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With several runners returning, the Pioneers have set a goal of qualifying for the semistate. Providence has three seniors in Lincoln Ottersbach, Alex Grove and Spencer Mitchell, a junior in Nathan Shumate and a sophomore in Collin Rankin. The addition of three freshmen in Luke Schoering, Reid Masterson and Evan Rogers should give the Pioneers some depth.
“The boys should be good,” coach Chuck Crowley said. “The top eight runners really worked hard over the summer.”
Providence will be involved in some tough regular-season invitationals at Martinsville, Guerin Catholic and Crawford County. Crowley expects Borden and North Harrison to be the teams to beat at the Crawford County Sectional.
Despite having no seniors this season, the Dragons are expected to be competitive thanks to some experienced runners. Those veterans include juniors Morgan Davidson, Tanner Coots and Tyler Priddy and sophomore
Silver Creek welcomes seven newcomers, as coach Darrell Kingery expects freshmen Cameron Stephens, Matthew Bottorf and Boone Barton to contribute right away. Kingery says Madison is the favorite to win the Southwestern Sectional and he thinks North Harrison is the best team in the Mid-Southern Conference.
“Hopefully, we will be able to develop this group into a very competitive team,” Kingery said. “Our goals are to try to repeat as sectional champions, win conference and get as far as we can in the state tournament. I think this group is looking forward to the challenge of being a good cross country team.”
The Braves have their top two runners from last year’s SAC championship team back in senior Abby Ellis and sophomore Brooklyn Agnew, but Carmony welcomes three newcomers with little experience.
Carmony expects every meet to be a challenge for her runners.
“I would love to repeat as conference champs and advance to regionals like last year. But it is too early to tell with so many new runners,” Carmony said. “We do have our top two back from last year, but I’m unsure about what is to come with the rest of the team. We do only have five girls, but we were able to do good things last year with only five runners.”