Three Tigers qualify for regionals

AUSTIN — Kaylyn Holman, Ella Plasse and Dirk Crater will represent Crothersville in this Saturday’s Columbus Regional cross-country race as a result of their performances in the Austin Sectional at Hardy Lake this past Saturday.

This will be Holman’s fourth straight trip to the regional, the second trip for Plasse and the first time for Crater, who is a freshman.

Holman placed sixth in the girls’ race at 21:13.1, Plasse was 14th at 22:39.7, and Crater was 30th in the boy’s race with a time of 19:48.3.

Tigers head coach Carl Bowman said he was proud of all three runners.

He said he had a good feeling that Holman and Plasse could advance, especially after conference.

“Those senior girls have had a good last couple weeks,” Bowman said. “Ella’s had a really good time the last couple weeks.”

Plasse said she thought her start was all right.

“I never start super strong,” Plasse said. “I pass people as I go rather than have a start strong. I try to keep it pretty steady and still have enough left for a kick at the end. With this downhill at the end it’s kind of nice to help get your kick going. All the other hills are definitely pretty rough. The last half-mile is when you want to pick it up.”

Plasse said she qualified for the regional with her team her freshman year.

“This is my first time going individually and I’m super pumped. Definitely, starting this season I really wanted to make it this year. I’m really proud of myself for being able to do it,” Plasse said. “I’ve practiced at Ceraland (the regional course). It’s a very flat course so I think a lot of people do pretty well on it from what I remember. I’m hoping for a PR, or at least get under 22. I got a new PR at conference last week. It was 21:30.”

Holman said she hasn’t been feeling well coming into the sectional.

“It was a really bad race for me today,” Holman said. “I wasn’t feeling it. I’m not feeling the greatest right now. I just couldn’t really keep up with the race. I was wore down, tired and I couldn’t really breathe.”

She is looking to bounce back this week.

“I think this week is going to be a really good training week,” she said. “I’m going to hopefully beat everyone here next week so I can qualify for semi state. Hopefully I can get a really good time at the regional. Ceraland is one of my favorite courses. It’s super flat, so much easier than Hardy. That’s definitely a PR course.”

Charlestown won the girl’s’ race with 66 points with Switzerland County second with 79. Jennings County, Austin and Silver Creek were the other qualifying teams.

Freshman Claire Rogers of Switzerland County was the individual winner in 20:10.7.

In the boys race, Austin was first with 24 points and Jennings County was second with 31. Madison, Southwestern (Hanover) and Switzerland also qualified for the regional.

Austin freshman Carlos Mata placed first at 16:54.7.

For the Crothersville freshman, Crater was happy to get out.

“All I was coming in here for was to get top 10 individually and make it on to next week,” Crater said. “My time is a two-minute PR on this course. Sub-20 is a real good time for me, at least on this course. It’s muddy, it’s hilly, it’s slippery at times. There are rocks. You could hurt your ankle anywhere on that course. I would usually kick it on the hills so I could get them over with and come back to normal because I didn’t want to drop time on those hills. That’s where you can lose a lot of time.”

Crater knows qualifying for semi-state next week might be a tough task, but he is optimistic about hitting a time goal.

“I don’t think I can make semi-state but sub 19 is my goal,” Crater said. “This is the second time I’ve broken 20.”

This is the second year in a row that a Crothersville freshman boy has qualified for the regional as Elijah Plasse advanced a year ago.

“(Crater) had about what he wanted his time to be,” Bowman said. “We thought he had a shot once they took off. Most of the guys ahead of him belonged to a (qualifying) team. He ended up as the eighth individual so that worked out real well for us. Dirk’s time has been dropping. It was iffy for him, but a strong possibility.

“I’m really pleased to be taking three back again. Now we’ll see what happens up at Columbus.”