LOUISVILLE — The Floyd Central girls won Sacred Heart's Valkyrie Invitational for the first time Saturday at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville.
Led by race runner-up Jaydon Cirincione, the Highlanders had 83 points — 34 ahead of runner-up Oldham County (Ky.).
Ciara O'Shea of Madison Central (Ky.) won the seeded Elite race in 17 minutes, 51.43 seconds while Cirincione was second in 18:16.44.
Also for Floyd, junior Savanna Liddle placed eighth (18:55.14), sophomore Kaitlyn Stewart took 13th (19:04.95), sophomore Emerson Elliott 22nd (19:38.48) and Hallie Mosier finished 59th (20:53.57) to round out the team's score.
Meanwhile Providence's Maci Hoskins finished 41st (20:23.91).
In the boys' race, Cincinnati St. Xavier took home the team title with 52 points — 65 ahead of Louisville St. Xavier. Floyd Central finished fifth (228).
Alexander Partlow of Carbondale (Ill.) won the race in 15:12.14.
Floyd Central sophomore Will Conway paced the Highlanders in eighth (15:52.29). Also for Floyd, Weston Naville finished 44th (16:53.55), Adam Heitz 60th (17:13.08), Mitchel Meier 75th (17:21.48), Luca Cirincione was 102nd (17:42.65) and Noah Nifong was 108th (17:44.57).
Other area finishers included New Alban's Aaron Lord in 25th (16:27.66), Christian Academy sophomore Alexander Pinckney placed 28th (16:34.68) and New Albany's Aidan Lord finished 34th (16:43.31).
In the boys' varsity race, Providence's Ben Kelly placed sixth (17:04.33).
CHARLESTOWN GIRLS TAKE 2ND
MARENGO — The Charlestown girls finished second in Saturday's Crawford County Invitational.
In the event in which freshmen and sophomores run one race and juniors and seniors run another, Corydon Central captured the combined girls' race with 68 points — 30 ahead of the Pirates. Silver Creek finished fifth (176) and Jeffersonville 11th (321).
Corydon Central sophomore Erika Valdivieso had the fastest time of the day in 20:29.4 while Charlestown's Jessie McCoy took third (20:42.6). Also for the Pirates, Kaylee Kinser placed sixth (21:13.5), Jackie McCoy ninth (22:04.0), Laney Hawkins 27th (23:25.5) and Emma Faulkner 54th (25:11.5).
For the Dragons, freshman Bella Scott led the way in 13th (22:25.7) and senior Isabel Odle wasn't far behind in 18th (22:39.2).
For the Red Devils, Arielle Phillips took 20th (22:42.4) and freshman Ally Young placed 25th (23:20.8).
Other area finishers included Henryville's Hannah Ramsey in 28th (23:26.1) and Clarksville freshman Kenzie Alexander in 64th (26:19.1).
Orleans took the boys' team title with 100 points — 37 ahead of runner-up Heritage Hills. New Washington placed eighth (238), Silver Creek took 12th (282) and Jeffersonville finished 14th (429).
Orleans freshman Bryce Jones had the fastest finish in 17:15.5 while Charlestown senior Dylan Kinser was the top area finisher in 12th (18:14.8).
Other area finishers included Henryville sophomore Karson Evans in 19th (19:10.2), Silver Creek's Alex Carney in 23rd (19:30.3), New Washington sophomore Paul Giltner in 24th (19:33.4) and Red Devils junior Bradley Owen in 32nd (20:03.3).
BORDEN BOYS 3RD, GIRLS 4TH
NORTH VERNON — The Borden boys took third, while its girls finished fourth, in Saturday's Ray Gerkin Invitational at Jennings County.
On the boys' side, the host Panthers won the team title with 30 points — 52 ahead of Roncalli and 63 better than the Braves. New Albany didn't field a complete team.
South Central senior Maddox Baker won the race in 16:19.37 while New Albany junior Ben Jacobs was the top area finisher in seventh (17:08.17).
Sterling Mikel and Nolan Flispart took 10th (17:25.66) and 11th (17:28.35), respectively, to lead Borden. Also for the Braves, Lody Cheatham took 24th, Kasym Nash 25th and Briar Weatherford 28th.
On the girls' side, Seymour edged Columbus East 45-46 for the team title. Borden finished fourth (90) while New Albany placed ffith (142).
Seymour sophomore Vivienne Siefker won the race in 19:32.60.
Borden's Kaela Rose and Lexi Rose finished 16th (22:42.25) and 17th (22:48.39), respectively, to lead the Braves.
Sophomore Priscilla Byrd took 20th (23:06.09) to lead the Bulldogs.