2011 Girls Preseason Top 50 Teams

#50 – Evansville Central Bears

Brown County Semistate #10

 

State meet history: Never qualified

 

2010 Results:

Evansville Mater Dei Sectional:  4th place (98 points)

Pike Central Regional:  2nd place (89 points)

Brown County Semistate:  10th place (312 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)

Taylor Wiley (12) – 19:26 (19th place)

Annastacia Sumbles (10) – 21:16 (75th place)

Sierrah Bobbitt (12) – 21:45 (99th place)

Tori Flowers (12) – 21:48 (100th place)

Katie Osborne (11) – 24:12 (142nd place)

 

2011 Outlook:

The Bears return four of their top five from a cast that finished in the top ten at last year’s semistate. Central has a good frontrunner in Taylor Wiley who is, once again, coming off a stellar track season at 800 meters. Though she missed by just a few places last year, Wiley has qualified for the state finals in cross country as an individual. The keys will be developing the depth behind her and finding a fifth runner.

#49 Floyd Central Highlanders

Brown County Semi-State #9

 

State meet history: 18 appearances (last in 2002), seven podium finishes (last in 1992), one runner-up title (1987), four state championships (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992)

 

2010 Results:

Crawford County Sectional:  1st place (31 points)

Crawford County Regional:  1st place (65 points)

Brown County Semistate:  7th place (275 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)

Alyssa Moore (11) – 20:15 (40th place)
Katie Perkins (12) – 21:09 (70th place)
Zoe Doebbler (10) – 21:29 (83rd place)
Abbie Ewing (11) – 21:33 (85th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

The Highlanders took their shot at the state meet last year, falling short by 36 points. A good portion of that team returns, including usual top runner Alyssa Moore. A school that boasts four state championships, Floyd Central should be the favorite to defend its sectional and regional titles and could take an outside shot at the state finals if the runners develop and find some newcomers to round out the varsity.

#48 – West Noble Chargers

New Haven Semistate #10

 

State meet history: 8 appearances (last in 2010), 2 podium finishes (last in 1999)

 

2010 Results:

West Noble Sectional:  1st place (41 points)

West Noble Regional:  3rd place (68 points)

New Haven Semistate:  2nd place (97 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 15th place (329 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-State)

Valeria Guzman (11) – 19:51 (32nd place)
Anissa Richards (12) – 20:09 (44th place)

Kennedy Champion (11) – 21:19 (102nd place)

 

2011 Outlook:

The Chargers lost four of their top five, including an All-Stater so this ranking may be more based on tradition and coaching than actual returners. West Noble does have two solid, experienced runners in Guzman and Richards around whom the team can be built. The Chargers have been to the past four state finals in cross country, mainly off the strength of the recently graduated senior class. It isn’t impossible to picture a fifth consecutive trip, but it seems a longshot.

 

#47 – Brebeuf Jesuit Braves

Carmel Semistate #21

Brebeuf Regional #11

Brebeuf Sectional #5

 

State meet history: 1 appearances (1993)

 

2010 Results:

Brebeuf Sectional:  3rd place (77 points)

Brebeuf Regional:  8th place (198 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brebeuf Regional)

Hannah Lies (11) – 19:38 (26th place)

Emily Guy (11) – 20:45 (47th place)

Caroline Garau (10) – 20:58 (54th place)

Mary Grace Marxer (10) – 21:17 (61st place)

Abby Brenner (11) – 21:31 (64th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

Geography may be the Braves’ toughest opponent. In nearly any other semistate, Brebeuf could be good improvement and a couple talented newcomers away from a longshot at the state finals. In its northern Indianapolis location, Brebeuf may be hard-pressed to do much in the tournament. Still, the Braves bring back a good crop of runners led by junior Hannah Lies who was all-sectional last year.

 

#46 – Tri-County Cavaliers

New Prairie Semistate #10

 

State meet history: 1 appearance (2009)

 

2010 Results:

Benton Central Sectional:  1st place (23 points)

Harrison (West Lafayette) Regional:  2nd place (72 points)

New Prairie Semistate:  12th place (299 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)

Rose Barbarich (12) – 20:23 (48th place)

Micaela Sheldon (11) – 20:24 (49th place)

Alisha Bahler (11) – 20:43 (66th place)

Laura Furrer (12) – 21:20 (96th place)

Cristina Diego (11) – 26:28 (155th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

Just a year removed from a magic carpet ride to the school’s first state finals appearance, Tri-County could take an outside shot at the state finals this year. With no true star, the Cavaliers will rely on all runners. Solid improvement at all spots will be important, but it is imperative that the Cavs find a fifth runner to help their returning four. That may be difficult at such a small school, but recent history illustrates that this isn’t impossible.

 

#45 Martinsville Artesians

Brown County Semistate #8

Brown County Regional #5

 

State meet history: 4 appearances (last in 2000)

 

2010 Results:

Brown County Sectional:  3rd place (101 points)

Brown County Regional:  5th place (123 points)

Brown County Semi-State:  13th place (324 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)

Ashley Krulik (12) – 19:25 (18th place)

Brittany Miller (10) – 20:27 (47th place)

Kelsey Kluesner (12) – 21:20 (80th place)

Shelby Sonnega (11) – 22:20 (117th place)

Kaley Page (11) – 22:23 (120th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

Once a team boasting four straight finals appearances, Martinsville could take a shot this year. The Artesians look to have the top three to do so but will need some improved depth to take a shot. Krulik is a solid frontrunner with a good chance to advance as an individual to the state finals and Miller had a solid track season over 1600 meters, running 5:37 in the competitive Bloomington sectional.

 

#44 – Harrison (West Lafayette) Raiders

New Prairie Semistate #8

 

State meet history: Never qualified

 

2010 Results:

Harrison (West Lafayette) Sectional:  2nd place (62 points)

Harrison (West Lafayette) Regional:  3rd place (84 points)

New Prairie Semistate: 11th place (286 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)

Megan Boone (11) – 20:09 (44th place)

Sarah Childs (10) – 20:31 (52nd place)

Alexandra Foster (10) – 20:44 (67th place)

Kaitlyn Circle (12) – 22:22 (121st place)

Taylor High (12) – 24:25 (147th place)

Emily Rantz (11) – 25:52 (153rd place)

 

2011 Outlook:

The Raiders aren’t very deep but could potentially be a couple newcomers away from making a run at the state finals in the wide-open New Prairie Semistate. With a strong top three, Harrison needs two more solid runners to be one of the top teams in the northwest. The gap to some of the top teams, however, is quite large.

