Collin’s Top 50 Girls Preseason XC Teams!

IR Staffer Colin Altevogt has spent countless hours researching the top teams for this upcoming 2014 Cross Country season. He went through hundreds of sets of team results over the past year so that he could develop resumés for the top 50 boys and girls teams.

We will release his list 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 official IHSAA practice 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!

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8/16/2014

#1 – Carmel Greyhounds

        Carmel Semistate #1

        Brebeuf Regional #1

        Noblesville Sectional #1

Inccstats.com Ranking: 1

State meet history:

33 appearances (last in 2013), 29 podium finishes (last in 2013), 8 runner-up titles (1981, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2009), 15 state championships (1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)

2013 Results:

        Noblesville Sectional: 1st place (26 points)

        Brebeuf Regional: 1st place (27 points)

        Carmel Semistate: 1st place (52 points)

        IHSAA State Finals: 1st place (76 points

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semistate)

        Haley Harris (12) – 18:22 (6th place)

        Megan Kress (11) – 18:58 (15th place)

        Kelsey Harris (12) – 19:12 (24th place)

        Claire Korvari (12) – 19:29 (31st place)

        Diana Gorin (12) – 19:55 (55th place)

2014 Outlook:

I mean, right? The returners from any one meet don’t tell the true story as the Greyhounds don’t tend to run the full squad at any meet other than the state finals. This line-up doesn’t include junior Stacy Morozov, who ran 10:52 for 3200 meters, or senior Anna Schmitz, who finished her season ranked 17th on inccstats.com. Between those two and the Harris twins, Carmel should be able to match any team through four. Finding a fifth among a host of runners that have already run low 19s or under, plus what is routinely the state’s best freshman class, should not prove to be too difficult. Still, the ‘Hounds may face their toughest challenge yet.

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8/15/2014

#2 – Avon Orioles

        Carmel Semistate #2

Inccstats.com Ranking: 2

State meet history:

4 appearances (last in 2013), 1 podium finish (2013)

2013 Results:

        South Putnam Sectional: 1st place (22 points)

        Ben Davis Regional: 1st place (28 points)

        Carmel Semistate: 3rd place (110 points)

        IHSAA State Finals: 5th place (152 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semistate)

        Malyka Abramson (12) – 17:45 (2nd place)

        Taylor Nicholson (10) – 18:24 (7th place)

        Kelsie Mothersead (12) – 19:19 (29th place)

        Kate Bernicke (10) – 19:46 (45th place)

        Lauren Heeger (11) – 19:53 (50th place)

        Alissa Lustgarten (12) – 20:22 (82nd place)

2014 Outlook:

The Orioles present the best chance for someone to dethrone the four-time consecutive champs. They bring back the top six from last year’s team that finished fifth and will get back senior Courtney Kerr, who was 55th at the 2012 state meet and finished last year 21st on inccstats.com. Had she stayed in the line-up, there is a strong chance that Avon would be returning all seven from last year’s state runner-up team. Sophomore Kate Bernicke ran 11:03 in 3200. Between those two and their top two, Avon has four potential All-Staters. The last scorer, and there are a few candidates, will be crucial to the Orioles’ title hopes.

 

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8/14/2014

#3 – West Lafayette Red Devils

           New Prairie Semistate #1

Inccstats.com Ranking: 3

State meet history:

11 appearances (last in 2013), 6 podium finishes (last in 2013), 1 runner-up title (2012)

2013 Results:

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

           Harrison (West Lafayette) Regional: 1st place (19 points)

           New Prairie Semistate: 1st place (32 points)

           IHSAA State Finals: 4th place (150 points)

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

           Lauren Johnson (11) – 18:17 (2nd place)

           Kristen Johnson (11) – 18:26 (3rd place)

           Delaney Barber (12) – 18:35 (4th place)

           Rachel Bales (12) – 19:11 (11th place)

           Susan Hubbard (12) – 19:58 (31st place)

2014 Outlook:

West Lafayette has spent the last several years chasing perennial Goliath Carmel, and the Devils did get a long-awaited moment of glory at the state track meet with a state championship in the 4×800 relay. Will that success help to catapult them to a team title this fall? The Devils return three All-Staters with a fourth who could potentially join them. To be able to slay the giants, they’ll need to close the gap between four and five. Susan Hubbard may have some big improvements after contributing to the team’s 4×8 and running 2:18 in the open 800.

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8/13/2014

#4 – Penn Lady Kingsmen

           New Haven Semistate #1

Inccstats.com Ranking: 7

State meet history:

14 appearances (last in 2013), 5 podium appearances (last in 1995)

2013 Results:

           South Bend Riley Sectional: 1st place (41 points)

           Elkhart Central Regional: 1st place (24 points)

           New Haven Semistate: 2nd place (71 points)

           IHSAA State Finals: 6th place (383 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semistate)

           Maddie Woods (12) – 18:10 (1st place)

           Danielle Frank (11) – 18:46 (5th place)

           Emma Jankowski (10) – 19:57 (38th place)

           Hannah Selis (10) – 20:04 (43rd place)

           Nicole Fuller (11) – 21:35 (128th place)

2014 Outlook:

The first of the serious title contenders, the Lady Kingsmen may not seem to have much returning on paper. Yet, Penn added a new coach in Josh Fletcher, the leader of Northridge’s boys dynasty that won the state championship in 2004. And sophomore Ashleigh MacLeod, who did not run cross last fall but was the state champion for 800 meters in the spring, will add to the line-up. Under the coaching change, the role players seemed to be improved. Sophomore Emma Jankowski ran 5:22 in the 1600 and junior Danielle Frank was a state qualifier in the 3200.

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8/12/2014

#5 – Hamilton Southeastern Royals

        Carmel Semistate #3

        Brebeuf Regional #2

        Noblesville Sectional #2

Inccstats.com Ranking: 6

State meet history:

3 appearances (last in 2013), 2 podium finishes (last in 2013), 1 runner-up title (2013)

2013 Results:

        Noblesville Sectional: 2nd place (57 points)

        Brebeuf Regional: 2nd place (58 points)

        Carmel Semistate: 2nd place (61 points)

        IHSAA State Finals: 2nd place (122 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semistate)

        Rachel Nichwitz (12) – 18:10 (3rd place)

        Courtney Pfanstiel (12) – 18:42 (9th place)

        Sabrina Bippus (10) – 19:11 (22nd place)

        Samantha Stensland (12) – 19:13 (25th place)

        Carolyn Wehman (12) – 20:29 (84th place)

2014 Outlook:

For the longest time, the Royals were the best program not to have qualified for the state championship. Now, they’re on a huge string of success, culminating in last year’s runner-up finish at the state finals. Five return from that team, including three-time All-Stater Rachel Nichwitz who looks better than ever after her spring season. Certainly, HSE is a very strong team with high aspirations. They’ll need to add at least one newcomer to be a title contender.

