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PC boys win fourth consecutive sectional

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By Larry Goffinet

JASPER—The Jasper cross country sectional Tuesday looked like a rerun.

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Perry Central won the boys team title for the fourth year in a row and placed second to Heritage Hills in the girls race for the third year in a row.

Tell City’s Sarah Goffinet repeated as individual champion in the girls race and Josh Genet of Northeast Dubois repeated as boys champion.

And both Tell City teams again qualified for the regional, as the Marksmen placed fourth in both races. The top five teams advance.

With Perry Central’s boys, Heritage Hills’ girls, and Genet heavy favorites, the biggest suspense was for the girls individual title.

Goffinet led most of the 3.1-mile race but Cecilia Oxford emerged in first place as they came into a clearing about half a mile from the finish.

However Goffinet passed Oxford in the final quarter-mile and won the race by 7.12 seconds in 20:39.49.

She and her coaches, Katie Chinn and Gina Sitzman (now Anderson), are the only Perry County girls to ever win the sectional. Chinn won it four times.

Perry Central dominated the boys team standings, winning with 41 points, 39 ahead of runner-up Jasper.

That was despite the Commodores’ running without Jake Schwartz, usually their No. 2 or 3 runner, who re-injured a groin pull lifting over the weekend.

Perry Central Coach Jason Barnett said he should be ready to run the regional, which will be Saturday at Crawford County starting at 9:30 a.m. Perry County time.

The Commodores still placed six boys in the top 15 of the 69-boy race, meaning even their sixth man could have qualified individually for the regional.

Eric Scheiber placed second in 17:12.36 and Ian Bashor fifth in 17:39.11.

Other Perry Central scorers were Alex Newton, 10th in 17:58.49; Michael Ernst, 11th in 18:02.51; and Neal Schwartz, 13th in 18:12.28.

Noah Gatwood, 15th in 18:17.48, and Paul Schwartz, 27th in 18:53.70, were their other finishers.

“Ian had a very good meet,” said Barnett. “I think Eric went out a little fast because he really wants to beat Genet, but that’s OK—he had nothing to lose.”

Barnett also said he thought all the sharp turns on the course “favors the shorter runners.”

Tell City’s Zach Wilson placed seventh in 17:48.80.

Other Tell City scorers were Jordan Alvey, 17th in 18:25.42; Nick Bower, 19th in 18:37.53; Devin McDaniel, 20th in 18:38.02; and Colton Thomas, 25th in 18:49.61.

Andrew Dauby, 29th in 19:02.86, and Corey Henderson, 32nd in 19:08.07, also finished for the Marksmen.

Freshman Cathryn Peter led Perry Central in the girls race with a third-place finish in 21:32.43.

Other Perry Central scorers were Rachael Rayford, 13th in 22:28.89; Lavina Schwartz, 14th in 22:32.86; Amy Schwartz, 16th in 22:51.66; and Susan Schwartz, 18th in 23:12.81.

Sara Brown, 43rd in 25:37.65, and Lindsey Gengelbach, 51st in 27:22.56, also finished for the Commodores.

Besides Goffinet, Tell City scorers were Andyn Rowe, 15th in 22:45.48; Hanna Goffinet, 23rd in 23:24.67; Katlyn Braunecker, 31st in 24:15.04; and Mariah Nix, 37th in 25:07.10.

“Mariah ran awesome,” said Chinn. “She’s been our seventh runner most of the year.”

Also finishing for the Marksmen were Erika Hauenstein, 39th in 25:17.30, and Brittany Waninger, 42nd in 25:32.45.

Chinn was pleased that “we beat Jasper. That’s the first time we’ve beaten them this year.”

Cannelton had two girls run: Alyssa Crowe was 57th in 29:38.83 and Jasmine Simmons 60th in 31:50.31.

Boys team scores: Perry Central 41, Jasper 80, Heritage Hills 88, Tell City 88, Forest Park 104, Northeast Dubois 143, South Spencer 183, Southridge 213, Shoals 287

 Girls team scores: Heritage Hills 34, Perry Central 64, Northeast Dubois 75, Tell City 106, Jasper 109, Southridge 143, Forest Park 172, Shoals 227