Peter qualifies for state meet third straight year

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By Larry Goffinet

NASHVILLE—Perry Central senior Cathryn Peter qualified for the state cross country meet for the third year in a row with her performance in the Brown County semistate Saturday.
But neither Perry Central team advanced. The top six teams of each gender’s 20-team field qualified for state, but Perry Central finished seventh in the boys race and 13th in the girls race.
The top 15 individuals also advanced. Peter placed 12th in the girls race in 19:00.2, her best time ever.
She qualified for the state meet as an individual for the third year in a row. Tell City’s Katie Chinn is the only other Perry County cross country runner—boy or girl—to do so.
Though Perry Central Coach Jason Barnett said the course was “really flat” and thus conducive to faster times, he said, “Cathryn ran great.”
In the boys race Perry Central’s Alex Newton and Aaron Pierrard “ran really well,” said Barnett. “It really wasn’t that any of them ran horrible by any means--our three, four and five guys were just a little off.”
Newton placed 16th for the second year in a row, finishing in 16:09.6. Pierrard was 17th in 16:11.4, so both just missed qualifying for state as individuals.
“What are the chances of Alex getting 16th two years in a row?” wondered Barnett.
Perry Central’s other scorers were Bryce Lain, 48th in 16:48.6; Nathan Bashor, 85th in 17:19.5; and Nathan Schwartz, 100th in 17:31.2.
Paul Schwartz, 112th in 17:41.8, and Abe Schwartz, 135th in 18:15.3, also finished for the Commodores.
There were 158 runners in the race.
Perry Central scored 217 points to finish just four behind Bloomington North, which Barnett said was the surprise team among the state qualifiers.
“Bloomington North had a great race,” said Barnett. “I don’t know where they came from. I don’t think anyone saw them getting out.”
Cameron Sherry, Tell City’s only entrant, finished 128th in 17:55.2.
“He went out too fast the first mile,” said Tell City Coach Chris Hollinden. “I wanted him to get out fast but not that fast.”
Besides Peter, Perry Central’s scorers in the girls race were Megan Thomas, 78th in 21:10.6; Marie Schwartz, 79th in 21:11.0; Verna Schwartz, 107th in 22:03.2; and Callie Poehlein, 115th in 22:18.2.
Jessica Theis, 116th in 22:19.6, and Rosa Schwartz, 123rd in 22:35.3, also finished for the Commodores.
Four regionals fed into the semistate and Peter was one of five girls from the Crawford County regional to place in the top 13 at the semistate. Sienna Crews of Heritage Hills placed fourth in 18:23.4.
Barnett said Peter’s goal for the state meet is to finish in the top 50, which would give her all-state designation. “I think that’s realistic.”
The state meet will be held Saturday at the Gibson Championship Cross Country Course near Terre Haute, with the girls race starting at noon Perry County time.
Boys team scores: Columbus North 62, Terre Haute South 78, Bloomington South 129, Bedford-North Lawrence 175, Evansville North 191, Bloomington North 213, Perry Central 217, South Knox 304, Indian Creek 310, North Harrison 317, Forest Park 319, Borden 320, Silver Creek 326, Seymour 332, Floyd Central 336, Terre Haute North 361, Barr-Reeve 366, Evansville Memorial 387, Madison 415, Reitz 428
Girls team scores: Columbus North 47, Terre Haute North 84, Bloomington South 132, Terre Haute South 192, Evansville Memorial 203, Bloomington North 205, Floyd Central 211, Evansville North 252, Sliver Creek 255, Seymour 292, Salem 324. Vincennes Lincoln 336, Perry Central 338, Gibson Southern 347, Jasper 360, New Albany 381, Madison 400, North Harrison 428, Boonville 432, Columbus East 463