 

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8/11/2014

#6 – Columbus North Bull Dogs

        Brown County Semistate #1

Inccstats.com Ranking: 5

State meet history:

29 appearances (last in 2013), 16 podium finishes (last in 2013), 3 runner-up titles (1986, 2010, 2011), 1 state championship (2009)

2013 Results:

        Brown County Sectional: 1st place (15 points)

        Brown County Regional: 1st place (18 points)

        Brown County Semistate: 1st place (38 points)

        IHSAA State Finals: 3rd place (141 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brown County Semistate)

        Sierra Lax (11) – 18:13 (2nd place)

        Rachel Brougher (10) – 18:46 (7th place)

        Allison Coffey (11) – 19:06 (11th place)

        Nina Bouthier (11) – 19:32 (19th place)

        Avrie Allen (11) – 19:45 (27th place)

        Olivia Malone (12) – 19:56 (33rd place)

2014 Outlook:

One of the absolute blue bloods in Indiana cross country, the Bull Dogs lose just one from last year’s third-place team. That single graduation will hurt, but North brings back a multi-sport All-Stater in junior Sierra Lax who medalled in cross country and the 3200. Typically, seniors in the Dogs’ program up their level of performance in the last year. This year’s squad does not seem to have many seniors in the projected line-up, but this still looks to be a top team that could be one more star away from being a longshot title contender.

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8/10/2014

#7 – Fort Wayne Carroll Chargers

        New Haven Semistate #2

        West Noble Regional #1

Inccstats.com Ranking: 14

State meet history:

11 appearances (last in 2013), 3 podium finishes (last in 2010)

2013 Results:

        Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional: 1st place (43 points)

        West Noble Regional: 1st place (42 points)

        New Haven Semistate: 1st place (69 points)

        IHSAA State Finals: 7th place (180 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semistate)

        Madison Fruchey (11) – 18:56 (9th place)

        Stacey Metzger (12) – 18:59 (11th place)

        Megan Doty (12) – 19:14 (14th place)

2014 Outlook:

The Chargers have a team that the numbers love, as evidenced by their fourth-place ranking on inccstats.com. They were highly competitive last year, missing the podium by just 28 points. Though just three return from last year’s varsity, they were typically the team’s top trio, and Carroll has possibly the state’s second-best JV and enviable feeder programs from which to draw. Carroll is absolutely a podium-contending team, though it would need a bevy of newcomers to contend with some of the very top teams for the crown (which is certainly possible).

 

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8/9/2014

#8 – Franklin Central Flashes

           Carmel Semistate #4

Inccstats.com Ranking: 8

State meet history:

8 appearances (last in 2013), 4 podium finishes (last in 2012)

2013 Results:

           New Palestine Sectional: 1st place (25 points)

           Rushville Regional: 1st place (25 points)

           Carmel Semistate: 5th place (158 points)

           IHSAA State Finals: 13th place (365 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semistate)

           Cailyn Adams (12) – 19:16 (26th place)

           Brooke Talhelm (11) – 19:34 (36th place)

           Emily Welch (11) – 19:41 (42nd place)

           Lexi McCann (12) – 19:44 (44th place)

           Jenna Woodley (11) – 20:12 (70th place)

           Gena Baumberger (11) – 20:12 (71st place)

2014 Outlook:

Like some of the other teams ranked in previous days, Franklin Central has a solid line-up without a frontrunner. The Flashes have a much deeper line-up, however, and will be better apt at handling minor bumps in the road. Even in the strong central Indiana semistate, FC seems too strong to miss the state meet, and this is probably the first of the true podium-contending teams based on what we know currently. Still, history shows that the Flashes tend to zig when we think they’ll zag.

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8/8/2014

#9 – Pendleton Heights Arabians

        New Haven Semistate #3

Inccstats.com Ranking: 9

State meet history:

3 appearances (last in 2013)

2013 Results:

        Pendleton Heights Sectional: 1st place (18 points)

        West Noble Regional: 1st place (28 points)

        New Haven Semistate: 3rd place (141 points)

        IHSAA State Finals: 14th place (383 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semistate)

        Alex Buck (11) – 18:18 (2nd place)

        Alli McCarty (10) – 19:26 (22nd place)

        Emma Hall (10) – 20:03 (42nd place)

        Monica Dudley (11) – 20:27 (61st place)

        Faith Baer (10) – 20:51 (87th place)

2014 Outlook:

The Arabians are an intriguing team that brings back from its best squad in school history. Potential frontrunner Alex Buck is in a unique position as she snuck into All-State honors last fall while not being All-State in any track event but was a Foot Locker finalist. Alli McCarty was also a state finalist in the 3200, and unlike many of the other top teams, most of the Pendleton returners had solid track seasons. The line-up, as we currently know it, seems like a distance longshot from the podium but a solid state meet team.

 

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8/7/2014

#10 – Portage Indians

        New Prairie Semistate #2

Inccstats.com Ranking: 11

State meet history:

17 appearances (last in 2013), 2 podium finishes (last in 1996), 1 runner-up title (1988)

2013 Results:

        Chesterton Sectional: 2nd place (60 points)

        New Prairie Regional: 1st place (45 points)

        New Prairie Semistate: 3rd place (126 points)

        IHSAA State Finals: 15th place (394 points)

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

        Rebecca Timm (10) – 19:43 (24th place)

        Kyra Ball (11) – 19:58 (30th place)

        Rhyan Sloan (12) – 20:00 (32nd place)

        Erin Reynolds (12) – 20:11 (41st place)

        Madison Allen (10) – 20:33 (61st place)

        Haley Orshonsky (11) – 20:39 (68th place)

2014 Outlook:

Portage has a solid team returning that looks to make it seven straight state finals in a row. The Indians don’t look to have a true frontrunner, at least on the state level, but they get bonus points for consistency and solid coaching. Of the six returners, only Kyra Ball advanced out of the sectional in an individual event. Still, that seems to be typical for Portage, who always shows up in the cross country tournament.

