SHELBYVILLE – In what could almost be labeled a monsoon, Shelbyville’s cross country semistate Oct. 26 at Blue River Memorial Park was the final proving ground for runners hoping to advance one more weekend to the state finals in Terre Haute.
When final results were posted, it revealed two Batesville Bulldogs had punched their state tickets.
Senior Adam Moster and sophomore Lily Pinckley paced their respective teams, each moving on thanks to a top-10 finish among those individuals not part of a state-qualifying team.
Moster was 20th overall in a time of 16:11.9, finishing ahead of two others for that coveted top-10 spot. Although Pinckley earned the last of the 10 positions after racing through in 19:13.9 (23rd overall), she was four seconds ahead of the next finisher and six in front of the next eligible racer.
As team standings went, the Bulldog girls were 11th out of 20 with 288 points, 19 points ahead of Avon. Zionsville’s girls won with 86, followed by Carmel’s 95.
Batesville’s boys ranked 12th among 20 schools, compiling 281 points to edge Ben Davis by two. Carmel’s boys were well ahead of the field with 89 markers.
Senior Joshua Myers was 43rd in the boys race (16:37), pursued closely by sophomore Ean Loichinger in 50th (16:40).
Oldenburg Academy junior Tyler Kuntz finished in 69th (16:54) while teammate Dylan Fledderman, a senior, took 102nd (17:14).
Next in line for the Lady Bulldogs was freshman Ava Hanson, who placed 70th in a time of 20:28. Sophomore Maria Lopez was 80th (20:44).
Benjamin Moster, a sophomore, finished his race in 94th (17:12). Fellow sophomore Daren Smith came in 157th (18:14) while juniors Dillon Murray and Nathan Villani were 164th (18:23) and 167th (18:39), respectively.
Senior Liz Loichinger was No. 100 across the finish line (20:59), followed by a pair of freshmen in Madison Rahschulte (111th; 21:20.5) and Sophie Myers (113th; 21:21, as well as junior Trysta Vierling (114th; 21:21.5).
Greensburg’s Brenner Hanna returns to the state race after taking 6th (18:38.4). Teammates Emily Mangels (71st), Liz Pavy (109th), Olivia Colson (167th), Sophie Nobbe (168th), Mollie Pumphrey (174th) and Emma Wilmer (180th) supported Hanna. Hunter Butz and Andrew Johnson were 144th (17:55) and 154th (18:10), respectively, for the Pirate boys.
Other area notables include (girls) Lauren Kelley (79th; 20:44) and Katelyn Meyer (161st; 22:37) of Franklin County, South Ripley’s Lanie Nicholson (101st; 20:59), Lawrenceburg’s Hannah Morgan (124th; 21:34), Emilee Wedding (133rd; 21:48) and Rachel Campbell (141st; 21:55) of East Central, South Dearborn’s Rachel Rohe (155th; 22:23) and Connersville’s Tylissa Beckner (88th; 20:51); (boys) EC’s Michael Schwabach (150th; 18:04), Jac-Cen-Del’s Damon Hughes (152nd; 18:05) and Kyle Stanley (123rd; 17:27) and Cole Dixon (141st; 17:54) of Rushville.
The cross country state finals are held at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course, Wabash Valley Sports Center (599 S. Tabertown Rd., T. Haute) on Nov. 2. The boys race at 1 p.m., the girls at 1:45. Admission is $10.