Jones’ Top 50 Boys Preseason XC Teams!

IR Staffer Brandon Jones 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 Semi-State #1

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 40
Last Appearance: 2013
Best Finish: 1st (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1988, 1993, 1996, 2008, 2012, 2013)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Noblesville Sectional: 1st (39 points)
Brebeuf Regional: 1st (62 points)
Carmel Semi-State: 1st (57 points)
IHSAA State Meet: 1st (64 points)

Returning Runners from Carmel Semi-State:

Ben Veatch (11) – 15:48 – 8th place
Thomas Revard (11) – 16:34 – 34th place

Bio:

The last time the Greyhounds weren’t competing in the Indiana State Championships, John Denver had a #1 hit, Gerald Ford was President, and Chuck Koeppen was of the ripe age of 72 years old. Okay, that last part wasn’t truthful, but for those who don’t know it was 1975. Since then, they have racked up an amazing 13 State Championships. Again in 2014, they will look to do just that. On paper, they look a little light, but as we know, they reload…deep. Expect varsity spots from Zac Leinheiser (PR 16:04) and Zack Horowitz (PR 16:35). And as though they needed any more help, they have received a transfer from Nequa Valley (IL), Grayson Jenkins. Jenkins was a very quality runner in Illinois and just recently ran a 15:23 3 mile XC race at Detweiler at Dark. Excellence should be expected as usual, even under new first year head coach, Colin Altevogt.

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8/15/2014

#2. Bloomington South Panthers

Brown County Semi-State #1

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 23
Last Appearance: 2013
Best Finish: 4th (1976, 1981)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Bedford North Lawrence Sectional: 1st (17 points)
Bedford North Lawrence Regional: 1st (29 points)
Brown County Semi-State: 2nd (63 points)
IHSAA State Meet: 6th (230 points)

Returning Runners from Brown County Semi-State:

Anthony Williams (12) – 15:46 – 7th place
Evan Franklin (11) – 15:52 – 12th place
Peter Voskuil (12) – 16:25 – 23rd place
Xavier Martinez (12) – 16:26 – 24th place
David Benton (12) – 16:31 – 31st place
Jacob Oeding (11) – 16:58 – 56th place

Bio:

Bloomington South is the perfect example of good talent meeting good coaching. The Panthers have really been a top 10 caliber team each of the last 5 years. This years team boasts two great front-runners in Anthony Williams and Evan Franklin, both likely to challenge for top 10 spots. Beyond them, they have a varsity squad capable of running in the sub-to-low 16 min range by the end of the season.  This makes them particularly dangerous as they actually can afford to have a bad day from one or two runners. Stacked deep and motivated, the Panthers should be ready to improve upon their best ever school finish of 4th this season.

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8/14/2014

#3. West Lafayette Red Devils

New Prairie Semi-State #1

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 12
Last Appearance: 2013
Best Finish: 1st (1964)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Harrison Sectional: 1st (23 points)
Harrison Regional: 1st (20 points)
New Prairie Semi-State: 1st (89 points)
IHSAA State Meet: 9th (244 points)

Returning Runners from New Prairie Semi-State:

Cooper Williams (11) – 15:50 – 3rd place
Jake Cohen (12) – 16:23 – 14th place
Evan Johnson (11) – 16:34 – 25th place
Dominic Patascil (12) – 16:38 – 31st place
Dylan Williams (11) – 16:45 – 33rd place
Logan Berndt (12) – 17:11 – 61st place

Bio:

For a couple years now, there has been a quiet buzz about this 2014 West Lafayette team. For good reason, the Red Devils have a chance to win their first State Championship since 1964. Cooper Williams will give the team a stick most likely in the top 5. Cohen, Johnson, and Patascil all have at least an outside chance of being All-State, while Dylan Williams brings them in with a better than average #5. The team did suffer a minor setback when freshman Leo Bernier transferred to cross-town rival Lafayette Jefferson. Otherwise, the Red Devils have all the pieces in place to make a big run in 2014.

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8/13/2014

#4. Carroll (FW) Chargers

New Haven Semi-State #1

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 7
Last Appearance: 2013
Best Finish: 2nd (2008, 2012)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

FW Northrop Sectional: 1st (43 points)
West Noble Regional: 1st (50 points)
New Haven Semi-State: 1st (71 points)
IHSAA State Meet: 3rd (192 points)

Returning Runners from New Haven Semi-State:

Cameron Clements (11) – 16:10 – 9th place
Jacob Schmeling (12) – 16:13 – 11th place
Trevor Hamilton (12) – 16:31- 18th place
Ben Schwartz (11) – 16:58 – 48th place

Bio:

Last season, most expected a big drop off from the Chargers considering the loss of one of the best duo’s in Indiana history, Alex Hess and Jon Harper. Instead, Carroll worked their schedule like stepping stones, getting better each week, through the tournament, and eventually pulling off a surprising 3rd place finish. As individuals, Cameron Clements and Jacob Schmeling really came into their own, inspiring the rest to follow in suit. This year, leadership certainly won’t be the issue as both are back, rather, Carroll’s number one focus will be establishing the necessarily talent to contend for a State Championship from their 3-7 runners. Hamilton seems to already be there and Schwartz is right on the brink, but there are some question marks beyond them. Only time will tell who will step up for the Chargers.

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8/12/2014

#5. Columbus North Bulldogs

Brown County Semi-State #2

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 18
Last Appearance: 2013
Best Finish: 1st (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2011)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Brown County Sectional: 1st (20 points)
Brown County Regional: 1st (15 points)
Brown County Semi-State: 1st (36 points)
IHSAA State Meet: 2nd (78 points)

Returning Runners from Brown County Semi-State:

Seth Williams (12) – 15:39 – 5th place
Chase Ballard (12) – 15:55 – 14th place
Ben Rankin (11) – 16:34 – 33rd place
Ben Porter (12) – 16:53 – 52nd place

Bio:

I won’t use this space to insult your intelligence and tell you Columbus North may be in trouble and that they may not be in position to challenge for another State Championship by November. The school with a knack for developing the “next man up” will do just that, and when paired with a couple of top 10 threats like Williams and Ballard, the Bulldogs will be in contention, if not the favorite heading into Terre Haute. Keep an eye out particularly for Elijah Brooks. The talented freshman broke 10 minutes for 3200m this spring and should make leaps and bounds this season.

