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Cougars, Scottsburg win Little Four meet

September 01, 2010
The 2010 cross country season officially began Thursday afternoon with the Little Four meet at Hayswood Nature Reserve west of Corydon, with the North Harrison Cougars and Scottsburg Lady Warriors coming out as winners in the team competitions.

Scottsburg's Bridgett Elliott and Corydon Central's Brianna Norris paced each other step for step through the majority of the girls' race. With a quarter mile to go, Elliott pulled ahead of Norris with a bigger kick. going on to win in a time of 22 minutes, 45 seconds for the 5,000 meters. Paoli's Kelsey Smith finished third, with Crawford County's Carolyn Pellman and Corydon Central's Janae Smith rounding out the top five.

North Harrison’s Jonathan Reynolds and Johnnie Guy finish 1-2 at the Little Four at Hayswood Nature Reserve west of Corydon Thursday to lead the Cougars to the boys’ team win. The Cougars put five runners in the top 10. Photo by Wade Bell
"I'm not much of a sprinter, but she was, and I'm OK with second," Norris, a freshman, said. "It was nice to talk with her during the race sometimes because that kind of calms me down when I talk to someone. I get really stressed out sometimes. If I'm no-where near anyone, I'll just start spazzing out or something. So, it calms me down a lot to talk to someone."

Norris said she was confident coming into the race and was comfortable running in the lead group.

"I was pretty fast during my junior high year, so I guess you could say I'm used to being up in the top 10s and 20s," she said. "It's pretty cool to be a freshman at my speed. As I grow a lot more and I get better endurance and more experience, I'll improve a lot more."

Pellman is also a golfer for the Lady Pack during the fall sports season. She said she has had little time to get training runs in and wasn't sure what her outcome would be.

"I was pretty nervous because I haven't really been training because I go to golf over cross country," she said. "We've had golf matches since last Tuesday every day, so I haven't ran in like a week and a half till yesterday."

"I ran before school started," she said. "I ran through July, but since golf started, I've kind of done golf before because our matches don't get over till later and I haven't been training that much. Golf ends early in mid-September, so then I'm really going to pick it up before sectional."

Pellman said the course conditions were not the best.

"The terrain was awful," she said. "All the footing for the first mile and a half, the footing was awful and you'd roll your ankle. Our team practiced here two days ago, and it was really awful then. Since then, they rolled it, so it was a little better, but the ground was just hard and not good."

The Cougars of North Harrison dominated the boys' race from beginning to end. Jonathan Reynolds, Johnnie Guy, Ryan Foster, Logan Wells, Josh Guy and Kyle Chesser went out front early along with Crawford County's Chase Broughton, Scottsburg's Logan Wells and Corydon Central's Luke Burch.

Reynolds and Johnnie Guy broke away from the front field in the last half of the race, with Reynolds getting a one-second win over Guy. Foster finished third, with Broughton fourth and Scottsburg's Wells fifth to break up North Harrison's first five to keep the Cougars from getting a perfect score of 15.

"We're feeling great about this season," Reynolds said. "Summer went good, so we're looking forward to the rest of the season."

Reynolds said being able to run in a pack will be crucial to how the Cougars perform during the season.

"It's huge, especially when you get in the big races," he said. "It's even more important because to win a race you don't have to have the top three spots. The pack is what matters, get everybody as close as you can. Our pack time is going to be more of an advantage for us (as) opposed to last year."

Broughton, a junior, said staying with the North Harrison runners was key to his finish, and he hopes to do the same during the season when Crawford County and the Cougars are running the same meet.

"It was pretty big," he said. "If they get too far ahead of me, I get kind of discouraged. I knew I wouldn't run as good. I'm going to try to (run with them) the best I can."

Broughton said he was surprised to finish fourth.

"I wasn't really expecting that," he said. "I've been working hard in practice; the whole team has. We're wanting to get out of sectional, so it makes us run pretty hard. … It makes me want to work harder and try to get up there with the first three."

Boys' Scores - North Harrison 17, Corydon Central 58, Crawford County 69, Paoli 88, Scottsburg-No team score

Boys' Results - 1. Jonathan Reynolds (NH) 16:23, 2. Johnnie Guy (NH) 16:24, 3. Ryan Foster (NH) 16:56, 4. Chase Broughton (CC) 17:08, 5. Logan Wells (S) 17:13, 6. Josh Guy (NH) 17:23, 7. Kyle Chesser (NH) 17:24, 8. Luke Burch (Co) 17:34, 9. Cheyenne Smith (Co) 17:36, 10. Levi Taylor (CC) 17:40

Girls' Scores - Scottsburg 29, Corydon Central 52, Paoli 62, North Harrison 75, Crawford County-No team score

Girls' Results - 1. Bridgett Elliott (S) 22:45, 2. Brianna Norris (Co) 22:51, 3. Kelsey Smith (P) 24:02, 4. Carolyn Pellman (CC) 24:21, 5. Janae Smith (Co) 25:32, 6. Dominque Dobson (S) 25:51, 7. Kacy Brennaman (S) 25:53, 8. Olivia Wiseman (S) 25:54, 9. Haley Love (S) 25:55, 10. Kelsie Collins (S) 26:05

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