2012 Girls Top 50 Preseason Teams by Colin Altevogt

IR Staff members Brandon Jones and Colin Altevogt have spent countless hours researching the top teams for this upcoming 2012 Cross Country season. They went through hundreds of sets of team results over the past year so that they could develop resumés for the top 50 boys and girls teams.

We will release their lists of the state’s top teams one at a time for both boys and girls over the next 50 days.  The countdown from number 50 to number 1 will conclude just in time for the first weekend of major cross country action this season. Make sure you check back daily to see where your team is ranked.

Don’t agree with the ranking or want to give Jones some praise? Talk about it on our Message Board! As always, Jones will be giving hints as to the next day’s featured team(s) on his Official Top 50 Team Prediction Thread also located on the Message Board. The individual able to accurately predict the most teams at the end of 50 days will win a sweet box of USATF Gear courtesy of IR and our sponsor, USA Track and Field!

Enjoy and keep working hard all summer!

 

8/14/2012

 

#1 – Carmel Greyhounds

Carmel Semi-State #1

Brebeuf Regional #1

Noblesville Sectional #1

 

State meet history: 31 appearances (last in 2011), 27 podium finishes (last in 2011), 8 runner-up titles (1981, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2009), 14 state championships (1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2008, 2010, 2011)

 

2011 Results:

Noblesville Sectional:  1st place (26 points)

Brebeuf Regional: 1st place (26 points)

Carmel Semi-State: 1st place (34 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 1st place (43 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the IHSAA State Finals)

Kelcy Welch (11) – 18:30 (5th place)

Gina Genco (11) – 18:46 (13th place)

Kelsey Harris (10) – 19:22 (41st place)

Haley Harris (10) – 19:36 (55th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

Expect anyone different? The Greyhounds have won three of the last four state titles and finished on the podium in 27 of the 31 total years of girls cross country state finals. Carmel does take some pretty big graduation hits but brings back four of their seven from the state meet. Juniors Kelcy Welch and Gina Genco are returning individual medalists, and Genco could get four All-State honors. Beyond the returning four, the ‘Hounds had dozens of runners under 20 minutes. In particular, senior Ellen Schmitz ran 19:03 at the regional, sophomore Emma McCausland ran 18:45 and sophomore Rachel Weesner ran 5:14 for 1600 in the track season. They should all get a chance at the varsity this season.

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8/13/2012

 

#2 – Fort Wayne Carroll Chargers

New Haven Semi-State #1

 

State meet history: 9 appearances (last in 2011), 3 podium finishes (last in 2010)

 

2011 Results:

Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional:  1st place (34 points)

West Noble Regional:  1st place (38 points)

New Haven Semi-State:  1st place (89 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 7th place (242 points)

 

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

Olivia Hippensteel (12) – 19:13 (11th place)

Kathryn Morris (11) – 19:22 (16th place)

Amy Poynter (12) – 19:49 (22nd place)

Melanie Ruich (12) – 20:03 (32nd place)

Alexis Norris (12) – 20:14 (40th place)

Caitlyn Chastain (11) – 20:28 (52nd place)

Stacey Metzger (10) – 21:45 (117th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Chargers have all seven back from a team that finished three points back of the podium on a slightly off-day. Like Westfield, Carroll doesn’t have any elite frontrunners on the state level, but they are incredibly deep. In fact, the Chargers return all seven from their semi-state and state finals team. On top of that, junior Coral Whaley was the team’s third runner in the regional and finished 51st at the state meet as a freshman. Also, last year’s seventh runner Stacey Metzger ran 5:19 in the track season for 1600 meters.

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8/12/2012

 

#3 – West Lafayette Red Devils

New Prairie Semi-State #1

 

State meet history: 9 appearances (last in 2011), 4 podium appearances (last in 2011)

 

2011 Results:

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

Harrison (West Lafayette) Regional:  1st place (17 points)

New Prairie Semi-State: 1st place (66 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 5th place (239 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Prairie Regional)

Bobbie Burgess (12) – 18:22 (1st place)

Cailey Daluga (12) – 19:15 (11th place)

Grace Lachmund (12) – 19:20 (13th place)

Delaney Barber (10) – 19:25 (18th place)

Rachel Bales (10) – 20:07 (34th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Red Devils bring back a stacked team that finished fifth at the state meet last season. Senior Bobbie Burgess finished third at the state cross country meet and seventh at the loaded 3200 at the state track meet. Furthermore, West Lafayette could have five in the top 15 at the semi-state. Rumor is that the Devils could bring in some highly-touted freshman to help round out their squad, which would give West Side a very difficult team to beat by anyone in the state.

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8/11/2012

 

#4 – Westfield Shamrocks

Carmel Semi-State #2

Brebeuf Regional #2

Noblesville Sectional #2

 

State meet history: 11 appearances (last in 2011), 6 podium finishes (last in 2008), 1 state runner-up title (2004), 4 state championships (1998, 2005, 2006, 2007)

 

2011 Results:

Noblesville Sectional:  4th place (90 points)

Brebeuf Regional: 4th place (96 points)

Carmel Semi-State: 4th place (145 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 8th place (245 points)

 

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

Shelby Wilson (11) – 19:15 (20th place)

Taylor Rogers (10) – 19:17 (22nd place)

Karli Koning (11) – 19:39 (34th place)

Briana Leonard (11) – 19:41 (35th place)

Shannon Webb (12) – 20:23 (70th place)

Lauren Schweizer (12) – 20:29 (74th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

Another of the great Indiana traditions, the Shamrocks have six of seven back from a team that was six points shy of a return trip to the podium. Though Westfield does not have any star frontrunners, the ‘Rocks are incredibly deep and may be able to close the door quicker than almost any other team in Indiana. Westfield could add more depth if sophomore Vicky Evans, who ran 5:28 in the 1600 last spring, decides to run cross country.

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8/10/2012

 

#5– Center Grove Trojans

Carmel Semi-State #3

 

State meet history: 7 appearances (last in 2011), 1 podium finish (2006)

 

2011 Results:

Franklin Sectional:  2nd place (57 points)

Greensburg Regional:  2nd place (56 points)

Carmel Semi-State:  6th place (164 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 9th place (250 points)

 

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

Victoria Schoettmer (12) – 19:05 (14th place)

Jordan Timmons (12) – 19:17 (21st place)

Delainey Burnett (12) – 19:20 (25th place)

Rachel Dever (11) – 20:08 (60th place)

Anna Burton (12) – 20:10 (63rd place)

Shelbi Dishman (11) – 21:05 (92nd place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Trojans snuck into the state meet by a point then nearly made the podium, finishing just 11 points behind fifth in a blank finish. Center Grove will be led by Tori Schoettmer, who will be going for her fourth All-State honors. Schoettmer battled through injuries last year to place 19th at the state meet. Behind her, the Trojans have their top six back. With solid improvement, it looks possible that the Trojans could succeed this season where they fell 11 points shy last year.