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8/11/2014

#6. Bloomington North Cougars

Brown County Semi-State #3

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 27
Last Appearance: 2013
Best Finish: 1st (1980)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Bedford North Lawrence Sectional: 2nd (40 points)
Bedford North Lawrence Regional: 3rd (50 points)
Brown County Semi-State: 4th (128 points)
IHSAA State Meet: 14th (359 points)

Returning Runners from Brown County Semi-State:

Ryan Nephew (12) – 16:21 – 22nd place
Fergus Arthur (12) – 16:27 – 27th place
Collin Smith (11) – 16:29 – 29th place
Harrison Streib (12) – 16:37 – 35th place
Isaac Bentz (12) – 16:41 – 39th place
Griffin Tichenor (12) – 16:47 – 45th place

Bio:

The time for Bloomington North is now. The Cougars return 6 of their 7 runners from last year’s varsity squad including 2-3 individual All-State candidates. Leading them will be Griffin Tichenor. Tichenor struggled late last season but not before proving he was a force to be reckoned with in the South. He and Fergus Arthur cemented that as they both broke 9:30 in the 3200 this past track season. Along with the other experienced vets on this team, BN has all the pieces to be a podium team in 2014.

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8/10/2014

#7. Fishers Tigers

Carmel Semi-State #2

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 3
Last Appearance: 2008
Best Finish: 1st (2007)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Noblesville Sectional: 2nd (72 points)
Brebeuf Regional: 6th (130 points)

Returning Runners from Brebeuf Regional:

Trevor Thompson (11) – 16:12 – 14th place
Tristan Stroebel (11) – 16:50 – 34th place
Daniel Greiwe (12) – 16:54 – 38th place
Nick Butler (12) – 17:02 – 47th place
J. Horn (11) – 17:06 – 51st place

Bio:

It’s hard to believe Fishers hasn’t competed in a State Meet since 2008 with as successful as the program has been. Alas, 2014 appears to be the year for the Tigers. They return 5 from their Regional team that missed qualifying for Semi-State by just 3 points as well as Jake Kleist who was the team’s 6th man at Sectionals, running 16:51. From top to bottom, the Tigers are loaded with talent and depth. They should be aiming their sights for a podium spot, not just a box at the meet.

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8/9/2014

#8. Brebeuf Jesuit Braves

Carmel Semi-State #3

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 1
Last Appearance: 2013
Best Finish: 4th (2013)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Brebeuf Sectional: 3rd (51 points)
Brebeuf Regional: 4th (118 points)
Carmel Semi-State:3rd (128 points)
IHSAA State Meet: 4th (198 points)

Returning Runners from Carmel Semi-State:

Zack Snider (12) – 15:36 – 2nd place
David Coffey (12) – 16:57 – 70th place
Ryan Dvornik (12) – 17:08 – 82nd place

Bio:

Brebeuf finally got over the hump in 2014 and made their first State Meet in school history. They also did something that a lot of teams haven’t and earned a podium spot once there, finishing 4th overall. Whether or not they can duplicate will depend on how fast their JV runners can get ahead of the learning curve and develop the mental and physical abilities to run against the brutal Central Indiana competition. Expected to help the Braves in 2014 include 800m specialist Evan Williamson and sophomore Brady Harless.

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8/8/2014

#9. North Central Panthers

Carmel Semi-State #4

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 29
Last Appearance: 2013
Best Finish: 1st (1969)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Brebeuf Sectional: 2nd (49 points)
Brebeuf Regional: 3rd (104 points)
Carmel Semi-State: 4th (130 points)
IHSAA State Meet: 7th (230 points)

Returning Runners from Carmel Semi-State:

Solomon Rice (12) – 15:55 – 4th place
Jordan Koczenasz (12) – 16:28 – 35th place
Conor Smith (12) – 16:34 – 44th place
Adam McGoff (10) – 17:25 – 106th place
Jacob Logan (10) – 18:24 – 156th place

Bio:

It seems like the Panthers are in the same boat every year at this time. They will appear to have a solid 1-3 but look to be lacking just slightly in their 4 and 5 to make it to State. But this writer has learned their ways and been fooled too many times before. North Central will be just fine. Rice and Koczenasz provide a great 1-2 and Conor Smith won’t be far if at all behind. This proven key to success will likely lead to success again in 2014.

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8/7/2014

#10. Lake Central Indians

New Prairie Semi-State #2

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 11
Last Appearance: 2013
Best Finish: 2nd (1983)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Hammond Gavit Sectional: 2nd (33 points)
Crown Point Regional: 3rd (72 points)
New Prairie Semi-State: 5th (161 points)
IHSAA State Meet: 23rd (587 points)

Returning Runners from New Prairie Semi-State:

Zach Hupp (11) – 16:24 – 15th place
Tyler Kramer-Stephens (11) – 16:28 – 20th place
Casey Garvey (11) – 16:56 – 44th place
Brian St. John (12) – 17:09 – 56th place
Kameron Konopasek (11) – 17:10 – 57th place
Brandon Long (12) – 17:23 – 67th place

Bio:

It’s been a long time since Lake Central was this good. But don’t think the Indians aren’t here to stay. Four of their top 5 runners are just Juniors in 2014. Their team is deep too, putting about 15 kids under 18 minutes last year. The strengths of the New Prairie Semi-State appear to be shifting a bit at least for now. West Lafayette, Lake Central, and Munster seem to be taking over the spots that Chesterton, Valparaiso, and Portage used to own.

 

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8/6/2014

#11. Warsaw Tigers

New Prairie Semi-State #3

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 10
Last Appearance: 2013
Best Finish: 4th (2012)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Culver Academies Sectional: 1st (19 points)
Culver Academies Regional: 1st (20 points)
New Prairie Semi-State: 2nd (108 points)
IHSAA State Meet: 12th (337 points)

Returning Runners from New Prairie Semi-State:

Owen Glogovsky (11) – 16:36 – 28th place
Daniel Messenger (12) – 16:36 – 29th place
Nick Bergen (12) – 17:00 – 47th place
Jonathan Beres (11) – 17:35 – 91st place
Jacob DeBoest (12) – 17:48 – 115th place

Bio:

Warsaw finds themselves in a good position to qualify for another State Meet despite losing Ellis Coon, who finished third at the State Meet last season. Owen Glogovsky, Daniel Messenger, and Nick Bergen have all been at 16:30 or faster in the past, so we should expect them to provide a 1-2-3 punch in the low or sub 16 range. After that, the Tigers will be in need of finding a 4 and 5 to seal the deal. Beres took a big step at State, running his best race there, but they failed to get another runner under 17:30 after him all last season. Don’t count out Warsaw though, they will have worked very hard as always this summer to ensure they do all they can to qualify again.

