September 2nd – Week 3 Semi-State Rankings
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New Prairie Girls
By: Charles Heimberg
This past week saw many, but not all, of the main contenders for the NPSS stepping out on the race course. We will learn even more when we see the results of the Lafayette Harrison Invitational this Saturday, which should be the first 5k race for the complete West Lafayette squad.
- West Lafayette – Held their top athletes out of this weeks meet.
- Valparaiso – Two solid freshmen and a big chip on their shoulders propel Valpo to the spot as the best of the rest.
- Lake Central – The Indians had a solid start at their home invite, and are all the more dangerous as their expected top three struggled. If those three come right look out for LC.
- Warsaw – Also held out their top runners Saturday, but their performance at Huntington North keeps them in fourth.
- Portage – Received a wake up call on Saturday, we will see how they respond at Harrison this weekend.
- LaPorte – Winners of their home invite last week, they are very solid through four.
- New Prairie – Solid group of four and looking for improvement at five, just like LaPorte.
- Chesterton – The Lady Trojans have a solid pack that will need to move forward together, just like last season.
- Rochester – A strong second place at the Western Invite pushes them into the rankings.
- Crown Point – Won their home invite last week on a slow course.
- Lauren Johnson – West Lafayette
- Kristen Johnson – West Lafayette
- Delany Barber – West Lafayette
- Madeline Lilly – Twin Lakes
- Logan Ferngren – Valparaiso
- Allison Mundell – Valparaiso
- Rachel Bales – West Lafayette
- Allison Miller – Warsaw
- Cara Hasser – Benton Central
- Claire Collins – Winamac
- Olivia Johnson – Harrison
- Elena Kipp – Valparaiso
- Jenny Crague – Lake Central
- Susan Hubbard – West Lafayette
- Alena Tonne – Valparaiso
- Kailee Schoof – LaPorte
- Sydney Verndersteeg – Lake Central
- Kyra Ball – Portage
- Kelsey Tyler – Rochester
- Hannah Dawson – Warsaw
New Prairie Boys
By: Brendan Smith
Once again into week 3 there is not much racing to go on. But what we have seen in limited action is this. West Lafayette is going to be number one maybe wire to wire. And Munster and Lake Central are the real deal. Well that takes us out 1-3. Now this is where a couple more weeks of racing can help sort out 4-11. Because this group is very close across the board. You could run this group seven days a week and get 7 different results. No need to get in a twist about where I have them ranked. It won’t be the same next week or the next week…..etc. Come this Saturday we are 2 weeks from New Prairie.
1. West Lafayette
3. Lake Central
4. La Porte
6. Lafayette Jeff
8. New Prairie
9. Crown Point *****Without Ryan Kepshire*******
13. Kankakee Valley
14. Michigan City
The individual picture is starting to take shape. And with that I decided to also allow for some additional racing to take place before force ranking a list of 20. So I have included 30 individuals that I have pin pointed that are having a nice start to the season. To further take away from ranking speculation I have them listed alphabetically by school. Next week I will cut the list to 25 then down to 20 the following week. A list based on racing merit. There are going to be a few kids I have left out on the bubble. Remember it’s just a list. Nothing more.
Seth Cousins Caston
Mitch Wilborn Chesterton
Bryce Gawronski Kankakee Valley
Ethan Sharp Kokomo
Daniel Feltis Lafayette Jefferson
Cayce Griffin Lafayette Jefferson
Casey Garing Lake Central
Kameron Konopasek Lake Central
New Haven Girls
By: Brett Hess
1. Penn. They have only run the hokie-pokie style races, but have done nothing to warrant a drop.
2. Carroll. Front 4 very impressive in winning at Huntington two weeks ago.
3. Pendleton Heights. Alex Buck appears to be racing again, but not yet full speed.
4. Northridge. Blyly and Love up front make Raiders formidable.
5. Huntington North. Vikings edge Bishop Dwenger and Homestead at Huntington.
6. Homestead. Spartans only two points behind Huntington North at Huntington.
1. (Awaiting Ms. Rohrer’s return).
