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Perry Central girls, boys win PLAC again

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PAOLI—The definition of dominating a conference cross country meet is even a team’s non-scorers (its sixth and seventh runners) make all-conference.

Perry Central accomplished that again in winning the PLAC boys meet Tuesday with 20 points, 49 ahead of runner-up Mitchell.

All seven Perry Central runners made all-conference by placing in the top 10. The Commodores also had seven make all-conference in 2009 and 2010 and six in 2011, 2007 and 1996.

Alex Newton repeated as the individual champion in 16:57. He joins Eric Scheiber (2009-10) and curent assistant coach Ty Guillaume (1997-99) as the only Commodore boys to win the race more than once.

Aaron Pierrard placed second in 17:17 and Bryce Lain third in 17:28.

Nathan Schwartz was sixth in 17:59 and Nathan Bashor eighth in 18:05 to complete the Commodores’ scoring.

Michael Schwartz, ninth in 18:17, and Abe Schwartz, 10th in 22:54, also made All-PLAC.

Perry Central also won the girls title as Cathryn Peter was the individual champion for the fourth year in a row, becoming the first girl in conference history to accomplish that.

The Commodores scored 28 points, 26 ahead of runner-up Orleans.

Peter’s 20:17 time was more than a minute faster than any of her previous winning times. The course, which was previously a little longer than the regulation 3.1 miles, was altered this year by removing a rough section in the woods, so it is now “right at 3.1 miles,” said Perry Central Coach Jason Barnett.

But still “Cathryn looked really good,” he said. “Alex and Cathryn both looked really strong the last mile.”

Perry Central had “only” four girls make all-conference, though the other three just missed.

Megan Thomas placed second in 21:16 and Marie Schwartz, who was not even one of Perry Central’s top five runners much of the season, placed fourth in 21:54.

Callie Poehlein was 10th in 22:54 to complete the Commodores’ all-conference list.

Jessica Theis, competing for the first time in three weeks after being sidelined with shin splints, finished 11th in 23:04 to complete the Commodores’ scoring. “She’s just got to get back in shape,” said Barnett.

Rosa Schwartz was 11th in 23:05 and Verna Schwartz 13th in 23:13.

Perry Central will compete in the Jasper sectional Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the Vincennes University-Jasper Center course.

The Commodore boys are favored to win a record seventh sectional in a row.

“On the girls side I’d say Jasper’s the team to beat,” said Barnett. “But our girls still have a shot at it for sure.”

Boys team scores: Perry Central 20, Mitchell 69, Orleans 70, Crawford County 90, Paoli 159, West Washington 179

Girls team scores: Perry Central 28, Orleans 52, Mitchell 93, Paoli 107