Both Greensburg cross country teams and five individuals from county schools advanced to Saturday’s Greensburg Regional at the South Dearborn Sectional meet Tuesday.
Qualifying for the regional individually were sophomore Megan Hoover, senior Brady Holloway and sophomore Arek Holloway from North Decatur, and South Decatur sophomores Justyn Clark and Ashley Hamilton.
Greensburg’s girls placed third, while Greensburg’s boys placed fifth. The Pirate boys qualified for the regionals for the second year in a row.
South’s Hamilton placed 19th overall and Clark finished 10th.
“I’m really happy for Megan, Brady, and Arek,” said North head coach Scott Johnson. “We would have loved to have gotten both teams out, but getting three individuals out is a nice consolation prize. We are looking forward to Saturday and representing North Decatur at the regional.”
The host Knights placed four runners in the top ten and won their fourth straight sectional title. Knight senior Joseph Rector won with a time of 16:42. Oldenburg Academy’s girls won the sectional with 29 points, while OA senior Sarah Billingsley took first place with a time of 18:32.
Freshman Reid McClintic led the Pirates, finishing 11th overall to earn all-sectional honors. Reid ran under 18:00 for the first time, establishing a new personal best of 17:58.
Sophomore Peyton Buening was all-sectional for the second time, taking 16th place in 18:29.
Freshman Greg Schroeder placed 18th and was also all-sectional in a time of 18:29, his fastest time ever for 5km. Freshman Louis Moore also ran a personal best on Tuesday. Moore placed 39th in 19:39. Freshman Kevin Johnson took 41st in 19:50, while senior Ethan Sebastian was 42nd in 19:56. Junior Jonathan Richards ran 20:41 and finished 53rd.
The boys’ record is now 54-54.
“I was really proud the way that the freshmen ran for us tonight,” said Greensburg coach Troy Davis. “Reid, Greg, Louis, and Kevin all competed at a high level. They gained some valuable experience for Saturday’s meet.”
In the girls’ race, the Lady Pirates placed 3rd overall and improved their record to 73-29 on the season. Greensburg’s performance qualified the girls for the regional meet on Saturday. Shelby Pake earned all-sectional recognition for the second time. She ran 20:19 to lead the Lady Pirates with a fifth-place finish. Freshmen Allie Reisman and April Morrow also were all-sectional on Tuesday. Reisman was 18th in 22:13, and April took 20th in 22:19. Senior Erin Hamilton led a trio of Greenburg runners to the finish. She placed 28th in 23:00. Freshman Ellie Burkhart was 29th in 23:06 with sophomore Mary Kate Porter in 30th place in 23:16. Junior Cara Zeigler was 45th in 24:59.
“The girls did a great job racing tonight,” said Davis. “I’m looking forward to seeing us run well at home for the regional.
For the South girls, sophomore Ashley Hamilton earned All-Sectional with a 19th-place 22:14. Freshman Stacy Fox was 44th in 24:30. Senior Emily Mapes placed 49th in 25:40, while senior Paje Smiley was 66th with a time of 33:53.
South sophomore Justyn Clark earned All-Sectional, placing 10th in 17:57. Junior Nick Grissom was 45th in 20:07. Senior Brandon Overlock placed 58th in 21:13, senior Tyler Wamsley took 62nd in 21:48, and freshman Daniel Mapes was 66th in 23:16.
North boys results (8th): 31. Brady Holloway (19:20); 35. Arek Holloway (19:32); 43. Gage Acton (19:58); 48. Zach Johnson (20:54); 50. Tyler Jennings (20:31); 55. Kyle Fogle (20:46); 63. Luke Badgley (22:02).
North girls results (7th): 2. Megan Hoover (19:52.1); 41. Emily Kissel (25:40); 43. Emily Scott (26:22); 44. Kaylee Rosenbach (26:24.5); 45. Celeste Pacilio (26:49.1); 46. Jaelyn Matthews (27:13.3).
The regional meet will take place at Greensburg High School. The boys’ race starts at 10:30 a.m., with the girls’ competition to follow at 11:15.
Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.