SECTIONAL CHAMPS: Madison’s boys cross country team claimed its first sectional title since 1987 with a 12-point win over conference rival Jennings County Tuesday at Hanover College. Team members are (above, from left): Front row — Gunner Jones, Kirkland Royalty; middle — Head coach Mark Seib, Will Monroe, Justin Robertson, David Gibson, Alex Nunan, Quenton White, Josh Howell; back — Kevin Stewart, Kendall Spiller, Shawn Garner, assistant coach Randy Allen and assistant coach Josh Thomas. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
SECTIONAL CHAMPS: Madison’s boys cross country team claimed its first sectional title since 1987 with a 12-point win over conference rival Jennings County Tuesday at Hanover College. Team members are (above, from left): Front row — Gunner Jones, Kirkland Royalty; middle — Head coach Mark Seib, Will Monroe, Justin Robertson, David Gibson, Alex Nunan, Quenton White, Josh Howell; back — Kevin Stewart, Kendall Spiller, Shawn Garner, assistant coach Randy Allen and assistant coach Josh Thomas. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Madison didn't have a single runner who could compete for a sectional title. But what the Cubs did have is a top five capable of bunching together to win a team crown.

Madison's top five runners all finished in the top 19 to lead the Cubs to the sectional title in boys cross country Tuesday at Hanover College. Madison scored 58 points to edge Hoosier Hills Conference foe Jennings County by 12 points and Silver Creek by 16.

It was the first sectional title for Madison's boys since 1987 and just the program's second ever. It was an impressive performance for a team that has slowly been building to this moment for the past couple of years.

"Ever since last year when the boys came close to winning, that's been their goal," Madison coach Mark Seib said. "That was their goal all year and they did it. It's amazing."

Switzerland County finished fifth as a team with 125 points to earn a berth to the regional while Southwestern's Josiah Lawson was 28th overall and will also compete at Eagle Park near Nashville on Saturday at the regional.

On the girls side, Madison finished second behind a very strong Silver Creek squad with 98 points, just two ahead of Southwestern in third. Switzerland County was fifth with 120 points and Shawe's Hannah Storm was 33rd and will make the regional as an individual.

Boys

Jennings County senior Jonah Woods won the boys race with a time of 16:47.62, five seconds ahead of Ohio River Valley Conference champion Talen Taylor of Switzerland County. Henryville junior Jacob Hedrick was third.

The first Madison runner didn't cross the line until Quenton White came in fourth overall in 17:18.62, but the Cub junior was over 30 seconds behind the winner Woods.

But while White did not challenge the leaders, he did set the pace for a surge of Cubs that came across the line shortly after him. David Gibson was ninth in 18:01.84, Justin Robertson was 11th in 18:04.43, Alex Nunan was 15th in 18:16.02 and Josh Howell was 19th in 18:38.61. A pair of freshmen, Will Monroe and Gunner Jones, wrapped up Madison's total by finishing 43rd and 49th, respectively.

All five scoring runners for Madison earned ribbons for their top 20 finishes. But more importantly, that ability to pack together gave the Cubs the team win.

"We said from day one that if we were going to have a shot at winning the sectional, we needed five guys within about a minute of each other to pack together because we don't have that one runner who can go out and win it this year," said Seib, whose top runner from a year ago, sectional champion Landon Perry, opted to focus on basketball. "We hit a couple of races this year where they were able to do that and today, we were really, really close on that minute. That's what wins it because Silver Creek was right there and Jennings was right there. They knew during the race where they needed to be. They were paying attention."

Assistant coach Randy Allen gave much of the credit for the win to the team's two seniors, Gibson and Nunan, who served as the group's leaders all year.

"I think we had two individual heroes in our two seniors who set this team's focus the entire year and set that goal that they wanted to win sectionals," Allen said.

"We didn't win some of the invitationals we won last year and they were kind of getting down in the middle of the season," Seib added. "(The seniors) kept saying, 'Stay focused, our goal is the end of the season at sectionals.'"

A heavy rain hit the course about an hour before the race and it was still raining until right after the boys finished. But Seib didn't believe the conditions were all that bad. In fact, he felt just the opposite.

