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September 1, 2013

H.S. ROUNDUP: Dragon girls take Salem Invitational title

Floyd volleyball beats Jasper, cross country team finishes third in Noblesville Hokum Karem

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Despite some runners struggling with Saturday’s heat, Silver Creek’s girls’ cross country team took five of the top 10 spots and won the Salem Invitational.

Mackenzie Crouch finished second to Salem’s Sanda Warren — 10 seconds behind in 21:45. Maggie Shields placed sixth, Jessica Backherms crossed the line in sixth, Emory Lewis was eighth and Miranda Coats 10th for the Dragons, who beat the host Lions by 23 points.

“I’m really proud of the girls' team today,” Creek coach Darrell Kingery said. “Two of our top runners had problems with sickness, the heat and the rough course, and everyone else stepped up to make sure we won.”

The Dragon boys finished runner-up to Mitchell and one spot ahead of rival Borden.

Borden’s Julien Magallanes won the meet, beating teammate George Tipker by over a minute for the individual title. Creek had two runners in the top 10 and five in the top 25 in a balanced field. Cameron Stephens led the way for Creek in third place; Tanner Coots finished eighth.

“Our boys continue to improve and all ran well on a rugged course and an extremely hot day,” Kingery said. “Each day we seem to be getting a little better and that is a good sign for things to come.”

NEXT: Borden at North Harrison Invitational, Thursday; Silver Creek at Martinsville Artesian Invitational, Saturday.

• Floyd third at Noblesville: Floyd Central’s girls’ cross country team finished third at Saturday’s Noblesville Hokum Karem Invitational. Lydia Kotowski and Kassidy Manning teamed up for a fifth-place finish, Madison Barney and Gabrielle Rodriguez came in 11th, Jamie Bierman and Zoe Doebbler were 15th and Morgan Paul and Melanie Combs combined for 17th.

“It was a great effort from everybody,” Highlander coach Carl Hook said. “The varsity finishing third in a field of state-ranked heavyweights was big step forward.

Fourth-ranked Franklin Central won the meet, followed by No. 14 Zionsville.

NEXT: Floyd Central at North Harrison Invitational, Thursday.

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