 

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8/6/2014

#11 – Lake Central Indians

New Prairie Semistate #3

 

Inccstats.com Ranking: 10

 

State meet history:

10 appearances (last in 2013), 2 podium finishes (last in 2008), 2 runner-up titles (2007, 2008)

 

2013 Results:

Hammond Gavit Sectional: 1st place (16 points)

Crown Point Regional: 1st place (53 points)

New Prairie Semistate: 5th place (179 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 22nd place (512 points)

 

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

Megan Zajac (12) – 19:39 (21st place)

Sarah Hunsley (10) – 19:42 (23rd place)

Sydney Vandersteeg (10) – 20:17 (47th place)

Maritza Castaneda (12) – 20:51 (78th place)

Jennifer Crague (10) – 21:07 (96th place)

Melissa Spanier (12) – 21:43 (132nd place)

 

2014 Outlook:

The Indians have a solid returning team devoid of stars. The depth may be a little lacking to be a podium contender, but in a school with an enrollment as large as Lake Central (3297) that should not be a big problem. LC typically has multiple freshmen on their state finals team. If they can get solid improvement from the returners and the typical haul of newcomers, they should have no problems going to another state finals.

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8/5/2014

#12 – Zionsville Eagles

Carmel Semistate #5

 

Inccstats.com Ranking: 12

 

State meet history:

1 appearance (2013)

 

2013 Results:

Ben Davis Sectional: 1st place (20 points)

Ben Davis Regional: 2nd place (40 points)

Carmel Semistate: 4th place (133 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 9th place (289 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semistate)

Sydney Meyers (12) – 18:52 (13th place)

Samantha Marshall (11) – 18:52 (14th place)

Cally Sampson (12) – 20:21 (81st place)

Angelina Ellis (10) – 20:41 (97th place)

2014 Outlook:

The Eagles are coming off their best season ever, including a first trip to the state finals in school history. A solid encore will depend upon depth. Sydney Meyers and Samantha Marshall are two potential All-Staters and should give Zionsville a great start. Very few teams in the state will have a better top duo, but a second straight trip to Terre Haute in November will be determined by the next three scorers.

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8/4/2014

#13 – Fort Wayne Homestead Spartans

New Haven Semistate #4

West Noble Regional #2

 

Inccstats.com Ranking: 14

 

State meet history:

13 appearances (last in 2013)

 

2013 Results:

Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional: 2nd place (80 points)

West Noble Regional: 2nd place (94 points)

New Haven Semistate: 5th place (168 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 17th place (422 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semistate)

Madison Diselrath (10) – 18:54 (8th place)

Grace Walther (11) – 19:24 (20th place)

Kelsey Batt (10) – 19:45 (35th place)

Hannah Johanningsmeier (10) – 20:42 (78th place)

Mary Podlaski (12) – 21:48 (136th place)

 

2014 Outlook:

The Spartans ended a state meet drought of seven years in 2012 with a team that featured three freshmen. The 2013 team also had three freshmen, meaning Homestead could have a young roster after consecutive state finals appearances. Sophomore Madison Diselrath should be a capable frontrunner for the Spartans after finishing eight in the semistate and winning the regional in the 1600 last spring.

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8/3/2014

#14 – Westfield Shamrocks

Carmel Semistate #6

Brebeuf Regional #3

Noblesville Sectional #3

 

Inccstats.com Ranking: 15

 

State meet history:

13 appearances (last in 2013), 6 podium finishes (last in 2008), 1 runner-up title (2004), 4 state championships (1998, 2005, 2006, 2007)

 

2013 Results:

Noblesville Sectional: 3rd place (74 points)

Brebeuf Regional: 3rd place (75 points)

Carmel Semistate: 6th place (164 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 8th place (216 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semistate)

Devon Leahy (11) – 19:08 (20th place)

Gabby Brown (10) – 20:07 (61st place)

Taylor Rogers (12) – 20:58 (114th place)

 

2014 Outlook:

The Shamrocks have a lot to replace, including four of last year’s varsity and the coach of the last nearly twenty seasons. Junior Devon Leahy and sophomore Gabby Brown, both of whom were in the top 40 in the 2013 state meet, will certainly help. Junior Maddy Greenes was in the state meet results but did not run in the semistate. Westfield has a good start but will need to restock to have the depth necessary to compete in their area.

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8/2/2014

#15 – Northridge Raiders

New Haven Semistate #5

 

Inccstats.com Ranking: 17

 

State meet history:

20 appearances (last in 2013), 7 podium finishes (last in 2005), 2 runner-up titles (1993, 2002)

 

2013 Results:

Elkhart Central Sectional: 1st place (37 points)

Elkhart Central Regional: 2nd place (53 points)

New Haven Semistate: 4th place (164 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 16th place (398 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semistate)

McKenzie Love (10) – 19:20 (17th place)

Morgan Blyly (11) – 19:58 (39th place)

Nikki Willey (12) – 20:34 (70th place)

Katelyn Klimer (11) – 20:42 (77th place)

Mariah King (10) – 20:53 (89th place)

2014 Outlook:

After appearing in 12 of the last 13 state finals, the Raiders seem likely to do it again. Sophomore McKenzie Love and junior Morgan Blyly could develop into frontrunners after some quality races last fall. None of Northridge’s runners had stellar track seasons, though, and that seems somewhat worrisome heading into this season. Still, the Raiders often run much better in the fall.

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8/1/2014

#16 – Center Grove Trojans

Carmel Semistate #7

 

Inccstats.com Ranking: 13

 

State meet history:

7 appearances (last in 2011), 1 podium finish (2006)

 

2013 Results:

Franklin Sectional: 1st place (28 points)

Greensburg Regional: 2nd place (51 points)

Carmel Semistate: 10th place (285 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semistate)

Valerie Clark (10) – 19:34 (37th place)

Madyln Keeley (10) – 20:15 (75th place)

Alexa Kovacs (11) – 20:46 (100th place)

Olivia Rassel (10) – 21:06 (119th place)

Taylor Hickey (11) – 21:15 (127th place)

 

2014 Outlook:

The Trojans have five back for a school looking to end a two-year drought from the state finals. Center Grove will have a young but promising team. Sophomore Olivia Rassel is an intriguing runner for the Trojans as she contributed on last year’s cross country team and advanced out of the track sectional in the 100 and 200. A couple top freshmen could help put CG among the favorites to advance to the state meet.