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8/9/2012

 

#6 – Columbus North Bull Dogs

Brown County Semi-State #1

 

State meet history: 27 appearances (last in 2011), 14 podium finishes (last in 2011), 3 state runner-up titles (1986, 2010, 2011)

 

2011 Results:

Franklin Sectional:  1st place (21 points)

Greensburg Regional:  1st place (26 points)

Carmel Semi-State:  2nd place (123 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 2nd place (140 points)

 

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

MacKenzie Caldwell (11) – 18:19 (2nd place)

Rachael Sollman (12) – 18:53 (10th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

If the Bull Dogs ever looked shaky going into the season, it is now. North only returns two runners from last year’s runner-up team. However, those runners were both All-State last season. Moreover, the Dogs do have senior Caryn Wolfe, who qualified for the state finals in the 3200 in track. Those three and speculation of talented incoming freshman matched with North’s recent history of making the preseason rankings of this committee (of one) look foolish, lead the Dogs to the sixth spot.

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8/8/2012

 

#7 – Terre Haute North Patriots

Brown County Semi-State #2

 

State meet history: 12 appearances (last in 2011)

 

2011 Results:

Terre Haute North Sectional:  1st place (15 points)

Brown County Regional:  1st place (38 points)

Brown County Semi-State:  1st place (48 points)

IHSAA State Finals:  10th place (266 points)

 

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

Chanli Mundy (12) – 18:30 (1st place)

Laura Johnson (11) – 19:22 (13th place)

Jessi Conley (11) – 19:33 (15th place)

Katie Loebker (12) – 19:34 (16th place)

Annie Mullican (12) – 19:51 (21st place)

Mallory Sanders (11) – 19:58 (27th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Patriots bring back a loaded team that includes six girls who broke 20 minutes. Terre Haute North has long been the best team in the south, though they should get some big competition with the move of Columbus North. The Pats do have Chanli Mundy back, who has twice been All-State. Behind her is a host of solid runners including seniors Katie Loebker and Annie Mullican who ran 5:28 and 5:25 respectively in the track season. Of course, a former state champion is walking the halls of Terre Haute North as well.

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8/7/2012

 

#8 – Hamilton Southeastern Royals

Carmel Semi-State #4

Brebeuf Regional #3

Noblesville Sectional #3

 

State meet history: 1 appearance (2011)

 

2011 Results:

Noblesville Sectional:  2nd place (68 points)

Brebeuf Regional: 2nd place (69 points)

Carmel Semi-State: 3rd place (138 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 6th place (242 points)

 

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

Rachel Nichwitz (10) – 18:53 (9th place)

Jessica King (11) – 19:07 (17th place)

Emily Wagoner (12) – 20:12 (65th place)

Samantha Stensland (10) – 20:19 (67th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Royals could be a very interesting team this season. They qualified for their first ever state finals, mainly off the strength of three frontrunners. One of those has graduated, but HSE does bring back four of last year’s seven. Sophomore Rachel Nichwitz was sixth at the state finals last year and among the very elite in the track season. The Royals will need to fill out the rest of their roster, but that shouldn’t be an issue with the deep junior varsity HSE typically fields.

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8/6/2012

 

#9 – Northridge Raiders

New Haven Semi-State #2

 

State meet history: 11 appearances (last in 2011), 7 podium finishes (last in 2005), 2 runner-up titles (1993, 2002)

 

2011 Results:

Elkhart Central Sectional:  2nd place (52 points)

Elkhart Central Regional:  3rd place (72 points)

New Haven Semi-State:  5th place (158 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 14th place (337 points)

 

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

Corinne Cominator (12) – 19:37 (19th place)

Jennifer Shrock (12) – 19:56 (26th place)

Olivia Golden (11) – 20:08 (38th place)

Brianna Eggleston (10) – 20:29 (54th place)

Madie Royce (12) – 20:45 (70th place)

Kayla Rothi (12) – 21:06 (90th place)

Mackenzie Gray (12) – 21:25 (102nd place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Raiders have all seven back from last year’s team that was 14th at the state finals. Beyond simply returning an entire team, Northridge looks to be helped by senior Corinne Cominator’s marked improvement as she went from a solid frontrunner to one of Indiana’s elite after finishing third and fourth in the 1600 and 3200, respectively, at the state finals in track. Her low score coupled with experienced depth could lead the Raiders back to the podium.

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8/5/2012

 

#10 – Avon Orioles

Carmel Semi-State #5

 

State meet history: 2 appearances (last in 2011)

 

2011 Results:

South Putnam Sectional:  1st place (23 points)

Greensburg Regional:  1st place (35 points)

Carmel Semi-State:  5th place (156 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 13th place (307 points)

 

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

Malyka Abramson (10) – 18:52 (8th place)

Courtney Kerr (10) – 19:56 (47th place)

Mikala Hillis (12) – 20:03 (54th place)

Kelsie Mothersead (10) – 20:08 (61st place)

Megan Price (12) – 20:11 (64th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Orioles have five runners back from a team that had an exciting run to the state finals last year. Sophomore Malyka Abramson is a potential All-Stater, though she finished far back in the state meet results due to an injury. Abramson and fellow sophomore Courtney Kerr should lead Avon after running 5:13 and 5:23 respectively in the track season. Senior Mikala Hillis could be key for the Orioles after being the team’s number one at the state meet.

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8/4/2012

 

#11 – Valparaiso Vikings

New Prairie Semi-State #2

 

State meet history: 25 appearances (last in 2011), 12 podium finishes (last in 2011), 3 state runner-up titles (2001, 2005, 2006), 5 state championships (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004)

 

2011 Results:

Chesterton Sectional:  1st place (30 points)

New Prairie Regional:  1st place (33 points)

New Prairie Semi-State:  2nd place (70 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 3rd place (213 points)

 

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

Allison Mundell (10) – 19:12 (10th place)

Tiffany Fortney (12) – 19:16 (12th place)

Alyssa Despoy (11) – 21:14 (86th place)

Marilee Tullis (11) – 21:41 (101st place)

 

2012 Outlook:

How much is tradition worth? In the case of Valparaiso, a team that once finished first or second at the state meet for eight consecutive years, it’s worth being ranked 12th when the Vikings return two individual state finalists. Valpo has been to 19 consecutive state finals in cross country, and that seems likely to continue. With a solid top two, the Vikes should have no problems filling out the rest of their squad.

