South boys, girls run to 2nd place finish at sectionals (gallery)

Calvin Prenkert and Jackson Moore

Saturday morning South’s cross country teams traveled to Bedford North Lawrence High School to compete for the IHSAA sectional title.

The girls competed hard, coming in as a close second behind a strong North girls team. Freshman Abby Beathea led the Panthers with a third place individual finish, with junior Katrina Tann coming in sixth.

The big story of the day came from the boys side, where the No. 3 state ranked Panthers were beaten out by the Bloomington North Cougars. Having dominated the Cougars in their previous varsity meetings, the Panthers were likely surprised to see such a strong showing from their crosstown rival. North claimed the first and third individual place finishes, while South had senior Ian Shaw come across the line first for a fourth place finish. Oddly enough, the higher ranked Panthers also lost the sectional to North last year, but were able to win the regional and semi-state competitions. Hopefully, South will be motivated to recreate last year’s post-season success and will overlook some uncharacteristic performances as they head into the regional next weekend.