"It was perfect conditions. If I was running, I would have loved today," Seib said. "It wasn't that slick and there were only a few muddy spots. We put on longer cleats but that's about it."

Switzerland County placed two runners in the top 10 of the boys race to help propel the Pacers into the regional. Taylor finished second in 16:52.81 while senior Braden Burk, who entered the season as the team's top runner, gutted out a 10th-place finish in 18:04.06 despite dealing with painful stress fractures in both shins.

Sean Oatman placed 29th for Switzerland in 19:20.50, Jordan Lay was 38th in 19:58.08 and Colton Penick was 54th in 21:38.30 to round out the Pacers' scoring. In non-scoring runs, Michael Scott was 61st in 22:34.49 and Cameron Papucci was 64th in 23:09.21.

Neither Southwestern nor Shawe was able to advance as a team but the Rebels' Lawson did place 28th in 19:16.18 to earn a trip to the regional. The IHSAA made a change this year allowing the top 10 runners not from advancing teams to advance to regional.

Southwestern was ninth as a team with 210 points. After Lawson, Jayde Ary was 34th in 19:32.52, Ryan Furnish was 37th in 19:50.00, Camden Chatham was 62nd in 22:35.27 and Jacob Shaffer was 63rd in 22:42.68. Michael Walden was 70th in 25:27.50 in a non-scoring runs.

Shawe was 10th with 282 points. Skip Maas led the Hilltoppers with a 53rd-place finish in 21:26.28, Patrick Bear was 57th in 21:55.81, Andrew Ott was 58th in 22:06, Collin Hambrick was 67th in 24:05.75, and Cameron Rampy was 69th in 25:09.50.

Girls

Silver Creek took the top two positions and three of the top four spots to run away with its third-straight sectional championship. The Dragons' 31-point total was 67 better than runner-up Madison.

Mackenzie Crouch led the Creek charge with a winning time of 19:50.02, Maggie Shields was second in 20:01.84 and Brittany Sharp was fourth in 20:23.65. Henryville's Cia Greene broke up the Dragon sweep by placing third in 20:17.37.

But like their male counterparts, the Lady Cubs used a strong pack to overcome the lack of a individual contender. Ashlee Allen led Madison with a ninth-place finish in 21:33.46 and was followed by Paige Hess at 18th in 22:55.52, Hannah Miller at 20th in 23:23.90, Liz Ray at 25th in 24:12.43 and Brittany Jaynes at 30th in 24:35.78. In non-scoring runs, Hannah Brady was 36th in 25:23.09 and Grace Spencer was 39th in 26:58.69.

"We were looking at numbers before and we said we could be second, we could be fifth. It just depended on how they showed up," Seib said. "All five ran their solid race. It might not have been their best times of the year but they ran what they needed to run. It was close. I thought Southwestern and Switz had us."

Southwestern was third with 100 points, just two behind Madison. Savannah Rueda led the Rebels with a 12th-place finish in 21:55.75. The rest of the Rebels' times were: Cass Lawson, 13th, 22:06.53; Jayla Watson, 24th, 24:01.27; Austin Courtney, 26th, 24:15.31; Ashton Elliott, 28th, 24:18.28; Rebekah Anderson, 29th. 24:29.09; and Gianna Bennett, 43rd, 27:51.31.

Switzerland County was fifth with 120 points led by freshman Whitley Schirmer, who was fifth individually in 20:45.24. The rest of the Pacers' times were: Robin Furnish, 11th, 21:50.34; Melissa Furnish, 31st, 24:39.37; Cameron Ray, 34th, 24:57.20; Audrey Kinne, 47th, 28:25.90; and Adeli Kinne, 57th, 33:28.59.

Shawe was unable to field a complete team. After Storm, Megan Hill was 40th in 27:11.30, Mackenzie Ott was 46th in 28:21.96 and Sarelia Garcia was 50th in 29:05.86.