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8/5/2014

#12. Munster Mustangs

New Prairie Semi-State #4

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 4
Last Appearance: 2013
Best Finish: 9th (2007)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Hammond Gavit Sectional: 1st (30 points)
Crown Point Regional: 1st (49 points)
New Prairie Semi-State: 6th (181 points)
IHSAA State Meet: 13th (347 points)

Returning Runners from New Prairie Semi-State:

Ryan Kritzer (12) – 15:55 – 4th place
Scott Farley (12) – 17:00 – 48th place
Theo Burgwald (11) – 17:08 – 54th place
Jimmy Murphy (12) – 17:36 – 97th place
Emmanuel Lopez (12) – 17:58 – 128th place
Brian Banach (12) – 19:01 – 169th place

2014 Outlook:

Munster is a team with a lot of upside headed in 2014. Returning for them is Ryan Kritzer, who has a chance to finish in the top 10-15 at State. Additionally, keep an eye on Manny Lopez, who had a rough 2013 XC season after serving as an important leader on the course for the Mustangs in 2012. He seems to be back in form though after a solid track season this spring. Also not listed above is Tyler Keslin, one of the teams regular scorers from last year who was forced to miss the tournament. Keslin nearly broke 10 minutes in the 3200 this spring so he should also help Munster quite a bit.

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8/4/2014

#13. Crown Point Bulldogs

New Prairie Semi-State #5

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 21
Last Appearance: 2013
Best Finish: 2nd (1975, 1976, 1977)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Crown Point Sectional: 1st (25 points)
Crown Point Regional: 2nd (52 points)
New Prairie Semi-State: 4th (141 points)
IHSAA State Meet: 19th (422 points)

Returning Runners from New Prairie Semi-State:

Ryan Kepshire (11) – 16:26 – 18th place
Michael Mosak (11) – 16:48 – 37th place
Jacob Langbehn (12) – 17:00 – 49th place
Dylan Wallace (11) – 17:02 – 52nd place
Zachary Hoover (10) – 17:52 – 122nd place

2014 Outlook:

This young Bulldog team has a chance to be one of the better teams not only in the DAC, but in the New Prairie Semi-State. Ryan Kepshire will lead the team with a strong frontrunner capable of finishing in the top 5 in the Semi-State. Their 2-4 is solid and should be competitive with most schools in the area, however the #5 is going to be the focus. In addition to Zachary Hoover, expect Alec Gerlach and Luke Voss to provide scoring opportunities for Crown Point from the #5 spot.

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8/3/2014

#14. Lawrence North Wildcats

Carmel Semi-State #5

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 7
Last Appearance: 2013
Best Finish: 3rd (2000, 2010)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Brebeuf Sectional: 1st (48 points)
Brebeuf Regional: 2nd (100 points)
Carmel Semi-State: 2nd (79 points)
IHSAA State Meet: 10th (265 points)

Returning Runners from Carmel Semi-State:

Ethan Hoeft (12) – 15:41 – 3rd place
Timothy Jerger (12) – 16:44 – 56th place
Wyatt Spencer (12) – 17:13 – 87th place

2014 Outlook:

The Wildcats graduated 3 of their top 4 from last season in Murphy, Hanawalt, and Teklezghi. They will undoubtedly be impossible to replace. They do return enough though that another State Meet berth is within reach. LN put a whopping 22 guys under 18 minutes last season, so their depth should be just fine. Jerger’s improvement will be key. He showed what he is capable this past track season, lowering his 800m PR from 2:04 to 1:58. If he can approach 16 minutes for 5k, the team should be in good position.

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8/2/2014

#15. Hamilton Southeastern Royals

Carmel Semi-State #6

State Meet History:

Total Appearances:9
Last Appearance: 2012
Best Finish: 2nd (2011)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Noblesville Sectional: 2nd (57 points)
Brebeuf Regional: 7th (164 points)

Returning Runners from Brebeuf Regional:

Matt Sraders (12) – 16:34 – 25th place
Ian Leatherman (11) – 17:01 – 46th place
Bryce Barnett (11) – 17:07 – 53rd place
Kyle Sams (12) – 17:25 – 61st place

2014 Outlook:

An unexpected victim of the Brebeuf Regional in 2013, the Royals return in 2014 with a solid team that lacks a bit of experience. Sraders will lead the team after a great track season in which he ran 4:22.87 for the mile, equivalent to 4:21 for 1600m. The rest of the team stepped up as well this past track season. Bryce Barnett ran 4:30, Ian Leatherman ran 9:52, and Kyle Sams ran 10:13. On top of that, HSE has received a transfer from Washington, Gabriel Fendel. As a 7th grader in 2013, Fendel ran 9:20 for 3k, finishing 2nd at USATF Junior Nationals. It will be very exciting to watch the Royals season pan out and progress.

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8/1/2014

#16. Terre Haute South Braves

Brown County Semi-State #4

State Meet History:

Total Appearances:12
Last Appearance: 2013
Best Finish: 5th (2013)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Terre Haute North Sectional: 1st (20 points)
Bedford North Lawrence Regional: 2nd (47 points)
Brown County Semi-State: 3rd (79 points)
IHSAA State Meet: 5th (228 points)

Returning Runners from Brown County Semi-State:

Spencer Danielson (12) – 15:50 – 6th place
Levi Elrod (12) – 16:33 – 32nd place
Jayce Farnsworth (10) – 16:50 – 51st place
Ryan Hannaford (10) – 17:19 – 78th place

2014 Outlook:

Gone for the Braves are Jackson Bertoli and Riley Stohler, two runners who helped vault Terre Haute South to their highest of highs, leading them to the best season in school history. All is not lost though as Spencer Danielson, an All-State candidate in his own is ready to take over. Youth will be on the Braves side as phenom-freshmen Jayce Farnsworth and Ryan Hannaford will be thrust into important scoring positions. In the last 5 years, Terre Haute South has made a habit of reloading deep, and we should expect no less as they will likely qualify for another State Meet.

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7/31/2014

#17. Zionsville Eagles

Carmel Semi-State #7

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 4
Last Appearance: 2013
Best Finish: 7th (2009)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Ben Davis Sectional: 1st (25 points)
Ben Davis Regional: 1st (27 points)
Carmel Semi-State: 5th (156 points)
IHSAA State Meet: 16th (382 points)

Returning Runners from Carmel Semi-State:

Ryan Cash (12) – 16:11 – 20th place
Oliver Rigg (11) – 16:19 – 29th place
Logan Winters (12) – 16:34 – 43rd place
Patrick Stuff (11) – 17:01 – 74th place
Kyle Munz (11) – 17:25 – 107th place

2014 Outlook:

The Eagles enter the season with a great chance to qualify for their 4th State Meet in the past 6 years. They have great front runners and good depth as well. The challenge for the Eagles will be the up-and-coming teams from Avon and Brownsburg who they will see early and often during 2014. On paper, those three teams match up really close. With those three coming out of the Ben Davis Regional, the 5 Brebeuf Regional teams, and Warren Central out of the Rushville Regional, this should be the most exciting Semi-State in years.

