The top runners for the Brown County boys cross-country team kept up with some of the top runners from Columbus North in Saturday’s Brown County Sectional at Eagle Park.
In the end, the ninth-ranked Bull Dogs claimed the team title. The Eagles placed fourth as a team with 125 points to advance to the Brown County Regional Saturday, Oct. 15.
North, which scored 32 points, was followed by Seymour (87) and Columbus East (100). Nick Yeend of Southwestern (Shelby) claimed the individual title with a time of 15 minutes, 58 seconds for 5,000 meters (3.1 miles).
Wyatt Wyman led Brown County by placing fifth in 16:21.
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“I ran pretty well. I got my best time ever which is always good,” Wyman said. “I just tried to stay with Columbus North’s top runners, and it worked out for me.”
Job Lawson finished ninth (16:47) for the Eagles. Jackson McPheeters placed 32nd (17:52), Nathan Kilburn 33rd (17:53), Jordan Samples 49th (19:02), Tim Kilburn 61st (19:56) and Michael Southerland 69th (21:34).
In the girls race, sixth-ranked North claimed the team title with 21 points. Seymour took second with a 42, and East was third with 121. North’s Rachel Brougher won the race in 18:24.
Brown County finished ninth with 237, but saw two girls advance to the regional as individuals by being among the top 10 on a non-advancing team. Haley Abraham took 29th in 22:05, and Mica Selby was 39th in 22:51.
“It went really well,” Abraham said. “It was the best race I had since freshman year. I went out fast and just held on.”
Rounding out the field for Brown County were Maris Wyman, who finished 52nd (24:03), Molly Austin 56th (24:40) and Coralynne Robinson 66th (26:46).
“Our girls did extremely well after looking back on everything,” Brown County Coach Rob Abraham said. “We had PRs across the board. (Selby) is just learning how to run and has only done three or four races. She is still learning and making it to regional just shows how good of an athlete she is.”