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7/31/2014

#17 – Floyd Central Highlanders

Brown County Semistate #2

 

Inccstats.com Ranking: 18

 

State meet history:

19 appearances (last in 2013), 7 podium appearances (last in 1992), 1 runner-up title (1987), 4 state championships (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992)

 

2013 Results:

Crawford County Sectional: 1st place (23 points)

Crawford County Regional: 1st place (35 points)

Brown County Semistate: 4th place (138 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 19th place (454 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brown County Semistate)

Lydia Kotowski (11) – 18:51 (8th place)

Kassidy Manning (11) – 19:22 (14th place)

Madison Barney (11) – 19:36 (22nd place)

Morgan Paul (10) – 20:27 (54th place)

Gabrielle Rodriguez (12) – 21:30 (115th place)

 

2014 Outlook:

The Highlanders are a strong contender to advance again in the south, with five back from last year’s team that qualified for the state finals. Floyd Central should be deep enough as senior Gabrielle Rodriguez was typically much closer to the rest of the pack than at the semistate. The ‘Landers look very likely to make it to consecutive state finals after a lengthy absence.

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7/30/2014

#18 – Twin Lakes Indians

New Prairie Semistate #4

Inccstats.com Ranking: 19

State meet history:

1 appearance (2013)

2013 Results:

Benton Central Sectional: 1st place (27 points)

Harrison (West Lafayette) Regional: 2nd place (66 points)

New Prairie Semistate: 6th place (185 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 12th place (354 points)

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

Madeline Lilly (11) – 18:36 (5th place)

Hope Scanlon (11) – 19:51 (38th place)

Peyton Kneadler (11) – 20:48 (75th place)

Jennifer Rios (10) – 21:07 (95th place)

Gabby Biggs (10) – 21:16 (109th place)

2014 Outlook:

The Indians have five back from their best team ever, the first to qualify for the state finals in the school history. Twin Lakes seems likely to do that again, especially with potential All-Stater Madeline Lilly back. Besides Kneadler, though, none of the Indians had a very successful track season. Twin Lakes does have a lower enrollment than most of the other top teams, but there are five solid returners slated to be back for two more years.

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7/29/2014

#19 – Terre Haute North Patriots

Brown County Semistate #3

Inccstats.com Ranking: 16

State meet history:

14 appearances (last in 2013)

2013 Results:

Terre Haute North Sectional: 1st place (16 points)

Bedford North Lawrence Regional: 2nd place (47 points)

Brown County Semistate: 3rd place (115 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 18th place (430 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brown County Semistate)

Lindsay Welker (11) – 18:42 (6th place)

Hannah Bunch (10) – 20:03 (36th place)

Keeliegh Stigall (11) – 20:12 (43rd place)

2014 Outlook:

The Patriots have three back from a very competitive team last year, including a potential All-Stater in junior Lindsay Welker. The returning trio gives North a good start, though they will need to load from the JV or incoming freshmen. The Pats have had good fortune with this in the past, and this year’s squad should be on par with the teams of the recent past.

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7/28/2014

#20 – Bloomington South Panthers

Brown County Semistate #4

 

Inccstats.com Ranking: 22

 

State meet history:

16 appearances (last in 2013)

 

2013 Results:

Bedford North Lawrence Sectional: 1st place (32 points)

Bedford North Lawrence Regional: 1st place (45 points)

Brown County Semistate: 2nd place (98 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 11th place (350 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brown County Semistate)

Alexis Lewandowski (12) – 19:31 (18th place)

Veronica Fickel (12) – 19:44 (26th place)

Macy Evans (11) – 20:10 (42nd place)

Gabrielle Hetrick (10) – 20:24 (51st place)

Zarya de Souza (10) – 20:36 (63rd place)

 

2014 Outlook:

The Panthers bring back five from a team that was six points away from a top ten finish at last year’s state meet. Those two losses, including an All-Stater, will hurt, but South is usually among the deepest teams in the state. Sophomore Hope Bush was not in the cross country tournament results but did run 5:26 in the sectional 1600. South’s line-up seems assured to return to an eighth straight state finals.

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7/27/2014

#21 – Warsaw Tigers

New Prairie Semistate #5

 

Inccstats.com Ranking: 21

 

State meet history:

4 appearances (last in 2013)

 

2013 Results:

Culver Academies Sectional: 1st place (30 points)

Culver Acadmeies Regional: 1st place (57 points)

New Prairie Semistate: 4th place (167 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 21st place (503 points)

 

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

Allison Miller (10) – 19:33 (19th place)

Brooke Rhodes (11) – 20:10 (39th place)

Hannah Dawson (11) – 20:11 (40th place)

Emma Hayward (11) – 20:13 (44th place)

Claire Kehler (11) – 21:15 (107th place)

 

2014 Outlook:

The Tigers bring back a solid front four from last year’s state finalist team. Warsaw looks very strong to advance out of the semistate, especially if the squad can close the gap to the fifth runner. Sophomore Anna Craig, who was on a state finalist 4×8 relay and advanced out of the sectional could certainly help the Tigers. The semistate appears to be slightly down this year as well.

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7/26/2014

#22 – Noblesville Millers

Carmel Semistate #8

Brebeuf Regional #4

Noblesville Sectional #4

 

Inccstats.com Ranking: 20

 

State meet history:

6 appearances (last in 2010), 2 podium finishes (last in 2009)

 

2013 Results:

Noblesville Sectional: 5th place (128 points)

Brebeuf Regional: 5th place (148 points)

Carmel Semistate: 13th place (339 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semistate)

Abigail Crouch (12) – 19:48 (47th place)

Megan Line (12) – 20:29 (85th place)

Katherine Dombrowski (10) – 20:38 (96th place)

Jaden Fleming (12) – 21:02 (116th place)

Peyton Ali (12) – 21:09 (121st place)

 

2014 Outlook:

The Millers bring back five of seven from a team that ran pretty subpar at the semistate and should be better this season. The advanced statistics are more favorable to Noblesville, who could be a few newcomers away from reloading a state finals team. The statistics are very favorable to Noblesville’s chances. If sophomore Susana Sharples-Gordon runs, that will certainly help the depth that’s already rumored to be bolstered with a strong incoming class.

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7/25/2014

#23 – Huntington North Vikings

New Haven Semistate #6

Inccstats.com Ranking: 25

State meet history:

9 appearances (last in 2013)

2013 Results:

Marion Sectional: 1st place (43 points)

Marion Regional: 1st place (72 points)

New Haven Semistate: 6th place (213 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 23rd place (523 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semistate)

Hannah Stoffel (11) – 19:31 (26th place)

Cadee Harmon (10) – 20:08 (45th place)

Emily Ehernman (12) – 20:16 (52nd place)

Marissa Jamison (11) – 20:41 (75th place)

Taryn Doering (12) – 20:55 (92nd place)

Stephanie McEhlaney (12) – 20:55 (93rd place)

2014 Outlook:

The Vikings bring back six from a team that qualified for the state finals on the tiebreaker last fall. Huntington has made the state meet the last six years. With all scorers back from a team that made it last year, Huntington looks to be in a good position to make it seven in a row, but most other teams in the semistate return a large amount as well.