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7/30/2014

#18. Avon Orioles

Carmel Semi-State #8

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 0
Last Appearance: N/A
Best Finish: N/A

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

South Putnam Sectional: 1st (33 points)
Ben Davis Regional: 2nd (51 points)
Carmel Semi-State: 7th (182 points)

Returning Runners from Carmel Semi-State:

Taylor Kleyn (12) – 16:32 – 40th place
Will Anderson (12) – 16:38 – 50th place
Alec Scheerer (11) – 16:57 – 69th place
Leo Merchan (12) – 17:15 – 88th place
Keegan Ridgeway (12) – 18:00 – 140th place

2014 Outlook:

2014 is as good of a year as any for the Orioles to finally punch their ticket to the State Championships. They return 5 of their 7 from the Semi-State AND Matt Everling who ran on their Varsity squad most of the season before suffering injuries. Another addition to the 2014 team will be Evan Snodgrass. He ran 1:57 in the 800 this past Spring and for the first time, will be splitting time between Soccer and Cross Country. Loaded with talent, Avon should feel good about their chances heading into the season.

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7/29/2014

#19. Westfield Shamrocks

Carmel Semi-State #9

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 2
Last Appearance: 2013
Best Finish: 7th (2012)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Noblesville Sectional: 4th (86 points)
Brebeuf Regional: 5th (127 points)
Carmel Semi-State: 6th (158 points)
IHSAA State Meet: 11th (269 points)

Returning Runners from Carmel Semi-State:

Alec Hartman (11) – 16:37 – 49th place
Samuel Henthorn (11) – 16:49 – 59th place
Aaron Bennett (10) – 16:56 – 60th place
Desmond Herrell (10) – 17:42 – 126th place

2014 Outlook:

Losing Colin Rinne will undoubtedly sting initially for the Shamrocks, but just as Rinne took over for Connor Martin, Alec Hartman looks set to take over for Rinne. Hartmann had a great track season, notching a personal best in the 3200 of 9:31. Additionally, young guns Aaron Bennett and Samuel Henthorn had great seasons as well, both breaking 4:30 in the 1600. Look for this team to make big improvements each week, running their best in late October and possible qualifying for a third straight State Championship.

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7/28/2014

#20. Indianapolis Cathedral Irish

Carmel Semi-State #10

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 3
Last Appearance: 2012
Best Finish: 3rd (1960)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Brebeuf Sectional: 4th (89 points)
Brebeuf Regional: 7th (157 points)

Returning Runners from Brebeuf Regional:

Tristan Wilbrandt (12) – 16:43 – 30th place
Robert Mathioudakis (12) – 16:54 – 39th place
Patrick O’Neil (12) – 16:56 – 43rd place
Patrick Engle (12) – 17:16 – 57th place
Jacob Will (11) – 17:57 – 73rd place

2014 Outlook:

In 2013, the Irish were an unfortunate victim of the Brebeuf Regional. That challenge won’t change in 2014 as the team enters the season hovering around the bubble of teams who will qualify for the Carmel Semi-State. The success will ultimately ride on their health which has unfortunately let them down in the past.

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7/27/2014

#21. Brownsburg Bulldogs

Carmel Semi-State #11

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 0
Last Appearance: N/A
Best Finish: N/A

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

South Putnam Sectional: 2nd (48 points)
Ben Davis Regional: 3rd (94 points)
Carmel Semi-State: 9th (310 points)

Returning Runners from Carmel Semi-State:

Hari Sathyamurthy (11) – 16:31 – 39th place
Mark Bond (12) – 16:52 – 64th place
Seth Webster (12) – 17:09 – 83rd place
Elijah Wagner (10) – 17:23 – 104th place
Marcus Fierek (11) – 17:33 – 118th place
Brandon Britton (12) – 17:39 – 124th place
John Thomas (12) – 18:31 – 162nd place

2014 Outlook:

The Brownsburg Bulldogs are quite possibly the most intriguing team in the State going into the 2014 season. Junior Hari Sathyamurthy displayed dominance on the track this past spring, finishing 2nd in the 800m at State and running the fastest ever Sophomore 800 in Indiana State History. In addition, Brandon Britton broke out big time in the 800 as well, running under 2:00. Just last week, Elijah Wagner broke 17 minutes at the hometown Bret Neylon 5k. So a lot of things are going right for the Bulldogs right now. Don’t be surprised to see them toeing the line at Laverne Gibson for the first time ever this season.

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7/26/2014

#22. Valparaiso Vikings

New Prairie Semi-State #6

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 40
Last Appearance: 2013
Best Finish: 1st (1966, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1997, 2000)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Chesterton Sectional: 1st (32 points)
New Prairie Regional: 1st (35 points)
New Prairie Semi-State: 3rd (128 points)
IHSAA State Meet: 18th (416 points)

Returning Runners from New Prairie Semi-State:

Daniel Dalton (11) – 16:45 – 34th place

2014 Outlook:

It’s not very often you see a team returning just 1 runner and still sporting a preseason rankings in the top 25. Valparaiso has earned that respect. Having a whopping 40 State Championships to their belt, the Vikings flat out know how to get it down. Year after year, they feature one of the top 5 deepest teams in Indiana. And for that reason, they will reload once again. Junior Daniel Dalton will have to grow up in a hurry to lead a team of unknowns to their 41st State Championship.

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7/25/2014

#23. North Harrison Cougars

Brown County Semi-State #5

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 6
Last Appearance: 2011
Best Finish: 5th (2009)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Crawford County Sectional: 1st (54 points)
Crawford Regional: 1st (76 points)
Brown County Semi-State: 8th (277 points)

Returning Runners from Brown County Semi-State:

Daniel Fleace (12) – 16:10 – 19th place
Michael White (11) – 16:29 – 30th place
Jacob Faith (12) – 17:37 – 102nd place
Chance Schickel (10) – 17:44 – 112th place
Collie Smith (10) – 17:49 – 118th place
Curtis Wetzel (12) – 17:50 – 120th place
Tyler Hood (11) – 18:09 – 139th place

2014 Outlook:

The Cougars return all 7 members of their 8th place 2013 Semi-State team. Included in this is All-State hopeful, Daniel Fleace and another great front-runner, Curtis Wetzel. With a perfect balance of experience and youth, the Cougars could pull off one of their amazing top 10 finishes with a little North Harrison magic.

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7/24/2014

#24. Northridge Raiders

New Haven Semi-State #2

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 12
Last Appearance: 2013
Best Finish: 1st (2004)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Elkhart Central Sectional: 1st (24 points)
Elkhart Central Regional: 1st (56 points)
New Haven Semi-State: 2nd (116 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 8th (234 points)

Returning Runners from New Haven Semi-State:

Conner Sandt (11) – 16:25 – 15th place
James Bradberry (12) – 16:59 – 51st place
Nolan Rhodes (12) – 17:22 – 83rd place
Mitchell Schrock (11) – 17:27 – 89th place

2014 Outlook:

Riding high after an 8th place finish in 2013, the Northridge Raiders are in a good position to qualify again for Terre Haute in 2014. Leading them is Junior Conner Sandt who was a pleasant surprise in 2013. The key for the Raiders will be getting James Bradberry back to his 2012 form in which he broke 16 minutes and provided a great 1-2 punch for the team. Northridge wasn’t the deepest team in 2013 either so finding much success beyond their #5 will be tough. The perennial Northeast Indiana powerhouse usually doesn’t disappoint though.

