H.S. CROSS COUNTRY: Highlander girls dominate Crawford Sectional

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Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 12:41 am

Floyd Central’s girls won its second straight sectional title and the Highlander boys finished second to North Harrison at Tuesday’s Crawford County Sectional.

Floyd Central’s placed all seven of its runners in the top 12 and six in the top 8 to dominate the Crawford County Sectional, while North Harrison edged Floyd Central and defending champion Borden in the boys’ race.

Borden sophomore Julien Magallanes won the individual sectional crown by 20 seconds over North Harrison’s Daniel Fleace. North Harrison junior Ashton Bosler beat a pack of Highlanders to the finish line for her third straight year.


The sectional title is the Highlanders’ third in the last four years and 21st in school history.

“We wanted to keep the trend going,” Floyd sophomore Kassidy Manning said.

Manning led the Highlander pack with a second-place finish behind only North Harrison’s repeat champion Ashton Bosler. Manning beat her career-best by 34 seconds and passed teammate and reigning News and Tribune Runner of the Year Lydia Kotowski down the stretch for the runner-up finish.

“I didn’t expect to go any faster than usual,” Manning admitted. “Lydia and I have been keeping up together at practice, so I knew I could keep up her pace.”

“She ran great,” Floyd coach Carl Hook said of Manning. “Lydia was struggling [with breathing and hip issues] and Kassidy picked up the slack and rolled right on. She’s been due for a great race for a while and she had one.”

After New Albany’s Rose Kaforski, Gabrielle Rodriguez was fifth, Madison Barney finished fifth, Morgan Paul came in seventh, Melanie Combs was eighth and Zoe Doebbler 12th for the Highlanders.

“That’s what we expected,” Hook said. “We knew what we had coming down here and we ran really good as a team.”

New Albany finished second, led by Kaforski’s fourth place. Bulldog teammates Rachel Geveden (11th), Temple Ricke (13th) and Nicole Lods (14th) also finished in the top 15.

“It was a good performance by everyone all the way around,” New Albany coach Paul Hamilton said. “We carried out our plan. Rose did an outstanding job up front.”

North Harrison finished third, followed by Jeffersonville and Providence in the girls’ team race. The top five teams advanced to Saturday’s Crawford County Regional.

Jeff was led by Josey Noel in 25th place and Alexandra Lowery was 17th to pace the Pioneers.

In a new rule established by the IHSAA, the top 10 finishers not a top-five team also advanced. That allowed Brooklyn Agnew and Abby Ellis of Borden to advance to Saturday’s regional in 24th and 25th, respectively.


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.



    Team scores: North Harrison 54, Floyd Central 58, Borden 78, Providence 111, Crawford County 137, New Albany 158, Corydon Central 159, Lanesville 191, South Central 241, Jeffersonville 246.

    Top 10 finishers: 1. Julien Magallanes (B) 16:15, 2. Daniel Fleace (NH) 16:35, 3. Cody Carlton (Cr) 17:00, 4. Alec Heitz (F) 17:17, 5. Michael White (NH) 17:26, 6. George Tipker (B) 17:27, 7. Gavin Tipker (B) 17:29, 8. David Betz (P) 17:29, 9. Chad Lawrence (F) 17:31, 10. Luke Uhl (F) 17:37.

    Individual advancers: 12. Dalton White (SC) 17:42, 16. Timothy Baumgart (NA) 17:57, 19. Jake Pitts (Co) 18:07, 20. Christian Puckett (CAI) 18:09, 22. Mark Sronce (L) 18:12, 27. Peyton Martin (NA) 18:31, 28. David Blank (L) 18:32, 30. Dylan Bachman (Co) 18:40, 32. Tibault Gillis (J)18:44, 33. Bradley Sanders (NA) 18:55.

    Floyd Central: 4. Heitz, 9. Lawrence, 10. Uhl, 15. Grant Vellinger 17:45, 21. Reese Tarr 18:16, 23. Grant Reynolds 18:13, 57. William Pierce 20:37.

    Borden: 1. J. Magallanes, 6. Ge. Tipker, 7. Ga. Tipker, 31. Nathen Magallanes 18:41, 35. Will Little 19:01, 41. Andrew Stonecipher 19:32, 55. David Wright 20:34.

    Providence: 8. Betz, 14. Lincoln Ottersbach17:45, 17. Spencer Mitchell 18:01, 37. Collin Rankin 19:13, 39. Luke Schoering 19:13, 40. Reid Masterson 19:14, 54. Nathan Shumate 20:20,

    New Albany: 16. Baumgart, 27. Martin, 33. Sanders, 42. Andrew Bostock 19:33, 46. James Haller 19:39, 59. Antonio Hogue 20:48, 62. Theron Gust 21:00.

    Jeffersonville: 32. Gillis, 49. Caleb Boutell 19:56, 56. Joseph DeLeon 20:35, 60. Jakcson Ferrero 20:52, 61. James McKinney 20:53, 65. Joseph King 21:11, 58. Micah Veihl 21:30.

    Christian Academy: 20. Puckett, 36. Johnathon Estes 19:02, 50. Chris Trail 20:02, 70. Alexander Nash 21:41.

    Clarksville: 67. Stuart Martin 21:30, 72. Robert Fanning 22:35, 74. Jacob Costello 22:40, 76. Ryan Herschenra 27:43.


    Team scores: Floyd Central 23, New Albany 60, North Harrison 74, Jeffersonville 152, Providence 154, Crawford County 156, Borden 177, Lanesville 188, South Central 225.

    Top 10 finishers: 1. Ashton Bosler (NH) 19:25, 2. Kassidy Manning (F) 19:56, 3. Lydia Kotowski (F) 20:14, 4. Rose Kaforski (NA) 20:32, 5. Gabrielle Rodrigeuz (F) 20:39, 6. Madison Barney (F) 20:42, 7. Morgan Paul (F) 20:57, 8. Melanie Combs (F) 21:11, 9. Yasmeen Yennes (Cr) 21:40, 10. Stevi Burns (NH) 21:40.

    Individual advancers: 9. Yennes, 15. Brianna Norris (Co) 22:07, 18. Sandra Wagner (SC) 22:28, 21. Bailey Kaake (L) 22:46, 24. Brookly Agnew (B) 23:10, 25. Abby Ellis (B) 23:12, 28. Melissa Mayfield (Co) 23:44, 32. Rachel Schwartz (Cr) 23:56, 34. Katherine Winstead (L) 24:04, 36. Kelcie Byrd (Co) 24:15.

    Floyd Central: 2. Manning, 3. Kotowski, 5. Rodriguez, 6. Barney, 7. Paul, 8. Combs, 12. Zoe Doebbler 22:06,

    New Albany: 4. Kaforski, 11. Rachel Geveden 21:55, 13. Tempe Ricke 22:06, 14. Nicole Lods 22:07, 19. Corinn Mundy 22:45, 22. Kailey Martin 23:01, 23. Rachel Bowden 23:06.

    Jeffersonville: 26. Josey Noel 23:13, 29. Cat Patton 23:48, 33. Candea Smith 24:03, 35. Heather Nichols 24:11, 39. Ashley Friedrich 24:45, 42. Madison Gavin 25:23, 49. Kayla DeArk 26:10.

    Providence: 17. Alexandra Lowery 22:28, 27. Stephany Covarrubia 23:27, 30. Vanessa Covarrubia 23:49, 38. Samantha Stiner 24:41, 52. Virginia McCauley 27:54.

    Borden: 24. Agnew, 25. Ellis, 40. Kate Gertin 25:03, 45. Kaelen Harmes 25:44, 54. Courtney Welp 28:48.


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