The Switzerland County Pacer cross country teams endured a sloppy course at Eagle Creek Park in Nashville, Indiana, last Saturday when they competed in the IHSAA Cross Country Regional.
Pacer coach Adam Cole said that the regional course is notoriously muddy and the rain that fell on Saturday morning insured that the course held up to its reputation.
In spite of the rain, Switzerland County's top runner turned in outstanding performances, earning them the right to advance to this Saturday's Semistate meet, which will be run on the same course.
Lady Pacer Whitley Schirmer and Pacers Talen Taylor, and Braden Burk all advanced to the semistate as individuals.
In the girls Regional, the Lady Pacers had a strong performance as a team, beating two teams at the Regional level that they had finished behind in the Sectional - Madison and Southwestern.
Whitley Schirmer led the Lady Pacer charge at the Regional, finishing in a time of 19:32, earning her sixth place overall and a trip to the Semistate.
Robin Furnish also had a tremendous regional, finishing in 26th place overall in a time of 21:30. That effort was bittersweet, however, as she missed moving on to the semistate by only two places.
Other Switzerland County times included: Cameron Ray ran a time of 23:44; Melissa Furnish ran a time of 24:13; and Emily Campbell ran a time of 26:21.
In the boys race, Columbus North dominated the regional, finishing with a perfect score of 15. The top teams advancing to the semistate were: Martinsville, Seymour, Brownstown Central, and Columbus East .
Individually for Switzerland County, Talen Taylor finished 17th overall in a time of 17:11 and Braden Burk finished 25th overall in a time of 17:37 to both earn spots in the semistate.
Other Pacer runners included: Sean Oatman, who ran a time of 19:13; Jordan Lay ran a time of 20:09; Colton Penick ran a time of 20:49; Michael Scott ran a time of 22:14; and Cameron Papucci ran a time of 22:16.