Raider girls reign; Jasper doubles up on road wins

From Herald Staff Reports

A rival runner was by herself out front, but Southridge’s pack mentality earned the Raider girls cross country team a commanding victory on its home turf Tuesday afternoon.

With 17 points, the Raiders easiley scooted past Pike Central (42) and both Heritage Hills and Springs Valley, which did not register team scores. While Patriot junior Sienna Crews (21:45) hit the finish line first, Southridge populated the top 10 with five runners. Aubrey Main (22:30) placed second, Lauren Meyer was 15 seconds behind in third, and Casey Lamb (23:21) secured fifth.


Sidney Eckert (eighth) and Emily Eckert (10th) bolstered Southridge’s finish, while Stephanie Schaeffer (sixth) and Nikki Welch (ninth) were next in line for Heritage Hills.

The Patriots skipped town with first place in the boys meet, as Devon Merder (18:28), Dalton Selvidge (19:13) and Logan Ayer (19:14) cornered the top three spots. Chase Bland (fourth) and Louis Dubon (ninth) guided Southridge (44), which was runner-up to the Patriots (17).

In other cross country:

Paoli triangular: Jasper took home his-and-hers victories from Orange County, with the boys (26) sneaking past Northeast Dubois (32) and Rams (81); the Wildcat girls (19) eased by the Jeeps (36) and Paoli (91).

The Jeeps’ Latesha Merkel finished third, surrounded by two Jasper runners ahead and behind. Hannah Welsh won in 21:09, Tara Cassidy was second and Noelle Weyer and Sydney Berger were fourth and fifth, respectively. Grace Mehringer secured seventh place for Jasper, while the Jeeps spread four runners throughout the rest of the top 10: Lauren Betz (sixth), Rachel Breitwieser (eighth), Aubrey Knies (ninth) and Maddie Laux (10th).

K. Knies

Northeast Dubois boasted two of the top three finishers in the boys meet in winner Luke Kerstiens (18:41) and third-place Justin Kahle (18:58), though Jasper reigned with its depth. Kyle Knies was 11 second behind Kerstiens in second place, Chris Brake, Donald Bough and Caleb Dosch crossed fourth through sixth, and Nolan Kiefer (ninth) and Noah Mehringer (10th) completed the top 10.

Jace Kahle (seventh) and Takumi Mundy (eighth) finished within four seconds of each other for the Jeeps.

Kentucky-Indiana Border Clash: Forest Park competed at Owensboro in a mega-invitational featuring 26 boys squads, 24 girls teams and nearly 600 runners from both sides of the Ohio River.

Trey Dooley (23rd, 17:37) and Sean Verkamp (73rd, 19:11) steered the Ranger boys in their 20th-place effort. Forest Park’s girls were sixth, with Amy Troesch (28th), Nicole Rahman (30th), Sarah Pund (43rd) and Emma Fraze (45th) showing the way.

Kentucky squads claimed both team titles, with Daviess County prevailing in the boys meet and Bowling Green taking the girls crown.

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