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PC girls take 5th, TC 6th in sectional

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By LARRY GOFFINET
Sports Editor

JASPER—Jillian Theis was the only Perry County girl to place in the top 10 at Tuesday’s cross country sectional. But all 14 who ran qualified for the regional.
Perry Central finished fifth and Tell City sixth among six complete teams in the sectional.
The top five teams and the top 10 runners not on those teams qualified for the regional. All seven Tell City runners qualified as individuals.
Theis, a Perry Central freshman, placed 10th in 22:17 and teammate Megan Thomas was 15th in 22:51.
Rosa Schwartz was 25th in 23:49, Sarah Schlachter 28th in 24:04, and Marie Schwartz 29th in 24:07 to complete the Commodores’ scoring.
Verna Schwartz, 29th in 24:07, and Callie Poehlein, 45th in 26:26, also finished for the Commodores.
Under the previous rules, no Tell City runner would have qualified for the regional, as individuals had to place in the top 15 to advance.
But this year the top 10 individuals not on the top five teams advanced.
Those 10 included all seven Tell City runners.
Hailey Carman placed 17th in 22:58 and Jalynn Pruitt 19th in 23:03 to lead Tell City.
Other Marksman finishers were Tory Payne, 27th in 23:52; Addie Terry, 36th in 24:58; Mariah Blake, 37th in 25:08; Audrie Terry, 38th in 25:52; and Mercedes Mendez, 40th in 25:58.
Heritage Hills’ Nikki Welch, who finished 41st in 26:00 in the 51-girl race, was the 10th individual qualifier.
Though the Marksmen will run their entire team in the regional, they cannot qualify for a team score there since technically they will be running as individuals.
Jasper dominated the sectional, placing four girls in the top six to win with 22 points.
Jasper’s Hannah Welsh was the individual winner in 20:38.
Team scores: Jasper 22, Northeast Dubois 59, Forest Park 100, Southridge 103, Perry Central 104, Tell City 130