 

#43 – Indianapolis Cathedral Fighting Irish

Carmel Semistate #20

Brebeuf Regional #10

Brebeuf Sectional #4

 

State meet history: 9 appearances (last in 2009), 1 podium finish (2004)

 

2010 Results:

Brebeuf Sectional:  5th place (117 points)

Brebeuf Regional: 10th place (241 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brebeuf Regional)

Emma MacAnally (11) – 20:05 (32nd place)

Katie Quigley (12) – 20:09 (36th place)

Kendall Burgett (11) – 20:47 (50th place)

Grace Bennett (11) – 21:54 (67th place)

Sydney Devine (11) – 22:23 (71st place)

 

2011 Outlook:

The Irish have two potential sub 20 runners in MacAnally and Quigley, both of whom have state meet experience from Cathedral’s most recent trip in 2009. Often boasting the largest team in Indiana on a regular basis, it isn’t inconceivable that the Irish could find quite a few quality newcomers. However, finding enough to advance from the Brebeuf Regional guillotine might be  a tall order.

 

#42 – Trinity Lutheran Cougars

Brown County Semistate #7

 

State meet history: Never qualified

 

2010 Results:

Bedford North Lawrence Sectional:  3rd place (84 points)

Bedford North Lawrence Regional:  3rd place (102 points)

Brown County Semistate:  14th place (336 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)

Taylor Royalty (12) – 18:38 (6th place)

Danielle Shelley (10) – 21:01 (62nd place)

Brittany VonDielingen (10) – 21:42 (95th place)

Erika Horton (11) – 21:53 (103rd place)

Haley Couch (10) – 22:20 (116th place)

Allison Voss (10) – 22:36 (125th place)

Allison Posey (10) – 23:45 (139th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

The Cougars could be this year’s Cinderella team. A school with just an enrollment of 143, Trinity is in the mix to advance from the southern semistate. With the senior Royalty, 30th at last year’s state finals in cross and a 5:01 miler, the Cougars could potentially score just four runners at the semistate. The year of experience could provide the improvement necessary for the other runners to get the team to the state finals.

 

#41 – Northridge Raiders

New Haven Semistate #9

 

State meet history: 17 appearances (last in 2009), 7 podium finishes (last in 2005), 1 runner-up title (2002)

 

2010 Results:

Elkhart Central Sectional:  1st place (35 points)

Elkhart Central Regional:  1st place (61 points)

New Haven Semistate:  7th place (209 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-State)

Jennifer Schrock (11) – 20:11 (45th place)

Corinne Cominator (11) – 20:29 (62nd place)

Madeline Royce (11) – 20:55 (86th place)

Kayla Rothi (11) – 21:16 (100th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

The Raiders missed the state finals for the first time in 11 years last season. A good portion of that team is missing as well, but Northridge has one of the longest running traditions in Indiana girls cross country. It’s entirely possible that the Raiders can restock their line-up and return to Terre Haute for the 18th time in 20 years.

 

#40 – Bedford North Lawrence Stars

Brown County Semistate #6

 

State meet history: 7 appearances (last in 2010)

 

2010 Results:

Bedford North Lawrence Sectional:  1st place (39 points)

Bedford North Lawrence Regional:  1st place (55 points)

Brown County Semistate:  5th place (232 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 15th place (329 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)

Elizabeth Sheldon (12) – 20:31 (50th place)

Danielle Page (10) – 20:38 (53rd place)

Hanna Guthrie (12) – 20:58 (59th place)

Courtney Crane (12) – 21:40 (93rd place)

Bret Roberts (10) – 21:40 (94th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

The Stars qualified for their second straight state meet last year. With the graduation of frontrunner Samantha Sheldon, BNL’s line-up takes a hit. The next five are back, however, so the Stars have a good chance at advancing out of the south for a third consecutive year.

 

#39 – Greencastle Tiger Cubs

Carmel Semistate #19

Ben Davis Regional #6

 

State meet history: Never qualified

 

2010 Results:

South Putnam Sectional:  2nd place (80 points)

Ben Davis Regional:  6th place (158 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Ben Davis Regional)

Colleen Weatherford (11) – 19:23 (4th place)

Emily Gill (12) – 20:52 (28th place)

Kayla Cash (11) – 21:24 (42nd place)

Paige Pickens (12) – 21:35 (45th place)

Abigail Wilson (10) – 21:54 (49th place)

Megan Haynes (10) – 21:58 (50th place)

Cheyenne Fauverge (12) – 23:58 (69th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

The Tiger Cubs return all of their varsity line-up from last year, including frontrunner Colleen Weatherford. Greencastle should score very little up front with Weatherford, who is returning from a stellar track season. After that, they’ll need some improvement to advance from the competitive Ben Davis regional where all five qualifying teams from last year bring back most of their squads.

 

#38 Avon Orioles

Carmel Semistate #18

Ben Davis Regional #5

 

State meet history: 1 appearance (2000)

 

2010 Results:

South Putnam Sectional:  3rd place (81 points)

Ben Davis Regional:  5th place (121 points)

Carmel Semistate:  17th place (402 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-State)

Jesse McNealy (12) – 19:43 (48th place)

Taylor Smith (12) – 20:25 (81st place)

Fiona Brown (12) – 20:53 (101st place)

Gabi Borges (12) – 20:55 (103rd place)

Mikala Hillis (11) – 21:50 (118th place)

Victoria Collins (11) – 22:09 (125th place)

Tyra Johnson (10) – 22:30 (130th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

The Orioles return all of last year’s seven, including McNealy and Smith, both of whom broke 20 minutes in the regional and had solid track seasons. A senior-laden line-up, Avon should once again be competitive in the sectional and regional rounds and be looking to qualify for the semistate. The Orioles should be bolstered by a solid incoming freshman class and the addition of sophomore Kennedy Reed, a 5:32 miler from the spring.

