Braves girls defy expectations; boys finish 6th



The times can’t stop dropping for the Brownstown Central girls cross-country team.

The Braves girls smashed a number of personal records en route to a runner-up finish at Saturday’s Mid-Southern Conference meet.

Five runners finished between the 11th and 23rd places for MSC honorable mention while one made All-MSC in the top-10.

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Corydon Central earned the trophy of the nine complete teams with 38 points while the Braves scored 73 and Silver Creek rounded-out the top-three with 100.

North Harrison’s Sadie Rothrock was the individual winner in 20:32.

BCHS sophomore Kaelyn Johnson led the squad with a fourth place finish in 21:10.

Johnson dropped 20 seconds off her personal record on Silver Creek’s course.

Freshman Emma Winks cut almost 30 seconds off her previous best time, finishing in 22:21 for 14th.

The biggest improvement for Brownstown went to freshman Kylee Wischmeier, whose time of 22:29 (16th) was about a minute faster than any other race this season.

A pack of Braves crossed the finish line in succession.

Sophomore Destiny Satterthwaite claimed 19th in 22:47, freshman Grace Garland ran a personal-best of 22:53 and sophomore Shana Drake was 21st in 22:55.

“I told a couple of them to run together,” Braves coach Maria Conklin said. “Some of the freshmen don’t know how to rally pace yet. We ran really well together.”

Senior Alexis Koch timed 23:16 for 24th — just missing the honorable mention cut.

“We had a really great race today,” Conklin said. “Corydon has beaten us all season so we knew it was going to be close with them.

“They’ve trained really hard. They bought-in to working hard in the beginning of the season and pushing in the middle. We’re going to run well when it counts. They’re all dropping times and we’re excited.”

Boys compete in stacked race

Brownstown’s boys went up against a handful of teams that will likely advance to semistate in 2016.

The top-27 individual places all clocked under 18 minutes with the top-nine running below 17.

Silver Creek held home course by edging Austin 43-49, led by the top individual finish by Cameron Stephens in 16:17.

North Harrison completed the top-three teams with 75.

The Braves placed sixth in the nine full-team field with 181 points.

Returning from injury, senior Harlan Deaton led the Braves by running a 18:98 for 28th.

Brownstown junior Jeremy Pitts ran a personal-best of 18:41 for 35th and freshman Trey Hackman recorded a new personal-low of 18:50 for 37th.

Senior Cameron Lee was 41st in 19:12, junior Ethan Carroll’s personal record of 19:13 was 32nd and Aaron Kruse claimed 52nd in 20:21.

Braves coach Derrick Koch was pleased with the three runners with personal improvements.

“They worked really hard today and like where they’re going,” Koch said. “We need to have our No. 1 and No. 2 running a little harder and pushing up further. The mile time was extremely fast today because the competition was so intense.

“I kind of expected to be sixth coming in to (Saturday). Our conference is very strong. I’m really more excited about the (personal records) today.”

Koch said that the MSC prepares the group well for next week’s sectional at Eagle Park in Nashville.

“I like this conference because it gives us a good look at the competition we will have (at sectional),” he said. “It springs us into next week.”

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