By Brent Huelsmann
The Nashville High School boys and girls cross country teams both advanced past their regionals, which were held Saturday, October 24 at the Randolph County Conservation Area. In order to advance, each team had to place among the top 7 teams in the regional.
The boys team finished in 2nd place in the regional with 70 points. Pinckneyville won the regional due to a tiebreaker with Nashville. The other teams advancing in the boys regional were Steelville, Red Bud, Columbia, Sparta, and Murphysboro. The girls team finished 5th in the regional behind Carterville, DuQuoin, Okawville, and Pinckneyville. The other two teams that advanced in the girls regional were Red Bud and Steelville.
The boys regional featured a total of 13 teams. The Hornets were led by Brandon Schnitker who finished 2nd overall in the regional with a time of 16:30. Coming across the line second for the Hornets was Ray Bailey, who finished 14th overall with a time of 17:29. Right behind Bailey was Caleb Zgonina who finished with a time of 17:30 in 16th place. Jackson Pierce finished fourth for the Hornets in 17th place with a time of 17:35. Rounding out the top 5 for the Hornets was Ryan Kell who finished 21st with a time of 17:47.
The girls regional featured 12 teams. The Hornettes were led by Brittnie Bartling who finished 10th with a time of 20:47. Second across the line for the Hornettes was Crace Maschhoff in 13th place with a time of 21:19. Tianna Kozuszek was third for the Hornettes with a time of 23:13 which was good for 25th place. Avery Meade ran the course in 23:56, which was good for 35th place. Rounding out the top 5 for the Hornettes was Taylor Cook, who finished in 45th position with a time of 24:45.
Both teams qualified for the IHSA Sectional Meet on Saturday October 31. The meet will be held at SIU-E. The girls race begins at 10 a.m. The boys race will begin at 10:45 a.m.