Batesville High School Cross Country team traveled to Greensburg tonight to take part in their 14 team Invitational. The rain stayed away and we even saw a rainbow to cap off the night. Both the girls and the boys ran away with the championship trophies beating their competition by double or more of their points. The girls scored a low 34 points to East Central’s 68, Greensburg’s 77, South Ripley’s 89 and Franklin County’s 158 to finish out the top 5 teams. The girls were led by Liz Loichinger in 2nd (20:15), followed closely by teammate Lily Pinckley in 3rd (20:16). Trysta Vierling was the third Bulldog runner to cross the finish line at 8th (21:17). Coming in 4th for the team was Maria Lopez in 12th, running the only personal best for the night (21:37). She was followed closely by Sarah Ripperger and Katie Olsen, 14th and 15th respectively. Finishing out the varsity 7 was Ava Ralston placing 31st. The boys had a tremendous showing as all 7 of the varsity squad placed in the top 19 as they scored a very low score of 23, beating the field by 34 points. Greensburg was runner up at 57 points, East Central took 3rd with 68, then Connersville came in 4th with 123 and Franklin County finished out the top 5 at 133 points. The Batesville boys claimed the first 3 spots of the race led by Ean Loichinger (16:57), Adam Moster claimed 2nd (17:19) followed by teammate Joshua Myers in 3rd (17:29). Benjamin Moster placed 6th (17:53), Dillon Murray 12th, Adam Hollowell 17th and Nathan Eckstein 19th.On the JV side, although it was not team scored, the Batesville girls had 4 in the top ten with Britany Venis leading the way for the dogs claiming 2nd. She was followed by Alyssa Linville, 5th and Carly Fitzpatrick and Sophie Brown at 8th and 9th place. The boys JV team took the first 6 spots in the JV race and were led by Luke Esser in first. Daren Smith finished in 2nd, followed by Nathan Villani, Luke Nuhring, Landon Gutzwiller and Alex Livers taking the 3rd-6th spots. Also receiving awards were Will Nuhring, 12th, Kasin Hughes, 18th and Ellliott Mertz, 24th.Way to go to all the Bulldogs on a great night! The Dogs will finish their season this coming Monday as they will make up the meet from Tuesday that got canceled. Batesville will be hosting this meet and will be honoring their 5 seniors. Come out and cheer on the dogs as they close out their regular season. The girls will begin the night with a 5:15 start time! Good luck!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.The Franklin County girls cross country team placed 5th out of 10 teams at the Greensburg Invitational. Junior, Katelyn Meyer, was the top finisher for Franklin County. She placed 26th with a time of 23:13. Senior, Taylor Stewart, was close behind with a time of 23:34. She placed 30th. Since there were no competitors nearby, Junior, Helena Goustis, and Freshman, Katherine Apsley, battled it out for 40th and 41st place. Helena just edged Katherine out by 0.45 seconds to get the 40th spot. Junior, Kairee Hodapp, always seems to have to battle for her spot at the finish with a huge sprint effort. She was overtaken by Kayla Hancock, of Greensburg and finished in 38th place. The girls’ number 2 through 5 top runners on the team really made the difference on the girls recent 5th place wins in both the conference and this invitational.The Franklin County boys maintained steady times and placed 5th out of 11 teams at the Greensburg Invitational. Sophomore, Drew Grant ,was the top finisher for Franklin County with a time of 18:39. He placed 16th. Freshman, Ben Maze, and juniors, Tanner Lainhart and Kyle Seibert, stayed close to each other throughout the whole race. They placed 30th, 34th, and 36th, respectively, out of 117 boys. Freshman, Adam Grant, placed 44th with a time of 20:09. Sophomore, Jackson Brumback, continues to drop his time with another career best. He had his fastest time of 22:44. The Wildcat team only needs to drop a few seconds off of each time in order to make their best showing ever at the upcoming Sectionals on Saturday, October 6th, in Connersville.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Stacey Nobbe.