Greensburg Daily News
South Dearborn hosted its 13th annual cross country invitational Saturday morning, which included Greensburg, North Decatur and South Decatur. The weather conditions were ideal for setting school records and individual-best performances.
North head coach Scott Johnson could not have been more pleased with his runners, and the girls ran a season’s best race by placing second.
Freshman Megan Hoover broke North’s five-kilometer school record to lead her team.
“It was a great day for North Decatur cross country!” exclaimed head coach Scott Johnson. “Megan Hoover shattered our girls’ 5K school record, the girls’ team placed second and the guys placed fourth in a big invitational, and every runner had a PR. I couldn’t have asked for more. It is nice to see all of their hard work in practice paying off.”
Oldenburg Academy won the Division II race with a score of 29. OA’s Sarah Billingsley, who set her school’s record earlier this season, won Saturday with a time of 18 minutes, 37 seconds.
Hoover placed fourth overall with a time of 20:18.
North girls results: 4. Megan Hoover 20:18; 12. Veronica Yager 22:55; 14. Celeste Pacilio 23:59; 16. Jaelyn Matthews 24:25; 20. Katie Stevens 26:10; 21. Emily Kissel 26:11; 35. Emily Scott 31:36.
Girls (Division II): 1. Oldenburg Academy 29; 2. North Decatur 66; 3. Jac-Cen-Del 69; 4. Switzerland Co. 103; 5. South Ripley 121; 6. South Decatur 127; Milan, Rising Sun, and Taylor, OH inc.
Garrett Craig of Rising Sun won the boys race in 16:08. Eric Moorman led North with a time of 18:19 for 13th place.
North boys results: 13. Eric Moorman 18:19; 15. Brady Holloway 18:33; 21. Kaleb Kramer 19:01; 22. Arek Holloway 19:05; 27. Michael Metz 19:35; 41. Zach Johnson 21:01; 46. Corden Simmonds 25:21.
Boys (Division II): 1. South Ripley 48; 2. Rising Sun 59; 3. Taylor, OH 96; 4. North Decatur 98; 5. Switzerland Co 99; 6. South Decatur 129; 7. Jac-Cen-Del 158; 8. Oldenburg Academy 167; Milan, inc.
In the girls’ Division I race, the Lady Pirates finished sixth out of 10 teams. Freshman Shelby Pake won her third race of the year in a time of 19:52, becoming the second Greensburg harrier to break the 20-minute barrier. Junior Erin Hamilton was the second Lady Pirate runner to cross the finish line. She came in 28th place overall in a time of 22:47. Hamilton ran under 23:00 for the first time this season and moved into ninth place all-time with her performance.
Senior Ericka Carman also had her best time of the season as she placed 31st in 23:07. Freshman Mary Kate Porter lowered her personal best, finishing 33rd in 23:12. Senior Tori Helms came in 42nd in a time of 24:02, her fastest time of 2012. Melissa Brickett set a personal best for the sixth straight race. She ran below 25:00 for the first time ever, placing 45th in 24:20. Sophomore Cara Zeigler was the seventh runner for Greensburg, placing 54th in 25:24. Freshman Alli Duerstock placed 18th overall in the reserve race with a time of 28:30.
After Saturday’s competition, the girls have a record of 31-23.
The Greensburg boys finished seventh out of the 10 teams in Division I competition. Senior Colin Evans led the Pirates and had his fastest five-kilometer time ever. He earned 11th overall in 17:33.
Freshman Peyton Buening also ran a personal best, finishing in 24th place with a time of 18:16. Bryce Nystrom was the third runner for Greensburg, placing 43rd in 19:16. Michael Back was 45th in the race, and his time of 19:17 was a personal best for 5 km. Teammate Ben Newhart also set a new best time for the season. He crossed the finish line in 21:09 to take 51st. Clayton Moore was Greensburg’s sixth runner and placed 54th overall in 35:21.