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Perry Central boys qualify for state meet

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By Larry Goffinet

NASHVILLE—Eric Scheiber placed 13th to lead Perry Central to fourth place in the 20-team Brown County boys cross country semistate Saturday.

That qualified the Commodores for the state meet, to be held at noon Saturday at LaVern Gibson Championship course at Wabash Valley Sports Center in Terre Haute.

“We ran pretty well from a team perspective,” said Perry Central Coach Jason Barnett. “We weren’t that far out of third place (12 points behind Bloomington South).

“Our split between our first and seventh runners was only 53 seconds. We had the best sixth and seventh runners in the whole meet.”

Scheiber ran the muddy 3.1-mile race in 17:11.2.

“Eric looked phenomenal,” said Barnett. “That was his goal—to get in the top 15.”

Other Perry Central scorers were Jake Schwartz, 31st in 17:35.6; Ian Bashor, 33rd in 17:36.8; Neal Schwartz, 41st in 17:49.8; and Noah Gatwood, 52nd in 18:01.7.

“Ian Bashor had a great race—he was just behind Jake,” said Barnett.

Michael Ernst, 54th in 18:02.5, and Alex Newton, 55th in 18:03.8, were the Commodores’ sixth and seventh men. They finished in the top 35 percent of the 158-runner field.

The three teams that finished ahead of Perry Central are ranked in the top 14 in the state by Indiana-Runner.com.

“It’s been our plan all along to peak for the state meet,” said Barnett. “I think definitely the top 15 is a legitimate goal. The top 10 has been our goal from the beginning of the year.”

He added, “I don’t think we can beat any of the six teams out of the Carmel semistate. But you just never know at state. I think we’re better than Floyd Central was last year and they finished in the top 10 at state.”

Tell City’s Zach Wilson ran the semistate as an individual qualifier but had an off day and finished 134th in 19:17.2.

“He got trapped in terribly at the start,” said Tell City Coach Chris Hollinden. “He got himself in a bad position in the first minute of the race and did not do enough to get out of that position.”

Sarah Goffinet ran the girls race as an individual qualifier and finished 34th in 21:52.3. Perry Central’s Cathryn Peter was two-tenths of a second behind her in 35th place.

Perry Central finished 10th in girls team standings.

Besides Peter, Perry Central scorers were Lavina Schwartz, 57th in 22:37.4; Amy Schwartz, 83rd in 23:08.4; Rachael Rayford, 91st in 23:22.0; and Susan Schwartz, 92nd in 23:22.7.

Sara Brown, 126th in 25:32.8, and Lindsey Gengelbach, 137th in 26:08.1, also ran for the Commodores.

“The girls had kind of a tough day,” said Barnett. “But Cathryn and Lavina had a pretty nice race.”

Boys team scores: Terre Haute North 55, North Harrison 56, Bloomington South 124, Perry Central 136, Martinsville 169, New Albany 182, Evansville Memorial 186, Bloomington North 250, Brown County 284, Castle 323, Bedford-North Lawrence 327, Mater Dei 331, Barr-Reeve 340, Seymour 357, Evansville North 378, Jennings County 387, Floyd Central 395, Heritage Hills 413, Scottsburg 475, Silver Creek 506

Girls team scores: Terre Haute North 37, Bloomington South 60, Bloomington North 174, Evansville Memorial 174, Heritage Hills 221, Bedford-North Lawrence 223, Evansville North 231, Madison 242, Northeast Dubois 260, Perry Central 301, Floyd Central 320, Evansville Central 354, Edgewood 360, South Knox 369, Salem 375, Terre Haute South 383, Silver Creek 406, New Albany 412, Harrison 436, Brownstown 461