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7/23/2014

#25. LaPorte Slicers

New Prairie Semi-State #7

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 20
Last Appearance: 2011
Best Finish: 2nd (2007)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Chesterton Sectional: 2nd (72 points)
New Prairie Regional: 2nd (52 points)
New Prairie Semi-State: 7th (182 points)

Returning Runners from New Prairie Semi-State:

Samuel Miller (12) – 16:35 – 27th place
Braden Griffin (11) – 16:46 – 36th place
Dakota Merkel (10) – 17:27 – 77th place
Peyton Riehl (10) – 17:30 – 78th place

2014 Outlook:

In a heartbreaker, LaPorte was just 1 points away from qualifying for the State Meet last October. Now without frontrunner Anthony Didion, the Slicers will have to work hard to avoid being disappointed again in 2014. They have a good, young core which will serve them well and Dakota Merkel is an up-and-coming star. Add in transfer Bryan Flannery from South Central (40th at Semi-State last year), and the Slicers have a lot to be excited about.
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7/22/2014

#26. Homestead Spartans

New Haven Semi-State #3

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 3
Last Appearance: 2013
Best Finish: 16th (1996)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Ft. Wayne Northrop Sectional: 3rd (68 points)
West Noble Regional: 3rd (95 points)
New Haven Semi-State: 5th (160 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 20th (452 points)

Returning Runners from New Haven Semi-State:

Brayden Law (11) – 15:53 – 2nd place
Spencer Scholl (11) – 16:56 – 41st place

2014 Outlook:

Homestead doesn’t have a lot returning from their 2013 20th place State Meet team, but they do boast one of the better Junior Varsity squads in Indiana. So with that, they should expect to reload and put a couple more runners under 17 minutes. It always helps when you have a top 10 State Meet guy like Brayden Law to make up for what could be a lesser strong #5. Look for the up-and-coming Homestead Spartans to make a third straight run at Terre Haute.

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7/21/2014

#27. West Noble Chargers

New Haven Semi-State #4

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 9
Last Appearance: 2010
Best Finish: 5th (1992 & 1993)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

West Noble Sectional: 1st (69 points)
West Noble Regional: 5th (126 points)
New Haven Semi-State: 11th (227 points)

Returning Runners from New Haven Semi-State:

Brandon Arnold (12) – 16:08 – 8th place
Alex Deluna (11) – 17:04 – 59th place
Salvador Campos (11) – 17:16 – 74th place
Justin Contreres (10) – 18:00 – 139th place

2014 Outlook:

The Chargers are looking to end a three year drought of running at the IHSAA State Championships in 2014. In order to make it, they will need to develop a consistent #2 runner because Brandon Arnold can’t do all the work for them. Depth shouldn’t be an issue as West Noble always reloads deep.

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7/20/2014

#28. Mt. Vernon (Fortville) Marauders

New Haven Semi-State #5

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 3
Last Appearance: 1984
Best Finish: 4th (1984)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Pendleton Heights Sectional: 1st (44 points)
Delta Regional: 1st (44 points)
New Haven Semi-State: 10th (223 points)

Returning Runners from New Haven Semi-State:

Christian Noble (11) – 16:27 – 17th place
Aaron Rush (11) – 16:36 – 21st place
Brandt True (11) – 17:19 – 81st place
Jake Russell (12) – 17:21 – 82nd place
Brendan O’Bryhim (11) – 18:01 – 140th place

2014 Outlook:

It’s not very often you see a top 2 combo at a small school like Christian Noble and Aaron Rush. These two should both look to be inside the top 10 at the Semi-State which will help because after their #5, they could struggle. A young team still, the Marauders are in a position to make a couple runs at Terre Haute in the next two years. This would be the first time since Bret Neylon attended Mt. Vernon in the mid-80’s and helped the team to three straight State Championships.

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7/19/2014

#29. Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger Saints

New Haven Semi-State #6

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 9
Last Appearance: 2013
Best Finish: 4th (1977)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional: 2nd (52 points)
West Noble Regional: 2nd (64 points)
New Haven Semi-State: 3rd (142 points)
IHSAA State Meet: 15th (369 points)

Returning Runners from New Haven Semi-State:

Greg Tippmann (12) – 16:53 – 38th place
Bryson Tretter (11) – 17:03 – 55th place
Kevin Wuest (12) – 17:43 – 117th place

2014 Outlook:

One of the strongest teams in the New Haven Semi-State year after year, the Saints will be looking to qualify for the State Meet for the 5th time in the past 6 years. They tend to rebuild quite well so the fact that they only return 3 runners isn’t a big concern. They do have some nice pieces to plug in from their 2013 JV lineup. One key will be Greg Tippmann becoming as good of a cross country runner as he is track runner. Tippmann was 12th in the 800 this past track season and 6th as a sophomore in 2013.

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7/18/2014

#30. Chesterton Trojans

New Prairie Semi-State #8

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 33
Last Appearance: 2011
Best Finish: 2nd (2009)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Chesterton Sectional: 4th (96 points)
New Prairie Regional: 4th (119 points)
New Prairie Semi-State: 9th (248 points)

Returning Runners from New Prairie Semi-State:

Mitch Wilborn (12) – 16:29 – 22nd place
Parker Whitmore (11) – 17:25 – 72nd place
Robert St.Pierre (12) – 18:44 – 162nd place

2014 Outlook:

It will take a lot of work for the Trojans to live up to their tradition in 2014. They return just three runners from last year’s Semi-State squad. They will need successful returns from Alex Genetski and Emmitt Sullivan. Both missed parts or all of 2013 with injuries. Hopefully this team can carry over their State Championship 4×800 success to cross country this season.

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7/17/2014

#31. Warren Central Warriors

Carmel Semi-State #12

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 12
Last Appearance: 2006
Best Finish: 1st (2005 & 2006)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

New Palestine Sectional: 2nd (45 points)
Rushville Regional: 1st (44 points)
Carmel Semi-State: 8th (221 points)

Returning Runners from Carmel Semi-State:

Damon Horn (12) – 16:18 – 28th place
Tyler Lowhorn (11) – 16:35 – 45th place
Chance Thompson (11) – 17:25 – 108th place
Luke Dant (12) – 18:01 – 143rd place

2014 Outlook:

The Long Gold Line enters this season with a great chance to make their first State Meet run since 2006. Horn and Lowhorn both had excellent track seasons, running well under 10 minutes for 3200 meters. Depth will be the concern as the team doesn’t return a lot of guys who were under 18 minutes last season. If they can find a 4 and 5 runner to get close to or under 17 minutes, the Warriors might be in business.

