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September 29, 2013

ROUNDUP: Dragon girls win another invitational championship

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — On the course they’re expected to win their third straight sectional title on Oct. 15, Silver Creek’s girls’ cross country team won their fourth invitational championship of the season.

Mackenzie Crouch finished second, Maggie Shields was eighth and all seven Dragons finished in the top 35 to help Creek to the Madison Courier Invitational title at Hanover College on Saturday.

“We also had all seven girls in the top 35 in a field of 95 runners and I'm pleased with that,” Silver Creek coach Darrell Kingery said. “Stay healthy, get better and push on is exactly where we need to be right now.”

Jessica Backherms finished 15th, Brittany Sharp was 16th and Miranda Coats, Paris Brock and Emory Lewis crossed the line in 28th, 34th and 35, respectively, for the Dragons.

“The girls won their fourth big invite of the season, and again, we were able to win without everyone being 100 percent, which is a good thing,” Kingery said. “Mackenzie Crouch ran a great race today and she gets better and better every meet. Last meet it was Maggie Shields leading the way and the nice thin is that it could be someone else next week.”

Henryville’s Sadie Spears continued her domination of area invitationals with another victory in 20:06. Freshman teammate Cia Greene was third in 20:33. The Hornets finished eighth overall.

“Sadie and Cia both handled some personal health issues well today,” Henryville coach Brad Nifong said. “They definitely earned their spots today.”

New Albany finished third, led by Rose Kaforski’s ninth place in 21:12. Rachel Bowden came in 18th, Rachel Geveden 19th, Kailey Martin 20th, Nicole Lods 23rd, Corinn Mundy 25th and Temple Ricke 32nd for the balanced Bulldogs.

“It was a solid effort today on a course that's tougher than it looks with all the rolling terrain,” New Albany coach Paul Hamilton said. “I’m pleased with how we came out of the race as we head to the [Hoosier Hills Conference meet] at Prosser next Saturday.”

Charlestown finished ninth and New Washington was 11th, led by Olivia Graebe’s sixth place, in the girls’ race.

Silver Creek finished second to New Palestine in the boys’ race. Tanner Coots led the way for the Dragons with a third-place finish in 17:55. Morgan Davidson was 19th and Cameron Stephens 20th for the Dragons.

“The boys also ran well today,” Kingery said. “We came to the meet so our young runners could see the sectional course for the first time and they all were up to the challenge.  We continue to get a little healthier meet-by-meet and we were stronger this meet than we were earlier in the week. It is that time of year when things need to start falling in place and hopefully they will for us.”

Matt Sogge led a fourth-place New Albany finish in 12th. Tim Baumgart came in 15th for the Bulldogs.

Henryville finished ninth as a team but had two runners in the top eight. Jacob Hedrick was third in 16:57 and Zach Knox finished eighth in 17:32.

“Jacob continues to be consistent and Zach continues to improve on a daily basis,” Nifong said. “These next couple of weeks will be crucial, training-wise, in preparation for the state tournament.”

Providence finished fifth and New Washington was 10th in the boys’ race.

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