Greiwe, Noppert Are Champions After Dramatic SIRC Finishes
By Mike Perleberg
Lauren Greiwe (center) had a total Southeastern Indiana Racing Circuit rive-race time of 1:46:43 to win the female championship on Saturday, August 5. Madison Rahschulte (left) was second and Emilee Wedding (right) was third in the standings. Photo courtesy Stuart Road Racing.
(Batesville, Ind.) – It was a dramatic final race in the 2017 Southeastern Indiana Racing Circuit on Saturday.
The Bulldog Chase 5K through Batesville was the culmination of five consecutive Saturday morning races in the SIRC.
State champion cross country runner and Purdue University student athlete Curt Eckstein, 18, of Batesville, won the men’s race handily with a time of 15:39 – way ahead of second-place male Troy Davis, 38, of Greensburg, at 17:17. Ethan Goebel, 17, of Madison, was a close third at 17:19.
South Ripley High School runner Megan Cole, 16, of Versailles, was the female winner of the Bulldog Chase at 19:23. Cathy Newhart, 17, of Greensburg, was second at 19:54. Lawrenceburg’s Lee Fox, 45, was third with a time of 19:57.
But the real highlight of the men’s race was the showdown between Goebel and defending SIRC champion Justin Noppert. After the first four races, only 18 seconds separated the teen from Madison and the 41-year-old from Lawrenceburg. The circuit champion is decided by the lowest total time in all five races.
Goebel finished ahead of Noppert at the Batesville race Saturday, however, Noppert was just four seconds behind him to win the men’s 2017 SIRC title, his second straight, by 14 seconds.
Noppert’s total time was 1:29:13 to Goebel’s 1:29:27. Samuel Gabbard, 17, of Aurora, was third in the men’s standings, clocking in at 1:32:40.
Justin Noppert (left) won his second consecutive Southeastern Indiana Racing Circuit men’s championship on Saturday, August 5. Ethan Goebel (center) was a close second while Samual Gabbard (right) placed third. Photo courtesy Stuart Road Racing.
The difference was closer still in the women’s SIRC. Lauren Greiwe, 16, of West Harrison became a first-time champion with a time of 1:46:43. The East Central High School cross country runner had to make up a 60-second difference in the final race and did. Her time was just nine seconds faster than that of 12-year-old St. Lawrence School student Madison Rahschulte, of Lawrenceburg, whose total time was 1:46:52.
In third place in the women’s SIRC was Emilee Wedding, 15, of Lawrenceburg. Her total time was 1:53:19. Wedding, a sophomore, is also an East Central High School runner.
Only runners who participated in all five SIRC races were eligible for the circuit championship. Twenty -three men and 15 women did so this year.
Full results of the Bulldog Chase 5K and the 2017 Southeastern Indiana Racing Circuit can be found on Stuart Road Racing’s website, www.stuartroadracing.com.