9/12/2013 3:00:00 PM Pacer cross country teams off to a hot season start
The Switzerland County High School Pacer cross country teams traveled to Shelbyville, Kentucky on Saturday for the annual Shelby County Invitational Rocket Run.
The girls race and the boys race both had over 100 runners, with 18 teams competing in each event. The invitational was held at Shelby County High School, the course was challenging and hilly, and included strong competition, some who are nationally ranked runners and last years Kentucky state 1A and 2A champions.
The girls race began with a blazing start. The Lady Pacers held their own against some much larger schools and finished a strong sixth place.
Whitley Schirmer led the Lady Pacers, finishing fifth in a time of 20:55. Robin Furnish earned a top 15 spot by placing 14th in a time of 22:04.
They were followed by Cameron Ray, placing 26th in a time of 23:17; Melissa Furnish, placing 52nd in a time of 25:03; Anja Rotter placing 69th in a time of 27:02; Audrey Kinne was 71st in a time of 27:10; Emily Campbell was 78th in a time of 28:22; and Adeli Kinne finished 92nd in a time of 33:11.
The Lady Pacers had a team score 145, which earned them sixth place. The winning team was Mercy Academy from Louisville with a team score of 80.
The start of the boys race was exciting, with 110 runners bottle-necking into a tight turn about 200 yards from the start.
Braden Burk got out fast and maintained that pace throughout the race to finish fourth overall in a time of 17:00. Talen Taylor made his season debut with a strong performance coming in ninth with a time of 17:35.
The rest of the Pacer team also ran well. Sean Oatman finished 50th in a time of 20:16; followed by Colton Penick, who was 52nd overall in a time of 20:33. Cameron Papucci was 73rd in a time of 21:27; Corey Proffitt was 95th in a time of 23:26; Michael Scott was 96th in a time of 23:46; and Matt Oatman 105th in a time of 25:32.
The Pacers' team score of 153 earned them a fifth place team finish out of 12 scoring teams. The winning team was Butler High School from Louisville with a team score of 55.
"I really enjoy coming to these types of meets," head coach Adam Cole said. "It gives our kids the opportunity to see larger schools, and it is a little more stress free because we are running against schools that are not in our conference or sectional."
The Pacer cross country teams had their first home meet of the season on Wednesday, September 4th, and the hot afternoon didn't stop Switzerland County from having some strong performances.
The Pacers took on Rising Sun, Southwestern, and Carroll County.
The boys race saw Carroll County pull away with a victory with a score of 29; followed by Switzerland County with 47; Southwestern with 53; and Rising Sun did not have enough runners to record a team score.
The Pacers were led by Braden Burk in a time of 18:54; followed by Sean Oatman in a time of 21:42.
Colton Penick was the next Switzerland County runner in a time of 25:15; and he was followed by Corey Proffitt in a time of 25:20; Michael Scott in a time of 26:28; and Matt Oatman in a time of 28:25.
The girls, race wasn't any cooler, but it did end in a Pacer victory.
The Lady Pacers came in first with a team score of 28; followed by Southwestern with a score of 30; and Carroll with a score of 77. Rising Sun did not have enough runners to record a team score.
Whitley Schirmer was the overall winner of the race in a time of 21:49.
She was followed by Robin Furnish, who second on the team with a time of 23:58. Next was Cameron Ray in a time of 25:59; Emily Campbell in a time of 28:48; Anya Rotter in a time of 29:02; Melissa Furnish in a time of 29:27; Audrey Kinne in a time of 29:54; Adeli Kinne in a time of 36:55; Lisa Leoni in a time of 39:44; and Bea Navarro in a time of 39:45.
The Pacers will compete tonight (Thursday) at Hanover in the Pre-ORVC meet.