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8/3/2012 

 

#12 – Eastern (Greentown) Comets

New Prairie Semi-State #3

 

State meet history: 1 appearance (2011)

 

2011 Results:

Logansport Sectional:  1st place (20 points)

Culver Academies Regional:  1st place (35 points)

New Prairie Semi-State:  5th place (162 points)

 

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

Bethany Neeley (12) – 18:34 (2nd place)

Sarah Wagner (12) – 19:40 (22nd place)

Brittany Neeley (12) – 19:47 (24th place)

Avery Ewing (10) – 20:23 (47th place)

Ari Rinaldo (11) – 21:28 (93rd place)

Breann Donson (12) – 23:38 (138th place)

Megan Hodges (11) – 24:37 (144th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

Like Penn, the Comets are a very top-heavy team. Senior Bethany Neeley was the 1600 meter state champion last spring and her sister Brittany finished high up in the 800. Beyond those two, Eastern has all of its state finalist team back from last year. It seems very possible that the Comets could climb higher, especially with Bethany Neeley’s improvement from the fall to the spring. Finishing on the podium would be a long shot, but Eastern could have a very low score through three runners.

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8/2/2012

 

#13 – Penn Kingsmen

New Haven Semi-State #3

 

State meet history: 12 appearances (last in 2011), 5 podium finishes (last in 1995)

 

2011 Results:

South Bend Riley Sectional:  1st place (40 points)

Elkhart Central Regional:  2nd place (61 points)

New Haven Semi-State:  4th place (141 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 12th place (290 points)

 

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

Madison Woods (10) – 18:46 (3rd place)

Lauren Pottschmidt (11) – 19:19 (14th place)

Victoria Ziege (12) – 20:48 (72nd place)

Sarah Hamilton (10) – 20:58 (78th place)

Allyssa Marlow (12) – 21:22 (99th place)

Jennifer Priebe (12) – 21:27 (103rd place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Lady Kingsmen are a great frontrunning team with two individual state finalists, including sophomore Madison Woods who was tenth at the state meet last year. Penn doesn’t look to be an incredibly deep team, but their runners after Woods and junior Lauren Pottschmidt should be far enough up to get the team to the state meet. How far up will determine how well the Kingsmen can do on a state level.

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8/1/2012
#14 – Noblesville Millers

Carmel Semi-State #6

Brebeuf Regional #4

Noblesville Sectional #4

 

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

 

2011 Results:

Noblesville Sectional:  3rd place (70 points)

Brebeuf Regional: 3rd place (93 points)

Carmel Semi-State: 8th place (184 points)

 

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

Kendra Foley (12) – 18:40 (6th place)

Rachel Kacer (12) – 19:50 (42nd place)

Renee Studt (12) – 20:23 (71st place)

Abigail Crouch (10) – 20:38 (79th place)

Sarah Schuster (11) – 21:04 (91st place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Millers do lose Helen Willman, who was the rock of the team the last four years. Still, Noblesville has two girls that have finished in the top 15 at the semi-state in the past. The Millers didn’t run particularly well at the semi-state. In earlier meets, all seven runners were typically right around 20 minutes. Junior Sarah Schuster could be a key contributor for Noblesville this season after qualifying for the 800 at the state track meet.

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7/31/2012

 

#15 – Bloomington South Panthers

Brown County Semi-State #3

 

State meet history: 14 appearances (last in 2011)

 

2011 Results:

Brown County Sectional:  1st place (47 points)

Brown County Regional:  2nd place (67 points)

Brown County Semi-State:  2nd place (102 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 20th place (458 points)

 

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

Alex Warzyniak (11) – 18:57 (5th place)

Veronica Fickel (10) – 20:15 (35th place)

Alexis Lewandowski (10) – 20:17 (38th place)

Ali Burt (10) – 20:18 (39th place)

Alex Comingore (10) – 20:35 (48th place)

Lainey Derheimer (11) – 20:38 (50th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Panthers have a sophomore-laden line-up that will be among the best in the south. With potential All-Stater Alex Warzyniak leading the charge, South has six runners returning with state meet experience from the previous year. The Panthers should see good competition throughout the year as South typically loads up its schedule by traveling around the state to face some of Indiana’s best teams.

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7/30/2012

 

#16 – Fort Wayne Concordia Cadets

New Haven Semi-State #4

 

State meet history: 10 appearances (last in 2011), 2 podium finishes (last in 2011), 1 state championship (1983)

 

2011 Results:

Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional:  2nd place (44 points)

West Noble Regional:  2nd place (64 points)

New Haven Semi-State:  2nd place (91 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 4th place (223 points)

 

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

Mariana Konow (11) – 18:51 (5th place)

Michaela Harrison (11) – 19:51 (23rd place)

Daniela Moeller (12) – 20:01 (31st place)

Lydia Renken (12) – 21:04 (88th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Cadets bring back four from a team that ran its two best races at the most important time, losing the semi-state by a single point then finishing as northeast Indiana’s top team at the state finals by finishing fourth. Junior Marina Konow is a potential All-Stater after she finished 29th last year. While the Cadets will be hard-pressed to repeat last year’s success, the team looks to be a contender to be a state finalist again.

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7/29/2012

 

#17 – Huntington North Vikings

New Haven Semi-State #5

 

State meet history: 7 appearances (last in 2011)

 

2011 Results:

Marion Sectional:  1st place (45 points)

Marion Regional:  1st place (55 points)

New Haven Semi-State:  6th place (189 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 19th place (451 points)

 

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

Robyn Karst (12) – 19:30 (18th place)

Karson Rowe (12) – 20:23 (45th place)

Kayla Patrick (12) – 20:31 (57th place)

Cassidy Johnson (11) – 20:50 (74th place)

Emily Eherenman (10) – 21:03 (86th place)

Marie Ditzler (12) – 22:43 (144th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Vikings return six of seven, including three seniors that could lead the way to the school’s fifth straight appearance. Huntington should be competitive in their sectional and regional, which they were victorious last year. Senior Marie Ditzler’s improvement could be huge for the Vikings. She broke 12 minutes in the 3200 and should help to give the Vikes added depth.

