SIRC-it Leaders Don’t Finish First At Trojan Trot, But Maintain Overall Advantage
By Mike Perleberg
(St. Leon, Ind.) – After two races in the 2017 Southeastern Indiana Racing Circuit, a 12-year-old girl holds a commanding lead while the men’s leaderboard remains competitive.
130 runners competed Saturday at the annual Trojan Trot 5K in St. Leon to benefit East Central High School’s cross country running program. The race is the second in a five-week showdown of the area’s top runners.
Megan Cole, 16, of Versailles, was the top female at the race and 10th overall with a time of 19:49. Lawrenceburg’s Lee Fox, 45, was the second female and 15th overall at an even 21:00. Cole was last year’s female champion in the SIRC-it, and Fox won it in 2015. But both were absent at the first race of this year’s series in Milan on July 8, disqualifying them from competing for the SIRC-it crown.
Current SIRC-it leader, 12-year-old Madison Rahschulte, of Lawrenceburg, finished third among the female competitors at the Trojan Trot, crossing the finish line in 21:17. She maintains a nearly three-minute lead over second-running Emilee Wedding, 15, of Lawrenceburg, in the total SIRC-it time after the first two of five races.
Hamilton, Ohio’s Sam Krabacher, 18, was the champion of the Trojan Trot. His 17:24 was just 27-seconds faster than second-place Ethan Goebel, 17, of Madison.
Goebel’s time moved him a little closer to SIRC-it male leader Justin Noppert, 41, of Lawrenceburg. Noppert finished third overall at the Trojan Trot at 17:57, but holds the SIRC-it total time lead at 35:47 to Goebel’s 36:21. Samual Gabbard, 17, of Aurora, is third in the SIRC-it standings with a total time of 37:25 through two 5K races.
Full results of the Trojan Trot 5K can be found at www.stuartroadracing.com. Stuart Road Racing is the official organizer and timer of the SIRC-it.
The next entry in the Southeastern Indiana Racing Circuit is the Lakeside 5K in Brookville. It begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 22 at Franklin County High School.