 

#37 Indianapolis Chatard Trojans

Carmel Semistate #17

Brebeuf Regional #9

Brebeuf Sectional #3

 

State meet history: 3 appearances (last in 2007)

 

2010 Results:

Brebeuf Sectional Sectional:  4th place (96 points)

Brebeuf Regional:  9th place (206 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brebeuf Regional)

Mary Davis (12) – 18:25 (4th place)

Sophie Meier (11) – 20:19 (44th place)

Arden Burch (12) – 20:33 (46th place)

Elaine Wessel (11) – 20:59 (55th place)

Emily Lux (11) – 21:35 (65th place)

Stephanie Barnes (11) – 22:01 (68th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

Chatard will be looking to return to its former glory, including a 2007 season when the Trojans were just five points away from the state meet podium. Senior Mary Davis, a multiple-time individual state finals qualifier, will lead the charge for Chatard up front. Her single digit points in every meet of the season should be key. She will likely run the last two rounds of the tournament solo, though, as the Trojans are in the most talent-infused area of Indiana.

 

#36 – Homestead Spartans

New Haven Semistate #8

 

State meet history: 11 appearances (last in 2004)

 

2010 Results:

Bellmont Sectional:  1st place (27 points)

Marion Regional:  3rd place (69 points)

New Haven Semistate:  9th place (239 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-State)

Taylor Busch (10) – 19:57 (36th place)

Haley Havert (12) – 20:14 (46th place)

Lauren Purlee (12) – 20:46 (81st place)

Mariah Jordan (11) – 20:48 (82nd place)

Kayla Lubkert (12) – 21:17 (101st place)

 

2011 Outlook:

Once a team with a school with a ten-year state finals streak, the Spartans could be looking to return for the first time since 2004. Five of last year’s top seven return, and it appears Homestead could be in the running to advance from the northeast semistate. Havert and Busch both had solid track seasons, advancing to the regional round in individual events.

 

#35 Eastern (Greentown) Comets

New Prairie Semistate #7

 

State meet history: Never qualified

 

2010 Results:

Logansport Sectional:  1st place (37 points)

Culver Academies Regional:  2nd place (53 points)

New Prairie Semistate:  8th place (259 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)

Bethany Neeley (11) – 19:04 (12th place)

Brittany Neeley (11) – 19:37 (26th place)

Sarah Wagner (11) – 20:33 (53rd place)

Ari Rinaldo (10) – 22:26 (123rd place)

Cambry Martin (11) – 24:11 (145th place)

Sarah Willis (12) – 26:39 (156th place)

2011 Outlook:

The Comets might be one of the most intriguing teams in Indiana. They aren’t especially deep, but the frontrunners could give them a great start. Bethany Neeley could be one of the state’s top harriers after a track season in which she ran Indiana’s second best time in the 800 and 1600, including a runner-up performance in the half-mile. Her sister Brittany was All-State in the 400 so it will be interesting to see how that translates over 5000 meters.  The Comets will need improvement at 4-5, and it may be hard to find  in a school with an enrollment under 500.

 

#34 – Terre Haute South Braves

Brown County Semistate #5

Brown County Regional #4

 

State meet history: 11 appearances (last in 2010)

 

2010 Results:

Terre Haute North Sectional:  2nd place (49 points)

Brown County Regional:  4th place (113 points)

Brown County Semistate:  5th place (232 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 24th place (635 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)

Nikki Thiede (10) – 18:37 (5th place)

Katie Schmidt (10) – 20:36 (52nd place)

Nicole Howe (10) – 21:02 (64th place)

Sam Holmes (10) – 21:05 (67th place)

Cinthia Williams (12) – 21:36 (89th place)

Stacey Beckman (12) – 21:55 (106th place)

Maddie Kerr (10) – 22:33 (122nd place)

 

2011 Outlook:

Last year may be just the start for this Braves team, who qualified for their first state finals in five years off the strength of four freshmen at the top of the depth chart. Thiede is one of the best runners in the south and should serve as a great frontrunner for South over the next three years. With the current line-up, the Braves look to have a smooth road back to the state finals and should see some good competition against cross-town rival Terre Haute North through most of the season.

 

#33 – Perry Meridian Falcons

Carmel Semistate #16

Ben Davis Regional #4

 

State meet history: Never qualified

 

2010 Results:

Ben Davis Sectional:  1st place (66 points)

Ben Davis Regional:  4th place (109 points)

Carmel Semistate:  16th place (394 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-State)

Kieran Casey (10) – 18:35 (11th place)

Brianna Huckleberry (11) – 19:33 (40th place)

Christina Douglas (10) – 21:47 (116th place)

Erika Peterson (11) – 22:20 (127th place)

Laura Davis (12) – 24:09 (148th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

The Falcons have a very solid top two, led by Casey who qualified out of the incredibly tough Carmel Semistate as an individual. With Casey and Huckleberry back for another two seasons, Perry has a very good foundation for the future. To be competitive beyond the sectional and regional rounds, however, they will need to develop the depth after those two.

 

#32 Franklin Grizzly Cubs

Carmel Semistate #15

 

State meet history: Never qualified

 

2010 Results:

Edinburgh Sectional:  3rd place (102 points)

Greensburg Regional:  4th place (114 points)

Carmel Semistate:  14th place (384 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-State)

Kyleigh Brown (12) – 19:20 (28th place)

Katie Smith (10) – 20:36 (88th place)

Traci Smith (10) – 20:40 (91st place)

Meagan Hash (11) – 20:53 (100th place)

Kylie Kireta (12) – 22:01 (124th place)

Abby Hurt (12) – 22:44 (133rd place)

 

2011 Outlook:

After another solid year, the Grizzly Cubs return six of seven, including senior Kyleigh Brown who could make a run at the state meet as an individual. With four back under 21 minutes and a frontrunner, Franklin should make another appearance at the semistate, although the Cubs’ track season was less than stellar.

 

#31 – Chesterton Trojans

New Prairie Semistate #6

 

State meet history: 16 appearances (last in 2007), 7 podium finishes (last in 2003), 3 state runner-up titles (1995, 1997, 2003)

 

2010 Results:

Chesterton Sectional:  3rd place (87 points)

New Prairie Regional:  3rd place (99 points)

New Prairie Semistate:  7th place (246 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)

Melonie Buckmaster (11) – 20:04 (38th place)

Hannah Hoffman (11) – 20:20 (47th place)

Haley Cushway (10) – 20:37 (60th place)

Linda Graff (12) – 20:42 (64th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

After two close calls the last couple of years, including a semistate where a forgotten chip may have cost the Trojans a trip to Terre Haute, Chesterton looks to be in good shape to return to the state finals. Though the Trojans have just four back from last year, they are the top four, and finding a fifth at a school of that size with that kind of tradition shouldn’t be too challenging. Sophomore Kristen Homme, who ran 5:20 for 1600 meters in the track season, could be a great bonus.

