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Marksmen win first sectional since 1999

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By LARRY GOFFINET
Sports Editor

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JASPER—Tell City claimed the boys team title with all five of its scorers placing in the top 17 in the 59-man Jasper cross country sectional Tuesday.
It was the Marksmen’s 10th sectional title but first since 1999, when their current coach, Chris Hollinden, was the team’s top runner.
Tell City scored 52 points to beat runner-up Perry Central by 24.
That ended Perry Central’s record streak of seven consecutive titles. But Perry Central’s Aaron Pierrard was the individual champion in 17:25, 16 seconds ahead of runner-up Trey Dooley of Forest Park.
Perry Central’s Bryce Lain placed third in 17:48. But all five Tell City scorers finished ahead of Perry Central’s third man.
Caleb Sherry placed fourth in 17:57 to lead Tell City and teammate Brook Smith was fifth in 17:58.
Cameron Sherry was 12th in 18:14, Donovan Ingle 14th in 18:22, and Travis Brinksneader 17th in 18:48 to complete the Marksmen’s scoring.
Reed Goffinet, 24th in 19:16, and Clayton Byrne, 31st in 19:53, were their other finishers.
Hollinden said the race went “better than we thought it would. We got great front running from Caleb and Brook—Brook especially. He’s never been that close to Aaron and Bryce and Caleb. He beat guys he’s never beaten before.
“Cameron didn’t run near what he’s capable of, so it’s a good thing we had Brook up there to make up for it.”
Besides Pierrard and Lain, Perry Central scorers were Nathan Schwartz, 20th in 18:55; Michael Schwartz, 25th in 19:21; and Dakota Brewster, 29th in 19:34.
Michael Schwartz ran the same course 44 seconds faster two weeks ago.
“I don’t know what’s going on with Mike—we’re going to have to get some blood work done,” said Perry Central Coach Jason Barnett. “He said his legs couldn’t go.
“Our top two guys ran awesome. Our goal was to go 1-2 and we weren’t far off.”
Adam Trammell, 34th in 20:10, and Luke Hubert, 35th in 20:13, also finished for the Commodores.
Pierrard was never really challenged for the individual title after the first mile or so.
“I kind of took off a little sooner than I wanted to,” he said. “I wanted to kind of sit back and relax the entire first loop.
“But when we came out of the woods the first time (about three-fourths of a mile into the 3.1-mile race) I was feeling good so I just took off.”
Pierrard is the fourth Perry Central boy to take the individual title. Mike Raibley won it in 1984, Glenn Etienne in 1990, and Alex Newton in 2011.
Perry Central’s seventh consecutive team title last year broke Tell City’s record of winning the Jasper sectional six years in a row, 1973-78.
But Tell City made sure this year that Perry Central’s streak didn’t extend any further.
“We had a great run,” said Barnett. “If somebody was going to beat us, I’m glad it was Tell City. They’ve worked hard and Chris does a great job. Hopefully we can both qualify for the semistate.”
Hollinden said Tell City is one of four teams with a shot to win the regional, which will be held at Crawford County Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
“It won’t be easy,” he said. “But Cameron loves that course and ran a lot better in the regional than he did in the sectional last year.”
Team scores: Tell City 52, Perry Central 76, Jasper 80, Northeast Dubois 92, Forest Park 113, Heritage Hills 117, Southridge 177, Loogootee 231