Bedford North Lawrence Boys Cross Country

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BOYS: BNL Athlete of the Year

BNLs Garrett Flinn takes the baton from Evan Baker during the 400 relay. The Stars won that event en route to a victory over Mitchell.

BNL’s Garrett Flinn takes the baton. Flinn helped the Stars qualify for the state finals in two relays.

Flinn excelled in 3

sports and qualified

for state track finals

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Garrett Flinn, a three-sport standout as a senior, was named TheHHCSports.com’s third Male Athlete of the Year.

Flinn played soccer during the fall campaign and helped the Stars finish 6-8-5. He was a starter on the basketball team, averaging 2.7 points (scoring a career-high 11 against Corydon) and 1.3 rebounds as BNL went 14-11.

He made the major impact in track. Flinn was a member of the 400 and 1600 relays that won Hoosier Hills Conference, sectional and regional championships while qualifying for the IHSAA state finals in both races.

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CROSS COUNTRY: Pemberton’s run is done

BNLs Trey Pemberton works his way around the 5K course at Brown County during Saturdays semistate race.

BNL’s Trey Pemberton works his way around the 5K course at Brown County during Saturday’s semistate race.

BNL junior finishes

124th in semistate race

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

NASHVILLE – Bedford North Lawrence junior Trey Pemberton concluded his season on Saturday during the IHSAA semistate at Brown County.

Pemberton, the lone BNL qualifier, posted a time of 17:50.6 and fell back to 124th in the field of 178 runners.

After recording a career-best time of 16:49.0 in last week’s regional race on his home course, Pemberton hoped to compete with the leaders and earn a trip to the state finals. But he got left back in the pack during the hard-charging start and never found room to make a move.

Boys semistate individual results

Boys semistate team results

“I thought I started out well, but it’s hard to navigate through it,” Pemberton said. “I kind of fell behind. It seemed like everyone got far ahead of me, and it was hard to catch up.

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CROSS COUNTRY: Trey on the way to the semistate

BNL junior Trey Pemberton qualified for the IHSAA semistate race during Saturdays regional at BNL. Pemberton posted a career-best time of 16:49.

BNL junior Trey Pemberton qualified for the IHSAA semistate race during Saturday’s regional at BNL. Pemberton posted a career-best time of 16:49.

BNL’s Pemberton posts

career-best time during

regional race on home venue

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

With his final burst of energy and will, Bedford North Lawrence’s Trey Pemberton lunged across the finish line and fell, causing a traffic jam. He could not run another step.

He didn’t have to, not until next week.

Pemberton earned a spot in the IHSAA semistate race at Brown County, posting a career-best time of 16:49.0 and collecting one of the individual qualifying spots during the regional race at BNL on Saturday morning.

Pemberton was 21st overall, and his time was the 25th best in school history. More importantly, he fell well inside the cut line of semistate-bound runners. The top five teams, plus the top 10 individuals who are not members of advancing teams, will compete at the next level of the state tournament series on Oct. 24.

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CROSS COUNTRY: Stars on their own in regional

Baili Peterson

Baili Peterson works her way around the BNL cross country course on Saturday. The BNL senior qualified for the regional.

BNL fails to advance teams,

but three individuals qualify

during the sectional races

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

From this point, Bedford North Lawrence runners are on their own. No team for support, no pack to race with, no goals but their individual pursuit of the next step in the state tournament series.

The Stars failed to advance teams from Saturday morning’s IHSAA sectionals on their home course. In the girls race, BNL – plagued by injuries – slid down to seventh in the field, while the Stars settled for ninth in the boys meet.

The top five teams, plus the top 10 runners who were not members of qualifying teams, earned a return ticket to the regional at BNL on Oct. 17.

BNL did qualify three runners by the latter standard. Trey Pemberton finished 14th overall and easily qualified in the boys meet, while newcomers Baili Peterson and Danielle Kittaka made it out of the girls field.

BNL junior Trey Pemberton finished 14th overall in the sectional and advanced to the regional.

