PC boys, Tell City girls win

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By Larry Goffinet

TELL CITY - Jake Schwartz was the individual winner and Perry Central placed all five of its scorers in the top nine to win the Lincoln Trail Invitational boys cross country meet Tuesday.

Sarah Goffinet won the girls race to lead Tell City to that title, giving the Perry County schools sweeps of the top spots.

Perry Central placed second in the girls race and Tell City was fifth in the boys race.

The meet was marred by the absence of six teams that did not come because they were out of school due to their areas still being without electricity after Sunday's wind storm: Corydon, Crawford County, Jeffersonville, North Harrison, Daviess County and Hancock County.

But the Perry County teams might have been the top ones even with those schools present. Tell City finished first and Perry Central second in the 19-team North Harrison girls invitational 12 days earlier.

Goffinet beat Evansville North star Lacey Orth, who placed 14th in the state last year, Tuesday for the second time in as many meetings this season.

Goffinet won in 20:12.99. Orth was 19.12 seconds behind her in second place.

Tell City also got strong runs from Andyn Rowe, who placed fifth in 21:11.71, and Tiffany Davis, who was sixth in 21:15.76.

"We need Tiffany and Andyn to keep fighting at the front - they play off each other really well," said Tell City Coach Katie Chinn.

Other Tell City scorers were Brittany Waninger, 13th in 21:59.74, and Mariah Nix, 23rd in 23:51.90.

Perry Central had three girls finish in the top 10. Brianna Crockett was eighth in 21:40.27, Lavina Schwartz ninth in 21:45.56, and Susan Schwartz 10th in 21:45.56.

Amy Schwartz was 14th in 22:04.62 and Robbi Thomas 25th in 23:57.58.

Rachael Rayford, usually Perry Central's top runner, was not at the meet. Perry Central was not in school Tuesday and her home was reportedly still without electricity.

Based on her previous performances, her presence probably would have helped Perry Central win the meet.

Tell City's boys also ran without their top runner, Alex Fenn, who got dehydrated in a race Saturday.

His presence would not have been enough to make the Marksmen winners, though, as they had no boy finish in the top 12.

Schwartz won the race in 16:30, 24 seconds ahead of runner-up Joshua Thomas of Forest Park.

"If Jake had anybody pushing him, he could've been a little faster," said Perry Central Coach Jason Barnett.

Other Perry Central scorers were Ian Bashor, third in 17:05; Eric Scheiber, sixth in 17:25; Michael Ernst, seventh in 17:33; and Neal Schwartz, ninth in 17:45.

"I was glad to see Ian have a good race after the last two Saturdays," said Barnett.

The Commodores' sixth man, Jacob Schwartz, finished ahead of every other team's fourth man. He was 18th in 18:29.

Freshman Devin McDaniel led Tell City, finishing 13th in 17:59.

McDaniel was the Marksmen's ninth runner in their first meet of the season.

"He's a promising freshman," said Tell City Coach Chris Hollinden. "The problem is we're having young guys like him and Darian (Allen) step up but our older guys are not stepping up as much as they need to."

Other Tell City scorers were Jordan Alvey, 15th in 18:15; Justin Peter, 20th in 18:31.5; Dylan Kleemann, 21st in 18:37; and Allen, 23rd in 18:44.

Perry Central and Tell City will compete in the Crawford County invitational Saturday at 9 a.m.

Boys team scores: Perry Central 26, Evansville Signature 79, Evansville North 85, Forest Park 88, Tell City 92, South Spencer 153, Southridge 158

Girls team scores: Tell City 45, Perry Central 60, Evansville North 62, Forest Park 71, Southridge 89