 

#30 Zionsville Eagles

Carmel Semistate #14

Brebeuf Regional #8

Noblesville Sectional #6

 

State meet history: Never qualified

 

2010 Results:

Noblesville Sectional:  6th place (137 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Noblesville Sectional)

Randi Ulmer (12) – 19:46 (16th place)

Courtney Sampson (11) – 20:22 (26th place)

Jessica Banks (12) – 20:33 (28th place)

Becca Uebele (10) – 20:44 (32nd place)

Lauren Munley (11) – 20:52 (35th place)

Suzie Hoops (11) – 21:14 (40th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

Certainly no one has a tougher road through the tournament than Zionsville. Despite being ranked in the top 25 for parts of last season, the Eagles were a non-advancing sixth at last year’s sectional meet. With six of last year’s seven back and the team still boasting record numbers, the Eagles should be improved from the previous team again.

 

#29 Lawrence Central Bears

Carmel Semistate #13

Brebeuf Regional #7

Brebeuf Sectional #2

 

State meet history: Never qualified

 

2010 Results:

Brebeuf Sectional:  2nd place (52 points)

Brebeuf Regional:  6th place (55 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brebeuf Regional)

Maddy Roach (11) – 19:36 (25th place)

Erin Ellefsen (11) – 20:10 (38th place)

Ashley Jackson (11) – 20:46 (49th place)

Kollette Koehler (11) – 20:49 (51st place)

Alyssa Jackson (11) – 21:02 (57th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

The Bears had a down race at the regional last year, and it may have cost them a chance to run in the semistate. A good portion of last season’s team is back, including frontrunner Maddy Roach, who was a state finalist in the 1600 and 800. It should be a challenging and exciting season for the Bears as the team will have a new coach and a solid crop of juniors to build from last year and for next year.

 

#28  – Pike Red Devils

Carmel Semistate #12

Ben Davis Regional #3

 

State meet history: 4 appearances (last in 1987), 3 podium finishes (last in 1987)

 

2010 Results:

Ben Davis Sectional:  1st place (29 points)

Ben Davis Regional:  1st place (46 points)

Carmel Semistate:  8th place (257 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-State)

Lydia Greene (12) – 19:04 (20th place)

Sophia Greene (12) – 20:33 (86th place)

Breanna Herring (11) – 20:39 (90th place)

Hillary Merrill (10) – 20:49 (98th place)

Stephanie Timm (10) – 20:57 (104th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

The Red Devils take some graduation hits with the loss of their second and third runners, but they do return five from last year’s line-up. Frontrunner Lydia Greene is back and could have a great shot to advance as an individual after a 20th place finish in last season’s semistate. The semistate results could be a bit misleading also. Sophia Greene and Timm ran 20:04 and 19:56, respectively, in a dominant regional win.

 

#27 DeKalb Barons

New Haven Semistate #7

West Noble Regional #3

 

State meet history: 15 appearances (last in 2010), 1 podium finish (2003)

 

2010 Results:

West Noble Sectional:  2nd place (65 points)

West Noble Regional:  4th place (113 points)

New Haven Semistate:  6th place (180 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 19th (453 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-State)

Jolena Hansbarger (12) – 19:35 (26th place)

Madison Vanwye (10) – 20:24 (55th place)

Brenae Newhard (11) – 20:34 (69th place)

Kara Robinett (10) – 21:03 (89th place)

Tiara Teders (11) – 21:35 (111th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

The Barons always seem to get the job done around semistate time. In fact, DeKalb has made the past six state finals and ten of the last 11. This year could be a challenge after losing last season’s two and three runners. The experience is there, however. Of the Barons’ five returners, they share eight state meet appearances.

 

#26  – Plainfield Quakers

Carmel Semistate #11

Ben Davis Regional #2

 

State meet history: Never qualified

 

2010 Results:

South Putnam Sectional:  1st place (40 points)

Ben Davis Regional:  3rd place (96 points)

Carmel Semistate:  13th place (360 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-State)

Kylie Cason (11) – 19:20 (30th place)

Markella Taivalkoski (12) – 19:45 (52nd place)

Allison Abbe (10) – 20:55 (102nd place)

Brynn Olinger (11) – 20:57 (106th place)

Sydney Simpson (10) – 21:30 (112th place)

Katrina Taivalkoski (11) – 21:52 (119th place)

Amy Justus (12) – 22:23 (128th place)

 

 

2011 Outlook:

The Quakers enjoyed perhaps their most successful season early before fading down the stretch a bit, perhaps due to a young line-up. All seven are back, however, and Plainfield hopes to return to the form that earned them a top 25 ranking and dominating sectional victory. A few of the Quakers are rebounding from track injuries, including frontrunner Cason, but Plainfield should have its eyes set on defending its sectional title against county rivals Brownsburg and Avon.

 

#25 Huntington North Vikings

New Haven Semistate #6

 

State meet history: 6 appearances (last in 2010)

 

2010 Results:

Marion Sectional:  2nd place (38 points)

Marion Regional:  2nd place (51 points)

New Haven Semistate:  5th place (164 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 16th (384 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-State)

Karson Rowe (11) – 20:17 (51st place)

Kayla Patrick (11) – 20:22 (54th place)

Robyn Karst (11) – 20:29 (61st place)

Paulina Grunden (10) – 20:30 (63rd place)

 

2011 Outlook:

The Vikings have some big holes to fill after the graduation of last year’s top trio. Huntington does bring back a solid top four. It is the beginnings of a pack that could help the Vikes return to the state finals for the fourth year in a row. Huntington is known for its deep junior varsity, and Patrick could emerge as a vital frontrunner after a solid track season in the 800.

