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Cougars get off to fast start

September 09, 2009
The North Harrison cross country team got off to a great start Thursday, Aug. 27, with the boys' team winning the Little Four Classic and the girls' squad finishing fourth.

The boys' team placed first with a score of 21 points, carrying a pack time of 1:28. The Little Four has been dominated by the Cougars in recent years, including a current streak of five consecutive wins and 10 of the last 17 years.

Senior harrier Tyler Byrne easily won the race with a time of 17:51. His teammates also ran well, with freshman Jonathan Reynolds finishing third with a time of 18:07, sophomore Ryan Foster taking fourth (18:19), sophomore Johnnie Guy taking fifth (18:30), sophomore Josh Guy finishing eighth (19:19) and senior Peter Book finishing 10th (19:34).

Also competing in the boys' race was sophomore Kyle Chesser (20th, 21:26), junior Wesley Wiseheart (24th, 21:59) and sophomore Aaron Lett (41st, 26:24).

The North Harrison girls' team finished fourth with a team score of 68 points.

The Lady Cats were paced by fourth-place finisher sophomore Tori Moberly with an overall time of 27:15. Teammates freshman Abbey Stone finished ninth with a time of 29:12, sophomore Sydney Taylor was 17th with a time of 30:34, and sophomore Olivia Davis took 19th with a time of 32:18. Also competing for the Lady Cats were sophomore Nisa Moss (24th, 34:29) and sophomore Alyssa McAfee (27th, 26:15).

For the Cougars, long-distance running has been a strong tradition, but the 2009 season has the potential to be the best in the school's history.

Byrne finished ninth at the state meet last year and will be another contender for the individual championship.

"Tyler Byrne is an awesome athlete with a bright future ahead of him," North Harrison cross country coach Jerry Love said. "It's kind of an understatement to say that Byrne is a great cross country runner and team leader. His accomplishments this season attest to his talent, work ethic and dedication to the sport of running and his team."

Byrne set three course records last year. He placed first in 10 consecutive events, including sectional, regional and semi-state, to start last season before finishing ninth at state.

"With each season, Tyler has taken his running to the next level," Love said. "It will be interesting to watch Tyler in his senior year as he progresses into one of the great Indiana harriers."

Strengthening the boys' team even more will be Jonathan Reynolds, who set the state junior high record in cross country last season. Ryan Foster also returns after a 19th-place finish at the state meet a year ago. Twins Johnnie and Josh Guy along with Peter Book make a strong top part of the team.

"The boys' team also has very high expectations for the post-season in the IHSAA cross country tournaments," Love said.

On the girls' side, they have a bright future, sending out five sophomores and one freshman. Leading the way will be Tori Moberly, who was All-Conference and a regional qualifier last year.

Moberly will be joined by Sydney Taylor, Olivia Davis, Alyssa McAfee, Nisa Moss and Abbey Stone.

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