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7/16/2014

#32 Cardinal Ritter Raiders

Carmel Semi-State #13

State Meet History:
Total Appearances: 0
Last Appearance: N/A
Best Finish: N/A

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Ben Davis Sectional: 2nd (58 points)
Ben Davis Regional: 4th (120 points)
Carmel Semi-State: 12th (356 points)

Returning Runners from Carmel Semi-State:

Jona O’Dell (12) – 16:33 – 42nd place
Jacob Fierst (12) – 17:18 – 94th place
Luke Schepers (12) – 17:23 – 101st place
Max Wehrle (11) – 17:29 – 111th place
Mitchel Wehrle (12) – 17:34 – 119th place
Kyle Krieger (11) – 18:24 – 156th place
Jeff Enlow (12) – 18:43 – 169th place

2014 Outlook:
If it’s going to happen for the Cardinal Ritter Raiders, 2014 is going to have to be the year. They return their entire top 7 from the most successful team in school history last year. They are led by Jona O’Dell, who broke 16 minutes last year during the season and had a successful track season as well. O’Dell should find himself in the top 20 at the Semi-State if not higher. Max Wehrle also had a successful track season, breaking the 10 min mark for 3200 meters. With their potential, it’s got to be a boom or bust season for the Raiders.

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7/15/2014

#33 Greenfield Central Cougars

Carmel Semi-State #14

State Meet History:
Total Appearances: 0
Last Appearance: N/A
Best Finish: N/A

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

New Palestine Sectional: 4th (91 points)
Rushville Regional: 4th (104 points)
Carmel Semi-State: 16th (381 points)

Returning Runners from Carmel Semi-State:

Zachariah Bishop (11) – 16:36 – 46th place
Syrus Fletcher (12) – 16:52 – 62nd place
Taylor Wright (12) – 17:16 – 89th place
Donovan Hankins (11) – 18:07 – 147th place
Jacob Hansen (10) – 18:25 – 159th place
Luke Shambaugh (12) – 19:17 – 177th place

2014 Outlook:

The only thing standing between Greenfield Central and their first ever State Berth is history. The Cougars have never been to a State Championship. It doesn’t help them that they are in the brutal Carmel Semi-State. This team is talented, however. Zachariah Bishop is a great front runner and this team talks like their on a mission. Can they upset many of the usual faces we see qualifying for a trip to Terre Haute? Only time and committed training will tell.

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7/14/2014

#34 Franklin Central Flashes

Carmel Semi-State #15

State Meet History:
Total Appearances: 9
Last Appearance: 2012
Best Finish: 1st (1998)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

New Palestine Sectional: 1st (40 points)
Rushville Regional: 3rd (81 points)
Carmel Semi-State:15th (378 points)

Returning Runners from Carmel Semi-State:

Kyle O’Malley (12) – 17:24 – 105th place
R.J. Atwal (12) – 18:00 – 139th place
Robbie Talhelm (12) – 18:24 – 158th place

2014 Outlook:

The Flashes were a very deep team in 2013 so finding quality varsity runners shouldn’t be an issue for them. Senior Kyle O’Malley had very solid track season, breaking 4:30 in the mile. Also, Robbie Talhelm had a breakout season as well, running some very strong 4×800 and 4×400 legs. The Flashes should find themselves in contention for a top 10 spot at the tough Carmel Semi-State.

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7/13/2014

#35. Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran Cadets

New Haven Semi-State #7

State Meet History:
Total Appearances: 2
Last Appearance: 2002
Best Finish: 20th (2002)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Marion Sectional: 4th (101 points)
Marion Regional: 4th (101 points)
New Haven Semi-State: 7th (195 points)

Returning Runners from New Haven Semi-State:

David Ehlers (11) – 16:50 – 33rd place
Jacob Panning (11) – 17:14 – 72nd place
Jonathan Adair (12) – 17:17 – 77th place
Benjamin Strasen (11) – 17:42 – 116th place
James Mallers (12) – 17:52 – 132nd place

2014 Outlook:

The Cadets finished last season in the worst possible position…7th at the Semi-State and one spot outside of making it to Terre Haute for the first time in over a decade. As if that wasn’t enough adversity to overcome, imagine graduating one of the top distance runners in the State, Zach Panning. Now they must rebuild and make another run without their fearless leader. David Ehlers had a phenomenal track season, running a personal best in the 1600 of 4:23. Look for him to transfer that success to the grass. Luckily, Concordia returns 4 Varsity runners with him who must all step up.

 

 

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7/12/2014

#36. Huntington North Vikings

New Haven Semi-State #8

State Meet History:
Total Appearances: 7
Last Appearance: 2009
Best Finish: 4th (2003)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Marion Sectional: 1st (27 points)
Marion Regional: 1st (59 points)
New Haven Semi-State: 8th (211 points)

Returning Runners from New Haven Semi-State:

Austin Lange (12) – 16:58 – 49th place
Matthew Dewitt (12) – 17:08 – 63rd place
Cameron Dewitt (12) – 17:44 – 118th place
Kyler McVoy (12) – 17:57 – 136th place
Logan Worsham (11) – 18:49 – 164th place

2014 Outlook:

Huntington North returns 5 runners from last year’s team that nearly qualified for their 8th State Championship. The team has good depth into their Junior Varsity so their #4 and #5 runners should fall into place nicely. The key for the Vikings will be establishing a front runner. Absent from Terre Haute since 2009, this could be the year for Huntington North to make a return.

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7/11/2014

#37 Center Grove Trojans

Carmel Semi-State #16

State Meet History:
Total Appearances: 0
Last Appearance: N/A
Best Finish: N/A

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Franklin Community Sectional: 2nd (81 points)
Greensburg Regional: 4th (107 points)
Carmel Semi-State: 20th (528 points)

Returning Runners from Carmel Semi-State:

Grant Stapleton (12) – 17:44 – 128th place
Kevin Manallo (11) – 18:18 – 154th place
Tristan Pickett (12) – 18:21 – 155th place
Noah Rhoten (10) – 18:36 – 165th place
Adam Russell (10) – 18:42 – 168th place
Bryan Keeley (12) – 18:45 – 172nd place

2014 Outlook:

Center Grove is another team that looking at last year’s Semi-State results alone, you wouldn’t expect to be ranked in the top 50. When you look deeper though, you see a team with a boatload of talent. Not listed above is Griffin Miller. Miller, a senior this year, led the team all season long, running a personal best of 15:55 at the Ben Davis Invitational. Also, not listed above is the team’s returning #3 runner, Josh Lawson who was a sub-17 min performer. Lastly, it will be interesting to see the improvement of Grant Stapleton in XC. Stapleton was 9th at the State Meet in the 800 this past spring running 1:55.