 

 

#24 Penn Kingsmen

New Haven Semistate #5

 

State meet history: 11 appearances (last in 2004), 5 podium finishes (last in 1995)

 

2010 Results:

South Bend Riley Sectional:  1st place (42 points)

Elkhart Central Regional:  3rd place (64 points)

New Haven Semistate:  8th place (233 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-State)

Kristina Galat (12) – 19:20 (18th place)

Lauren Pottschmidt (10) – 20:01 (38th place)

Tori Siege (11) – 20:34 (71st place)

Katie Martin (12) – 20:37 (75th place)

Sophie Glassford (12) – 20:37 (76th place)

Jenn Priebe (11) – 20:53 (84th place)

Allyssa Marlow (11) – 21:11 (97th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

The Kingsmen return everyone from last season’s top ten semistate team. Galat gives Penn good frontrunning, and the pack could be good enough to qualify for the state finals. All the Kingsmen had good track seasons, though many of those were over 800 meters, which doesn’t always convert to stellar cross country performances. Still, Penn has a very good shot to advance to the state finals this fall.

 

#23 – Warsaw Tigers

New Haven Semistate #4

 

State meet history: 1 appearance (1999)

 

2010 Results:

Elkhart Central Sectional:  2nd place (39 points)

Elkhart Central Regional:  2nd place (63 points)

New Haven Semistate:  10th place (239 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-State)

Anna Bearss (10) – 19:11 (14th place)

Ashley Erba (11) – 19:47 (30th place)

Kristin Quick (11) – 20:32 (66th place)

Madeline Hooks (10) – 20:35 (72nd place)

Creigh Ogle (12) – 21:12 (99th place)

Kara Millington (10) – 21:39 (112th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

This may be the year for the Tigers. Still a relatively young team, Warsaw will be led by two girls with cross country state finals experience in Bearss and Erba. After a solid track season, including a 4×8 state finalist relay and Erba making it as an individual in the 1600, Warsaw could be looking to turn transition that spring success onto the grass. Tournament battles against Penn should be interesting.

 

#22 Portage Indians

New Prairie Semistate #5

 

State meet history: 14 appearances (last in 2010), 2 podium finishes (last in 1996), 1 runner-up title (1988)

 

2010 Results:

Chesterton Sectional:  2nd place (81 points)

New Prairie Regional:  2nd place (88 points)

New Prairie Semistate:  6th place (216 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 22nd (579 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)

Paige Pizer (10) – 19:20 (17th place)

Megan Cassidy (12) – 20:07 (42nd place)

Abby Trader (12) – 20:36 (58th place)

Brianne Cipich (12) – 20:36 (59th place)

Janee Escobedo (10) – 21:02 (85th place)

Salina McConnell (10) – 21:59 (108th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

Three years ago, the Indians qualified for the state finals with five freshmen. Those same girls could make it four-for-four this year. Pizer gives Portage a good frontrunning threat and Cassidy showed a lot of improvement by running 11:52 in the track season. With potentially two in the top 25 at the semistate, it could just be a matter of cleaning up after that to earn the Indians’ fourth consecutive trip to Terre Haute and seventh in eight years.

 

#21 Crown Point Bulldogs

New Prairie Semistate #5

 

State meet history: 12 appearances (last in 2010), 1 podium finish (1997)

 

2010 Results:

Crown Point Sectional:  1st place (26 points)

Crown Point Regional:  1st place (33 points)

New Prairie Semistate:  3rd place (113 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 7th (260 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)

Lauren McCarroll (11) – 18:50 (8th place)

Lyndie Pierce (10) – 20:02 (36th place)

Carly Kiran (12) – 20:41 (63rd place)

Ally Carpenter (11) – 20:57 (82nd place)

 

2011 Outlook:

The state finals have been somewhat heartbreaking for the Bulldogs the last two years, finishing sixth in ’09 and seventh in ’10, just points away from the podium. This year’s team will be hurt by graduation but still figures to be among the best in the northwest. Two-time All-Stater Laicee Pierce is gone, but fellow frontrunner Lauren McCarroll should still give Crown Point single digit points in nearly every meet. With only four back, the ‘Dogs will need to develop depth, but that shouldn’t be too big of a task at a school with an enrollment around 3000 students.

 

#20 Lake Central Indians

New Prairie Semistate #4

 

State meet history: 8 appearances (last in 2010), 2 podium finishes (last in 2008), 2 runner-up titles (2007, 2008)

 

2010 Results:

Hammond Gavit Sectional:  1st place (23 points)

Crown Point Regional:  2nd place (46 points)

New Prairie Semistate:  4th place (179 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 17th (384 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)

Shelby Carroll (12) – 18:56 (10th place)

Tatiana Lazic (10) – 20:33 (56th place)

Amanda Onest (11) – 20:40 (62nd place)

Jill Tharp (12) – 20:45 (68th place)

Zoe Carroll (10) – 20:45 (69th place)

Sarah Hudi (11) – 21:33 (101st place)

 

2011 Outlook:

The Indians have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the northwest. Currently riding a five-year streak of state finals appearances, Lake Central has weathered some of the graduation storms over the last couple of seasons. With six of seven back from last year’s team, the Indians look to be in great position once again. After a great track season, Lazic may be looking to join Carroll as a potential individual state qualifier. A lack of depth may make joining the state’s elite teams difficult, though.

 

#19 Bloomington North Cougars

Brown County Semistate #4

Brown County Regional #3

 

State meet history: 22 appearances (last in 2010), 3 podium finishes (last in 2007), 1 runner-up titles (1982)

 

2010 Results:

Brown County Sectional:  1st place (32 points)

Brown County Regional:  3rd place (57 points)

Brown County Semistate:  4th place (122 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 18th (417 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)

Christine Sparks (11) – 18:58 (11th place)

Katie Raphael (10) – 19:27 (20th place)

Hanna Landdry (11) – 19:59 (29th place)

Laura O’Connor (11) – 21:00 (61st place)

Maggie Driscoll (11) – 21:09 (69th place)

Laura Thomas (12) – 21:43 (98th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

A mortal lock to advance to the state finals each year, the Cougars return six of last year’s seven. Leading the group will be junior Christine Sparks, who has finished in the top 15 in every semistate race of her career thus far. Raphael had a great track season in the 800 meters, advancing to the state meet. Sophomore Isabel Roberts-Hamilton, a 5:12 miler last spring, decides to run, does not appear in semistate results but did run in the state finals. She should minimize North’s seeming lack of depth.

