Peter regional champ as PC girls second

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TC girls, PC boys place third

By Larry Goffinet

MARENGO—Sophomore Cathryn Peter won the individual title to lead Perry Central to second place in the 10-team Crawford County girls cross country regional Saturday.

Tell City’s girls team and Perry Central’s boys team placed third to also qualify for the semistate. The top five teams and the top 15 individuals advanced.
Peter became just the second Tell City girl to win a cross country regional. Current Tell City Coach Katie Chinn won it as a sophomore for Tell City in 1998.
Tell City’s Matt Toothman, who won three consecutive regionals 1994-96, and Perry Central’s Glenn Etienne, who won in 1990, are the only Perry County boys regional champions.
Tell City junior Sarah Goffinet, who placed second in the regional last year, led the first part of this year’s race.
Peter caught her about a mile into the race and gradually pulled away to win in 19:59.9, 13.0 seconds ahead of runner-up Rachel Pease of South Central.
“Cathryn ran an awfully good race,” said Perry Central Coach Jason Barnett. “I didn’t expect her to win by that much. She looked strong and she ran a smart race.”
Peter’s time was 22.3 seconds faster than last year’s winning time.
Goffinet placed fourth in 20:27.6, 23.1 seconds faster than her last year’s time.
Teammate Andyn Rowe took fifth in 20:32.4.
Perry Central’s Lavina Schwartz was 12th in 21:10.6.
Other Perry Central scorers were Susan Schwartz, 21st in 21:41.9; Rosa Schwartz, 27th in 21:50.0; and Robbi Thomas, 34th in 22:17.8.
Lindsey Gengelbach, 40th in 22:51.5, and Jessica Foster, 63rd in 26:06.7, also finished for the Commodores.
Foster was competing for the first time in more than a month after suffering a stress fracture.
“She has been swimming in the pool and using the elliptical machine while she was in the boot and has been out of the boot and running for about a week and a half now,” said Barnett. “Since she was our number six runner all season we wanted to give her a chance since she has worked so hard while being injured.  She has lost too much lung capacity since the injury, though.”
Besides Goffinet and Rowe, Tell City’s scorers were Tori Payne, 18th in 21:34.9; Hanna Goffinet, 39th in 22:45.5; and Katlyn Braunecker, 46th in 23:16.1.
Erika Hauenstein, 62nd in 25:09.5, was the Marksmen’s sixth runner.
“I was very happy with how we ran,” said Chinn. “It is nice to beat a team (Northeast Dubois) that beat us on Tuesday at sectional.”
Floyd Central won the girls team title with 65 points. Perry Central scored 81 and Tell City 98.
Perry Central was third in the boys race with 89 points, three behind runner-up Floyd Central. Tell City was 10th with 188.
“Floyd ran well and we didn’t,” said Barnett.
North Harrison won with 52 points.
“North Harrison looked really strong the last half mile,” said Barnett. “We were running well until then, but instead of picking it up we faded.”
Eric Scheiber placed seventh in 16:31.9 to lead the Commodores and Noah Gatwood was 13th in 17:00.2.
Other Perry Central scorers were Ian Bashor, 18th in 17:18.5; Neal Schwartz, 23rd in 17:25.9; and Abe Schwartz, 28th in 17:33.7.
Alex Newton, 29th in 17:35.2, and Ivan Bland, 38th in 17:48.1, also finished for the Commodores.
Zach Wilson was 12th in 17:16.2 to lead Tell City.
Devin McDaniel, 43rd in 17:57.9; Greg Clayton, 45th in 17:59.0; Justin Peter, 48th in 18:02.9; and Darian Allen, 49th in 18:05.2, also scored for the Marksmen.
Brandon Gaynor, 61st in 18:44.5, and Brian Arnold, 65th in 18:51.6, also finished for the Marksmen.
“Nobody was on,” said Tell City Coach Chris Hollinden. “I don’t know if we were too intimidated or just not ready for the big stage.”
The semistate will be at Brown County Saturday, with the girls race at 9:30 a.m. and the boys race at approximately 10:10 a.m.

 Boys team scores: North Harrison 52, Floyd Central 86, Perry Central 89, Corydon Central 138, Borden 143, Lanesville 153, Heritage Hills 161, Northeast Dubois 184, Forest Park 185, Tell City 188
  Girls team scores: Floyd Central 65, Perry Central 81, Tell City 98, Forest Park 104, Northeast Dubois 111, New Albany 120, Jasper 124, Lanesville 215, South Central 226, Providence 257