Cool temperatures and a light rain greeted the runners for the South Dearborn cross country sectional Tuesday evening.
The host Knights ran away from the field and captured the team title with a score of 30 points.
The Oldenburg Academy Twisters were a distant second place 47 points behind followed by the Batesville Bulldogs in third with 92. East Central (123) and Greensburg (125) rounded out the top five teams.
South Dearborn’s Joe Rector was the individual race winner with a time of 16:42.
Rector was challenged much of the race by Oldenburg Academy freshman Curtis Eckstein. Eckstein crossed the finish line second overall with a time of 17:01.
Freshman Justin Fledderman joined Eckstein among the leaders and finished within the top 10. Fledderman was seventh overall with a time of 17:43.
Isaiah Frey was next in line for the Twisters. The OA senior raced to a time of 18:17, which was good enough for 14th place. Luke Wukusick and Jared Hasselbring completed the scoring for coach Merle Hines. Wukusick (18:59) was 25th and Hasselbring (19:08) came in 29th.
Rounding out the seven runners for OA were Gabe Frey (40th) and Chris Nurrenberg (44th).
The Bulldogs were led by a trio of runners placing in the top 15.
Freshman Caleb Moster led coach Thomas Barnett’s crew with a sixth place finish and a time of 17:42. Two placed and 13 second behind was teammate Cole Nuhring. Connor Bell was 14th overall with a time of 18:15.
Calvin Lehman (19:25) and Trent Barnett (19:27) rounded out the scoring in 32nd and 33rd, respectively.
Other runners competing for the Bulldogs were Connor Lunsford and Garrett Yorn. Lunsford was 36th followed by Yorn in 54th.
East Central was led by Shay Roepke in 15th place with a time of 18:21. Other runners scoring for EC were Zachary Noble (20th), Sean Gish (24th), Alex Wedding (30th) and Alexander Pruitt (34th).
The top 10 individuals from non‐advancing teams and the first five qualifying teams from each sectional advance to Greensburg Regional.
South Dearborn Sectional Team Results South Dearborn 30 Oldenburg 77 Batesville 92 East Central 123 Greensburg 125 South Ripley 148 Rising Sun 162 North Decatur 207 South Decatur 240 Jac-Cen-Del 272 Milan 302 Top 5 Individuals Rector (SD) 16:42 Eckstein (OA) 17:01 Sander (SD) 17:24 Allen (SR) 17:34 Beach (SD) 17:41