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7/10/2014

#38 Fort Wayne Snider Panthers

New Haven Semi-State #9

State Meet History:
Total Appearances: 15
Last Appearance: 2011
Best Finish: 3rd (1970)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional: 5th (154 points)
West Noble Regional: 7th (185 points)

Returning Runners from West Noble Regional:

Robert Peck (11) – 17:13 – 31st place
Roman Jennings (10) – 17:19 – 36th place
Toby Taylor (12) – 17:27 – 41st place
Alex Stine (12) – 18:04 – 70th place
Conner Vachon (11) – 19:24 – 85th place

2014 Outlook:

One of the deepest teams in Northeast Indiana last year, look for the Panthers to make a serious run at returning to the State Meet in 2014. Roman Jennings will likely take over the front-running duties. Jennings had a fantastic freshman track season, running 9:47 for 3200 meters. Along with him, FW Snider has a lot of young talent ready to move up into their Varsity ranks.

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7/9/2014

#39 Noblesville Millers

Carmel Semi-State #17

State Meet History:
Total Appearances: 8
Last Appearance: 2010
Best Finish: 2nd (2010)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Noblesville Sectional: 6th (137 points)

Returning Runners from Noblesville Sectional:

Jordan Warne (12) – 16:37 – 23rd place
Maxwell Runningen (11) – 17:36 – 44th place
Eric Hoffman (10) – 17:54 – 46th place

2014 Outlook:

Don’t let the Sectional results fool you, Noblesville was one of the better teams in the State last year. Unfortunately, they had a bad race at Sectional, and in their region, you just can’t get away with that type of performance and expect to live another week. The Millers always reload heavy and they have some really good young talent ready to take over. Watch for Hunter Ingle and Clay Ogerbfell to make a big debut on Varsity while Eric Hoffman and Max Runningen will drop some serious time to give this team at least 5 threats near the 16:30 mark.

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7/8/2014

#40.  Goshen Redskins

New Haven Semi-State #10

State Meet History:
Total Appearances: 6
Last Appearance: 2012
Best Finish: 3rd (1976)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Elkhart Central Sectional: 2nd (71 points)
Elkhart Central Regional: 4th (106 points)
New Haven Semi-State: 13th (264 points)

Returning Runners from New Haven Semi-State:

Shawn Graves (12) – 16:45 – 28th place
Gerardo Abad (12) – 16:51 – 34th place
Lane Graves (12) – 17:10 – 66th place
Abe Medllin (12) – 17:59 – 137th place
Andrew Pillow (12) – 18:22 – 154th place
Jaime Castillo (12) – 18:42 – 162nd place

2014 Outlook:
The Redskins return 6 seniors from last years Semi-State qualifying squad. Their top 2, Gerardo Abad and Shawn Graves provide a really good 1-2 punch that should land them in the 10-15 range at the Semi-State. Their #3 is strong as well, but their 4 and 5 runners will need to drop a lot of time to get the Redskins to Terre Haute. Keep in mind that Goshen had a lot of success on the track this spring. The team narrowly missed a State Berth in the 4×800 relay, finishing 4th and running 8:06 at the Regional.

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7/7/2014

#41. Mishawaka Cavemen

New Haven Semi-State #11

State Meet History:
Total Appearances: 17

Last Appearance: 2012
Best Finish: 2nd (1948)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

SB Riley Sectional: 5th (118 points)
Elkhart Central Regional: 9th (179 points)

Returning Runners from Elkhart Central Regional:

A.J. Glick (11) – 17:06 – 23rd place
Joseph McIntire (10) – 17:27 – 38th place
Colin Richardson (11) – 17:37 – 44th place
Andrew Collins (12) – 17:53 – 57th place
Vincent Streeter (10) – 17:54 – 58th place
Dalton Cline (12) – 18:31 – 78th place

2014 Outlook:

Ranked #11 in the New Haven Semi-State, Mishawaka will have some work to put in to contend for a State Meet Birth. It’s not impossible though as Coach Kov will have the team ready to go when it counts. The Cavemen have good depth, but just need to make a small amount of improvement across their roster.

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7/6/2014

#42. Pike Red Devils

Carmel Semi-State #18

State Meet History:
Total Appearances: 0

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Ben Davis Sectional: 4th (93 points)
Ben Davis Regional: 6th (140 points)

Returning Runners from Ben Davis Regional:

Alex Huffine (10) – 16:41 – 16th place
Eric Barron (10) – 16:54 – 22nd place
Marcus Ellington (11) – 17:24 – 39th place
Bradley Englert (11) – 17:53 – 53rd place
Noah Richardson (11) – 18:12 – 61st place

2014 Outlook:

Pike features a young team with a lot of potential. They look like a lock for the 5th place spot in the Ben Davis Regional behind Brownsburg, Avon, Zionsville, and Cardinal Ritter. Qualifying for Semi-State will be a big step for this team and will help them gain valuable experience to carry over to 2015 when they should be even better. Look for Sophomore studs Huffine and Barron can take their game to the next leader and start to develop a team tradition for the Red Devils

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7/5/2014

#43. Portage Indians

New Prairie Semi-State #9

State Meet History:
Total Appearances: 33

Last Appearance: 2005
Best Finish: 1st (1974, 1984, 1992, 1999)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Chesterton Sectional: 3rd (91 points)
Chesterton Regional: 3rd (114 points)
New Prairie Semi-State: 11th (276 points)

Returning Runners from New Prairie Semi-State:

Antonio Chapa (10) – 17:08 – 46th place

Nicholas Heimberg (12) – 18:10 – 106th place

Tylor Hudson (12) – 19:15 – 134th place

2014 Outlook:

Portage is one of those teams you just can’t figure out. Last season, they had all the pieces to make a run at a strong State Meet appearance, but fizzled out after a great Regional performance and finished just 11th at Semi-State Tylor Hudson was the leader on the course most of the season, running a personal best of 16:25 at the New Prairie Invitational. Meanwhile, the Indians also return Junior Tommy Martin who ran 16:40 as a frosh two years ago as well as a slew of guys who have been under 17:30. Keep an eye on Mat Marsh as well who ran 4:31 this past season on the track.