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IHSAA CROSS COUNTRY SECTIONAL

at Hanover College

Tuesday, Oct. 16

BOYS

TEAM RESULTS

(Top 5 advance)

1. Madison, 58; 2. Jennings Co., 70; 3. Silver Creek, 74; 4. Henryville, 116; 5. Switzerland Co., 125; 6. Austin, 132; 7. Scottsburg, 158; 8. New Washington, 180; 9. Southwestern, 210; 10. Shawe, 282.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

1. Jonah Woods, Jennings Co., 16:47.62

2. Talen Taylor, Switzerland Co., 16:52.81

3. Jacob Hedrick, Henryville, 17:11.81

4. Quenton White, Madison, 17:18.62

5. Kyle Lewis, Jennings Co., 17:20.75

6. Tanner Coots, Silver Creek, 17:24.40

7. Alex May, Scottsburg, 17:42.96*

8. Anthony Hall, Austin, 17:46.87*

9. David Gibson, Madison, 18:01.84

10. Braden Burk, Switzerland Co., 18:04.06

11. Justin Robertson, Madison, 18:04.43

12. Zach Knox, Henryville, 18:08.87

13. Ricky Hendrix, Jennings Co., 18:12.78

14. Cameron Stephens, Silver Creek, 18:15.84

15. Alex Nunan, Madison, 18:16.02

16. Morgan Davidson, Silver Creek, 18:25.68

17. Brandon Horton, New Washington, 18:35.75*

18. Boone Barton, Silver Creek, 18:38.00

19. Josh Howell, Madison, 18:38.61

20. Matthew Bottorff, Silver Creek, 18:47.65

21. Jacky Koenig, Jennings Co., 18:49.52

22. Andrew Westfall, Silver Creek, 18:50.72

23. Seth Parker, Charlestown, 18:52.18*

24. Michael Murphy, Rock Creek, 18:54.81*

25. Noah Sebastian, Scottsburg, 19:05.15*

26. Tyler Priddy, Silver Creek, 19:11.18

27. Taygon Johnson, Austin, 19:14.77*

28. Josiah Lawson, Southwestern, 19:16.18*

29. Sean Oatman, Switzerland Co., 19:20.50

30. Brett White, Austin, 19:21.91*

31. Koleton Freitas, Henryville, 19:22.81

32. Wayne Komsi, Jennings Co., 19:26.58

33. Devin Herron, New Washington, 19:27.15*

34. Jayde Ary, Southwestern, 19:32.52

35. Lucas Van Meter, Henryville, 19:32.84

36. Bailey White, Austin, 19:41.52

37. Ryan Furnish, Southwestern, 19:50.00

38. Jordan Lay, Switzerland Co., 19:58.08

39. Jacob Hall, Austin, 20:00.46

40. Lucas Brown, Scottsburg, 20:04.65

41. Christian Smith, Henryville, 20:05.34

42. Tyler Peterson, Charlestown, 20:06.87

43. Will Monroe, Madison, 20:12.90

44. Mitch Deyerling, Jennings Co., 20:22.24

45. Joe Kehrwald, New Washington, 20:27.56

46. Andrew House, New Washington, 20:36.50

47. Dyllan Webb, Scottsburg, 20:37.46

48. Jake Cundiff, Rock Creek, 20:54.02

49. Gunner Jones, Madison, 21:01.87

50. Matthew Phillips, Scottsburg, 21:04.72

51. Bailey Hecker, New Washington, 21:08.46

52. T.J. Mills, Jennings Co., 21:11.00

53. Skip Maas, Shawe, 21:26.28

54. Colton Penick, Switzerland Co., 21:38.30

55. Kolyn Paswater, Austin, 21:45.28

56. Matthew Mosley, New Washington, 21:55.43

57. Patrick Bear, Shawe, 21:55.81

58. Andrew Ott, Shawe, 22:06.21

59. Zachary Hoard, Scottsburg, 22:15.52

60. Tyler Coomer, Scottsburg, 22:29.46

61. Michael Scott, Switzerland Co., 22:34.49

62. Camden Chatham, Southwestern, 22:35.27

63. Jacob Shaffer, Southwestern, 22:42.68

64. Cameron Papucci, Switzerland Co., 23:09.21

65. James Clemons, New Washington, 23:20.50

66. Brett Brooks, Charlestown, 23:23.17

67. Collin Hambrick, Shawe, 24:05.75

68. Cody Combs, Henryville, 24:48.46

69. Cameron Rampy, Shawe, 25:09.50

70. Michael Walden, Southwestern, 25:27.50

*-advance to regional as individual

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GIRLS

TEAM RESULTS

(Top 5 advance)