 

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7/28/2012

 

#18 – Franklin Central Flashes


Carmel Semistate #7

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

2011 Results:


New Palestine Sectional: 1st place (17 points)
Rushville Regional: 1st place (23 points)
Carmel Semi-State: 7th place (165 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-State)
Cailyn Adams (10) – 19:32 (32nd place)
Caryoln Talhelm (12) – 19:41 (36th place)
Lexi McCann (10) – 20:10 (68th place)
Christina Matthies (10) – 20:33 (75th place)

2012 Outlook:
The Flashes were coming off three consecutive seasons of finishing with medals at the state
meet. Last year’s squad looked poised to make it four in a row before missing the state meet
by one point. FC doesn’t return a lot, but the Flashes do have a good foundation with three
sophomores looking to headline their line-up. Senior Carolyn Talhelm looks to have returned to
her old form after a track season in which she qualified for the state meet in the 1600.

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7/27/2012

 

#19 – Crown Point Bulldogs

New Prairie Semi-State #4

 

State meet history: 13 appearances (last in 2011), 1 podium finish (1997)

 

2011 Results:

Crown Point Sectional:  1st place (36 points)

Crown Point Regional:  2nd place (57 points)

New Prairie Semi-State:  3rd place (102 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 16th place (419 points)

 

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

Lyndie Pierce (11) – 19:22 (15th place)

Allison Wortell (12) – 19:40 (20th place)

Alex St. Amour (10) – 19:48 (25th place)

Allison Carpenter (12) – 20:29 (55th place)

Hannah Wallace (12) – 21:05 (83rd place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Bulldogs lose their top runner but still bring back a very strong front three. Two others from last year’s state finalist team also return to give Crown Point a team that will be hard to beat. Additionally, the ‘Dogs had two other runners advance to the regional in distance events in the spring. With a solid top three already in place, CP could be a very competitive team on a state level.

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7/26/2012

 

#20 – Chesterton Trojans

New Prairie Semi-State #5

 

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

 

2011 Results:

Chesterton Sectional:  4th place (90 points)

New Prairie Regional:  3rd place (72 points)

New Prairie Semi-State:  7th place (177 points)

 

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

Melanie Buckmaster (12) – 19:51 (27th place)

Haley Cushway (11) – 20:00 (29th place)

Josie Tolin (10) – 20:22 (46th place)

Hannah Hoffman (12) – 20:28 (54th place)

Kassidy Scott (10) – 20:32 (56th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

A long tradition in Indiana cross country, Chesterton has had two heartbreaks the last couple of years in attempting to return to the state finals. With their top five back from a team that was just 8 points away, the Trojans have a very solid chance to return to the state meet. As was the case last season, Chesterton would do very well if it can convince 5:12 miler Kristen Homme to run cross as well.

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7/25/2012

 

#21 – Terre Haute South Braves

Brown County Semi-State #4

 

State meet history: 12 appearances (last in 2011)

 

2011 Results:

Terre Haute North Sectional:  2nd place (58 points)

Brown County Regional:  3rd place (98 points)

Brown County Semi-State:  4th place (170 points)

IHSAA State Finals:  23rd place (588 points)

 

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

Nikki Thiede (11) – 18:43 (4th place)

Rachel Stephens (12) – 20:04 (30th place)

Katie Schmidt (11) – 20:21 (42nd place)

Natalie Shanks (10) – 21:08 (69th place)

Sami Holmes (11) – 21:17 (80th place)

Nicole Howe (11) – 21:48 (99th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Braves have made the last two state finals and look likely to make it three straight. THS does have a great frontrunner in Nikki Thiede, who is a potential All-Stater, especially after a solid track season. With five others returning, South looks likely to have one of its best seasons ever and should be among the best in the southern semi-state.

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7/24/2012

 

#22 – Fishers Tigers

Carmel Semi-State #8

Brebeuf Regional #5

Noblesville Sectional #5

 

State meet history: Never qualified

 

2011 Results:

Noblesville Sectional:  5th place (137 points)

Brebeuf Regional: 7th place (159 points)

 

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

Meghan McCann (11) – 19:40 (23rd place)

Rachel Horn (11) – 19:48 (27th place)

Adrianna Murphy (10) – 20:14 (38th place)

Nikole Eliason (10) – 20:14 (39th place)

Ruth Xing (10) – 20:52 (53rd place)

Denise Villarreal (11) – 21:15 (57th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Tigers have six of seven back from a team that did escape the loaded Noblesville sectional. Fishers doesn’t have a frontrunner but does have a strong pack. The team could be on the outside of contention for a state finals spot, especially if Abby Horn can return to a good fall after running 5:24 in the 1600 in the spring. The Tigers may also have an easier time in advancing with some of the new realignment that has been rumored.

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7/23/2012

 

#23 – Zionsville Eagles

Carmel Semi-State #9

 

State meet history: Never qualified

 

2011 Results:

Noblesville Sectional:  6th place (140 points)

 

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

Lauren Munley (12) – 19:50 (23rd place)

Cally Sampson (11) – 19:52 (24th place)

Megan Broecker (12) – 20:20 (35th place)

Suzie Hoops (12) – 20:25 (36th place)

Becca Uebele (11) – 20:26 (37th place)

Marianna Kastberg-Leo (11) – 20:37 (39th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

Zionsville just missed out on qualifying for the regional by three points. The Eagles have often been the victim of geography, entering the tournament as a top 25 team and running well at the sectional before ending the season early. That problem may have been solved as it looks likely that Zionsville will move to the Ben Davis sectional and regional. With six runners back from last year, it looks like the Eagles will have a pretty clear path to the semi-state and potentially a shot at the state finals.

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7/22/2012

 

#24 – Lake Central Indians

New Prairie Semi-State #6

 

State meet history: 9 appearances (last in 2011), 2 podium finishes (last in 2008), 2 runner-up titles (2007, 2008)

 

2011 Results:

Hammond Gavit Sectional:  1st place (24 points)

Crown Point Regional:  1st place (43 points)

New Prairie Semi-State:  6th place (169 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 18th place (436 points)

 

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

Megan Zajac (10) – 19:34 (19th place)

Tatiana Lazic (11) – 20:20 (44th place)

Sarah Hudi (12) – 20:38 (60th place)

Amanda Onest (12) – 20:46 (70th place)

Tara Zlotkowski (10) – 20:58 (78th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Indians have carved out a good tradition recently, qualifying for the last six state meets and twice finishing as runners-up. Lake Central also has made the Nike Nationals. This year’s squad may not rival some of their recent counterparts, but the Indians do look to have a team capable of making it seven in a row. Sophomore Megan Zajac comes from a family of All-State runners and is a potential individual qualifier. The Indians have four other runners back that ran under 21 minutes at the semi-state, and they could pick up newcomers in a school of over 2500 students.

