Greensburg Cross Country at Sectional 10/9/21

Saturday morning the Greensburg Cross-Country teams traveled to Moores Hill Elementary for the IHSAA Sectional 23 hosted by South Dearborn.  The Batesville Bulldogs took three of the top 4 spots and claimed the boys’ team title.  Batesville’s Benjamin Moster won his second consecutive sectional race in a time of 16:33.  The Pirates placed 3rd out of the 12 teams competing and qualified for the Franklin Regional next weekend.  This is the seventh year in a row that Greensburg has qualified for the regional as a team.

Jake Hawkins was the top finishers for the Pirates.  Hawkins earned all-sectional honors for the second year in a row.  He was 6th place in 17:39.  Sawyer Sanders also finished in the top 20 and received all-sectional recognition for the fourth consecutive season.  Sanders finished 17th overall in 18:27.  Sophomore Cameron Schwartz had his best race of the season.  He broke the 19:00 barrier for the first time in 2021 running 18:55 for 24th place. 

Nate Murray was 25th in 19:07.  Freshman Paxton Harris continued his steady improvement throughout the 2021 season.  He lowered his personal best to 19:11 as he crossed the finish line in 28th.  TJ Gorman also ran a personal record Saturday morning at sectional.  Gorman earned 29th in 19:12.  Junior Bryant Merritt placed 42nd in 20:18.  The boys improved their record on the season to 34-23.

In the girls’ competition, the Batesville Bulldogs defended their sectional title with five runners in the top 10.  East Central’s Rachel Campbell was the individual champion in 19:33.  The Lady Pirates finished 3rd overall in the team standings and improved their season record to 43-14.  Greensburg qualified for the regional round for the 10th season in a row.  Senior Emily Mangels was the top runner for Greensburg.  Mangels placed 8th overall in 21:00 earning all-sectional recognition for the 4th time in her career. 

Tiffani Gramman placed 12th in the race in 21:40 and received all-sectional honors.  Sophomore Hannah Crowell used a strong finish to lower her personal best.  Crowell broke the 22:00 mark for the first time.  She was 15th place overall in 21:49.  That performance also earned Crowell all-sectional.  Tori Gauck came in 21st overall in a time of 22:35.  Sophomore Malana Kramer was 39th in 24:56 while teammate Ally Foster ran 25:10 for 42nd place.  The Pirates will race in the Franklin Regional next Saturday morning.  The boys’ race is scheduled to begin at 10:30 am.     

Troy Davis

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