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7/24/2014

#24 – Fishers Tigers

Carmel Semistate #9

Brebeuf Regional #6

Noblesville Sectional #5

Inccstats.com Ranking: 28

State meet history:

1 appearance (last in 2012)

2013 Results:

Noblesville Sectional: 4th place (98 points)

Brebeuf Regional: 4th place (115 points)

Carmel Semistate: 7th place (191 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semistate)

Maggie Jahns (11) – 19:51 (48th place)

Lorinda Kirk (11) – 20:12 (72nd place)

2014 Outlook:

The Tigers had a senior-heavy team last year that missed the state meet by one spot. With its high enrollment and perennially solid JV, Fishers gets some bonus points based on this. As is typical for teams in that area, geography is the biggest obstacle for advancement through the tournament. (This is not a recording.)

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7/23/2014

#25 – Fremont Eagles

New Haven Semistate #7

West Noble Regional #3

Inccstats.com Ranking: 29

State meet history:

Never qualified

2013 Results:

West Noble Sectional: 1st place (34 points)

West Noble Regional: 4th place (128 points)

New Haven Semistate: 7th place (213 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semistate)

Riley Welch (10) – 20:09 (46th place)

Makenna Cade (12) – 20:12 (49th place)

Courtney Woosley (10) – 20:23 (58th place)

Katie Culler (11) – 21:47 (135th place)

2014 Outlook:

The Eagles missed the state meet as a team on the tiebreaker last year. It seems likely that depth could be an issue for Fremont again this year, no surprise for a school with such a low enrollment losing a perennial All-Stater. Still, the Eagles have been the state’s top example of a small school succeeding. They get bonus points for coaching as they employ the same training principles as consistent contenders Columbus North and Avon.

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7/22/2014

#26 – Bloomington North Cougars

Brown County Semistate #5

Inccstats.com Ranking: 36

State meet history:

24 appearances (last in 2013), 3 podium finishes (last in 2007), 1 runner-up title (1982)

2013 Results:

Bedford North Lawrence Sectional: 2nd place (63 points)

Bedford North Lawrence Regional: 3rd place (85 points)

Brown County Semistate: 5th place (178 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 20th place (494 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brown County Semistate)

Joy Brown (11) – 20:06 (38th place)

Kendyll Schulz (10) – 20:16 (44th place)

Maya Wilson (11) – 20:40 (64th place)

Ella Flynn (11) – 20:53 (75th place)

Anna McCoy (11) – 21:05 (89th place)

Rivkah Moore (12) – 21:26 (114th place)

2014 Outlook:

The Cougars lose their longtime frontrunner but bring back a team that looks deep enough to return to the state finals. While North seems to lack a candidate for a true frontrunner—and no returners had stellar track season—recent history indicates that they should have no problem going back to the state meet. There will be challengers for those final few spots, but the Cougars will be tough to beat.

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7/21/2014

#27 – Jasper Wildcats

Brown County Semistate #6

Inccstats.com Ranking: 24

State meet history:

5 appearances (last in 2013)

2013 Results:

Jasper Sectional: 1st place (22 points)

Crawford County Regional: 2nd place (51 points)

Brown County Semistate: 6th place (203 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 24th place (528 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brown County Semistate)

Tara Cassidy (10) – 19:28 (17th place)

Hannah Welsh (11) – 19:33 (20th place)

Rachel Welsh (11) – 20:33 (60th place)

Noelle Weyler (10) – 20:40 (65th place)

Abby Simone (10) – 22:06 (144th place)

Grace Mehringer (10) – 22:53 (168th place)

2014 Outlook:

The Wildcats qualified for the state meet last year with a line-up that featured four freshmen and two sophomores. With four scorers back and two potential frontrunners in the semistate, Jasper looks to be in good position to return. They’ll need to close the gap between four and five to do so.

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7/20/2014

#28 – Mishawka Lady Cavemen

New Haven Semistate #8

Inccstats.com Ranking: 23

State meet history:

Never qualified

2013 Results:

South Bend Riley Sectional: 2nd place (74 points)

Elkhart Central Regional: 5th place (124 points)

New Haven Semistate: 10th place (321 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semistate)

Kierra Pelletier (11) – 19:51 (37th place)

Hannah Coppens (12) – 20:24 (60th place)

Jessica Duvall (11) – 21:24 (117th place)

Hannah Romeo (11) – 22:20 (147th place)

2014 Outlook:

Mishawaka brings back four of seven from a team that finished in the top ten in last year’s semistate. This season’s group should have an improved chance to make it, especially given the return of 2012 national champion Anna Rohrer. With her in last year’s line-up, Mishawaka would have been very close to qualifying as a team. Scoring four in each meet this fall should help as well.
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7/19/2014

#29 – Chesterton Trojans

New Prairie Semistate #6

Inccstats.com Ranking: 32

State meet history:

17 appearances (last in 2012), 7 podium finishes (last in 2003), 3 runner-up titles (1995, 1997, 2003)

2013 Results:

Chesterton Sectional: 5th place (115 points)

New Prairie Regional: 5th place (107 points)

New Prairie Semistate: 12th place (293 points)

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

Lindsey Nielsen (10) – 20:22 (51st place)

Josie Tolin (12) – 20:43 (71st place)

Kaylee Stont (12) – 20:55 (83rd place)

Kassidy Scott (12) – 20:56 (84th place)

Leah Sink (11) – 21:14 (103rd place)

2014 Outlook:

The Trojans were on a bit of a dry spell recently, missing five of the last six state finals. This year’s group might have the returning cast to get back to Terre Haute. It will be an older, experienced team which should help. Senior Kassidy Scott could make a big jump after a very good track season over 1600 and 800 meters.

