Perry Central boys 3rd, Tell City 4th in regional

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By Larry Goffinet

MARENGO—All five Perry Central scorers placed in the top 30 to lead Perry Central to third place in the Crawford County boys cross country regional Saturday.

Tell City’s boys and girls teams placed fourth to also qualify for the semistate.

And Perry Central’s Rachael Rayford placed fourth to qualify for the girls semistate as an individual.

The top five teams and top 15 individuals from each race advanced to the semistate.

Four Perry County boys would have qualified for the semistate as individuals.

Tell City junior Alex Fenn placed third in 16:12.9. He was just 2.5 seconds behind champion Dustin Betz, who nosed out North Harrison’s Tyler Byrne by two-tenths of a second at the finish line.

“Alex ran a phenomenal race,” said Tell City Coach Chris Hollinden. “He was right with Betz and Byrne with about 150 yards to go, coming up the last stretch.

“But he doesn’t have as strong a kick at the end as those guys do. He now knows he needs to make an earlier move.”

Jake Schwartz led Perry Central, placing sixth in 16:50.0.

Corey Kimball, usually Perry Central’s top runner, placed seventh, nine-tenths of a second behind Schwartz.

Perry Central sophomore Michael Ernst placed 15th in 17:14.6.

Other Commodore scorers were Eric Scheiber, 26th in 17:40, and Steven Cassidy, 30th in 17:46.

Also running for the Commodores were Neal Schwartz, 36th in 18:06, and Ian Bashor, 53rd in 18:46.

“Everybody had a pretty good race for us,” said Perry Central Coach Jason Barnett.

“Steven still wasn’t quite up where he needs to be, but it was really dusty and that was giving him some breathing problems. I’m hoping the rain were supposed to get this week will settle the dust (for the semistate).”

After Fenn, Tell City had four runners bunched between 20th and 32nd places.

Spencer Sandage was 20th in 17:23, Dalton Sweeney 21st in 17:31, Bryson May 25th in 17:35, and Nick Bower, 32nd in 17:54.

“Spencer ran a great first two miles (he was in fifth place then),” said Hollinden. “Dalton ran much better (than in the sectional, when he was hampered by the after-effects of a sprained ankle). He still needs to cut 15-16 seconds off, though.

“Nick Bower did a great job stepping up for us.”

Jason Sprinkle, 40th in 18:09, and Jordan Alvey, 52nd in 18:30, also ran for the Marksmen.

Rayford led Perry County girls, placing fourth in 20:00.8 though she was bothered by a foot injury.

Tiffany Davis led Tell City’s girls, placing 10th in 20:28.0.

Teammate Sidney Strobel was 11th in 20:33.4.

Other Tell City scorers were Marianne Krueger, 26th in 21:23; Andyn Rowe, 28th in 21:46; and Claire Tuggle, 37th in 22:43.

“Tiffany and Sidney both ran pretty well,” said Tell City Coach Katie Chinn. “And Andyn Rowe keeps getting better every race.”

Mariah Nix, 56th in 23:49, and Katie Ernst, 69th in 26:19, also ran for the Marksmen.

Besides Rayford, Perry Central scorers were Lavina Schwartz, 20th in 21:14; Audra Gehlhausen, 21st in 21:15; Robbi Thomas, 39th in 22:50; and Amy Schwartz, 44th in 22:58.

“Lavina and Audra had really good races,” said Barnett. “They both ran quite a bit faster than their last time on that course.”

Abby Preher, 59th in 23:59, and Kendall Troesch,64th in 24:19, also ran for the Commodores.

Perry Central finished seventh in team standings.

The semistate will be held Saturday at Bedford-North Lawrence.

The girls race will start at 9:30 a.m., Perry County time, and the boys race at approximately 10 a.m.

Boys team scores: Floyd Central 56, New Albany 67, Perry Central 82, Tell City 97, Northeast Dubois 144, Forest Park 159, North Harrison 176, Heritage Hills 165, Corydon 217, Providence 231.

Girls team scores: New Albany 70, Crawford County 76, Heritage Hills 78, Tell City 106, Forest Park 112, Southridge 120, Perry Central 120, Floyd Central 159, Providence 246, Borden 316.