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Perry Central’s boys dominate Jasper meet

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By Larry Goffinet

JASPER—The Jasper invitational is generally regarded as a preview of the cross country  sectionals to be held on the same course two weeks later, so Tuesday’s invitational results bode well for Perry Central.

The Commodores won the boys meet and their girls placed second to Heritage Hills.

Individually, Tell City’s Sarah Goffinet, the defending champion in the girls sectional, looks ready to repeat as she won Tuesday in 20:54.33, 17.14 seconds ahead of runner-up Cecilia Oxford of Heritage Hills.

But the Marksmen’s lack of depth put them in fifth place in the eight-team girls race.

Tell City finished fifth among 12 complete teams in the boys race.

Perry Central had six of the top 13 finishers in the boys race.

The Commodores had six runners finish ahead of every other team’s third runner and six ahead of the second runner for every team but Forest Park and Heritage Hills.

Perry Central’s Eric Scheiber placed second in 17:10.90, 13.63 seconds behind Northeast Dubois star Josh Genet.

Other Commodores in the top 10 were Jake Schwartz, sixth in 17:36.82; Michael Ernst, eighth in 17:43.05; and Ian Bashor, 10th in 18:00.79.

Noah Gatwood completed their scoring with a 12th-place finish in 18:07.34 and Neal Schwartz gave them a strong sixth runner, placing 13th in 18:08.14.

Alex Newton, 16th in 18:16.76, also ran for the Commodores. He finished ahead of nine teams’ No. 2 runners.

Zach Wilson led Tell City with a 15th-place finish in 18:14.89.

Other Tell City scorers were Jordan Alvey, 20th in 18:30.04; Nick Bower, 23rd in 18:40.31; Devin McDaniel, 24th in 18:41.27; and Andrew Dauby, 32nd in 19:08.71.

Cordell Snyder, 43rd in 19:40.77, and Brandon Gaynor, 48th in 19:49.87, also ran for the Marksmen.

“We’re starting to show some promise—we’re coming around,” said Tell City Coach Chris Hollinden. “This is the first time we’ve beaten Forest Park in a while, and Jasper was just a notch ahead of us.

“Our goal all along was to get to the semistate and I still think that’s realistic. There are three locks for it and maybe five teams battling for the other two spots.”

Perry Central had five of the top 20 finishers in the girls race.

Cathryn Peter placed fifth in 21:57.63 to lead the Commodores.

Other Perry Central scorers were Lavina Schwartz, 12th in 22:32.87; Rachael Rayford, 14th in 22:55.09; Amy Schwartz, 15th in 23:11.50; and Susan Schwartz, 20th in 23:35.29.

Besides Goffinet, Tell City scorers were Andyn Rowe, 13th in 22:37.90; Hanna Goffinet, 32nd in 24:26.68; Katlyn Braunecker, 36th in 24:44.86; and Erika Hauenstein, 37th in 24:58.63.

Perry Central won the junior varsity boys race and Tell City placed second. The two teams combined for 15 of the top 19 finishers.

Jacob Schwartz placed second in 18:57.95 to lead Perry Central and Jordan Gehlhausen was third in 18:58.31.

Also scoring for the Commodores were Paul Schwartz, fifth in 19:05.40; Abe Schwartz, sixth in 19:11.48; and Ivan Bland, eighth in 19:29.37.

Darian Allen placed fourth in 19:05.40 to lead Tell City.

Other Tell City scorers were Justin Peter, seventh in 19:21.54; David McDaniel, 10th in 19:51.72; Corey Henderson, 11th in 19:52.73; and J.D. Bryant, 13th in 19:58.93.

Tell City will compete in PAC meets Saturday at Southridge. The varsity girls race will start at 9:45 a.m. and the varsity boys at 10:15 a.m.

Perry Central will compete in the PLAC meets at Paoli Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Varsity boys team scores: Perry Central 38, Heritage Hills 86, Barr-Reeve 104, Jasper 111, Tell City 114, Forest Park 115, Northeast Dubois 165, Washington 208, Southridge 258, South Spencer 280, Paoli 296, Loogootee 351

 Varsity girls team scores: Heritage Hills 51, Perry Central 65, Jasper 97, Northeast Dubois 97, Tell City 114, Forest Park 140, Southridge 143, Barr-Reeve 175

 Junior varsity boys team scores: Perry Central 24, Tell City 45, Jasper 91, Heritage Hills 102, Northeast Dubois 136, Washington 146