Many of our area Cross Country teams participated at The Rushville Invitationals on Saturday (8-26).Division 2 results: Girls-Greensburg 1st, Batesville 2nd, Rushville 3rd, Franklin County 11th, North Decatur 13th.Boys: Batesville 1st, Franklin County 13th.Division 3 results: Girls-Randolph Central 1st, Jac-Cen-Del 2nd, Oldenburg Academy 4th, South Ripley 6th.Boys: Wapahani 1st, Oldenburg Academy 9th, Jac-Cen-Del 11th, North Decatur 17th.JCD @ Rushville CC Invite (8-26)North Decatur Girls Runners: 27. Brianna Snider 23:14, 61. Bailey Tomson 25:11, 87. Bobbie Bialk 27:35, 109. Cheyenne Wolter 33:59, 110. Ember Burford 24:22.ND Boys Runners: 34. Daniel Dollinger 18:52, 67. Craig Adams 20:04, 79. Logan Kramer 20:25, 124. Tristan Ingmire 22:25, 132. Andrew Holloway 23:24.“Today each of our runners set a season PR. I think it was a combination of excellent running conditions and also the fact we had a great week of practice. It is nice to see their hard work paying off in the form of lower times.” Chargers Coach Scott Johnson.Next meet: Tuesday, August 29th vs Jac-Cen-Del (at North Branch Golf Course)The Lady FC Wildcat Cross Country team gave an excellent performance at the Rushville Invitational on Saturday, August 26th. Franklin County freshman, Lauren Kelley, placed 10th out of 101 competitors. Her time of 20:57 is only 8 seconds away from breaking the Franklin County women’s cross country record. Junior, Taylor Stewart, had the second best Franklin County time with 23:58. Sophomores, Kairee Hodapp and Katelyn Meyer were only seconds behind her. The whole team performed exceptionally well at this meet, especially when compared to last year’s results at the Rushville Invite. They are starting the year with faster times than ever.The Wildcat boys’ cross country team had a very successful Rushville Invitational meet. Senior, Cody Moore was the top runner for Franklin County. His time of 18:21 earned him 17th place, out of 118 competitors. He is only 14 seconds off of his all time PR. Senior, Evan Apsley, the second best finisher for Franklin County is also keeping hit time under 19 minutes. His time of 18:40 earned him 24th place, less than 20 seconds from a top 20 finish. Freshman, Drew Grant, is making an impressive start to the season. His time of 20:35 is closing in on a 19 minute finishing time. The FC boys cross country team is starting off with most members of the team already closing in on breaking their own personal records.Courtesy of Eagles Coach David Bradshaw and Wildcats Coach Stacey Nobbe.The Batesville Bulldogs traveled to Rushville for their annual Cross Country Classic Invitational where the Lions host more than 50 teams. This competition is split up into 3 different divisions depending on school enrollment numbers.Batesville competed in the Division II race with 18 teams in their division. The weather was pretty much perfect, much better than the week before, with literally no humidity and the temperature in the low 70’s. The Bulldogs took advantage of these weather conditions as the boys put their top 5 in the top 20 of the race, scoring just 61 points to bring home the championship trophy, beating the next team by over 40 points. Top runners for the dogs were, Joshua Myers, 6th, followed closely by just two seconds, teammate Adam Moster in 7th. Freshman Dillan Murray placed 13th with teammate Quinten Gowdy just two seconds behind in 15th place. Finishing the top 5 for Batesville was Christopher Laymon coming in 20th. The other two varsity runners for the Bulldogs for the morning were Joseph Choi (35th) and John Thompson (44th).The girls also had some great performances with 3 in the top 20 and claiming their division’s runner up spot as Greensburg took home the championship with 66 points to Batesville’s 88. Top runners scoring for Batesville and award winners were, Liz Loichinger in 5th, Emma Gausman 8th, closely followed by teammate Haylee Harmeyer in 9th. Finishing out the top 5 for the Bulldogs were Audrey Weigel in 33rd and Cheyenne Laker coming in 38th. The other two varsity runners for the morning were freshmen Trysta Vierling (41st) and Ava Ralston (54th).After all three division races were over, an open race for all JV runners was held and many great performances were shown during this race by the Bulldogs. Although there were not any awards or team scores, the Bulldogs still competed their best posting some great times. Leading the way for the boys was Nathan Eckstein and for the girls, Kate Poltrack. When all was said and done for the day, I am excited to report that the Batesville Cross Country squad posted 15 overall personal bests. These personal records went to: Joshua Myers, Dillon Murray, Chris Laymon, John Thompson, Nathan Eckstein, Kaleb McBeath, Luke Esser, Adam Hollowell, Alex Livers, Luke Nuhring, Nathan Villani, Landon Gutzwiller, Cheyenne Laker, Trysta Vierling and Ava Ralston. Congratulations to all!This week’s schedule will take the Bulldogs to Milan on Thursday to compete in the County meet.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.
The Ghana FA has confirmed that their game against Uganda Cranes in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier will be played on September 6th.Edgar Watson, the Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda FA told MTNFootball.com on Thursday saidthat their counterparts in Ghana had communicated that they have moved the game by a day instead of the earlier date of September 5.“We received the confirmation that the game will be played on a Saturday in Kumasi,” said Watson.In their last meeting at the same Stadium in an Afcon qualifier, the Cranes held the Black Stars to a 1-1 draw in 2003.The Cranes who last qualified for Afcon in 1978 have already embarked on training ahead of the match and will have a build-up away to Niger on September 2. Guinea and Togo are the other teams in Group E of the Afcon qualifiers.