:08.8.

  Third place was earned by Brianna Newell of Columbus North in a time of 18:16.2; Jaydon Cirincione of Floyd Central was fourth with a time of 18:22.8; and Gnister Grant of Northview was fifth in a time of 18:28.7.

  The first and third place finishers were juniors; the second and fourth place finishers were seniors; and the fifth place finisher was a sophomore.

  Only three freshman semistate runners finished in front of  Rogers.