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7/21/2012 

#25  – New Prairie Cougars

New Prairie Semi-State #7

 

State meet history: 3 appearances (last in 2002)

 

2011 Results:

Chesterton Sectional:  3rd place (73 points)

New Prairie Regional:  4th place (102 points)

New Prairie Semi-State:  9th place (224 points)

 

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

Mary Alexandra McBride (12) – 19:21 (14th place)

Kelsey Tyler (11) – 20:01 (31st place)

Rachel Thompson (11) – 20:19 (43rd place)

Erin O’Laughlin (10) – 20:58 (77th place)

Maura Romstadt (10) – 21:35 (97th place)

Jessica Cinal (11) – 23:00 (133rd place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Cougars have all six finishers back from their semistate squad last season. New Prairie certainly has a strong front three, including a runner with state meet experience in senior Mary Alexandra McBride. The Cougars will be among the contending teams in the northwest, especially if they can develop their fourth and fifth runners throughout the season. Junior Kelsey Tyler could be making the leap to elite status individually qualifying for the state meet in the 800 in the spring.

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7/20/2012

 

#26 – Culver Academies Eagles

New Prairie Semi-State #8

 

State meet history: 6 appearances (last in 2010)

 

2011 Results:

Culver Academies Sectional:  1st place (28 points)

Culver Academies Regional:  2nd place (50 points)

New Prairie Semi-State:  8th place (218 points)

 

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

Taylor Stuwe (11) – 19:45 (23rd place)

Olivia Martinez (10) – 20:11 (37th place)

Hannah Buggeln (11) – 20:25 (52nd place)

Sarah Jamieson (12) – 20:54 (73rd place)

Kayla-Colleen Miracle (11) – 21:49 (103rd place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Eagles were in an unfamiliar position last year without a frontrunner for the first time since 2003, the year before Alex Banfich’s freshman year. Still, Culver was a respectable eighth place at the semi-state and brings back five of seven from last season’s team. The Eagles will probably need to improve their depth a little bit, then a solid team performance at the semi-state means that Culver could qualify for its first ever state finals without a true frontrunner.

 

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7/19/2012

#27 – Evansville Memorial Knights

Brown County Semi-State #5

 

State meet history: 3 appearances (last in 2011)

 

2011 Results:

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

Pike Central Regional:  1st place (32 points)

Brown County Semi-State:  3rd place (114 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 21st place (474 points)

 

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

Maria Mehringer (12) – 18:37 (3rd place)

Shannon Effron (11) – 19:52 (23rd place)

Sarah Wargel (11) – 20:04 (31st place)

Emily Bromm (11) – 21:10 (73rd place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Knights have been to three state finals ever, all in the last three seasons. Memorial certainly could be back this year with a strong returning cast that includes a senior who was nearly All-State last season. With four of their top five returning, the Knights will need to find a fifth runner, but the recent success of the team should make it relatively to find depth. With Mehringer up front, it is possible that the Knights will only score four.

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7/18/2012

#28 – Warsaw Tigers

New Prairie Semi-State #9

 

State meet history: 2 appearances (last in 2011)

 

2011 Results:

Elkhart Central Sectional:  1st place (32 points)

Elkhart Central Regional:  1st place (40 points)

New Haven Semi-State:  3rd place (106 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 11th place (282 points)

 

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

Ashley Erba (12) – 18:07 (1st place)

Kristin Quick (12) – 20:06 (36th place)

Madeline Hooks (11) – 21:28 (104th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Tigers take some graduation and transfer hits from a team that was 11th at last year’s state meet. Warsaw does have state’s best runner with defending state champion Ashley Erba, who appears a shoo-in at this point to defend her crown. Beyond her, the Tigers return three other runners that competed in either the semi-state or state meet last season. Warsaw also switches to the New Prairie Semi-State this year.
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7/17/2012 

#29 – Columbia City Eagles

New Haven Semi-State #6

 

State meet history: 5 appearances (last in 2010)

 

2011 Results:

Marion Sectional:  2nd place (48 points)

Marion Regional:  3rd place (83 points)

New Haven Semi-State:  11th place (281 points)

 

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

Samantha Roush (11) – 18:38 (2nd place)

Erin Knepple (11) – 20:36 (62nd place)

Tiffany Harber (12) – 20:59 (82nd place)

Shelby Allison (10) – 21:14 (97th place)

Samina Querish (10) – 21:33 (107th place)

Kristen Shively (10) – 22:20 (137th place)

Carlee Herald (12) – 29:58 (158th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Eagles bring back all of last year’s seven and look to move up into the top six at this year’s semi-state, a position they obtained in two of the past three years. Columbia City clearly has a great start with junior Samantha Roush, who was 12th and 7th in the past two state meets. The rest of the team appears to be deep enough to back her up.

 

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 7/16/2012

 

#30 – New Albany Bulldogs

Brown County Semi-State #6

 

State meet history: 8 appearances (2011), 1 podium finish (1999)

 

2011 Results:

Crawford County Sectional:  1st place (35 points)

Crawford County Regional:  1st place (66 points)

Brown County Semi-State:  6th place (230 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 24th place (612 points)

 

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

Phoebe Bauer (12) – 19:27 (14th place)

Rachel Bowden (11) – 20:47 (54th place)

Rachel Geveden (10) – 21:09 (70th place)

Rose Kaforski (10) – 21:20 (81st place)

Corinn Mundy (11) – 21:29 (90th place)

Temple Ricke (11) – 21:42 (98th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Bulldogs look likely to repeat their state finals bid with six of their top seven returning, including Phoebe Bauer who was an individual state qualifier last season. New Albany held off teams in the semi-state that also return good portions of their squads this fall. With another good semi-state run, the ‘Dogs could be at their second straight state meet.

