Shelbyville and Waldron cross country runners got their first look at their sectional course Saturday while competing in the Franklin Invitational held at Franklin Community High School.
The Golden Bears finished 16th in the boys team standings – two spots back of Waldron – while both programs did not field enough runners for a team score in the girls race.
Leading Shelbyville in the girls race was Hannah Wright (photo, right), who finished 44th overall out of 192 runners with a personal-best time of 22 minutes, 16 seconds.
Angel Kreider followed in 77th with a personal-best time of 23:28.
Competing in their first 5k races, freshmen Aerin Garcia-Santiago and Cora Flynn clocked times of 27:22 and 27:27, respectively.
Competing for Waldron were Sophie Hudnall (131st in 25:41) and Riley Price (151st in 27:33).
Will Larrison scored a top-40 finish in the boys race. The Waldron sophomore placed 35th in 18:05. He was followed across the finish line by Jared Crosby (52nd, 18:31), Nathaniel Evans (173rd, 21:28), Ethan Richardson (214th, 23:00) and Kyle Lacy (216th, 23:16).
Shelbyville’s top finisher was Beau Kenkel (48th, 18:21) (photo).
Also competing for Shelbyville were Logan Reinhart (100th, 19:44), Ben Hinojosa (166th, 21:16), Christian Powell (211th, 22:49), Gavin Harker (212th, personal-best 22:51), Gaige Harker (225th, personal-best 23:42), Isaac Zermeno (234th, 24:46) and Ayden Holmes (238th, 25:41).
In prep events Friday:
Rushville 189, Morristown 244
At Blue Bear Golf Course in Shelbyville, the host Yellow Jackets posted a season-best score but could not overcome the Lions.
Ashlee Ballinger led Morristown with a season-best score of 50. Also competing for the Yellow Jackets were Clara Hale (63), Mollie Runnebohm (64) and Oakleigh Goedde (67).
Morristown hosts the Mt. Vernon junior varsity squad today at Blue Bear.
Southwestern def. Morristown, 25-16, 19-25, 25-21, 25-20
At Southwestern, Madison Espich led the visiting Yellow Jackets with 11 kills and 12 digs in their second Mid-Hoosier Conference match of the season.
Kindall Dorsey collected six kills, four aces and 16 digs for Morristown. Maycee Cole had four blocks and Raegan Kleine finished with 11 assists.
The host Spartans improved to 4-6 this season.
Southwestern won the junior varsity contest 25-9, 25-18.
In other prep events Saturday:
Morristown 3, Wapahani 0
At Wapahani, the visiting Yellow Jackets improved to 4-1-1 this season with a shutout victory over the Raiders (2-3).
Matthew Carlton, Kade Rogers and Caydon Coombs scored goals for Morristown.
Dyllan Rutledge collected the shutout in goal.
Morristown hosts Class A, No. 11 Southwestern (1-1) today.
Delta 4, Shelbyville 1
Shelbyville’s No. 2 doubles pairing of Karson Schaf and Reece Prickett improved to 5-0 this season with a 4-6, 7-6 (6), 11-9 victory over Isaac Anderson and Jake Bilby.
Delta swept the singles matches and Riley Bratton and Colin McGrady defeated Shelbyville’s Aiden Smith and Caden Claxton at No. 1 doubles, 6-4, 6-3.
At No. 1 singles, Dalton Royal topped Aidan Asher, 6-0, 6-0. Owen Vest defeated Caden Tackett, 7-6 (4), 6-0. And Kody Vest bested Logan Prickett, 6-3, 6-2.
Shelbyville (3-3, 1-1 Hoosier Heritage Conference) travels today to Waldron (2-2).
Franklin Central 4, Triton Central 1
At the Franklin Central Invitational, the host Flashes pinned the first loss on Triton Central this season.
The Tigers’ only win came at No. 1 singles where Tucker Hutchinson defeated Hayden Hege, 7-6 (4), 7-5.
Avram Rund lost in three sets at No. 2 singles to Brendan Engle, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.
Ryan Mueller topped Cole Thomas at No. 3 singles, 6-0, 6-3.
Griffin Sego and Ben Toth suffered their first loss of the year at No. 1 doubles, 6-2, 6-1, to Landon Carlisle and Aaron Mahoney.
Oliver Gearlds and Connor Evans also tasted defeat for the first time at No. 2 doubles, 6-0, 6-1 to Ethan Jackson and Chase Rigler.
Franklin Central defeated Triton Central, 4-1, in the junior varsity contest. TC’s only win came from the No. 2 doubles pairing of Caleb McGuire and Janssen Capps.
Plainfield 5, Triton Central 0
Triton Central finished the Franklin Central Invitational with a loss to the 26th-ranked Quakers.
Plainfield lost a total of four games in sweeping the Tigers (5-2). The Quakers also won the JV match 5-0.
Triton Central returns to action Tuesday at Brown County.
Rising Sun def. Morristown, 26-24, 25-27, 23-25, 25-22, 17-15
At Morristown, Jenna Peelman, Hillary Lambert and Ryan Works each had 10 kills to lead the Shiners (4-2) to a hard-fought, five-set victory over the Yellow Jackets (2-6).
Baylee Morris had 22 digs and 23 assists for the Shiners.
Danika Rutledge led Morristown with 14 kills. Espich followed with 10.
Espich and Kleine each had five aces while Kleine collected 24 assists.
Dorsey finished with a team-high 22 digs.
Indian Creek Invitational
Waldron scored victories over Greencastle (25-14, 27-29, 15-7) and South Ripley (25-15, 25-17) before falling to the host Braves in the championship match, 25-12, 25-19.
Caroline Gooch and Keirsten Clark led Greencastle (1-7) with five kills each.
Katelynn Samples topped South Ripley (6-3) with six kills. Lydia Cornett added nine digs.
Faith Wiseman led Indian Creek (6-3) with nine kills. Adriana Williams finished with a team-high nine digs and Grayson Burkett notched 11 assists.
Waldron (4-3) hosts Triton Central Tuesday.
Runners from Morristown and Triton Central competed in the Rushville Classic.
Morristown’s Grace McLaughlin secured the top finishing position from either squad. She crossed the finish line 34th (25:37) in the Division I race for small schools.
In the boys Division I race, Morristown’s Max Compton placed 44th in 20:10; Triton Central’s Liam Thompson finished 65th (21:10); TC’s Hank Hadler was 97th (22:59); Morristown’s Drake Hibst was 104th (23:29); and TC’s Nick Straber was 108th (23:58).
Steve Bush photos