 

#18 Evansville Memorial Tigers

Brown County Semistate #3

 

State meet history: 2 appearances (last in 2010)

 

2010 Results:

Evansville Mater Dei Sectional:  1st place (24 points)

Pike Central Regional:  1st place (27 points)

Brown County Semistate:  3rd place (105 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 20th (462 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)

Maria Mehringer (11) – 19:00 (13th place)

Claire Ehrensbeck (12) – 19:14 (17th place)

Taylor Warren (10) – 20:11 (35th place)

Sarah Wargel (10) – 20:27 (46th place)

Hanna Arney (12) – 20:45 (55th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

A new tradition on the state scene, the Tigers have qualified for the past two state finals and show no indication of slowing down. Memorial had one of the best top trios in the state last year and do lose Claire Bromm. Mehringer and Ehrensbeck are both potential individual qualifiers. Three other runners turn, and they should give the Tigers another state finals appearance and a chance to redeem last year’s slightly disappointing performance in Terre Haute.

 

#17 Fort Wayne Concordia Cadets

New Prairie Semistate #3

West Noble Regional #2

 

State meet history: 9 appearances (last in 2010), 1 podium finish (1983), 1 state championship (1983)

 

2010 Results:

Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional:  2nd place (42 points)

West Noble Regional:  2nd place (57 points)

New Haven Semistate:  4th place (126 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 9th (269 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-State)

Anna Reibs (12) – 19:11 (13th place)

Marina Konow (10) – 19:20 (19th place)

Daniella Moeller (11) – 20:09 (43rd place)

Maryfrances Easterday (12) – 20:26 (59th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

The Cadets are coming off one of the school’s best seasons ever after a ninth place finish at the state finals. Reibs and Konow give Concordia a good frontrunning duo. With four back from last year’s team in a program where filling out a depth chart has never seemed to be too big of an obstacle, the Cadets should be highly competitive in the northeast as is tradition.

 

#16 Columbia City Eagles

New Haven Semistate #2

 

State meet history: 5 appearances (last in 2010)

 

2010 Results:

Marion Sectional:  1st place (24 points)

Marion Regional:  1st place (38 points)

New Haven Semistate:  3rd place (108 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 13th (319 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-State)

Samantha Roush (10) – 19:05 (12th place)

Brooke Werstler (10) – 19:21 (20th place)

Carlee Hearld (11) – 20:15 (47th place)

Erin Knepple (10) – 20:34 (70th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

The Eagles returned to their second straight state finals with three freshmen in the line-up. Roush is back for her sophomore campaign after earning an individual medal in Terre Haute last fall and nearly finishing All-State in track. With her and Werstler providing frontrunning capabilities, the Eagles should be spectacular through two. For this young team, it will just a matter of finding a fifth runner to complement the solid returning four.

 

#15 Hamilton Southeastern Royals

Carmel Semistate #10

Brebeuf Regional #6

Noblesville Sectional #5

 

State meet history: Never qualified

 

2010 Results:

Noblesville Sectional:  5th place (113 points)

Brebeuf Regional:  7th place (183 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brebeuf Regional)

Jessica King (10) – 19:27 (19th place)

Emily Wagoner (11) – 19:48 (29th place)

Brooke Morgan (12) – 20:09 (35th place)

Carla Sraders (12) – 20:50 (52nd place)

Jordan Tatom (12) – 21:08 (59th place)

Michelle Baker (12) – 21:26 (63rd place)

 

2011 Outlook:

Based on last year’s regional results, the Royals don’t look too intimidating. However, HSE has two wildcards that could make them potentially one of the elite teams in Indiana. Senior Brooke Morgan, who had some issues at the regional, has proven to be one of the very best runners in the state when healthy. The Royals will also add the middle school state champion whose prowess also extends to the track where she blitzed a 5:02 1600 as an 8th grader. With those two setting the pace up front and a solid cast to back them up, HSE may be the most intriguing team of ’11.

 

#14 Fishers Tigers

Carmel Semistate #9

Brebeuf Regional #5

Noblesville Sectional #4

 

State meet history: Never qualified

 

2010 Results:

Noblesville Sectional:  3rd place (94 points)

Brebeuf Regional:  5th place (125 points)

Carmel Semistate:  9th place (267 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-State)

Makayla Schultheis (12) – 19:20 (29th place)

Abby Horn (10) – 19:42 (46th place)

Ally Reyes (11) – 20:17 (76th place)

Maddie Bartholomew (12) – 20:19 (78th place)

Rachel Horn (10) – 20:24 (80th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

Fishers may be making its ascent to the state’s top tier. The Tigers had a top ten finish in Indiana’s toughest semistate last year and defeated a state finalist team and perennial powerhouse in the state tournament when they outpointed Westfield in the sectional. With five of last year’s seven back and a good track season under their belts, the Tigers may be on the prowl to the state finals. Advancing through the tournament against the other Hamilton county schools won’t be easy, however.

 

#13 Center Grove Trojans

Carmel Semistate #8

 

State meet history: 6 appearances (last in 2007), 1 podium finish (2006)

 

2010 Results:

Edinburgh Sectional:  2nd place (57 points)

Greensburg Regional:  2nd place (56 points)

Carmel Semistate:  7th place (243 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-State)

Victoria Schoettmer (11) – 18:30 (6th place)

Jordan Timmons (11) – 19:42 (47th place)

Delainey Burnett (11) – 19:54 (58th place)

Emma Raker (12) – 20:10 (73rd place)

Rachel Dever (10) – 20:42 (93rd place)

Morgan Lee (11) – 20:48 (96th place)

Anna Burton (11) – 20:48 (97th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

The Trojans are on a short hiatus from the state finals, not having qualified since 2007. This year’s group certainly has the make-up of a potential state meet team. Junior Tori Schoetmmer is coming off a great track season where she was the state runner-up in the 1600. This came after earning All-State honors in cross country. With seven runners back from a team that fell just one place shy of the state meet, CG looks to have the frontrunning and depth to make a serious run at qualifying for the state meet.

 

#12 Bloomington South Panthers

Brown County Semistate #2

Brown County Regional #2

 

State meet history: 13 appearances (last in 2010)

 

2010 Results:

Brown County Sectional:  2nd place (33 points)

Brown County Regional:  2nd place (50 points)

Brown County Semistate:  2nd place (83 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 14th (327 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)

Alex Warzyniak (10) – 18:36 (4th place)

Allie Hetrick (12) – 19:33 (22nd place)

Karolina Kenney (12) – 19:36 (23rd place)

Priyanka Ghosh (11) – 20:42 (54th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

Though the Panthers lose state runner-up Nicole Lucas, they should get a huge boost with the return of Anna Voskuil. In her freshman year, Voskuil was among the state’s best but had to sit out much of last fall with an injury. Between Voskuil and Warzyniak, who was a 5:00 miler as a freshman, South should have a great frontrunning duo. The team will need to improve at five, but that has never been a problem for the Panthers.