BNL junior Trey Pemberton finished 14th overall in the sectional and advanced to the regional.

BNL’s team chances in the girls meet were shattered by physical breakdowns among the top runners. Joslyn Wever watched the race while wearing a boot on her injured right foot, and Carrie Flinn sat out with a strained right calf. With those two leading the way, the Stars would have jumped into the fray. Without them, they were frayed.

“It’s not a surprise,” BNL coach Bill Deckard said. “We had a number of girls hurt, and the other teams have gotten better.”

The surprise was Peterson, a senior who played basketball and didn’t compete in this sport until this season. She showed her toughness from the first meet, and she finished 20th in the sectional in 21:46.7. Not bad for a kid who hated running.

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CROSS COUNTRY: Floyd Central clips Seymour for title

BNLs Baili Peterson powers her way up the hill to the finish line.

BNLs Baili Peterson

SEYMOUR – Floyd Central won its fourth straight Hoosier Hills Conference girls title on Saturday morning, edging Seymour by one point for the league championship.

The No.24 Highlanders totaled 28 points, clipping No.12 Seymour. Bedford North Lawrence was seventh in the eight-team field with 162.

Floyd Central’s Kassidy Manning was the individual winner, crossing in 18:56.9 and nipping Seymour’s Ashton Chase (second in 18:57.8) at the finish line.

Baili Peterson was the top runner for the Stars as she completed the 5K tour in 19th place in a personal-best time of 21:30.5. Carrie Flinn, battling a calf strain, was 28th in 22:03.9.

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CROSS COUNTRY: Magallanes a hound in the Fox

BNLs Carrie Flinn led the Stars to a ninth-place finish in the annual Ted Fox Invitational on Saturday morning.

BNLs Carrie Flinn led the Stars to a ninth-place finish in the annual Ted Fox Invitational on Saturday morning.

Borden star sets record,

BNL girls settle for 9th

in Ted Fox Invitational

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Borden star Julien Magallanes had two challenges during Saturday morning’s Ted Fox Memorial Invitational race at Bedford North Lawrence: breathing and remaining upright.

The rest of his tour of the 5K course was a breeze, and he certainly created one while shattering the course record and blowing away the field, crossing the finish line in a remarkable 15:13.94.

While Magallanes, one of the favorites to contend for the state championship when the IHSAA tournament series concludes in Terre Haute, was running alone in front, No.7 Avon was running together with four among the top 10 finisher. The Orioles won the boys team title with 38 points, followed by No.25 Terre Haute South (77) and No.23 Tell City (92).

Bedford North Lawrence was 19th in the 22-team field with 471, paced by Trey Pemberton as he finished 36th in 17:23.49.

In the girls race, BNL was ninth among 20 teams with 302 points. No.16 Noblesville won the event with 34 points, followed by No.17 Floyd Central (48) and No.25 Avon (67). Avon’s Taylor Nicholson was the individual champion in 18:02.78.

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CROSS COUNTRY: Stars finish 24th in Eagle Classic

Bill Deckard

Bill Deckard

Carrie Flinn

Carrie Flinn

NASHVILLE – Bedford North Lawrence posted several personal-best times on the fast, flat course at Brown County, but the Stars were missing a key competitor as they finished 24th in the 14th annual Eagle Classic girls race on Saturday morning.

BNL, with Joslyn Wever sidelined with an injury for the next three weeks, scored 664 points to finish deep in the 36-team field that included six ranked teams. Top-ranked Carmel won the event with 41 points while No.2 Columbus North was second with 63 and No.21 Bloomington North was third with 107.

Final girls results

Final boys results

Wever’s absence didn’t slow down her teammates.

“We had a great day,” BNL coach Bill Deckard said. “We may not have placed highly in the scores, but everyone improved their times.”

Carrie Flinn paced the Stars, crossing in 73rd place in 20:48.95. Baili Peterson was in 105th in 21:35.51, and freshman Danielle Kittaka was 144th in 22:36.06.

