Dalton wins for GCA
Senior staff writer
Three Southside cross-country teams won sectional championships Saturday to qualify for regional action.
Franklin Central’s girls and boys squads and Center Grove’s girls captured team championships while Greenwood Christian Academy’s Allie Dalton won the girls race and Center Grove freshman John Hodges won the boys race at Franklin.
Roncalli’s and Southport’s boys and girls teams plus boys teams from Greenwood, Center Grove and Perry Meridian also qualified for regional competition.
Franklin Central’s No. 2 girls with two seniors and three freshmen were among the top eight finishers at New Palestine.
Although Beech Grove’s boys and Perry Meridian’s girls teams did not finish among the top five in points, five runners from those schools will compete in regionals.
Teams finishing among the top five in points and the top 10 runners from non-advancing teams qualified for regionals.
Qualifiers from the New Palestine and Franklin sectionals will run Saturday at Rushville and Shelbyville, respectively. The top five teams and top 10 runners from non-advancing teams qualify for semistate Oct. 24.
At New Palestine: champion – Franklin Central: third-place finisher, Michael Parrish, 16:59.97; sixth, Robby Lawson, 17:05.19; eighth, Kyle McCann, 17:09.28; ninth, Elijah Basile, 17:11.97; 10th, Trey Perry, 17:12.10. Fourth-place team – Roncalli: 18th finisher, Neil O’Brien, 17:35.49; 20th, Nicholas Perkins, 17:36.77; 25th, Chandler Gibson, 17:54.78; 26th, Michael Schiefelbein, 17:57.39; 31st, Tim Miller, 18:19.03. Individual qualifiers: Beech Grove – seventh, Vilis Vuskalns, 17:08.28; 23rd, Conner Kelley, 17:48.91; 29th, Brian Davids, 18:07.83; 32nd, Tyler Ramsey, 18:19.23; 41st, Randall Gindling, 18:46.68.
At Franklin: second – Greenwood: fourth-place finisher, Hunter Smith, 16:32.01; ninth, Zeke Neihart, 16:40.39; 11th, Ethan Pine, 16:54.83; 16th, Lucas Oskins, 17:14.71; 26th Baily McMahon, 17:27.80. Third – Center Grove: champion, John Hodges, 16:13.24; 12th, Nolan Miller, 16:59.22; 17th, Ethan Stanley, 17:15.06; 18th Riley Turk, 17:15.27; 19th, Adam Russell, 17:17.81. Fourth – Perry Meridian: sixth, Christopher Switzer, 16:33.95; 20th Kameron Overley, 17:19.22; 21st, John Tansy, 17:20.22; 29th, Dylan Brown, 17:31.48; 37th, Brogan Hagemeier, 17:56.11. Fifth – Southport: fifth, Michael Crook, 16:32.97; 22nd Jose Telez, 17:21.03; 23rd, Justin Ray, 17:25.45; 32nd Layne DeHart, 17:39.26; 39th Scott Speiser, 17:58.59. Individual qualifiers – Greenwood Christian: 15th, Hunter Slater, 17:09.52.
At New Palestine: champion – Franklin Central: second-place finisher, Shayla Traas, 19:30.06; third, Brooke Talhelm, 19:48.17; fourth, Emily Welch, 19:58.77; fifth, Kathryn Matthies, 20:00.73; eighth, Jada Reedus, 20:44.79, 20:44.79. Third – Roncalli: seventh, Katie Minton, 20:31.11; 16th, Olivia Origer, 21:26.51; 24th, Kate Morse, 22:22.27; 25th Emily Barron, 22:29.00; 30th, Shelby Buckley, 22:41.91. Individual qualifier: Kyli Luna, Beech Grove, 14th, 21:23.41.
At Franklin: champion – Center Grove: fourth-place finisher, Valerie Clark, 19:49.41; fifth, Taylor Hickey, 19:50.15; 13th, Rachel Chan, 20:17.35; 14th Alexa Kovacs, 20:29.09; 15th, Annie Gillum, 20:30.13. Second – Southport: second, Erin Sullivan, 19:10.75; eighth, Delaney Bucker, 19:56.09; 11th, Heather Blankenbaker, 20:11.90; 28th, Kayla Sharpe, 22:00.53; 37th, Caroline Chappell, 22:26.35; 40th, Katie Cox, 22:50.62. Individual qualifiers: Greenwood Christian: champion, Allie Dalton, 18:24.64. Perry Meridian: sixth, Olivia LeMasters, 19:51.82; 22nd, Kayla O’Brian, 21:28.26; 32nd,Sarah Jones, 22:11.98; 38th, Emily Rinear, 22:36.32; 39th, Bailey Webber 22:46.06.