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August 12, 2013

CROSS COUNTRY SEASON PREVIEW: Borden hoping for sectional repeat

Silver Creek boys and girls also looking to add more sectional crowns

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — The 2012 season was a historic campaign for the Borden boys’ cross country team.

For the first time in program history, the Braves captured a sectional championship. Borden tallied 58 points by having its top five runners finish in the top 18 to win the coveted crown at Crawford County.

This season, the Braves return four of their top five runners, giving them a chance to repeat as sectional champions.

Borden coach Liz Carmony says one important piece of the championship puzzle must develop — a No. 5 runner. The loss of standout runner Brian Eurton to graduation has opened an opportunity for one of the younger Braves’ runners to step up.

“Our team’s success is going to be largely determined by the improvement of our fifth runner. This is detrimental to our success,” Carmony said. “There is no secret that our success is based on our fifth runner. With that said, we will see how our five to 10 boys improve and hope that we will have a chance at another sectional title.”

The Braves have several candidates in the running to fill that No. 5 hole. Those candidates include seniors Brian McGee and David Vansant, juniors Andy Stonecipher and David Wright and sophomore Will Little.

One of those runners will join a solid group of four runners in seniors Nathen Magallanes and George Tipker, junior Gavin Tipker and sophomore Julien Magallanes.

“I have stressed to our team the need to stay focused, train smart and develop a competitive top five,” Carmony said. “To be honest, my expectations for our team are not the same as last year’s because of my doubts concerning the contribution of our fifth runner.”

Borden will face a difficult schedule to prepare for the postseason. The Braves will run in several formidable invitationals at Martinsville, North Harrison, Bedford North Lawrence and Brown County. Carmony expects Lanesville to be Borden’s toughest foe in the Southern Athletic Conference. She also says Floyd Central and North Harrison will be difficult to beat at sectional.

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