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Waldron boys, Southwestern girls capture Shelby County Cross Country titles

With four freshmen in the lineup, Waldron captured the Shelby County Cross Country Championships boys title Thursday at Blue River Memorial Park in Shelbyville.

Waldron freshman Will Larrison won the race in 19 minutes, 18 seconds. Fellow freshmen Jared Crosby (4th, 19:51), Nathaniel Evans (9th, 21:34) and Skylar Ferguson (12th, 21:53) finished in the top 15.

Waldron senior Caden Shaeffer finished 6th in 20:14 and junior Ethan Richardson was 11th in 21:48 to net the Mohawks 27 points.

Southwestern was runner-up (35), Triton Central was third (63) while Morristown did not field enough runners for a team score.

Morristown’s Zavier Poole was the runner-up in 19:35. Also for Morristown, T.J. Butcher was 16th in 23:38 and Brayden Burris was 19th in 26:59.

Southwestern’s Dane Kissell finished third (19:48). Also running for Southwestern were Dakota Claiborne (5th, 19:54), Ryan Griffin (8th, 21:21), Collin Cummings (10th, 21:43) and Elias Clark (14th, 22:30).

Triton Central was led by Owen Sprinkle’s 7th-place finish (21:09). Completing TC’s roster were Hank Hadler (13th, 22:15), Lucas Bear (15th, 23:07), Elizijuh Israel (17th, 25:06), Corbin Maurice (18th, 26:37) and Giorgi Gogichashvili (20th, 27:41).

Southwestern (photo) edged Waldron for the girls county championship. The Spartans’ 24 points topped the Mohawks’ 31 points. Morristown and Triton Central were incomplete.

Three of the top four finishers Thursday were Spartans. Lilly Rooks won the race in 24:02. Gracie Schlabach was runner-up in 24:17 while Jenna Drake placed fourth (24:43).

Southwestern’s scoring was completed by Malori Pike (8th, 28:01) and Maxine Higdon (11th, 32:17).

Waldron’s Cheyenne Lozier was third in 24:35. Also for Waldron, Sophie Hudnall finished 5th (25:40), Audrey Hogg was 6th (26:09), Riley Price placed 9th (28:12) and Hallie Ross was 10th (29:31).

Morristown’s Grace McLaughlin finished 7th (27:02) and Triton Central’s Brooke Bear was 12th (36:13).



Morristown Junior High’s girls cross country team (photo) continued its dominant season with an easy win Thursday. The top four finishers were Yellow Jackets.

Taylor Tragesser was first in 11:53 followed by Chloe Tragesser (12:07), Clara Wallace (13:19) and Brooke Kuhn (13:23). Morristown’s scoring was completed by Chloe Theobald’s 9th-place finish (13:51). Hayden Mohr finished 13th (14:55).

Triton Central was second in the team standings. Samantha Fladeland placed fifth (13:29) ahead of Ariel Walker (8th, 13:45), Ava Bedwell (10th, 14:15), Jocelyn Oertel (11th, 14:20), Rylee Pruitt (12th, 14:29), Brynne Aukerman (14th, 14:59) and Farah Coen (17th, 16:52).

Waldron finished third with Claire Larrison (6th, 13:34), Grace Fischer (7th, 13:41), Avery Haehl (15th, 15:52), Brooklyn Milbourn (18th, 17:10), Jessica Price (19th, 17:13), Abby Crouch (21st, 20:52) and Kendal Berauer (22nd, 21:01).

Southwestern was represented by Adalyn Brewer (16th, 16:13) and Sienna Shaw (20th, 18:31).

Triton Central had four of the top eight finishers to win the boys team title. Liam Thompson won the race in 11:16. Janssen Capps was 5th (12:18), Jayden Franklin finished 7th (13:27) and Reid Oertel was 8th (13:52).

Also running for Triton Central were Lucas Graham (12th, 15:20), Rowen Foley (14th, 15:40) and Harry Watson (16th, 16:26).

Waldron was the only other school to field a team. Ethan Hirschauer finished 4th (12:16). He was followed by Jacob Kuhn (9th, 14:14), Caige Sheaffer (11th, 14:42), Kevin Crouch (15th, 16:05), Wyatt Bogemann (17th, 17:33) and Lucas Price (18th, 17:42).

Morristown’s Max Compton was the race runner-up in 12:10.

For Southwestern, Chris Claiborne was 3rd (12:15), Jackson Bentz was 6th (12:28), Ryan Wildman was 10th (14:27) and Aiden Mitchell was 13th (15:36).