1. Silver Creek, 31; 2. Madison, 98; 3. Southwestern, 100; 4. Charlestown, 114; 5. Switzerland Co., 120; 6. Jennings Co., 131; 7. Henryville, 147; 8. New Washington, 167.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

1. Mackenzie Crouch, Silver Creek, 19:50.02

2. Maggie Shields, Silver Creek, 20:01.84

3. Cia Greene, Henryville, 20:17.37*

4. Brittany Sharp, Silver Creek, 20:23.65

5. Whitley Schirmer, Switzerland Co., 20:45.24

6. Sadie Spears, Henryville, 20:49.65*

7. Olivia Graebe, New Washington, 21:20.93*

8. Whitney Andrews, Charlestown, 21:29.93

9. Ashlee Allen, Madison, 21:33.46

10. Jessica Backherms, Silver Creek, 21:38.18

11. Robin Furnish, Switzerland Co., 21:50.34

12. Savannah Reuda, Southwestern, 21:55.75

13. Cass Lawson, Southwestern, 22:06.53

14. Ashley Padgett, Scottsburg, 22:18.75*

15. Miranda Coats, Silver Creek, 22:26.31

16. Rachel Thomas, Jennings Co., 22:42.15*

17. Alysha Flaget, Charlestown, 22:52.56

18. Paige Hess, Madison, 22:55.52

19. Paris Brock, Silver Creek, 23:01.56

20. Hannah Miller, Madison, 23:23.90

21. Olivia Heaton, Jennings Co., 23:42.59*

22. Mary Hoff, Charlestown, 23:47.02

23. Emory Lewis, Silver Creek, 23:59.40

24. Jayla Watson, Southwestern, 24:01.27

25. Liz Ray, Madison, 24:12.43

26. Austin Courtney, Southwestern, 24:15.31

27. Jessie Bryant, Jennings Co., 24:15.93*

28. Ashton Elliot, Southwestern, 24:18.28

29. Rebekah Anderson, Southwestern, 24:29.09

30. Brittany Jaynes, Madison, 24:35.78

31. Melissa Furnish, Switzerland Co., 24:39.37

32. Lauren Crowe, Charlestown, 24:49.52

33. Hannah Storm, Shawe, 24:52.52*

34. Cameron Ray, Switzerland Co., 24:57.20

35. Idalit Perez, Jennings Co., 25:11.06*

36. Hannah Brady, Madison, 25:23.09

37. Courtney Morgan, New Washington, 25:54.09*

38. Leah White, Austin, 26:06.09

39. Grace Spencer, Madison, 26:58.69

40. Megan Hill, Shawe, 27:11.30

41. Autumn Thomas, Jennings Co., 27:26.15

42. Kaitlynn Henning, Charlestown, 27:41.21

43. Gianna Bennett, Southwestern, 27:51.31

44. Tori Wiggam, New Washington, 28:00.52

45. Emilee Holloway, New Washington, 28:17.34

46. Mackenzie Ott, Shawe, 28:21.96

47. Audrey Kinne, Switzerland Co., 28:25.90

48. Kayla Wilson, Henryville, 28:28.33

49. Bridget Barton, Scottsburg, 28:33.75

50. Sarelia Garcia, Shawe, 29:05.86

51. Mallory Hargett, Scottsburg, 29:07.02

52. Brooke Abbott, New Washington, 29:11.24

53. Brooklynee Akers, Austin, 29:24.31

54. Kelsey Rhoten, New Washington, 29:38.24

55. Braedy Hall, Austin, 30:25.00

56. Treasure Cole, Austin, 30:25.93

57. Adeli Kinne, Switzerland Co., 33:28.59

58. Madison Cox, Henryville, 34:09.56

59. Spencer Whitehouse, Henryville, 34:45.28

60. Breanne Ward, New Washington, 36:10.84

61. Emilee Greathouse, Jennings Co., 36:30.40

62. Molly Sumner, Charlestown, 41:28.59

*-advanced to regional as individual