 

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 7/15/2012

#31 – Angola Hornets

New Haven Semi-State #7

 

State meet history: 2 appearances (last in 1988)

 

2011 Results:

West Noble Sectional:  1st place (39 points)

West Noble Regional:  3rd place (114 points)

New Haven Semi-State:  10th place (272 points)

 

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

Ericka Rinehart (12) – 18:59 (6th place)

Ashton Sellers (12) – 20:15 (41st place)

Maria Clemens (10) – 20:58 (80th place)

Rachel Rinehart (12) – 21:24 (100th place)

Brittany Beard (12) – 21:34 (110th place)

Alexis Buck (10) – 21:54 (122nd place)

Anna Wilson (11) – 23:56 (154th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Hornets may be ready to make the leap to a state finalist team with their top seven returning from a team that was tenth at the semi-state last year. Angola has all the makings of a state finalist team with a great frontrunner in Ericka Rinehart, who was All-State last year and qualified as an individual as a sophomore as well. The rest of the team appears capable of backing her up, if the depth can improve.

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7/14/2012

#32 – Pendleton Heights Arabians

New Haven Semi-State #8

 

State meet history: 2 appearances (last in 1988)

 

2011 Results:

Pendleton Heights Sectional:  1st place (37 points)

Delta Regional:  1st place (56 points)

New Haven Semi-State:  12th place (298 points)

 

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

Emma Manchess (12) – 20:05 (34th place)

Chelsea Blackwell (11) – 20:24 (47th place)

Kelsee Wendling (10) – 21:00 (83rd place)

Maddi Hinton (11) – 21:16 (98th place)

Makindsay Carper (10) – 21:41 (112th place)

Anna Dudley (12) – 21:42 (114th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Arabians bring back their top six from last year, including three runners that were at or under 21 minutes. Typically, a fifth runner just under 21 will help get a team to the state finals out of the northeast. Pendleton is off to a good start with all of their returners, especially after solid track seasons by Emma Manchess and Chelsea Blackwell.

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7/13/2012 

#33 – Bloomington North Cougars

Brown County Semi-State #7

 

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

 

2011 Results:

Brown County Sectional:  3rd place (72 points)

Brown County Regional:  5th place (111 points)

Brown County Semi-State:  8th place (248 points)

 

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

Kate Raphael (11) – 19:19 (10th place)

Christine Sparks (12) – 20:23 (43rd place)

Hanna Landrey (12) – 21:00 (63rd place)

Leigh Dukeman (12) – 21:39 (96th place)

Arianna Botik-Reeves (11) – 21:55 (110th place)

Ali Ohlsund (11) – 21:56 (112th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

Another of Indiana’s traditional powerhouses, the Cougars missed the state finals last year as a team for the first time in six years. They did so by just 18 points, but with a squad that returns its top six including two runners that have qualified as individuals for the state meet. If Christine Sparks can return to the form of her freshman and sophomore years, the Cougars should have more than enough depth to qualify for their 23rd state finals as a team.

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7/12/2012

#34 – Pike Red Devils

Carmel Semistate #10

 

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

 

2011 Results:

Ben Davis Sectional:  1st place (29 points)

Greensburg Regional:  2nd place (64 points)

Carmel Semi-State:  11th place (300 points)

 

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

Danielle Campbell (10) – 20:02 (53rd place)

Stephanie Timm (11) – 20:36 (78th place)

Breanna Herring (12) – 21:07 (94th place)

Hillary Merrill (11) – 21:09 (95th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Devils do take some graduation hits, most notably the Sisters Greene who have the team for the better part of the last four years. Still, Pike does bring back a good core of runners and have developed a deep junior varsity over the last few years that the Devils should be able to pull from. Preseason outlooks show Pike to be a bit behind other state finalist contending teams in Indy, but a few newcomers could make some big changes.

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7/11/2012

 

#35 – Perry Meridian Falcons

Carmel Semistate #11

 

State meet history: Never qualified

 

2011 Results:

Ben Davis Sectional:  2nd place (44 points)

Greensburg Regional:  4th place (144 points)

Carmel Semi-State:  13th place (362 points)

 

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

Kieran Casey (11) – 18:54 (12th place)

Brie Huckleberry (12) – 20:05 (56th place)

Erika Petersen (12) – 21:35 (102nd place)

Shannon Murphy (10) – 21:42 (106th place)

Shelby Starks (10) – 21:46 (109th place)

Christina Douglas (11) – 22:20 (119th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Falcons have a great foundation with a frontrunner in Kieran Casey, who was an individual state qualifier as a freshman and sophomore. Senior Brie Huckleberry also has given PM a solid scorer in the past. In many semistates, the Falcons could be an intriguing pick as a state finalist team. Unfortunately, Perry is located in Indianapolis and will need improved depth or new talent to make a state meet run. Christina Douglas and Shelby Starks could provide more depth as they both ran under 21 minutes at previous tournament meets.

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7/10/2012

 

#36 – Homestead Spartans

New Haven Semi-State #9

 

State meet history: 11 appearances (last in 2004)

 

2011 Results:

Bellmont Sectional:  2nd place (55 points)

Marion Regional:  2nd place (71 points)

New Haven Semi-State:  7th place (247 points)

 

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

Mariah Jordan (12) – 20:40 (66th place)

Sarah Yde (12) – 20:46 (71st place)

Taylor Busch (11) – 20:49 (73rd place)

Emma Robinson (10) – 20:51 (75th place)

Shannon Didier (11) – 21:08 (91st place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Spartans will lose their top runner from a team that was a distant seventh at the semi-state last year but bring back the next five. Preseason glances give us no indication of a star runner, but Homestead does look to have a very competitive pack of closely-bunched runners. A true frontrunner may hurt Homestead in a large meet, but Mariah Jordan’s track success as a regional qualifier in both the 1600 and 3200 suggest she may fill in nicely as the Spartans’ number one.

 

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7/9/2012 

#37 – Mishawaka Cavemen

New Haven Semi-State #10

 

State meet history: Never qualified

 

2011 Results:

South Bend Riley Sectional:  3rd place (81 points)

Elkhart Central Regional:  5th place (150 points)

New Haven Semi-State:  7th place (247 points)

 

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

Camilla Holt (11) – 20:26 (50th place)

Melissa Rogers (11) – 20:36 (61st place)

Hanna Coppens (10) – 21:01 (85th place)

Amanda Zylstra (12) – 21:03 (87th place)

Holly Wolfe (12) – 21:48 (118th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Cavemen lose their top runner from the semistate but return a competitive squad without her. Mishawaka seems to be a little short on depth if it aspires to qualify for its first ever state finals in cross country. Sophomore Anna Rohrer, who isn’t listed in cross country results from last season, could be a nice addition if she decides to run. Her 5:23/11:45 double in the track sectional was good enough to qualify in both events, and she hit the standard in the 3200 the next week to make the state meet.

