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Byrne wins semi-state, NH, FC boys' advance

October 29, 2008
North Harrison's Tyler Byrne continued his roll through the 2008 cross country season Saturday by winning the Brown County Semi-State Cross Country Meet. Meanwhile, in the team standings, Floyd Central qualified for the Terre Haute State Meet with a third-place finish, and the Cougars picked up the last qualifying spot, finishing sixth overall.

Byrne finished the 5K course in a time of 15 minutes, 50.1 seconds. That time seeds the North Harrison junior 19th of the four semi-states run Saturday. Futsum Zeinzsellassie, of North Central, will be the top seed with a time of 15 minutes, 16.55 seconds from the New Haven Semi-State.

Floyd Central put three runners in the top 25 to earn the third-place position with a total of 131 points. Justin Hodge was 13th and Sam Mires was 19th, with Daniel Huhnerkoch 22nd. Other team members included Garrett Blackman (31st), Corey Portwood (98th), Mitch Montoux (124th) and Jessee Hamilton (132nd).

New Albany (142 points) finished fourth as a team, and Perry Central (178 points) made the cut with a fifth-place finish, with Michael Ernst finishing 30th and Jake Schwartz 37th. Josh Genet, of Northeast Dubois, also qualified with an eighth-place finish.

Besides Byrne's top finish, the Cougars' Ryan Foster finished 32nd and Chris Foster was 62nd. Johnnie Guy finished 64th, with Matt Bruce 95th, Peter Book 105th and Josh Guy 122nd.

The state meet will be run Saturday at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, with the girls' running at 1 p.m. and the boys running at approximately 1:45.

Boys' Team Scoring (Top Six To State)-Terre Haute North 49, Bloomington South 107, Floyd Central 131, New Albany 142, Perry Central 178, North Harrison 188, Martinsville 207, Bloomington North 210, Silver Creek 240, Seymour 248, Edgewood 279, Castle 287, Evansville Mater Dei 338, Bedford North Lawrence 345, Heritage Hills 397, Switzerland County 414, Signature 433, Jennings County 438, Evansville North 438, Barr-Reeve 494

Boys' Results (Top 15 to State) - 1. Tyler Byrne North Harrison 15:50.1, 2. John Mascari Terre Haute North 15:55.3, 3. Joe Holahan Bloomington South 16:01.5, 4. Andrew Buzzelli Bloomington North 16:02.9, 5. Drew Gambill Shakamak 16:10.5, 6. Michael Callison North Davies 16:13.9, 7. Brandon Query Terre Haute North 16:14.8, 8. Josh Genet Northeast Dubois 16:16.0, 9. Brendan Chwalek Silver Creek 16:18.0, 10. Oliver Book Providence 16:18.9, 11. Jace Lowry Martinsville 16:22.7, 12. Billy Wink Clarksville 16:23.2, 13. Justin Hodge Floyd Central 16:24.3, 14. Connor Strain Northview 16:24.7,

15. Justin Chen Bloomington South 16:30.2

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