NASHVILLE — South Knox's boys and girls cross country teams enjoyed their first Brown County Classic on Saturday, with both teams coming away with championships.
The Spartans competed in the Class A-2A race, winning against 13 (boys) and 14-team (girls) fields.
South Knox's boys, led by Jacob Siewers' third-place time of 16:53, pushed past runner-up Tell City, 74-84, to take the title. Indian Creek 115, Borden 118 and Evansville Memorial 125 completed the top five.
The Spartans had a 1:23 split among their top five. Caleb Cork was just outside the top 10, taking 11th in 17:32. Dylan Maeder was 14th, 17:43; Dylan Hardig 22nd, 18:14; and Chase Staggs 24th, 18:16.
"Tell City beat us by 35 at Angel Mounds (two weeks ago) and Memorial by 25, so we thought maybe could get a top three. But we got a hungry group that ran well," South Knox boys coach Matt Toothman said. "Jacob at one time was leading the race, and we had our lowest time gap of the year. Caleb had a really good day and is getting there, and Dylan is right behind him.
"It was one of those races where there was so much competition around. If you found the right group, they could pull you along."
The Lady Spartans, paced by Ava Like's runner-up finish in 20:07, scored 50 points. They were followed in the top five by Indian Creek 68, Austin 141, North Daviess 147 and Memorial 152.
Peyton Robbins and Aubrey Nowaskie also had top-10 finishes, taking ninth and 10th in 21:10 and 21:15. Abby Cunningham was 13th, 21:39, and Macie Couchenour 16th, 21:56.
"The girls were so excited. They didn't know they had won until they announced it. That was neat," South Knox girls coach Betsy Couchenour said. "I told our girls to be a little risky at the start, to get out stronger than they have been. Some of them did that and held steady. Abby and Macie are our strong ones. They started fast and continued to climb through the third mile.
"Ava had an awesome day. Peyton was second and is gaining confidence, and Aubrey is right there too," she said. "I'm so glad we got in this race, to get experience on the semistate course and running in such a big meet."
The junior varsity boys were sixth among 21 teams in all classes. Ezra Anson led the Spartans in 27th, 18:34. The South Knox girls didn't have enough for a team, but was paced by Aeryona Wilson.
South Knox hosts its invitational at 10:30 a.m. next Saturday.