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 7/8/2012

#38 – Harrison (West Lafayette) Raiders

New Prairie Semi-State #10

 

State meet history: Never qualified

 

2011 Results:

Harrison (West Lafayette) Sectional:  2nd place (87 points)

Harrison (West Lafayette) Regional:  3rd place (87 points)

New Prairie Semi-State: 10th place (330 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Prairie Regional)

Megan Boone (12) – 20:01 (30th place)

Sarah Childs (11) – 20:42 (63rd place)

Alex Foster (11) – 20:59 (80th place)

Erin Dark (12) – 21:37 (98th place)

Carley Circle (10) – 22:40 (124th place)

Katie Pimmler (12) – 23:37 (139th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Raiders bring back five of six from last year’s 10th place team and could move up this year. Harrison will want to develop a little better depth, either with in-house improvement or newcomers. Junior Sarah Childs could be a key runner for the Raiders. She ran 20:04 at the regional round and advanced out of the sectional in the track 3200.

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 7/7/2012

#39 – Indianapolis Chatard Trojans

Carmel Semi-State #12

Brebeuf Regional #6

 

State meet history: 3 appearances (last in 2007)

 

2011 Results:

Brebeuf Sectional:  2nd place (47 points)

Brebeuf Regional:  6th place (134 points)

 

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

Emily Lux (12) – 19:56 (30th place)

Erin Crone (11) – 20:10 (35th place)

Mary Claire Fagan (10) – 20:32 (46th place)

Lucy Eisgruber (10) – 21:28 (60th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Trojans were the best team not to run in the semistate last season after finishing sixth at the Brebeuf Regional. Chatard does take a bit of a hit from last year in losing two runners that were under 20 minutes, including Mary Davis who was 16th at the state finals. Still, the Trojans have four varsity runners back from the previous season and have typically been able to fill in the gaps to field a competitive team.

 

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 7/6/2012

 

#40 – Munster Mustangs

New Prairie Semi-State #11

 

State meet history: 1 appearance (2007)

 

2011 Results:

Hammond Gavit Sectional:  2nd place (66 points)

Crown Point Regional:  3rd place (117 points)

New Prairie Semi-State:  11th place (341 points)

 

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

Colleen Ogren (12) – 20:09 (35th place)

Emily McNicholas (11) – 20:45 (67th place)

Rebecca Karnezis (11) – 21:49 (104th place)

Kaitlyn Bohling (11) – 22:05 (114th place)

Emma Hong (12) – 22:21 (116th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

Munster brings back five of last year’s seven including their top two, who had good track seasons in the spring. The Mustangs are not incredibly deep but do return five runners who could be competitive. The team would need a significant improvement or talented newcomers to challenge for its second ever state finals spot, but the Mustangs could be in the top half of the semistate results.

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 7/5/2012

#41 – Floyd Central Highlanders

Brown County Semi-State #8

 

State meet history: 18 appearances (last in 2002), 7 podium appearances (last in 1992), 1 runner-up title (1987), 4 state championships (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992)

 

2011 Results:

Crawford County Sectional:  2nd place (49 points)

Crawford County Regional:  4th place (100 points)

Brown County Semi-State:  9th place (257 points)

 

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

Alyssa Moore (12) – 20:02 (29th place)

Baylee Balgemann (11) – 20:54 (61st place)

Zoe Doebbler (11) – 21:06 (68th place)

Jamie Bierman (11) – 21:10 (72nd place)

Cassie Nale (10) – 21:51 (104th place)

Lacy Emerson (12) – 21:58 (113th place)

2012 Outlook:

Once a storied tradition with four consecutive state championships, the Highlanders may make their triumphant return to the state finals this year. Floyd Central does have its top six back. Senior Alyssa Moore may be a threat to advance as an individual, and the ‘Landers could have their whole team join her. Improved depth at the fifth position would go a long way to achieving that.

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 7/4/2012

#42 – Franklin Grizzly Cubs

Carmel Semistate #13

 

State meet history: Never qualified

 

2011 Results:

Franklin Sectional:  3rd place (75 points)

Greensburg Regional:  3rd place (90 points)

Carmel Semi-State:  12th place (355 points)

 

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

Morgan McCarter (10) – 19:44 (37th place)

Traci Smith (11) – 20:54 (85th place)

Katie Smith (11) – 21:30 (94th place)

Sandy Lam (12) – 21:43 (108th place)

Meagan Hash (12) – 22:24 (121st place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Grizzly Cubs have a good portion back from last year’s team that finished around where Franklin tends to do in the semistate. Sophomore Morgan McCarter could be very improved as a sophomore after running well at the semistate and breaking 12 minutes in the 3200 in cross country. Franklin may also benefit if the new realignment moves Columbus North away from the Cubs’ path.

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7/3/2012

#43 – Perry Central Commodores

Brown County Semi-State #9

 

State meet history: Never qualified

 

2011 Results:

Jasper Sectional:  2nd place (59 points)

Crawford County Regional:  2nd place (71 points)

Brown County Semi-State:  11th place (295 points)

 

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

Cathryn Peter (12) – 19:21 (12th place)

Jessica Theis (10) – 20:47 (55th place)

Marie Schwartz (10) – 21:05 (67th place)

Megan Thomas (10) – 22:05 (117th place)

Rosa Schwartz (11) – 22:30 (129th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Commodores have five of seven, including frontrunner Cathryn Peter, who was an individual qualifier last year to the state finals. Perry Central has never qualified for the state meet in cross country, but the team appears somewhat capable of accomplishing that feat this year. Recent history, however, suggests that even with a frontrunner, PC will need a fifth runner well under 21:30 to make the state meet.

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7/2/2012

 

#44 – Salem Lions

Brown County Semi-State #10

 

State meet history: Never qualified

 

2011 Results:

Bedford North Lawrence Sectional:  1st place (51 points)

Bedford North Lawrence Regional:  1st place (67 points)

Brown County Semi-State:  10th place (280 points)

 

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

Sydney Calhoun (10) – 20:14 (34th place)

Madison Smith (10) – 20:53 (60th place)

Kyla Lathon (10) – 21:50 (103rd place)

Kayla Smith (12) – 21:54 (108th place)

Megan Law (11) – 22:27 (125th place)

Ashley Fleenor (10) – 24:32 (157th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Lions had perhaps their best cross country season yet, winning their sectional and regional before finishing in the top ten at the Brown County Semi-State. With six of seven back from last year’s team, Salem could be looking to make the leap to a potential state finalist team this year. Sophomore Sydney Calhoun also looks capable of making a jump after a solid cross country campaign and track season that included double sectional victories and nearly qualifying for the state meet in the 1600.

