Local XC teams advance to Semi-State
One runner from Eastern’s girls’ team, the EHS boys’ and the Salem High School girls’ cross country teams will advance to semi-state Saturday after finishing strong at last week’s regional competition.
The Lady Lions finished fifth at the regional, which was held at Bedford North Lawrence.
Pacing the Lady Lions was Sydney Calhoun who finished 10th with a time of 20:12, Sandra Warren finished 13th and Madison Smith finished 20th.
Also running well for the Lions was Sidney Smith, Rachel Hopkins, Jenna Cagle and Faith Purlee.
Salem girls’ Head Coach Roger Bundy was happy with his team’s effort.
“I’m so proud of the girls effort Saturday,” he said. “To be fifth in the sectional and then to get fifth in the regional is quite an effort by all the girls on the team.
“We talked earlier in the week about how close we were to be third at Sectional and that everyone just needed to improve a little and they responded by having a great week of practice and a super race. “
The Lady Lions are making their fourth trip to semi-state in as many years.
Bundy said that kind of streak is a testament about the kind of team he has.
“To make it to the semi-state for the fourth year in a row speaks volumes of the character of team we have,” he said. “They are competitors who I am sure will give it 100 percent effort when we compete at Brown County.”
Ricky Smith, who represented the Salem boys’ team did not advance.
Cathern Jackson-Finley ran another personal best time for the Eastern Lady Musketeers and is advancing to Semi-State next Saturday at Brown Co.
Her time was 21:40.
Eastern’s boys’ team also advanced to the Brown County Semi State meet by finishing in fifth place at the Bedford Regional.
The top five teams advance.
The top Musketeer was Kevin Warren, who finished in eighth place with a time of 16:34.
Josh Ratts was the second runner for Eastern with a 22nd place finish and a time of 17:08.
Other top Musketeer runners were Khalil McDaniel (44th), Connor Dawson (65th), Leif Edlin (69th), Brandon Sill (78th), and Trevor Lewellen (87th).
Winning the meet overall was Griffin Tichenor from Bloomington High School North, who ran a time of 15:37.