 

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7/4/2014

#44. DeKalb Barons

New Haven Semi-State #12

State Meet History:
Total Appearances: 13
Last Appearance: 2007
Best Finish: 3rd (1980)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

West Noble Sectional: 2nd (84 points)
West Noble Regional: 6th (166 points)

Returning Runners from West Noble Regional:

Mark Beckmann (12) – 15:54 – 2nd place
Clayton Travis (12) – 17:13 – 29th place
Jack Beakus (10) – 17:52 – 64th place
Kyle Baldwin (12) – 18:32 – 78th place
Scott Beckmann (11) – 18:36 – 79th place

2014 Outlook:

DeKalb enters the season with a lot to be excited about but also a lot of work to do on the back end of their “Varsity 7”. Beckmann will be challenging for a top 5 spot at the State Meet and Jack Beakus had a great track season, especially for a freshman. 17:50’s for their #4 and #5 won’t cut it though in this semi-state so they will need to improve as a team, no matter how low their #1 stick is.

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7/3/2014

#45. New Prairie Cougars

New Prairie Semi-State #10

State Meet History:
Total Appearances: 8
Last Appearance: 2001
Best Finish: 2nd (1994)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Chesterton Sectional: 5th (134 points)
New Prairie Regional: 5th (125 points)
New Prairie Semi-State: 13th (348 points)

Returning Runners from New Prairie Semi-State:

David Kampf (12) – 16:15 – 9th place
Justin Baltes (11) – 17:30 – 67th place
Jacob Hughes (10) – 17:53 – 95th place
Blake Kirkham (11) – 17:59 – 98th place
Spencer Leda (12) – 18:02 – 102nd place
Collin Babcock (11) – 18:06 – 103rd place

2014 Outlook:

New Prairie will return 6 of it’s top 7 runners from last year’s Semi-State qualifying squad. David Kampf will undoubtedly be challenging for an All-State Spot in Terre Haute, but the rest of the team will need to improve by leaps and bounds to have any chance of joining him.

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7/2/2014

#46. Lawrence Central Bears

Carmel Semi-State #19

State Meet History:
Total Appearances: 3
Last Appearance: 2012
Best Finish: 5th (2011)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Brebeuf Sectional: 5th (127 points)
Brebeuf Regional: 10th (262 points)

Returning Runners from Brebeuf Regional:

Darin Lawrence (12) – 16:05 – 8th place
Drew Lukens (11) – 17:28 – 62nd place
Andrew George (11) – 18:48 – 84th place
Josh Greer (12) – 18:58 – 86th place

2014 Outlook:

Based off the times above, this team doesn’t look bound for greatness in 2014. Their Regional performances are a little misleading though as LC was significantly better than during all of the 2013 season. Expect the Bears to get 5 runners near the 17:30 mark with some hard work. Lukens, Greer, and George all had very solid track seasons and the team had a pretty successful 4×800 relay as well. You can count on Darin Lawrence to make the trip to Terre Haute individually at the least.

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7/1/2014

#47. Pendleton Heights Arabians

New Haven Semi-State #13

State Meet History:
Total Appearances: 1
Last Appearance: 2009
Best Finish: 17th (2009)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Pendleton Heights Sectional: 2nd (56 points)
Delta Regional: 2nd (83 points)
New Haven Semi-State: 16th (417 points)

Returning Runners from New Haven Semi-State:

Tyler Flood (11) – 17:05 – 60th place
Parker Jones (10) – 17:10 – 64th place
Tony Flood (11) – 17:49 – 128th place
Eli Young (11) – 18:18 – 150th place
Gage Cook (12) – 18:34 – 158th place
Steven Winn (11) – 18:36 – 159th place
Matt Tolbot (11) – 19:09 – 167th place

2014 Outlook:

Despite being in a very tough Semi-State, the Arabians have a lot to be excited about in 2014. They return their entire team from 2013. Included in this is Eli Jones and Parker Jones who had big breakout track seasons running 4:30/10:11 and 4:38/10:15 respectively. If they can combine with Flood to put three runners under 16:20 consistently, Pendleton Heights just might be in business.

 

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6/30/2014

#48. South Knox Spartans

Brown County Semi-State #6

State Meet History:
Total Appearances: 1
Last Appearance: 2013
Best Finish: 22nd (2013)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

South Knox Sectional: 1st (36 points)
Pike Central Regional: 2nd (85 points)
Brown County Semi-State: 5th (234 points)
IHSAA State Meet: 22nd (581 points)

Returning Runners from Brown County Semi-State:

Alex Weber (11) – 16:28 – 24th place
Jaden Page (12) – 17:07 – 48th place
Alton Hoops (10) – 17:21 – 62nd place
Matt Hermes (12) – 17:50 – 86th place
Cole Kirchoff (11) – 17:57 – 91st place
Mason Gay (12) – 18:02 – 93rd place

2014 Outlook:

The Spartans return a very good squad that will look to build upon it’s first ever State Meet appearance last year. The team will only be graduating one senior from last year, leader Andrew Staggs. Junior Alex Weber will look to take over. Last year, this small school team had just around 10 guys total on the team, making their continued success that much more impressive.

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6/29/2014

#49. Floyd Central Highlanders

Brown County Semi-State #7

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 20
Last Appearance: 2008
Best Finish: 1st (1991)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Crawford County Sectional: 2nd (58 points)
Crawford County Regional: 3rd (104 points)
Brown County Semi-State: 9th (281 points)

Returning Runners from Brown County Semi-State:

Luke Uhl (12) – 16:41 – 33rd place
Alec Heitz (12) – 16:45 – 35th place
Grant Vellinger (12) – 17:27 – 67th place
Chad Lawrence (12) – 18:03 – 94th place

2014 Outlook:

Floyd Central, a team that is always solid, will be just that again in 2014. They are however, facing a #5 problem. Their current #5 was around 18:30 last season. They are going to have to improve upon that. Luckily, they have some youth on their side on their bottom half of Varsity. So big gains are likely. Luke Uhl will be looking to qualify for State as both an individual and as a part of the Highlanders first State-bound team since 2008.

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6/28/2014

#50. Terre Haute North Patriots

Brown County Semi-State #8

State Meet History:

Total Appearances: 17
Last Appearance: 2010
Best Finish: 1st (1972)

Last Year’s Tournament Results:

Terre Haute North Sectional: 2nd (74 points)
Bedford North Lawrence Regional: 5th (164 points)
Brown County Semi-State: 15th (395 points)

Returning Runners from Brown County Semi-State:

Caleb Pauwee (12) – 17:15 – 56th place
Tyler Nemeth (12) – 17:49 – 83rd place
Nana Dadzie (12) – 17:52 – 88th place
Joe Mascari (10) – 18:07 – 97th place

2014 Outlook:

The Patriots enter the 2014 season with a solid team that could surprise some people not close to the team. Not listed above is their undisputed front runner, Peter Davis. Davis was the team’s frontrunner at Sectional and Regional before not competing at the Semi-State. In addition, Davis had a phenomenal track season, notching a new 1600 personal best of 4:20. The Patriots should threaten putting 5 runners under 17 minutes this season.

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