News and Tribune

October 26, 2013

H.S. CROSS COUNTRY: Floyd girls qualify for state meet

Borden’s Magallanes, Silver Creek’s Crouch, Henryville’s Greene also earn state bids


NASHVILLE — Coming into the season, Floyd Central’s girls’ cross country team had the ulitimate goal of getting back to the state finals as a team.

On Saturday at the Brown County Semistate, the Highlanders achieved that dream with a fourth-place finish.

“It was a great team effort,” Floyd Central coach Carl Hook said. “It’s been a while since we’ve been [at state] and everybody was extremely happy to reach that final goal.”

Three Highlanders finished in the top 22, led by reigning News and Tribune Runner of the Year Lydia Kotowski in eighth place.

“Lydia ran another great race,” Hook said. “She told me last night she was going to run an 18:48 and finish ninth. She ran an 18:51 and was eight. When she sets her mind to something, she’s a great racer. It was exciting to see her in that front group.”

Highlander sophomore Kassidy Manning finished 14th and classmate Madison Barney crossed the line in 22nd to help Floyd Central to 138 points, well ahead of fifth-place Bloomington North (178) and sixth-place Jasper (203).

“We were carried by our top three,” Hook said. “Kassidy Manning was huge for us and Madison Barney has been rock solid for us at the three spot. To have three girls in the top 22 is really special. We knew it would be tough to keep us out [of the state finals] if we could do that.”

The top five teams advanced to next Saturday’s state meet in Terre Haute.

Silver Creek placed 10th as a team and Mackenzie Crouch came in 15th overall to earn an individual spot at state. The top 10 runners not on one of the top five teams also qualified for the state meet.

"Mackenzie has been solid all year, being our most consistent runner,” Silver Creek coach Darrell Kingery said. “She will be making her first apperance at state and is looking forward to another great challenge.”

Brittany Sharp was 39th and Maggie Shields 45th for the Dragons.

“We were a little disappointed in the finish for the girls,” Kingery said. “We wanted a top six but didn’t get it even though five out of our top seven girls ran either personal- or season-best times. Brittany Sharp  ran her last race as a Dragon and she will be sorely missed. She led a team that won seven invitationals, a conference and a sectional [this year]. Not bad for one season.”

Henryville freshman Cia Greene was 23rd overall and ninth among runners not advancing with their team to earn a spot at the state meet.

A year ago as a freshman, Kotowski was the only area player to make the state meet. This year, including the seven Highlanders, nine area runners will run at Terre Haute.

New Albany junior Rose Kaforski finished 40th, New Washington freshman Olivia Graebe was 66th and Charlestown junior Whitney Andrews crossed the line in 73rd.

Borden sophomore Julien Magallanes was the only area boy to qualify for state by finishing 15th at the semistate. Magallanes’ Braves finished 11th as a team.

Floyd Central finished ninth, led by juniors Luke Uhl in 40th and Alec Heitz in 42nd.

Silver Creek junior Tanner Coots came in 42nd, Eastern junior Khalil McDaniel was 62nd, Henryville junior Jacob Hedrick finished 64th, Providence senior Lincoln Ottersbach placed 80th and senior teammate Spencer Mitchell was 88th, New Albany freshman Tim Baumgart placed 89th.


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    Team scores:
Columbus North 38, Bloomington South 98, Terre Haute North 115, Floyd Central 138, Bloomington North 178, Jasper 203, Evansville Memorial 207, Terre Haute South 211, Evansville North 211, Silver Creek 247, North Harrison 330, Northeast Dubois 350, Brown County 384, Gibson Southern 389, Salem 393, Forest Park 399, Columbus East 405, Vincennes 437, Evansville Mater Dei 502, Seymour 554.

