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NH, Floyd win Cougar Classic

Pease, Guy win individually

September 07, 2011
The North Harrison Cougars and Floyd Central Lady Highlanders beat both the heat and competition to win their respective classes in the Cougar Classic invitational cross country meet Thursday afternoon at Ramsey. Individually, South Central's Rachel Pease dominated the varsity girls' race, while North Harrison's Johnnie Guy handily put away the field in the boys' race.

The girls' race started with Pease, North Harrison's Ashton Bosler, Tell City's Sarah Goffinet and Floyd Central's Alyssa Moore running in the lead group for the first mile. During the second mile, Pease broke away and led by almost 50 meters at the two-mile mark. The South Central senior went on to win in a time of 20 minutes, 20.7 seconds over Bosler (20:28.7).

Floyd Central junior Alyssa Moore finished sixth for the Lady Highlanders but led her team to the overall championship.
Bosler said she tried some mental strategy against her opponents.

"I was sort of playing a mind game," she said. "On the turns, I'd try to get ahead and see what they would do about it, slack off or try to pick back up. I was just trying new things."

Bosler said she didn't have time to think about the heat, with temperatures in the upper 90s, during the race.

"Since this is my home course, I had too many other things going on in my mind than heat," she said. "I PR'ed, so I guess that didn't affect me too much. You can tell a difference in my time. Those people in front of me gave me a boost a lot."

Perry Central's Cathryn Peter was 10th after the first mile. The Lady Commodores senior cranked up her boosters during the remaining two miles to finish third. Peter admitted she had struggled early in the season.

"Finally, this was my race," a smiling Peter said. "I think it was the people. There was so many people, it gives me adrenaline and it helps with more competition. Floyd Central was our main goal. It came out close."

Floyd Central's Alyssa Moore said she knew the competition would help her improve her time.

"I expected fast girls because they're always fast here," she said. "I was excited because faster people mean faster times."

The Lady Highlanders finished with a score of 74 points, 22 ahead of runner-up Perry Central.

"As big of a meet as it is, I think this is the first time the Floyd Central girls have won this meet in 10 years," Floyd Central coach Brian Emerson said. "It's definitely big for us. It's a big ego boost and confidence boost for the kids. We have a lot of new kids on the team, so it's great for them."

In the boys' race, North Harrison's Johnnie Guy and Jonathon Reynolds paced each other as they ran up front in the first mile. Austin's Jeremy Johnson was holding his own against the pair and was followed by North Harrison's Josh Guy and Ryan Foster. With a mile to go, Johnnie Guy pulled ahead of Reynolds and cruised to win in a time of 15:54.8.

Johnson finished third behind Reynolds with Josh Guy fourth and Ryan Foster fifth. Corydon Central's Levi Taylor was sixth, while Perry Central's Alex Newton was ninth. Crawford County's Chase Broughton rounded out the top 10.

Johnnie Guy said it was a race he wanted badly to win.

"I tried to surge after the first mile a little bit. They hung with me a little bit, but they finally just let go, and I tried to hold the lead. I felt really good," he said.

"I was thinking it was my last year, my last North Harrison Invitational," Guy said. "I haven't won one yet, so I can't go my whole career without winning one. That's what I was thinking the whole time. It kept me going."

North Harrison’s Johnnie Guy, right, and Jonathon Reynolds finish 1-2, respectively, to lead the Cougars to the championship of the Cougar Classic invitational meet. The Cougars put six runners in the top 15. Photos by Wade Bell
Reynolds said he knew Guy would be tough. The North Harrison junior handily won over Guy the week before in the Little Five meet at Crawford County, but this was Guy's last Cougar Classic.

"I knew he would be tougher than ever to beat right now. It's his senior year on his home invite and he hadn't won it yet, so it was his day. … He ran a heck of a race. He was strong. Even from the back, you could just tell he was cruising. He looked as smooth as could be," he said.

"I was hurting the whole race," Reynolds, who finished in a time of 16:16.1, said. "I guess you're not going to have your best race every race, but I still didn't run bad. I just could have done a little better."

The Cougars won by a 42-point margin over runner-up Bedford North Lawrence. Guy said the Cougars still have room for improvement.

"We're definitely not peaking right now," he said. "We're gaining confidence, and we're going to be running this fast at the end of the season even though we're going to be dropping that much time at the end. It's a nice confidence booster."

Crawford County's Broughton said the meet not only gets him ready for the sectional but also lets him know what he has to do in the conference against Perry Central. He said his time of 16:58.3 gives him motivation to keep working.

"I was hoping to get under 17 (minutes) for this race, and I just barely did it, so I was happy with it," he said. "This gives me a lot of confidence. It makes me want to work harder to get to that goal I set at the beginning of the year."


Girls' Scores - Floyd Central 74, Perry Central 96, Jasper 142, Bedford North Lawrence 161, Salem 201, Forest Park 209, Southridge 235, Paoli 236, Brownstown-A 247, Seymour 256, Tell City 259, Mitchell 284, North Harrison 304, Scottsburg 313, Lanesville 363, Northeast Dubois 393, Brownstown-B 416, Orleans 472, Corydon Central 473, Eastern (Pekin) 475, Crawford County 620

Girls' Results - 1. Rachel Pease (SoCnt) 20:20.7, 2. Ashton Bosler (NH) 20:28.4, 3. Cathryn Peter (PC) 20:47, 4. Sarah Goffinet (TC) 21:03.5, 5. Sydney Calhoun (Slm) 21:10.2, 6. Alyssa Moore (FC) 21:16.8, 7. Nicole Rahman (FP) 21:21.9, 8. Hope Lockman (BrntnA) 21:38.5, 9. Brianna Norris (Co) 21:42.1, 10. Aubrey Main (Sthrdg) 21:45.8

Boys' Scores - North Harrison 26, Bedford North Lawrence 68, Seymour 136, Perry Central 154, Floyd Central 177, Tell City 213, Forest Park 218, Lanesville 233, Corydon Central 264, Salem 281, Jasper 284, Crawford County 320, Borden 331, Northeast Dubois 360, Austin 381, Brownstown 393, Eastern (Pekin) 409, Mitchell 518, Orleans 544, South Central 586, Henryville 589, Christian Academy 605, West Washington 611, Southridge 635, Scottsburg 762

Boys' Results - 1. Johnnie Guy (NH) 15:54.8, 2. Jonathon Reynolds (NH) 16:16.1, 3. Jeremy Johnson (A) 16:17.9, 4. Josh Guy (NH) 16:32.3, 5. Ryan Foster (NH) 16:45.7, 6. Levi Taylor (Co) 16:48.3, 7. Nathen Magallanes (Bor) 16:51.3, 8. Arthur Cross-Najafi (BNL) 16:51.7, 9. Alex Newton (PC) 16:56.3, 10. Chase Broughton (CC) 16:58.3

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