 

#11 West Lafayette Red Devils

New Prairie Semistate #2

State meet history: 8 appearances (last in 2010), 3 podium finishes (last in 2010)

 

2010 Results:

Harrison (West Lafayette) Sectional:  1st place (15 points)

Harrison (West Lafayette) Regional:  1st place (16 points)

New Prairie Semistate:  2nd place (67 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 3rd (173 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)

Grace Lachmund (11) – 18:50 (7th place)

Bobbie Burgess (11) – 19:37 (25th place)

Cailey Daluga (11) – 19:41 (28th place)

Grace Harvey (12) – 20:00 (35th place)

Michaela Harrison (10) – 20:04 (37th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

The Red Devils have five good runners back from last year’s fairy tale season that culminated in a third place finish at the state meet behind two of the best teams in recent memory. Gone is three-time All-Stater Kaisa Goodman, but West Side still has frontrunner Grace Lachmund, who was 26th at the state meet. With four proven teammates joining her, the Devils should be back in the state meet. With a good crop of juniors, they may be just a year away from a return visit to the podium.

 

#10 Fort Wayne Carroll Chargers

New Haven Semistate #1

West Noble Regional #1

State meet history: 8 appearances (last in 2010), 3 podium finishes (last in 2010)

 

2010 Results:

Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional:  1st place (33 points)

West Noble Regional:  1st place (56 points)

New Haven Semistate:  1st place (72 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 5th (206 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-State)

Coral Whaley (10) – 19:18 (17th place)

Olivia Hippensteel (11) – 19:22 (21st place)

Kathryn Morris (10) – 19:38 (28th place)

Amy Poynter (11) – 19:47 (29th place)

Alexis Norris (11) – 20:31 (64th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

It’s official: Carroll has surpassed Northridge as the premiere program in the northeast. The Chargers had a mildly shocking ascent to the podium, finishing fifth in what was definitely their best race of the season. domain coupon . Brianna Johnson is gone after a four-year career in which she never finished lower than 11th at the state finals. In a school where talented runners always develop into solid contributors, the Chargers are never too far away from a podium appearance.

 

#9 Brownsburg Bulldogs

Carmel Semistate #7

Ben Davis Regional #1

State meet history: 1 appearances (2009)

 

2010 Results:

South Putnam Sectional:  4th place (85 points)

Ben Davis Regional:  2nd place (78 points)

Carmel Semistate:  10th place (279 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-State)

Sydney Lesko (12) – 19:36 (41st place)

Veronica Goduto (12) – 19:48 (53rd place)

Carissa Damler (10) – 20:02 (65th place)

Kyra Jo Gaerke (11) – 20:47 (95th place)

Rachel Smith (12) – 22:55 (136th place)

Jamie Wieder (11) – 23:11 (140th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

Ignore last year. The Bulldogs may have the second most talented team in Indiana, starting with a girl whose name is not on the list of returners. Senior Laura Bess sat out nearly all of last season with an injury. Sixth at the state meet her sophomore year while running for Harrison in West Lafayette, Bess appears to be back to her old form after a great track season. With her and Lesko (12th at the ’09 state meet) back from injury-plagued junior campaigns, Brownsburg will have a great frontrunning duo. The depth could be enough to make a healthy Bulldog team a top contender, especially since Brownsburg will add a top freshman.

 

#8 Westfield Shamrocks

Carmel Semistate #6

Brebeuf Regional #4

Noblesville Sectional #3

State meet history: 10 appearances (last in 2010), 6 podium finishes (last in 2008), 1 state runner-up title (2004), 4 state championships (1998, 2005, 2006, 2007)

 

2010 Results:

Noblesville Sectional:  4th place (94 points)

Brebeuf Regional:  4th place (116 points)

Carmel Semistate:  6th place (210 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 12th (304 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-State)

Briana Leonard (10) – 19:02 (18th place)

Shelby Wilson (10) – 19:14 (25th place)

Shannon Webb (11) – 20:01 (63rd place)

Karli Koning (10) – 20:07 (67th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

The Shamrocks returned to the state meet last season for the sixth time in seven years. With last year’s top two heading into just their sophomore seasons and at least one stellar incoming freshman, Westfield looks to be in great shape for another state finals run this year. Leonard and Wilson are both potential individual state qualifiers. In the past, Westfield has always put together competitive teams, including finishing fifth at the ’08 state finals with a somewhat ragtag mob a year after losing three All-State runners. 2011 should be no different.

 

#7 Terre Haute North Patriots

Brown County Semistate #1

Brown County Regional #1

State meet history: 11 appearances (last in 2010)

 

2010 Results:

Terre Haute North Sectional:  1st place (19 points)

Brown County Regional:  1st place (43 points)

Brown County Semistate:  1st place (65 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 11th (302 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)

Chanli Mundy (11) – 18:30 (2nd place)

TaPring Goatee (11) – 18:43 (7th place)

Jessi Conley (10) – 18:44 (8th place)

Mallory Sanders (10) – 19:47 (26th place)

Annie Mullican (11) – 19:56 (28th place)

Katherine Loebker (11) – 20:07 (33rd place)

Brandi Roshel (12) – 20:09 (34th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

The Patriots have a phenomenal top trio with Mundy, Goatee and Conley. With three potential All-Staters, North has the beginnings to a podium team. With all seven returning, the Pats definitely look to be the best team in the south and could challenge the top teams in all of the state. If North can put three in the top 25 at the state meet, it seems unlikely that they wouldn’t be one of the five best teams on that day.

 

#6 Columbus North Bull Dogs

Carmel Semistate #5

State meet history: 26 appearances (last in 2010), 13 podium finishes (last in 2010), 2 state runner-up title (1986, 2010), 1 state championship (2009)

 

2010 Results:

Edinburgh Sectional:  1st place (18 points)

Greensburg Regional:  1st place (18 points)

Carmel Semistate:  2nd place (97 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 2nd (118 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-State)

Rachael Sollman (11) – 18:54 (17th place)

MacKenzie Caldwell (10) – 19:22 (31st place)

Erin Shuffett (12) – 19:26 (33rd place)

MacKenzie Harris (12) – 19:27 (35th place)

Jaclyn Gill (12) – 20:26 (82nd place)

 

2011 Outlook:

The epitome of a perennial contender, the Bull Dogs have qualified for 26 of the last 28 state finals. With a very good top four remaining and a deep pool to fill out the remaining varsity spots, North may once again be among the state’s best. The Dogs have a history of running their best races in the state finals, where runners often match or better their placing at the semistate level. That’s exactly what frontrunner Rachael Sollman did last year. With her at the lead, North is again a podium contender.

