MOORES HILL – For a second consecutive year, the Batesville Bulldogs dominated the podium next to the Moores Hill Elementary cross country course. This time, it meant another sweep of the South Dearborn sectional and advancement to this Saturday’s regional round at Franklin Community High School.
Oldenburg Academy also acquitted itself nicely, placing the Twister boys into the third team position and a chance to run another weekend. Senior Sarah Price, OA’s only girl in the race, qualified for regionals as an individual.
In a change from an unusually hot autumn, Saturday’s (Oct. 12) conditions were sunny but considerably cooler (37 degrees, wind) as the boys answered the starting gun at 9:30 sharp.
“This did not slow down the Bulldogs,” stated head coach Lisa Gausman, as her boys finished with an incredibly low 20 points, led by sophomore Ean Loichinger’s personal-best run of 16:09 to defend his 2018 sectional title.
“We had a goal and were not going to let a little bit of weather ruin it,” she continued. “Both the boys and the girls defended their sectional titles, winning by quite a gap. Congratulations on an awesome start to tournament season.”
The Lady Bulldogs saw sophomore Lily Pinckley race to runner-up while tying Sarah Poltrack’s school record (19:10). Five other girls were All-Sectional, as BHS won with 35 points. Greensburg was runner-up on both sides, the Pirate boys gaining 58 points and the Lady Pirates 53; Brenner Hanna raced to the win in the girls race, far ahead of the field at 18:27.
The Twisters totaled 80 points, Tyler Kuntz placing third (16:31) behind BHS’ Adam Moster (16:16-p. best). East Central will also send both teams to the regional, the boys fourth with 98 points and the ladies fifth with 126. Jac-Cen-Del’s boys and South Ripley’s girls were among other teams moving on.
A dozen Bulldogs made the all-tournament team and five of the BHS boys filled the top 8 slots in their respective race.
Freshman Ava Hanson was third overall (19:42). Joshua Myers (16:46) and Benjamin Moster were 4th and 5th for the boys (16:52-p.best). Maria Lopez (20:19) and Daren Smith (17:21) ran career bests, leading to 7th and 8th, respectively.
Trysta Vierling took 11th (20:59) with Madison Rahschulte right behind her in 12th (21:01). Dillon Murray placed 15th (17:56). Sophie Myers rounded out the BHS awards with a 16th-place finish (21:20). Senior Liz Loichinger, after missing a month to injury, rallied to place 25th (22:22). Senior Luke Esser was 34th (19:03).
OA senior Dylan Fledderman took the 6th spot (16:54) and classmate Aaron Weber just missed the top 10 (11th; 17:44). Peter Heile was 24th (18:35), Carson Wolber 36th (19:07) and Carter Walsman 39th (19:10). Price was 31st, running at 23:20.
The regional competition begins Saturday, with the boys racing at 10 a.m. Runners will be vying for semistate berths on Oct. 26 in Shelbyville.