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CROSS COUNTRY: JC boys, FC girls win HHC titles

Danielle Kittaka

Danielle Kittaka

Trey Pemberton

Trey Pemberton

Jennings County won its first Hoosier Hills Conference boys cross country championship since 1975, roaring past New Albany and the rest of the field on Saturday morning at Bedford North Lawrence.

The Panthers won the crown with 39 points, followed by the Bulldogs (76) and Floyd Central (93). BNL finished seventh with 187.

HHC boys results

HHC girls results

Columbus East’s Paul Bean, for the second consecutive year, was the boys winner in 16:24.1, but the Panthers claimed the next three spots as Alex Hendrix (16:33.3), Franklin Sanders (16:51.8) and Carter Leak (17:00.6) propelled their team to its second overall title.

Trey Pemberton finished 21st in 17:49.9 for the Stars.

In the girls meet, Floyd Central won its fifth straight league crown, totaling 28 points to edge Seymour (39). BNL was sixth with 164. The Highlanders have now won a league-record 16 team titles.

Seymour’s Ashton Chase was the individual champion in 19:04.8 on the 5K course, while teammate Makenna Sunbury was second in 19:21.5. But the Highlanders claimed five of the next six spots, paced by Kyley Sorg (19:33.2). In fact, Seymour and FC runners took the first 12 spots in the field.

Danielle Kittaka led the way for the Stars, finishing 18th in 21:48.5.

BNL will return to action in the IHSAA sectional at BNL on Oct. 8.