 

#5 North Central Panthers

Carmel Semistate #4

Brebeuf Regional #3

Brebeuf Sectional #1

State meet history: 16 appearances (last in 2010), 6 podium finishes (last in 1994)

 

2010 Results:

Brebeuf Sectional:  1st place (37 points)

Brebeuf Regional:  3rd place (83 points)

Carmel Semistate:  5th place (148 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 10th (291 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-State)

Brenna Poulsen (12) – 18:18 (3rd place)

Marissa Stephens (12) – 19:07 (23rd place)

Allie Rogers (12) – 19:32 (39th place)

Annie Lohrstoffer (10) – 19:37 (42nd place)

Meghan Fox (12) – 19:52 (56th place)

Caroline Hawes (12) – 20:11 (74th place)

Madison Long (11) – 20:38 (89th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

The Panthers bring back all seven from last year’s team. The senior-laden squad may feel a sense of urgency this year, having qualified in two of the past three seasons but fallen shy of the podium each time. Poulsen should fill the role of frontrunner well after finishing 11th at last year’s state meet and enjoying another good track season. The Panthers will be under a new coach.

 

#4 Franklin Central Flashes

Carmel Semistate #3

State meet history: 6 appearances (last in 2010), 3 podium finishes (last in 2010)

 

2010 Results:

New Palestine Sectional:  1st place (30 points)

Rushville Regional:  1st place (26 points)

Carmel Semistate:  4th place (135 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 4th (202 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-State)

Jasmine Al-Anzi (12) – 18:35 (9th place)

Meredith Jackson (12) – 19:19 (27th place)

Natalie Nolting (11) – 19:49 (54th place)

Kirsten Taft (12) – 20:08 (70th place)

Carolyn Talhelm (11) – 20:45 (94th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

Like some other teams on the list, the Flashes are better than they appear in their semistate results. FC certainly has a knack for running well in the state meet, including three podium finishes in the last three years. Seniors Jasmine Al-Anzi and Meredith Jackson seem ready for breakout seasons and junior Carolyn Talhelm could be looking to return to her sub-19 minute form. With an incoming freshman class rumored to be among the best in the state, the Flashes could be making a fourth consecutive ascent up the podium.

 

#3 Valparaiso Vikings

New Prairie Semistate #1

State meet history: 24 appearances (last in 2010), 11 podium finishes (last in 2008), 3 state runner-up titles (2001, 2005, 2006), 5 state championships (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005)

 

2010 Results:

Chesterton Sectional:  1st place (21 points)

New Prairie Regional:  1st place (34 points)

New Prairie Semistate:  1st place (51 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 6th (239 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)

Katelyn DeVries (12) – 18:39 (5th place)

Tiffany Fortney (11) – 18:52 (9th place)

Lauren Bigger (12) – 19:06 (13th place)

Patricia Joll (12) – 19:31 (21st place)

Sara Greenawald (10) – 20:42 (65th place)

Marilee Tullis (10) – 21:55 (107th place)

 

2011 Outlook:

The Vikings have a great front two with DeVries and Fortney, both of whom could place very high in the state meet. In fact, DeVries has already proven herself to be one of the state’s best, finishing fourth as a sophomore and 31st as a freshman, despite an injury. There is a slight break after four, which was also what deterred Valpo from the podium last fall. With four potential individual qualifiers, the Vikes should be the class of the Region once again. A solid fifth runner would make them a podium lock.

 

#2 Noblesville Millers

Carmel Semistate #2

Brebeuf Regional #2

Noblesville Sectional #2

State meet history: 6 appearances (last in 2010), 2 podium finishes (last in 2009)

 

2010 Results:

Noblesville Sectional:  2nd place (69 points)

Brebeuf Regional:  2nd place (82 points)

Carmel Semistate:  3rd place (126 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 8th (266 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-State)

Helen Willman (12) – 18:24 (3rd place)

Kendra Foley (11) – 18:42 (6th place)

Rachel Kacer (11) – 18:49 (11th place)

Renee Studt (11) – 19:46 (28th place)

Hannah Pimley (12) – 20:12 (39th place)

Michelle Hance (12) – 20:23 (45th place)

Hannah Watson (12) – 22:46 (72nd place)

 

2011 Outlook:

Noblesville enters the season as the second best team in Indiana, and the second best team everywhere along its path through the tournament. With Willman, Foley and Kacer, the Millers boast the only top trio capable of running with Carmel’s top three. If Noblesville is to compete with the best of the best, it will need to develop the talent beyond those top three. The Millers also need those three to run well late in the season.

 

#1 Carmel Greyhounds

Carmel Semistate #1

Brebeuf Regional #1

Noblesville Sectional #1

State meet history: 30 appearances (last in 2010), 26 podium finishes (last in 2010), 8 state runner-up titles (1981, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2009), 12 state championships (1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2008, 2010)

 

2010 Results:

Noblesville Sectional:  1st place (23 points)

Brebeuf Regional:  1st place (38 points)

Carmel Semistate:  1st place (38 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 1st place (73 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-State)

Renee Wellman (12) – 18:04 (1st place)

Sarah Bennett (12) – 18:06 (2nd place)

Allison Jacobsen (12) – 18:35 (10th place)

Kelcy Welch (10) – 18:43 (13th place)

Lauren Kahre (12) – 18:50 (15th place)

Gina Genco (10) – 18:50 (16th place)

Ellen Schmitz (12) – 19:37 (43rd place)

 

2011 Outlook:

Seven of seven are back for the champs, including perhaps the top two runners in the entire state. On paper, it appears that no one would be close to the Greyhounds this season, who may enter with “best team ever” hype. In fact, Carmel brings back 4 of the top 15 returners from the state meet. The ‘Hounds had an incredible amount of runners go under the 3200 standard of 11:17 in the track season. Carmel enters 2011 not only as the best team in Indiana, but perhaps the best in all of the United States.

 

 

 

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