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.