MARENGO — The Floyd Central girls’ cross country team won its second consecutive Crawford County Regional title on Saturday by placing its top five runners within the top 12 of the individual standings. It also was the Highlanders’ third regional championship in four years.
In the boys’ race, Floyd Central and Borden both advanced to next Saturday’s Brown County Semistate by finishing third and fifth, respectively.
The top five teams and top 10 individuals on non-advancing squads in each race qualified for next weekend’s semistate.
Floyd Central tallied 35 points in its victory as it was the only area team to advance to Brown County next week.
Sophomore Lydia Kotowski led the Highlanders by finishing second in a time of 19:40.5. Kotowski finished 16 seconds behind the race winner, North Harrison junior Ashton Bosler.
Highlander sophomores Madison Barney and Kassidy Manning wound up fifth and sixth, respectively. Floyd Central’s Morgan Paul was 10th and teammate Gabrielle Rodriguez placed 12th. Finishing outside the Highlanders’ top five runners were senior Jamie Bierman in 21st and junior Melanie Combs in 34th.
“Our girls ran great today with most running faster than they did on the same course at sectional on Tuesday, and today was slick and muddy,” Floyd Central girls’ coach Carl Hook said. “We had great races from Lydia Kotowski as our No. 1 in second place overall, Madison Barney our No. 2 in fifth and Morgan Paul was our No. 4 in 10th. Kassidy Manning and Gabrielle Rodriguez were as solid as usual in sixth and 12th, respectively. All 27 of our girls have worked extremely hard this summer and fall, and it’s paying off when it should.”
New Albany came up one spot short of advancing to semistate as a team, placing sixth with 142 points. But two of its runners earned individual berths to Brown County in junior Rose Kaforski and senior Temple Ricke. Kaforski finished ninth and Ricke ended up 29th.