BORDEN EDGED BY COMMODORES
Five days after winning its first sectional title in school history, Borden nearly went a step further.
The Braves finished 12 points behind regional-champion Perry Central for a second-place finish.
Borden and Floyd Central, which finished fifth, will compete in next Saturday’s Brown County Regional.
“I’m definitely happy with the effort,” Borden coach Liz Carmony said. “We came in and did what we wanted to do and advanced on to semistate. That’s another race we’re fortunate enough to get to run in.”
Despite the strong efforts of the Braves, there was some disappointment mixed with the pride of advancing to another round of the state tournament.
“I thought we had a good chance,” Carmony said. “I didn’t think it was a lock by any means. I thought Perry would run strong, but I told the boys we had to go out and run our races and be focused on us.”
The Commodores had three runners on the top 12, led by fifth-place Alex Newton. Borden’s third runner didn’t come in until 21st. That, Carmony said, was the difference.
“That was the key to today’s race,” Carmony assessed. “They had three boys who ran strong at the front. That’s where we just couldn’t gain ground.”
Freshman Julien Magallanes once again led the Braves, finishing ninth in 16:56. George Tipker placed 17th, Brian Eurton was 21st, Nathan Magallanes crossed the line in 25th and Gavin Tipker came in 28th.
“They all hit their [mile times] that they wanted to hit, but Perry just had a better race than us,” Carmony said. “They looked really strong.”
The 2012 Borden team will try to attempt another first for the program — a trip to the state finals — next Saturday.
“I expect us to have better races than today,” Carmony said. “We’re looking to peak [at semistate]. I feel like we have a shot [to get to state] if we have our best races and can get a few of our top boys closer to the front.”
As it turned out, Grant Reynolds was the hero for Floyd Central. Reynolds finished 41st overall and sixth among the Highlanders. However, he was the tiebreaker with Tell City, which also scored 134 points. Reynolds beat the Minutemen’s Michael Schwatz by seven spots as the tiebreaker for the final semistate spot.
Luke Uhl led the Highlanders in 18th position. A Floyd pack then gave the team the points it needed to advance. Alec Heitz finished 32nd, Grant Vellinger 33rd, Kahler Davis 36th and Mike White 39th. Reese Tarr finished 47th.
The Highlanders and Braves will be joined in Nashville by New Albany’s Drew Hirsch, Providence’s Murphy Sheets and Jeffersonville’s Tyrell Dowdell. Hirsch was the area’s top finisher in sixth place. He completed the course in 16:39. Sheets, whose Pioneers finished ninth as a team, placed seventh and Dowdell was 10th.
“We run this course for sectional and regional, so I knew it well,” Hirsch said. “I knew where I needed to run it better [than at sectional]. Murphy Sheets from Providence was ahead of me at the end, so that gave me an extra little spark to try to get more spots. I was pretty confident through the whole thing.”
North Harrison’s Jonathan Reynolds shattered the course record in 15:49 as the Cougars finished third. Forest Park took the other semistate spot in fourth.