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7/18/2014

#30 – Fort Wayne Dwenger Saints

New Haven Semistate #9

West Noble Regional #4

Inccstats.com Ranking: 26

State meet history:

1 appearance (1981)

2013 Results:

Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional: 4th place (108 points)

West Noble Regional: 5th place (134 points)

New Haven Semistate: 9th place (267 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semistate)

Erin Kilbane (12) – 20:06 (44th place)

Abby Brelage (10) – 20:16 (53rd place)

Megan Brelage (11) – 20:17 (55th place)

Claire Manning (11) – 21:05 (103rd place)

Caroline McMasters (11) – 21:09 (106th place)

Mary Momper (12) – 21:26 (120th place)

2014 Outlook:

The Saints bring back their top five and six of seven. Dwenger certainly has a solid top three and could be a competitive team in the semistate with good improvement from their depth or newcomers. This season’s team might be the Saints’ best chance to qualify for its first state finals since 1981. Junior Megan Brelage had a solid spring over 1600 meters, running under 5:30.

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7/17/2014

#31 – Warren Central Warriors

Carmel Semistate #10

Inccstats.com Ranking: 27

State meet history:

1 appearance (1988)

2013 Results:

New Palestine Sectional: 2nd place (45 points)

Rushville Regional: 2nd place (62 points)

Carmel Semistate: 9th place (268 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semistate)

Kaitlin Wells (12) – 19:06 (19th place)

Hopes Jones (12) – 19:10 (21st place)

Kireina Gray (12) – 20:53 (108th place)

Emily Howland (12) – 21:17 (128th place)

Molli Challis (12) – 21:41 (141st place)

Rachel Harrison (12) – 21:51 (146th place)

2014 Outlook:

The Warriors bring back a senior-laden team that has two excellent frontrunners who qualified for the state meet last season. Warren has a team that should be as good as last year but looks a little ways back from being competitive enough to contend for a state meet spot. A couple of top newcomers could change that.

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7/16/2014

#32 – Lawrence Central Bears

Carmel Semistate #11
Brebeuf Regional #6

Inccstats.com Ranking: 35

State meet history:

Never qualified

2013 Results:

Brebeuf Sectional: 1st place (54 points)

Brebeuf Regional: 7th place (190 points)

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

Kayley Hudson (11) – 19:47 (19th place)

Taylor Bohlman (11) – 20:29 (38th place)

Lauren Chastain (11) – 20:45 (46th place)

Bailey Prather (12) – 21:24 (58th place)

Katie Beyers (12) – 21:53 (66th place)

Callie Tonnis (12) – 22:02 (70th place)

2014 Outlook:

The Bears bring back a large number of last year’s squad that won the sectional championship and ran in the state’s most competitive regional. LC looks likely to have a similar season but seems unlikely to see the semistate as a team. Top runner Kayley Hudson had a competitive track season, running 5:19 in the sectional.

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7/15/2014

#33 – Bellmont Braves

New Haven Semistate #10

Inccstats.com Ranking: 37

State meet history:

4 appearances (last in 2000)

2013 Results:

Bellmont Sectional: 1st place (45 points)

Marion Regional: 3rd place (102 points)

New Haven Semistate: 11th place (326 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semistate)

Bailey Beery (11) – 19:15 (15th place)

Allyson Norby (12) – 20:43 (80th place)

Amberly Gutierez (12) – 20:59 (97th place)

Emily Gunsett (11) – 21:33 (126th place)

Grace Fisher (10) – 22:35 (156th place)

Marie Fisher (11) – 26:00 (176th place)

2014 Outlook:

Bellmont has a great frontrunner in junior Bailey Beery, who was 16th at last year’s state meet. The rest of the returning team looks to maintain or improve on last season’s sectional championship team. With good improvement or a few surprise newcomers, Bellmont could become a competitor for a state finals berth.

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7/14/2014

#34 Fort Wayne Concordia Cadets

New Haven Semistate #11

West Noble Regional #5

Inccstats.com Ranking: 41

State meet history:

11 appearances (last in 2012), 2 podium finishes (last in 2011), 1 state championship (1983)

2013 Results:

Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional: 3rd place (99 points)

West Noble Regional: 3rd place (107 points)

New Haven Semistate: 8th place (222 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semistate)

Anna Greene (12) – 20:19 (56th place)

Hannah Martin (10) – 20:57 (95th place)

Erin Adair (11) – 21:08 (105th place)

Alaina Stellwagen (10) – 21:19 (115th place)

Brianna Baughman (12) – 21:37 (130th place)

2014 Outlook:

The Cadets are almost always in the mix for advancing to the state meet. This year’s team appears to be down, but don’t be surprised if Concordia reloads and is competitive in the area again. The current line-up should be good enough to get into the semistate, but the Cadets are in the state’s second-most competitive regional in Indiana.

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7/13/2014

#35 Oldenburg Academy Rebels

Carmel Semistate #12

Inccstats.com Ranking: 46

State meet history:

Never qualified

2013 Results:

South Dearborn Sectional: 1st place (29 points)

Greensburg Regional: 1st place (42 points)

Carmel Semistate: 8th place (200 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semistate)

Ashley Sedler (11) – 19:53 (52nd place)

Kirsten Ricke (12) – 20:09 (65th place)

Haleigh Reed (10) – 20:13 (73rd place)

Madelyn Maier (10) – 21:27 (130th place)

2014 Outlook:

The Rebels lose two of their top three, including an All-Stater At a small school, that could hurt them more than their large-enrollment counterparts. Still, Oldenburg has proven recently to be one of the better-trained programs in Indiana. It isn’t inconceivable that they could reload and make another run at an improbable state finals berth.

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7/12/2014

#36 Crown Point Bulldogs

New Prairie Semistate #7

Inccstats.com Ranking: 40

State meet history:

13 appearances (last in 2011), 1 podium finish (1997)

2013 Results:

Crown Point Sectional: 1st place (31 points)

Crown Point Regional: 2nd place (58 points)

New Prairie Semistate: 10th place (252 points)

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

Jillian Zimmerman (12) – 20:03 (35th place)

Kristen Collins (10) – 20:23 (52nd place)

Alexis Carpenter (11) – 20:34 (63rd place)

Hope Zimmerman (10) – 21:06 (93rd place)

2014 Outlook:

The Bulldogs have a solid four back from last year’s team and could be in serious competition for a bid to the state meet. Obviously, Crown Point will need to add at least one to their ranks. Senior Kami Kurtz, who beat frontrunner Jillian Zimmerman in the sectional 3200, would be a solid addition to the team.

