Jeep girls reign; Flamion wins PAC crown

From Herald Staff Reports

There was a theme among the finishers in the top 10 of the Blue Chip Conference girls meet Saturday at Montgomery.

Northeast Dubois.

Northeast Dubois.

Northeast Dubois.


Over and over, Jeep runners filed across one after next, and the power at the head of the pack spurred the Jeeps to another league crown. Northeast Dubois (19 points) easily topped South Knox (44) and North Knox (85), which were the only other two squads to field a full team score.

Latesha Merkel (20:48) was the top Jeep in second place, sandwiched by individual winner Emily Schultheis of Barr-Reeve (20:41) and third-place Delaney McDowell of South Knox. After that, Jeep runners occupied every spot from fourth to 11th. Lauren Betz (fourth), Jessica Kahle (fifth), Aubrey Knies (sixth) and Rachel Breitwieser (seventh) formed a dense pack, finishing within six seconds of one other. Ashton Knies, Maddy Laux, Hannah Beckman and Kelli Reutman finished eighth through 11th, respectively, for the Jeeps.

In other girls cross country:

Pocket Athletic Conference Meet: At Southridge, Forest Park and the host Raiders grabbed the next two spots after first-place Gibson Southern (42); Forest Park (52) was runner-up with three runners in the top eight while Aubrey Main’s runner-up finish piloted Southridge (69) to third place.

Rounding out the field were Tell City (73), Pike Central (139) and North Posey (149) while Heritage Hills did not record a team score with just four runners.

Forest Park’s Amy Troesch was one of three runners to clear 21 minutes; the freshman finished third in 20:47. Sarah Pund (21:28) and Nicole Rahman (21:29) were back to back in seventh and eighth, respectively, for the Rangers while Sabrina Becher (16th), Emma Fraze (20th) and Gabby Hasenour (22nd) added to the Ranger cause.

Main crossed the finish in 20:45 for Southridge, behind only individual champion Maisie Lay of Gibson Southern. Casey Lamb earned fourth in 21:07 for the Raiders while Lauren Meyer (11th), Judith Ott (25th) and Emily Eckert (29th) were the next Raider runners.

Pocket Athletic Conference Meet: Once Cody Flamion latched onto a winning feeling, he kept a grip of it.


The Forest Park senior, who’d never won a meet individually until finishing first in the Jasper Invitational on Tuesday, scored an even bigger victory by surging to the top time in the PAC meet at Huntingburg. Finishing in 17:05 and pulling away from Gibson Southern’s Hayden Baehl by seven seconds, Flamion guided his Ranger team to third place. Tell City (39) edged Gibson Southern (47) for the league title, while the next three spots went to Forest Park (87), Heritage Hills (103) and Southridge (140).

North Posey (156), Pike Central (158) and Tecumseh (207) completed the field.

Forest Park’s Trey Dooley marched in close behind Flamion, finishing sixth in 17:31. Sean Verkamp (22nd) and Carson Haake (26th) were the next two Ranger finishers.

Pacing Southridge was its usual leader as Chase Bland (15th, 18:14) was the top Raider while Louis Dubon (18:49) snared 20th place and Jayden Montgomery was 30th for Southridge.

Heritage Hills bunched two runners in the top 10, as Logan Ayer (17:35) nabbed seventh place and Devon Merder crossed five seconds later in eighth while Dalton Selvidge added a 14th-place effort for the Pats.

Blue Chip Conference Meet: Northeast Dubois featured three runners in the top 11 though the Jeeps couldn’t catch the leaders as South Knox (25) pulled away to the championship with Barr-Reeve (39) second and Northeast Dubois (57) third. Loogootee (113) was the only other squad to file a full team score.

Luke Kerstiens (fifth, 17:22) and Justin Kahle (sixth, 17:25) fueled the Jeeps with their best finishes while Jace Kahle landed 11th, Takumi Mundy claimed 21st and Charles Recker seized 24th for Northeast Dubois.

Jarit Perkins of Barr-Reeve was the overall champ, finishing in 16:03 and 28 seconds better than any other runner.

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