PC boys, girls win Lincoln Trail meet

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By Larry Goffinet

TELL CITY—Perry Central placed three boys in the top five in the Lincoln Trail Invitational boys cross country race Tuesday. But moves by two other Perry Central runners down the stretch helped the Commodores win the meet.

The Commodores also won the girls meet.

They won the boys meet for the second year in a row. The last Perry County team to repeat as champion was Tell City in 1978, when it won for the fifth year in a row.

The meet did not feature as many teams this year as it did in its heyday—there were nine complete boys teams and eight girls squads Tuesday.

But Perry Central had to hold off Daviess County, perennially one of the top five teams in Kentucky, to claim the title. Daviess County did not compete here last year when it was out of school due to a severe windstorm, but the Panthers won the meet two years ago.

Tell City placed fourth in the boys race and fifth in the girls one.

Evan Ehrenheim of Daviess County won the boys race by 45 seconds. But three of the next four runners were from Perry Central.

Michael Ernst placed second in 16:41, Jake Schwartz fourth in 16:51, and Eric Scheiber fifth in 16:58.

Perry Central’s Ian Bashor held off Daviess County’s Andrew Simmons by one second to finish eighth in 17:06.

And Perry Central’s Noah Gatwood passed Daviess County’s Ryan Kammerman down the stretch to finish 14th in 17:26.

Those moves proved decisive, as the Commodores edged Daviess County by one point, 33-34.

Three other Commodores finished in the top 30: Alex Newton 26th in 18:00, Neal Schwartz 28th in 18:03, and Paul Schwartz 29th in 18:06.

Perry Central Coach Jason Barnett said the key to the Commodores’ victory was “they ran smart—they didn’t kill themselves.

“Eric and Mike went out a little fast—I was a little worried. But they held on. And Jake’s coming on just like we hoped he would (after suffering an off-season injury).”

Did the Perry Central runners realize how big an accomplishment beating Daviess County was?

“I don’t know,” said Barnett. “We knew they were good.”

“Hats off to Perry Central for beating Daviess County,” said Tell City Coach Chris Hollinden.

Hollinden was pleased that his own team was “way better than we were the last two weeks. Forest Park’s one of the teams we’ve got to beat to make it to the semistate and we beat them today.

“Zach Wilson and Devin McDaniel are starting to catch on to where we should be and Nick Bower’s running much better.”

Wilson placed 16th in 17:33 to lead the Marksmen.

Other Tell City scorers were McDaniel, 22nd in 17:53; Jordan Alvey, 33rd in 18:16; Bower, 34th in 18:16; and Andrew Dauby, 39th in 18:34.

Tell City’s Sarah Goffinet placed third in the girls race in 21:31, but Perry Central had four of the top 14 finishers.

Cathryn Peter was fourth in 21:47, Amy Schwartz eighth in 21:55, Susan Schwartz 13th in 22:37, and Lavina Schwartz 14th in 22:44.

Rachael Rayford, 23rd in 23:39, completed the Commodores’ scoring after almost withdrawing from the race in pain heading up the big hill the third time.

“We’ll take the win, but it wasn’t the prettiest win,” said Barnett. “I really still believe our girls can make it to state.”

Besides Goffinet, Tell City scorers were Andyn Rowe, 21st in 23:32; Hanna Goffinet, 25th in 24:04; Katlyn Braunecker, 34th in 24:440.5; and Brittany Waninger, 38th in 25:04.

“We’ve got a good pack—we just need them up a little bit further,” said Tell City Coach Katie Chinn. “Hanna Goffinet ran great—she’s getting so much better every race.”

Boys team scores: Perry Central 33, Daviess County 34, Evansville North 113, Tell City 120, Corydon 126, Forest Park 141, Crawford County 216, South Spencer 223, Southridge 232

 Girls team scores: Perry Central 62, Evansville North 68, Daviess County 73, Owensboro 96, Tell City 119, Forest Park 124, Southridge 153, Hancock County 180