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CROSS COUNTRY: BNL finishes 7th at Scottsburg

SCOTTSBURG – Bedford North Lawrence totaled 195 points to finish seventh in the 14-team field during Tuesday’s Scottsburg Invitational.

Austin won the boys team event with 30 points, followed by Eastern Pekin (55) and Brownstown (96). Eastern’s Josh Ratts was the individual champion in 17:08.

Trey Pemberton was the top finisher for the Stars as he crossed in 11th place in 18:57.

In the girls race, Jennings County won the team title with 42 points, easily cruising past Borden (104) in the 12-team field. Henryville’s Cia Green was the individual winner in 20:43.

SCOTTSBURG INVITATIONAL

GIRLS

Team scores: Jennings County 42; Borden 104; Brownstown 126; Home School Union 144; Corydon 146; Charlestown 166; Switzerland County 186; Henryville 196; Crothersville 205; Eastern Pekin 217; West Washington 218; New Washington 218

Top individuals: Cia Green Henryville 20:43; Olivia Graebe New Washington 21:33; Breanna Barger Crothersville 21:58; Katie Rhodes Charlestown 22:51; Olivia Heaton Jennings County 23:06; Emilee Gradehouse Jennings County 23:26; Nicole Richardson Jennings County 23:32; Ashley Heindel Jennings County 23:33
BOYS
Team scores: Austin 30; Eastern Pekin 55; Brownstown 96; Borden 155; Corydon 160; Charlestown 185; Bedford North Lawrence 195; Scottsburg 213; Home School Union 233; Crothersville 253; New Washington 274; Jennings County 284; West Washington 332; Clarksville 351
Top individuals: Josh Ratts Eastern Pekin 17:08; Caleb Futter Eastern Pekin 17:30; Ben Rusch Austin  17:54; Anthony Hall Austin 18:12; Alex May Scottsburg 18:23
BNL: 11. Trey Pemberton 18:57; 39. Derek Gross 21:52; 44. Chance Pemberton 22:03; 65. Dylan Bortner 23:59; 67. Nick Basinger 24:05; 81. Braden Yarberry 25:49
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BOYS CROSS COUNTRY: Stars 24th in State Preview

Trey Pemberton

Trey Pemberton

TERRE HAUTE – Bedford North Lawrence finished 24th out of the 24 boys teams in the Terre Haute State Preview race on Saturday morning.

Carmel won the team event with 49 points, followed by Cathedral (86) and Westfield (104). Carmel’s Benjamin Veatch won the individual winner in 15:24.4 while Borden’s Julien Magallanes was second in 15:30.2

Boys results

Girls results

Trey Pemberton was the top finisher for the Stars, crossing in 90th in 17:39.8. Chance Pemberton was 198th in 19.54.5, and Derek Gross was 216th in 20:54.6

The Stars will compete in the Brown County Eagle Classic on Sept. 12.

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CROSS COUNTRY: Stars win Salem Invitational

Bedford North Lawrences girls cross country team celebrates after winning the Salem Invitational.

Bedford North Lawrences girls cross country team celebrates after winning the Salem Invitational.

BNL boys finish 34th

in Tiger Run in Louisville

SALEM – Bedford North Lawrence, slowed by a team-wide battle with summer colds, powered through for a victory in the Salem Invitational girls meet on Saturday morning.

The Stars totaled 56 points to edge Jeffersonville (70) and Vincennes Lincoln (102) in the eight-team field.

“My kids felt rotten but they toughed it out,” BNL coach Bill Deckard said. “The times weren’t great but they held their spots. I’m pretty happy about that.”

Joslyn Wever paced BNL, finishing fourth in 21:54. Carrie Flinn (7th in 23:05) and Baili Peterson (10th in 23:26) also cracked the Top 10 in the field of 72 racers. Zoe Zollman bounced back from a recent injury to finish in 24:05, and Sara Peterson completed BNL’s scoring while crossing in 24:17.

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