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October 9, 2012

H.S. CROSS COUNTRY: Dragons sweep Southwestern Sectional titles

Henryville has a big day, including Spears’ championship

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HANOVER — BOYS’ RACE

Silver Creek had four runners in the top seven, led by Isaak Haas’s 16:58 runner-up finish to Madison’s Landon Perry.

Jason Fruits finished fourth in 17:16, Drew Roberts came in sixth in 17:32 and Evan Strom placed seventh in 17:36.

“It feels really good to go out and get it,” Dragon senior Isaak Haas said.

“It means a lot to us to come out and be a part of a championship team,” said sophomore Morgan Davidson, who placed 14th in 18:25.

As important as having four runners in the top seven was the performance of the Dragons’ next three runners.

Davidson finished ahead of Madison’s Alex Nunan in 17th, Tanner Coots’s 19th- and Andrew Westfall’s 21st-place finishes beat the Cubs’ Josh Howell (27th) and Kevin Stewart (28th).

“Our strategy was to stick next to Madison because we knew they were our main competition,” Davidson said. “Andrew Westfall, Tanner Coots and I, our goal was to stick right next to [Madison’s] fourth and fifth man and out-kick them at the end, and that’s what we did.”

Henryville’s boys finished in the top-five, advancing to the Brown County Regional for the first time in coach Brad Nifong’s seven-year tenure.

The Hornets, who were led by Jacob Hedrick’s 13th-place result, edged Austin by two points for the final regional spot.

“Our goal was to come in fifth,” Nifong said. “We knew about where everyone would finish. We thought we had to beat Austin. We’ve been beating them [throughout the season] and, fortunately, we beat them by two today.”

Christian Smith was 16th, Zach Knox 30th and Koleton Freitas 36th for the Hornets.

“We’ve met every goal we’ve set for ourselves this year,” Nifong said. “[Advancing] is everything to them.”

Silver Creek and Henryville will be joined by New Washington’s Adan Diaz at Brown County. Diaz finished in the 15th and final advancing position.

The Dragons hope to compete for their first regional title since 2006 and their fifth in school history on Saturday.

“We expect everyone to run their hardest and get out of regional and get as far as we can,” Davidson said.

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