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7/11/2014

#37 Valparaiso Vikings

New Prairie Semistate #8

Inccstats.com Ranking: 30

State meet history:

26 appearances (last in 2012), 11 podium finishes (last in 2008), 3 runner-up titles (2001, 2005, 2006), 5 state championships (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004)

2013 Results:

Chesterton Sectional: 3rd place (69 points)

New Prairie Regional: 3rd place (73 points)

New Prairie Semistate: 8th place (196 points)

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

Allison Mundell (12) – 19:27 (18th place)

Sydnye Nosbusch (11) – 20:47 (73rd place)

Alena Tonne (11) – 20:52 (81st place)

Ellie Joll (11) – 21:18 (111th place)

2014 Outlook:

Has the magic started to run out? One of the blue bloods in girls cross contry, a school that once had an eight-year run of finishing in the top two at the state finals had its consecutive appearance streak snapped at 20 by missing last season. The returning group will need some help to begin a new streak, but the Vikings have almost always been able to find that somewhere. An elite tradition and large enrollment certainly won’t hurt.

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7/10/2014

#38 – Greenwood Lady Woodmen

Carmel Semistate #13

Inccstats.com Ranking: 39

State meet history:

Never qualified

2013 Results:

Franklin Sectional: 2nd place (81 points)

Greensburg Regional: 3rd place (89 points)

Carmel Semistate: 12th place (298 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semistate)

Alexandra Dalton (10) – 18:17 (5th place)

Krista Robinson (10) – 20:35 (92nd place)

Madison Renfro (11) – 20:36 (93rd place)

Jessica Isley (11) – 21:35 (134th place)

Kayla Adkins (12) – 23:12 (166th place)

Lauren Dalton (11) – 23:40 (172nd place)

2014 Outlook:

The Lady Woodmen have a solid returning group, headlined by Allie Dalton who was tenth at last year’s state finals. Greenwood will still be young, but they have experience also from last year’s semistate. It seems unlikely that they will be able to load up enough to make the state meet, but they should still be competitive in the area.

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7/9/2014

#39 Eastern (Greentown) Comets

New Prairie Semistate #9

 

Inccstats.com Ranking: 34

 

State meet history:

2 appearances (last in 2011)

 

2013 Results:

Logansport Sectional: 1st place (41 points)

Culver Academies Regional: 2nd place (74 points)

New Prairie Semistate: No team score recorded

 

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

Carly Jones (11) – 19:30 (3rd place)

Avery Ewing (12) – 19:40 (4th place)

Jessica Sprinkles (11) – 19:56 (6th place)

Kaylie Forgrave (10) – 21:13 (28th place)

Elyssa DeAngulo (12) – 21:51 (44th place)

Kaylee Gebhart (10) – 25:46 (84th place)

 

2014 Outlook:

The 2013 Eastern team proved that its success the previous year could be sustainable in the long run. With a solid top three back, the Comets will need to really develop their depth or bring in some newcomers to compete for a state finals bid. That can be hard to come by in a school with such a low enrollment, but the Comets have done an exceptional job in recent years of finding runners.

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7/8/2014

#40 North Central Panthers

Carmel Semistate #14

Brebeuf Regional #7

 

Inccstats.com Ranking: 65

 

State meet history:

16 appearances (last in 2010), 6 podium finishes (last in 1994)

 

2013 Results:

Brebeuf Sectional: 3rd place (85 points)

Brebeuf Regional: 8th place (209 points)

 

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

Kathleen Hanley (10) – 20:36 (41st place)

Shelene Baiyee (11) – 21:10 (53rd place)

Maddie Scarpone (10) – 21:18 (57th place)

 

2014 Outlook:

The Panthers don’t have a lot of returners from a team that was knocked out of the state’s most competitive regional. The three returners they have should give them a good base, and a new coach should be able to reignite the program as he did for the boys team who unexpectedly finished sixth at last year’s state meet.

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7/7/2014

#41 Wawasee Warriors

New Haven Semistate #12

 

Inccstats.com Ranking: 31

 

State meet history:

2 appearances (last in 1982)

 

2013 Results:

Elkhart Central Sectional: 2nd place (76 points)

Elkhart Central Regional: 3rd place (113 points)

New Haven Semistate: 16th place (365 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semistate)

Breanna Robinson (12) – 20:09 (47th place)

Courtney Linnemeier (12) – 20:53 (88th place)

Delanie Bame (10) – 20:58 (96th place)

Molly Swartz (10) – 21:30 (123rd place)

Bridgette Yoder (10) – 21:50 (138th place)

Bailey Schroeder (10) – 22:20 (148th place)

Elizabeth Zorn (10) – 23:07 (163rd place)

 

2014 Outlook:

The Warriors return an entire varsity that had a multitude of freshmen last year. With a year of experience, including a trip to the semistate, Wawasee should be improved this season. The Warriors don’t have any standouts, and didn’t advance anyone out of the track sectional, but they should be pretty solid across the board and look likely to appear in the semistate again.

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7/6/2014

#42 Brownsburg Bulldogs

Carmel Semistate #15

 

Inccstats.com Ranking: 33

 

State meet history:

1 appearance (2009)

 

2013 Results:

South Putnam Sectional: 3rd place (97 points)

Ben Davis Regional: 5th place (135 points)

Carmel Semistate: 16th place (450 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semistate)

Julia Poppenfoose (12) – 20:01 (57th place)

Cassidy Brown (12) – 20:14 (74th place)

Allison Hering (11) – 21:41 (142nd place)

Alex Smock (12) – 21:58 (148th place)

Brianna Channon (10) – 22:51 (160th place)

Rachel Graham (10) – 22:57 (163rd place)

MacKenzie Vondersaar (11) – 22:59 (164th place)

 

2014 Outlook:

The Bulldogs have back a whole team that finished near the bottom of the competitive Carmel Semistate. Brownsburg also has fielded very good middle school programs the last couple of years and should be bringing in some of the state’s best freshmen that could advance the line-up. A few of those with good improvement at the front could make the ‘Dogs competitive.

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7/5/2014

#43 – Cathedral Irish

Carmel Semistate #16
Brebeuf Regional #8

 

Inccstats.com Ranking: 44

 

State meet history:

9 appearances (last in 2009), 1 podium finish (2004)

 

2013 Results:

Brebeuf Sectional: 2nd place (62 points)

Brebeuf Regional: 6th place (182 points)

 

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

Katherine Free (11) – 19:03 (6th place)

Ellen Flood (11) – 19:52 (20th place)

Mary Ellen Kempf (12) – 21:31 (62nd place)

Marissa Vander Misse (10) – 22:34 (81st place)

 

2014 Outlook:

The Irish are a unique team with two frontrunners but not a lot of depth that we know of. However, in a school that has sometimes fielded the state’s second biggest team, finding depth has often not been a huge issue. Geography has, however, and the Irish inevitably find themselves in an incredibly competitive route through the tournament. Junior Katie Free was All-State last year.

