Magallanes won his first sectional title after finishing fifth a year ago. The sophomore was happy about his finish despite the Braves failing to defend their title as a team.
“We’re pretty disappointed, but I’m pretty excited about how I did,” he said. “It feels pretty good to win it as a sophomore.”
“Julien looked really strong,” Borden coach Liz Carmony said. “He was running like Julien, which is what we need him to do.”
Julien’s brother Nathen Magallanes, who was expected to be in the top 10, struggled with his breathing and came in 31st, possibly costing Borden a chance to repeat.
“He has asthma. This is the first race he’s had an issue with it,” Carmony said. “It happens. Hopefully it gives him fire for Saturday. The good news is we get to run against the same teams again Saturday.”
George Tipker finished sixth and Gavin Tipker was seventh to give Borden three runners in the top 10.
Floyd Central finished just four points behind champion North Harrison.
“It’s pretty disappointing,” said Highlander junior Alec Heitz, who was Floyd’s top finisher in fourth. “Everyone needs to take the positives away from today and pinpoint their weaknesses from a course standpoint because we return on Saturday and we think we can win the regional. We can definitely build off the positives from the sectional for the regional.”
Heitz led three Highlanders in the top 10. He was followed by Chad Lawrence in ninth and Luke Uhl in 10th.
“During the race, I kept telling myself not to be content with where I was,” Heitz said. “I’m happy with fourth. The tournament is no longer about racing time, it’s about racing people.”
Providence and Crawford County also advanced to Saturday’s regional. The Pioneers were led by freshman David Betz in eighth and senior Lincoln Ottersbach in 12th.
Three New Albany runners — freshmen Tim Baumgart and Peyton Martin and sophomore Bradley Sanders — advanced as individuals. They were joined by Christian Academy’s Christian Puckett and Jeffersonville’s Tibault Gillis as local individual advancers.