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RAMSEY—Tell City boys cross country coach Chris Hollinden has said all season that his team will battle Perry Central for the Crawford County sectional title this year. And Thursday the Marksmen proved for the first time this season that they can beat the Commodores.
Both Sherry twins placed in the top 10 among 164 runners to lead Tell City to third place in North Harrison’s 25-team Cougar Classic.
The Marksmen scored 129 points and Perry Central finished sixth with 195. Floyd Central won with 79.
Eastern also scored 195 but edged Perry Central for fifth on the sixth-man tie-breaker.
So did Tell City have a great day or Perry Central have a not-so-great day?
“A combination of both,” said Tell City Coach Chris Hollinden. “We had a great race up front with the Sherry boys. If they can maintain that confidence, they will be very tough come postseason. We still have some things to improve on, but we were all very satisfied with the meet.
“Perry Central is still struggling with their No. 5, but Jason (Barnett, Perry Central’s coach) always finds a way to come around when it counts.”
Cameron Sherry placed fourth in 16:40 and Caleb Sherry was 10th in 16:48.
Other Tell City scorers were Brook Smith, 26th in 17:43; Travis Brinksneader, 42nd in 18:19; and Donovan Ingle, 55th in 18:29.
Clayton Byrne, 55th in 18:38, and Zach Ziegelgruber, 81st in 19:34, also finished in the top half for the Marksmen.
And if they need any reinforcements, they also had the top two finishers in the 71-boy JV race. Seth Vaquero won it in 18:54 and Stephen Houle was second in 19:07.
Bryce Lain led Perry Central in the varsity boys race, placing seventh in 16:48.
Michael Schwartz was 27th in 17:45 and Aaron Pierrard, usually the Commodores’ No. 2 runner, was 32nd in 17:57.
Nathan Schwartz, 39th in 18:16, and Lance Elmer, 91st in 19:43, completed the Commodores’ scoring.
Adam Trammell, 100th in 19:56, and Bryce Ridener, 106th in 20:07, also finished for the Commodores.
Jillian Theis placed 14th in 21:02 among 146 runners to lead Perry Central to seventh place in the 22-team girls race.
The Commodores scored 213 and Tell City was 16th with 398. Floyd Central won with 59.
Besides Theis, Perry Central scorers were Megan Thomas, 26th in 21:48; Marie Schwartz, 40th in 22:24; Callie Poehlein, 63rd in 23:45; and Verna Schwartz, 72nd in 24:01.
Hailey Carman finished 43rd in 22:34 to lead Tell City.
Completing the Marksmen’s scoring were Addie Terry, 80th in 24:28; Jalynn Pruitt, 90th in 24:57; Mariah Blake, 98th in 25:25; and Audrie Terry, 102nd in 25:42.
Varsity boys team scores: Floyd Central 79, Borden 104, Tell City 129, North Harrison 152, Eastern 195, Perry Central 195, Jasper 217, Brownstown 227, New Albany 267, Northeast Dubois 271, Forest Park 276, Crawford County 280, Salem 311, Lanesville 370, Corydon 448, Scottsburg 451, Austin 463, Henryville 481, Southridge 557, Jeffersonville 566, West Washington 566, Charlestown 579, South Central 584, Paoli 614, Clarksville 170
Varsity girls team scores: Floyd Central 59, Jasper 73, New Albany 150, North Harrison 169, Brownstown 192, Northeast Dubois 204, Perry Central 213, Southridge 245, Bedford North Lawrence 253, Forest Park 260, Salem 289, Henryville 333, Paoli 345, Charlestown 361, Jeffersonville 367, Tell City 398, Borden 455, Crawford County 459, Lanesville 476, Scottsburg 522, Eastern 547, South Central 579
JV boys team scores: Jasper 44, Floyd Central 59, Tell City 87, Northeast Dubois 103, Lanesville 121, Perry Central 130, Jeffersonville 154