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7/4/2014

#44 – Silver Creek Dragons

Brown County Semistate #7

Inccstats.com Ranking: 55

State meet history:

4 appearances (last in 2004)

2013 Results:

Southwestern (Hanover) Sectional: 1st place (31 points)

Brown County Regional: 2nd place (73 points)

Brown County Semistate: 10th place (247 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brown County Semistate)

Mackenzie Crouch (12) – 19:22 (15th place)

Maggie Shields (12) – 20:18 (45th place)

Jessica Backherms (12) – 21:13 (95th place)

Miranda Coats (12) – 21:35 (123rd place)

Paris Brock (12) – 22:12 (149th place)

Emory Lewis (11) – 22:39 (162nd place)

2014 Outlook:

The Dragons have a very senior-laden team that was tenth at last year’s semistate and could contend for team advancement this fall. Senior Mackenzie Crouch should serve as a good frontrunner after qualifying as an individual to last fall’s state finals. A group of Dragons also got some good state meet experience by qualifying for the finals in the 4×800 relay in the spring. This is a southern team to watch out for.

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7/3/2014

#45 – Harrison (West Lafayette) Raiders

New Prairie Semistate #10

State meet history:

Never qualified

Inccstats.com Ranking: 56

2013 Results:

Harrison (West Lafayette) Sectional: 2nd place (58 points)

Harrison (West Lafayette) Regional: 4th place (90 points)

New Prairie Semistate: 13th place (384 points)

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

Olivia Johnson (11) – 19:09 (10th place)

Erin Dark (12) – 20:50 (77th place)

Gabby Coffing (12) – 21:26 (119th place)

Carley Circle (12) – 22:33 (160th place)

2014 Outlook:

The Raiders bring back a typical team for them. They finished in the middle of the semistate last year after being competitive in the area and look to be pretty similar this year. Junior Olivia Johnson, who advanced to the state meet as an individual, should get Harrison some low points up front.

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7/2/2014

#46 – Western Panthers

New Prairie Semistate #11

Inccstats.com Ranking: 43

State meet history:

Never qualified

2013 Results:

Logansport Sectional: 3rd place (97 points)

Culver Academies Regional: 4th place (111 points)

New Prairie Semistate: 15th place (398 points)

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

Nicole Hampshire (12) – 20:14 (45th place)

Erin Knepley (11) – 20:36 (65th place)

Samantha Luginbuhl (11) – 21:22 (117th place)

Emma Nixon (12) – 21:28 (121st place)

Jama Claxton (10) – 22:41 (163rd place)

Cora Johnson (12) – 23:10 (167th place)

Taylor Nunan (11) – 23:12 (168th place)

2014 Outlook:

The Panthers return a whole squad that was 15th at the New Prairie Semistate. Western should be able to move up with good improvement, especially if they can get a top freshman to help as a scorer.

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7/1/2014

#47 – Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles

Brown County Semistate #17

Brebeuf Regional #9

Noblesville Sectional #6

Inccstats.com Ranking: 45

State meet history:

Never qualified

2013 Results:

Noblesville Sectional: 6th place (162 points)

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

Isabella Bucklew (10) – 19:40 (21st place)

Megan Slamkowski (10) – 19:40 (22nd place)

Veronica Rancourt (12) – 20:26 (31st place)

Kate Anderson (10) – 22:09 (45th place)

Elizabeth Barrett (11) – 22:25 (46th place)

Hannah Sullivan (11) – 23:18 (50th place)

2014 Outlook:

The Eagles have back a large portion of last year’s varsity, many of whom advanced to the regional as individuals under the new format. With a new coach, Guerin could be on track for its best team ever. If any of the five giant schools in the sectional slip, the Eagles could find themselves in the regional., and if senior Rachel Yuska, who was nearly All-State in the 800, runs that will help also.

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6/30/2014

#48 – Brown County Eagles

Brown County Semistate #8

Inccstats.com Ranking: n/a

State meet history:

Never qualified

2013 Results:

Brown County Sectional: 3rd place (93 points)

Brown County Regional: 3rd place (107 points)

Brown County Semistate: 13th place (384 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brown County Semistate)

Rose Guingrich (12) – 20:32 (58th place)

Elodie Belleflamme (12) – 20:47 (69th place)

Alecia Frederick (12) – 21:07 (90th place)

Corrissa Proctor (11) – 21:50 (134th place)

Jalynn Stanford (11) – 22:30 (156th place)

Molly Austin (10) – 22:31 (158th place)

Wylie Poling (10) – 22:36 (160th place)

2014 Outlook:

The Eagles bring back all of last year’s varsity that made the semistate. This year’s team could be competitive enough to make the state finals, especially if BC can find a surprise newcomer to bolster the line-up.

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6/29/2014

#49 – Culver Academies Eagles

New Prairie Semistate #12

 

Inccstats.com Ranking: 49

 

State meet history:

6 appearances (last in 2010)

 

2013 Results:

Culver Academies Sectional: 2nd place (60 points)

Culver Academies Regional: 7th place (130 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Culver Academies Regional)

Anna Shea (11) – 21:19 (31st place)

Mary Terhune (10) – 21:36 (37th place)

Stephanie Ma (11) – 21:43 (39th place)

April Miltich (12) – 22:06 (50th place)

 

2014 Outlook:

The Eagles have a solid four back from a team that just missed the semistate by a scant three points. Culver will need to develop some depth, but that usually has not been an issue in the past with the Eagles bringing in a good amount of talent and developing it in the fall.

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6/28/2014

#50 – Concord Lady Minutemen

New Haven Semistate #13

 

Inccstats.com Ranking: 47

 

State meet history:

1 appearance (1994)

 

2013 Results:

Elkhart Central Sectional: 3rd place (94 points)

Elkhart Central Regional: 4th place (118 points)

New Haven Semistate: 13th place (362 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semistate)

Vanessa Steiner (11) – 20:37 (71st place)

Anna Nisen (11) – 20:50 (85th place)

Allyse Smith (10) – 20:55 (91st place)

Heather Johnson (12) – 21:02 (99th place)

Mackenzie Porter (11) – 22:05 (141st place)

Bianca Marrufo (10) – 22:19 (146th place)

 

2014 Outlook:

Concord has its five scorers back from a team that was 13th in the semistate. With no stars but a solid pack, the Lady Minutemen could be able to move up the ranks this year. They are in a competitive area of the state, but they appear to have a team able to make its way through the beginnings of the tournament.

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