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 7/1/2012

#45 – Fremont Eagles

New Haven Semi-State #11

 

State meet history: Never qualified

 

2011 Results:

West Noble Sectional:  3rd place (91 points)

West Noble Regional:  6th place (166 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the West Noble Regional)

Abby Hostetler (11) – 19:08 (2nd place)

Anna Aldrich (12) – 19:37 (6th place)

Makenna Cade (10) – 20:45 (27th place)

Brandie Cessna (12) – 24:09 (70th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

Fremont is one of the most intriguing teams in the state. The Eagles may have two of the top runners in all of Indiana in Hostetler and Aldrich. Both made it to the state meet as individuals and had even more impressive track seasons, with Hostetler finishing state runner-up in the 1600 and Aldrich nearly finishing All-State in a lightning fast 3200. After their top three, however, the Eagles may have trouble even filling out a roster in a school of under 400 students.

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 6/30/2012

#46 – Cathedral Fighting Irish

Carmel Semi-State #14

Brebeuf Regional #7

 

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

 

2011 Results:

Brebeuf Sectional:  3rd place (80 points)

Brebeuf Regional:  8th place (250 points)

 

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

Emma MacAnally (12) – 19:08 (14th place)

Kendall Burgett (12) – 20:40 (51st place)

Megan Pliske (11) – 21:35 (61st place)

Mary Ellen Kempf (10) – 21:40 (63rd place)

Simone Deighan (12) – 21:49 (66th place)

Grace Bennett (12) – 23:04 (69th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Irish have much of their team back from last year that fell victim to the Brebeuf Regional. With many teams returning much back from their squads, it seems that Cathedral may run into the same problem earlier in the tournament. Still, the Irish do have a good frontrunner in senior Emma MacAnally who qualified for the state finals as an individual, and the team typically has many numbers to pull from.

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6/29/2012

#47 – Kankakee Valley Kougars

New Prairie Semi-State #12

 

State meet history: 1 appearance (2008)

 

2011 Results:

Rensselaer Central Sectional:  2nd place (58 points)

New Prairie Regional:  5th place (161 points)

New Prairie Semi-State:  13th place (349 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)
            Allison Rockley (11) – 20:23 (50th place)
Brittany Stepp (11) – 20:43 (64th place)
Kaylin Orsburn (11) – 20:44 (66th place)
Michelle Kent (10) – 21:17 (88th place)
Katelin Lott (11) – 23:16 (135th place)
Joli Jungels (11) – 24:45 (145th place)
Rachel Krupa (12) – 25:59 (149th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

Just a few years removed from their first trip to the state finals, the Kougars return all of last year’s squad that finished 13th at the semistate. KV probably doesn’t have a team capable of qualifying for the state finals this year without quite a bit of new help, but improved depth at the fifth spot could make the Kougars very hard to beat in their own sectional and a team capable of escaping the regional again.

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 6/28/2012

#48 – Northfield Norsemen

New Prairie Semi-State #13

 

State meet history: 2 appearances (last in 1997)

 

2011 Results:

Culver Academies Sectional:  3rd place (88 points)

Culver Academies Regional:  3rd place (115 points)

New Prairie Semi-State:  14th place (391 points)

 

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

Jenna Halderman (10) – 18:47 (9th place)

Brittany Sloan (10) – 21:43 (102nd place)

Karla Singer (10) – 21:55 (107th place)

Courtney Frank (12) – 22:00 (111th place)

Caitlin Elzroth (10) – 22:29 (120th place)

Katie Stephan (12) – 22:36 (122nd place)

Sydney Elzroth (12) – 23:37 (137th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Lady Norsemen return all seven from last year’s team that finished middle-of-the-pack at the New Prairie Semistate. Northfield looks to be a relatively young team, led by frontrunning sophomore Jenna Halderman, who has state meet experience as a freshman. The Norsemen should be competitive in their area of the state and advance again to the semistate level.

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6/27/2012

#49 – Norwell Knights

New Haven Semi-State #12

 

State meet history: 5 appearances (last in 1995)

 

2011 Results:

Bellmont Sectional:  1st place (47 points)

Marion Regional:  4th place (109 points)

New Haven Semi-State:  13th place (320 points)

 

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

Jessie Best (11) – 20:29 (55th place)

Abby Springer (10) – 20:44 (69th place)

Hannah Aschliman (10) – 21:10 (95th place)

Sara Devoe (10) – 21:43 (115th place)

Monica Frauhiger (10) – 23:18 (147th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Knights bring back five from their sectional championship team of last year. Norwell looks to be among the same spot it was last year, among the middle of the pack of teams at the New Haven Semistate. Based on their projected line-up, the Knights will be young. Frauhiger and Aschliman both had off races at the semistate and should help make Norwell more competitive than they appear from semistate results. In fact, Aschliman may be the team’s best runner after a very competitive track season.

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6/26/2012

#50 – South Bend St. Joseph’s Indians

New Haven Semi-State #13

Elkhart Central Regional #5

 

State meet history: 4 appearances (last in 2001), 1 podium finish (1989)

 

2011 Results:

South Bend Riley Sectional:  2nd place (65 points)

Elkhart Central Regional:  4th place (115 points)

New Haven Semi-State:  9th place (262 points)

 

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

Molly Clark (10) – 19:56 (27th place)

Veronica Miller (10) – 21:12 (96th place)

Elizabeth Taylor (12) – 21:24 (101st place)

Mara Taylor (10) – 21:55 (124th place)

 

2012 Outlook:

The Indians lose longtime frontrunner Darby Mountford, who was a multiple individual qualifier for the state finals. They bring back four from a team that finished in the top half of the New Haven Semistate. St. Joe’s does have some holes that need to be filled but could still be a competitive team in their tough region of the state.

2 responses to “2012 Girls Top 50 Preseason Teams by Colin Altevogt”

  1. Dustin Abramson says:

    I’m wondering if last year’s top 50 is archived somewhere? I thought there was access to it from the old web page.