Floyd Central had three runners finish in the top four positions.
Leading the Highlanders was senior Alyssa Moore, who finished second in 19:50.5. At one point in the season, Moore was training with the Floyd Central boys’ team to help her get ready for the postseason.
“It’s helped make me stronger more than anything,” Moore said. “It feels great [to win sectional] with the girls I love and to accomplish something we’ve worked hard for all season.”
Hook lauded his top runners afterwards.
“Alyssa Moore had a big breakout race and had a sub-20-minute time. She’s been shooting for that,” Hook said. “She’s had a good season. She’s been working hard. It’s good to see a kid that is so focused to have a big day.”
Highlander freshmen Lydia Kotowski and Madison Barney finished third and fourth, respectively. Floyd Central junior Jamie Bierman placed 10th, while teammate Cassie Nale was 11th.
New Albany finished second as a team with 58 points. Senior Phoebe Bauer paced the Bulldogs with a fifth-place finish in 21:04.9. New Albany’s Rose Kaforski and Bailey Knable placed seventh and eighth, respectively. Also for the Bulldogs, Rachel Bowden placed 18th and Rachel Geveden was 20th.
“It was a controlled effort by them for most of the race and then we let them loose toward the end,” New Albany coach Paul Hamilton said. “We wanted to keep them fresh for Saturday’s race.”
Providence placed fourth with 104 points. Senior Kori Siebert was the Pioneers’ top runner, finishing sixth. Fellow Providence senior Erin Denis was ninth. Rounding out the scoring for the Pioneers were Samantha Stiner in 19th, Janelle Marriott in 35th and Virginia McCauley in 41st.
Borden qualified for regional for the first time in Carmony’s coaching tenure by finishing fifth with 146 points. Brooklyn Agnew led the Braves with a 17th-place finish. Teammate Shelby Kirchgessner wound up 27th. Also for Borden, Abby Ellis was 28th, Nikki Carter placed 38th and Aspen Kirchgessner finished 45th.
Jeff had a sixth-place finish with 155 points. Red Devil sophomore Kayla Barrett missed qualifying for the regional by one spot, running 16th.