    Top 10 individuals: 1. Mackenzie Caldwell (CN) 17:45, 2. Sierra Lax (CN), 3. Kate Raphael (BN) 18:18, 4. Alexandra Warzyniak (BS) 18:20, 5. Shannon Effron (EM) 18:36, 6. Linday Welker (THN) 18:42, 7. Rachel Brougher (CN) 18:46, 8. Lydia Kotowski (FC) 18:51, 9. Ashton Bosler (NH) 18:57. 10. Allie Rollins (EN) 19:03.

    Top 10 individual advancers: 5. Effron, 9. Bosler, 10. Rollins, 12. Whitley Schirmer (Switzerland County) 19:19, 13. Michaela Ward (EN) 19:19, 15. Mackenzie Crouch (SC) 19:22, 16. Alli Workman (Bloomfield) 19:23, 17. Tara Cassidy (Jas) 19:33, 21. Hannah Sears (Edgewood) 19:34, 23. Cia Greene (Henryville) 19:37, 24. Angela Kendall (Orleans) 19:41.

    Floyd Central: 8. Kotowski, 14. Kassidy Manning 19:22, 22. Madison Barney 19:36, 54. Morgan Paul 20:27, 74. Jamie Bierman 20:52, 85. Zoe Doebbler 21:02, 115. Gabrielle Rodriguez 21:30.

    Silver Creek: 15. Crouch, 39. Brittany Sharp 20:07, 45. Maggie Shields 20:18, 95. Jessica Backherms 21:13, 123. Miranda Coats 21:35, 149. Paris Brock 22:12, 162. Emory Lewis 22:39.

    Henryville: 23. Greene, 30. Sadie Spears 19:51.

    New Albany: 40. Rose Kaforski 20:07.

    New Washington: 66. Olivia Graebe 20:44.

    Charlestown: 73. Whitney Andrews 20:50.


    Team scores: Columbus North 36, Bloomington South 63, Terre Haute South 79, Bloomington North 128, South Knox 234, Evansville North 253, Seymour 264, North Harrison 277, Floyd Central 281, Evansville Memorial 311, Borden 317, Martinsville 349, Northview 356, Evansville Reitz 376, Terre Haute North 395, Brownstown Central 396, Tell City 403, Jasper 409, Columbus East 418, Gibson Southern 463.

    Top 10 individuals: Jackson Bertoli (THS) 15:29, 2. Jarit Perkins (Barr-Reeve) 15:37, 3. Kaden Eaton (CN) 15:37, 4. Riley Stohler (THS) 15:38, 5. Seth Williams (CN) 15:39, 6. Borgan Armand (Ev. Harrison) 15:40, 7. Anthony Williams (BS) 15:46, 8. Andy Carr (CN) 15:49, 9. Spencer Danielson (THS) 15:50, 10. Quentin Pierce (Castle) 15:51.

    Top 10 individual advancers: 2. Perkins, 6. Armand, 10. Pierce, 11. Adam Guth (ER) 15:51, 15. Julien Magallanes (Bor) 15:57, 16. Jesse Stanley (Boonville) 16:05, 19. Daniel Fleace (NH) 16:10, 20. Josh Backes (EN) 16:13, 21. Ryan Franklin (BC) 16:14, 25. Jack Tormoehlen (Sey) 16:27.

    Floyd Central: 40. Luke Uhl 16:41, 42. Alec Heitz 16:45, 93. Grant Vellinger 17:27, 100. Reese Tarr 17:35, 106. Grant Reynolds 17:40, 132. Chad Lawrence 18:03, 164. Nathan Manias 18:48.

    Borden: 15. Magallanes, 83. Nathen Magallanes 17:21, 86. George Tipker 17:23, 109. Gavin Tipker 17:42, 141. Andy Stonecipher 18:12, 157. Will Little 18:30, 167. David Wright 19:06.

    Silver Creek: 57. Tanner Coots 17:00.

    Eastern: 62. Khalil McDaniel 17:06.

    Henryville: 64. Jacob Hedrick 17:09.

    Providence: 80. Lincoln Ottersbach 17:20, 88. Spencer Mitchell 17:24.

    New Albany: 89. Tim Baumgart 17:25.