The Bulldogs hosted the 10 team Batesville Cross Country Invitational Tuesday night while also honoring our 11 seniors. Although everyone ran the race together, the meet was split up into large and small schools. Even though the heat was still upon us, Batesville ran some tough races and were given a lot of awards, starting with the boys as they claimed the 1st place trophy in the large school division winning by 10 points over East Central 45-55. Seymour took 3rd place with 63, followed by Rushville (108), Franklin County (123) and Connersville (138). For the boys small school side it was South Ripley that took the championship trophy. On the girls’ side, Batesville came through in 2nd place with 57 points as East Central only had 40. Seymour also scored 57 points but moved to 3rd place as the Bulldog’s 6th runner was ahead of theirs breaking the tie. Rushville came in 4th with 68, Franklin County (146) and Connersville (147). On the small school side for the girls, South Ripley was also the winner.Individually, 20 individual awards were given per division. Batesville had all 7 varsity boys in the top 20. Joshua Myers was the first Bulldog across the line in 4th place (17:15) as Adam Moster followed right behind him n 5th (17:27). Dillon Murray was next in 7th (18:00), then Quinten Gowdy in 13th (18:20), Christopher Laymon in 16th (18:31), then Joseph Choi at 19th (18:43) with Nathan Eckstein taking the 20th spot(18:54). On the girls side, Liz Loichinger was the top finishers for Batesville taking the 3rd spot (20:20) as Emma Gausman was next at 6th (20:57). Haylee Harmeyer was next in 9th (21:09) with Audrey Weigel getting 18th spot (21:59). Trysta Vierling just barely missed an award as she was 21st (22:32). She was closely followed by Audrey Maupin (who helped Batesville break the tie as a team to take 2nd) in 22nd (22:36). Ava Ralston finished out the top 7 placing 34th.On the JV side, although their race wasn’t scored as a team, the top 10 were recognized with awards. Batesville boys took 7 of the top ten spots, including the winner of the meet which was John Thompson (18:46). The other 6 to get awards were: Garrett Wagner, 2nd, Charlie Laymon, 3rd, Adam Hollowell, 5th, followed by Nathan Vallani, Kaleb McBeath, and Luke Esser claiming 7, 8 and 9. For the girls, Britany Venis was the top Batesville runner and the only one in the top 10, getting 3rd.Again, even though it was hot and a very hard night to run a personal best, Batesville had three to achieve this; Garrett Wagner, Nathan Vallani and Alex Livers. Way to go boys!As stated earlier, the Bulldogs honored 11 seniors before awards were given out and they were: Joseph Choi, Quinten Gowdy, Christopher Laymon, Garrett Wagner, Grant Meyers, Hannah Canady, Emma Gausman, Haylee Harmeyer, Audrey Maupin, Audrey Weigel and Cheyenne Laker. Thank you seniors!The Bulldogs will travel to Greensburg to finish out the regular season on Thursday to compete in Pirates Invitational. Good Luck Dogs!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.The Franklin County Girls placed 5th at the Batesville Invitational on Tuesday, September 26th with a score of 146.Sophomore, Katelyn Meyer, was the top runner for Franklin County. She placed 19th with a new personal record of 22:14. She’s dropped her time by almost 2 minutes this season. Taylor Stewart and Kairee Hodapp were the number two and three runners for the Franklin County team. Taylor placed 27th with her time of 23:37, and Kairee placed 28th with a time of 24:10. Despite the heat, the ladies were able to maintain consistent times at Batesville.The Franklin County Boys Cross Country team placed 5th at the Batesville Invitational on Tuesday, September 26th, with a score of 123.Senior, Evan Apsley had his best race of his high school career. He placed 9th, with a time of 18:08. Cody Moore missed a top ten spot, and received 11th place with his time of 18:18. Sophomore Tanner Lainhart’s time of 20:48 was just a second off of his personal best.The Wildcats are preparing for the Greensburg Invitational on Thursday, September, 28th.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Stacey Nobbe.