Connor Surrells runs to victory in the cross country sectional on Tuesday---Photo by Todd Lancaster.

MONROE CITY — The South Knox cross country sectional had a familiar feel of an old song, but with a new chorus.

For the fourth time the Barr-Reeve boys cross country team finished on top, but for the first time in school history, they also posted the individual winner in Connor Sorrells.

“This is the fist time we have had an individual champion,” said B-R coach JayR Perkins. “We set our goal on June 1st to win sectional and have five on the all-sectional team. We tried to conserve as much as we could on the first lap to try to be ready for Saturday. We really want to be able to lay it down on Saturday at Prides Creek.

“I’m really proud of these boys and the way they have got it done all year.”

Along with Sorrells win, four other Vikings also finished in the top 12, pushing the Vikes to a 39 as a team.

Sorrells led from the halfway point and beat Princeton’s Josh Whitehead by 12 seconds with a 17:12.

Following Sorrells was Nick Cornelius in sixth (17:54), Damon Pruett in ninth (18:11), Jeremy Hubner was 11th (18:13) and Geoff Taylor was 12th (18:15). The Vikings’ Daniel Wilson did not figure into the scoring, he still finished in 20th.

The Hatchets will also advance as a team to the Pike Central Regional with their best team effort in several years. WHS was second with a 96, led by Adam Lane in 14th (18:26) and Cody Slaven in 15th (18:27). William Pancake was 19th (18:50) and Blake Albrecht was 28th. Rounding out the scoring for WHS was Cody Harner in 30th, while Dylan Hedrick was 41st and Nolan Rainey was 50th.

“On paper I thought we would get second. We knew Barr-Reeve would run a great race, but our kids did fine. We put some pressure on ourselves because for the last three years we only missed advancing by a couple of points,” said WHS coach Dave Harman.

“I don’t think we have advanced in five or six years. These guys have been great all year.”

The North Daviess Cougars will send one to regional, as Austin Campbell was 13th (18:18). Teammate Matt Smith was 39th.

Also advancing as a team was South Knox in third (101), North Knox (111) in fourth and Vincennes Rivet (113).

In the girls’ race, only Barr-Reeve would advance as a team with a fifth place finish (121 points). They were led by Audrey Blair in 10th (22:28), Kristi Taylor (23:30) in 16th, Lena Taake in 38th, Kylee O’Connor in 41st and Carol Lang in 44th.

The Hatchets finished seventh as a team, but had two runners advance on their own.

Washington’s Chloe Heller was fourth overall with a 21:47. Heller was the defending champion, but has been virtually unable to run for several weeks due to illness. Emily Butler also qualified with a 14th-place finish (23:02). Brittany McCormick was 26th, Alicia Perkins was 47th and Cindy Ayala was 48th.

“That was only the fifth time she (Heller) has run in a month. She really ‘gutted’ it out. I didn’t want her to run because of her breathing problem, but she wanted to run,” said Harman.

Washington Catholic’s Sarah Wichman finished just three spots out of regional in 18th with a 23:33.

North Daviess had three runners, Jessie Webster in 22nd, Sam Porter was 40th and McKenzie Roark was 45th.

South Knox won as a team, followed by Gibson Southern, Pike Central, Princeton and Barr-Reeve as qualifiers. The individual race was won by Courtney Naas of Gibson Southern (20:45).

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