With two great team efforts Saturday at the Columbus North Regional, the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams have both advanced to the Brown County Semi-State, next Saturday. The girls finished in second place to Columbus North. Abby Fleetwood came through with a strong performance as she improved on her school record, running 18:39. Fleetwood was 4th overall in the race. Hadley Gradolf had a great finish to her race, as she finished in 5th, clocking a personal-best time of 18:48. Eme Koester was 19th overall, finishing in 20:23; Emma DeBord was 28th in 21:22; Lexie Austin was 43rd in 21:54; and Madalyn Purlee was 51st in 22:39. This was the highest placing in the regional by a Brown County girls’ cross country team.
For the boys, a total team effort helped them earn a qualifying 5th-place finish. The team was only two points away from 4th-place Martinsville. Chase Austin once again led the way for the Eagles, clocking a 16:23. Austin was ninth place overall. The Eagles got a career-best performance out of Rhett Silbaugh, who finished in 30th, with a 17:39. Cord Smith ran well in his first regional, finishing 40th in 18:05. Blake Wagler was just behind him in 18:12. Senior Cameron Fox rounded out the top 5 for the Eagles, completing the course in 18:18, for 40th place. Rafe Silbaugh made his return to the Eagle line-up, clocking a time of 18:58, and Corbin Brahaum covered the 5k course in 20:09. Both teams will run in the semi-state at Eagle Park this next Saturday. The girls are scheduled to start at 11:30, and the boys will go at 1:30.