2. Maddie Woods, Penn.
3. Danielle Frank, Penn.
4. Madison Fruchey, Carroll.
5. Bailey Beery, Bellmont.
6. Lindsey Marriott, Leo.
7. Jenna Halderman, Northfield.
8. Sierra (Brooke) Moore, Elkhart Memorial.
9. Emma Jankowski, Penn.
10. Tyler Schwartz, DeKalb.
11. Stacey Metzger, Carroll.
12. Emma Hall, Pendleton Heights.
13. Madison Distelrath, Homestead.
14. Aspen Dirr, Prairie Heights.
15. Kayla Casaletto, Elkhart Central.
16. Alex Buck, Pendleton Heights.
New Haven Boys
By: Sean Eberly
- Mark Beckmann (12) Dekalb
- Brayden Law (11) Homestead
- Brandon Arnold (12) West Noble
- Cameron Clements (11) FW Carroll
- Deric Laurent (11) New Haven
- Jacob Schmeling (12) FW Carroll
- Greg Tippman (12) FW Bishop Dwenger
- Emmanuel Valentin (12) FW North Side
- Conner Sandt (11) Northridge
- Dustin Starnes (10) Northrop
- Joe Vandiver (11) East Noble
- Aaron Rush (11) Mt. Vernon (Fortville)
- David Ehlers (11) FW Concordia
- Bailey McIntire (10) South Adams
- Sawyer Miller (12) South Adams
- Jacob Turner (12) South Bend St. Joseph
- Mitch Perkins (11) Prairie Heights
- Landon Miller (10) Fairfield
- Nate Roe (12) Angola
- Clay Travis (12) Dekalb
- FW Carroll
- West Noble
- FW Concordia
- FW Bishop Dwenger
- Mt. Vernon
- South Adams
- East Noble
Brown County Girls
By: Vicky Warzyniak
Brown County Boys
By: Steve Mounts
1. Bloomington North (-) – Cougars didn’t get to enjoy their Conf Ind awards ceremony due to storms, but after 2 straight wins over teams #3 & 4 and a tight win over #2, BHSN deserves the top spot for now without dispute
2. Columbus North (+1) – slight advantage over BHSS on Saturday gives Bull Dogs the edge for now.
3. Bloomington South (-1) – Panthers drop a spot for the second consecutive week due to their 3rd place finish at early Conference meet, but an eventual 100% return from Peter Voskuil would make this 3-horse race extremely tight.
4. Terre Haute South (-) – all alone here right now….quite a ways up to #3, but a fair amount ahead of #5
5. Terre Haute North (-) – decent debut at a tough meet, about where the Patriots were thought to be
6. Floyd Central (-) – 5th in the large St.X Tiger Run, but top 4 guys were 16:45 to 17:25, albeit a typical Kentucky very fast course.
7. South Knox (-) – easy triangular win over local opponents
8. North Harrison (-) – nobody knows of results from Saturday’s Columbus East Inv where Cougars were scheduled – perhaps rained out. Not having Chance Schickel on this year’s roster however could turn out to be a big loss as NH not especially deep to begin with.
9. Tell City (+4) – Marksmen debut here on the strength of two freshmen runners. TC finished 1st of approx 25 teams at mid-week Owensboro Ky meet. If Travis Brinksneader and Donovan Ingle come around, both very successful in track this Spring, this team could really turn heads
10. Silver Creek (-1) – easy winners at Salem on Saturday, they only drop because of Tell City’s rise.
dropped out: Jasper (-1)
1. Anthony Williams (Bloomington South, +2) – second straight win over impressive fields
2. Seth Williams (Columbus North, +2) – just behind A.Williams at Conf Ind meet and here as well
3. Chase Ballard (Columbus North, +1) – continuing the sequence down the Conf Ind meet for a couple more runners, 3rd on Saturday at CI
4. Spencer Danielson (Terre Haute South, +1) – likewise as above, 4th at CI
5. Julian Magallanes (Borden, +2) – 1st at West Clark meet, ran Clarksville H-K also
6. Daniel Fleace (North Harrison, +2)
7. Quentin Pierce (Castle, +3) – runner-up to a KY runner at Owensboro last Tues
8. Harrison Streib (Bloomington North, +3) – solid 6th place at CI on Saturday
9. Brogan Armand (Evansville Harrison, -) – 3rd place finish behind Pierce at Owensboro
10. Fergus Arthur (Bloomington North, -4) – solid a week ago, but dropped a bit this week after 10th place finish at CI meet
11. Evan Franklin (Bloomington South, +2) – bounced back this Saturday with a better outing at CI finishing 7th
12. Ryan Nephew (Bloomington North, +10) – nice comeback Saturday at CI finishing top 5 after disappointing first effort at LaVern Gibson
13. Xavier Martinez (Bloomington South, +4) – continues to run well, right behind Franklin as BHSS’s #3
14. Ben Rankin (Columbus North, +5) – solid opening week with a 9th at CI meet
15. Aaron Pierrard (Perry Central, -)
16. Cam Trout (Northview, -) – comfortable win over lackluster field at Sullivan Invit
17. Griffin Tichenor (Bloomington North, -3) hasn’t reached 2013 levels yet
18. Peter Davis (Terre Haute North, -6) – tough race to debut, expect improvement forthcoming
19. Nick Firsich (Martinsville, -1)
20. Kyle Lewis (Jennings County, +3) – 4th at Rushville after early-week win at BNL Invite, with times of 16:48 & 16:58
dropped out: Jarit Perkins (Barr-Reeve) – will re-insert when he starts running meets, Jacob Oeding (Bloomington South)
By: Drake Sterling
|3||Rachel Nichwitz||–||Senior||–||Hamilton Southeastern|
|9||Courtney Pfanstiel||–||Senior||–||Hamilton Southeastern|
|19||Megan Slamkowski||–||Sophomore||–||Guerin Catholic|
By: Darryl Stevenson
The first few weeks of rankings every season are primarily based on last year’s cross country results paired with track results from the spring, and the early season results we have seen thus far. As everyone knows, some teams choose to hold off running their full varsity squads until a later date, and will hold out some of their top runners. Also, many teams participate in Hokum Karem style races earlier in the season. These factors constrain the rankings somewhat earlier in the season (leaving quite a bit of subjectivity), but we should see every team begin to race full 5ks with their varsity squads very soon. As early results have indicated, the Carmel Semi-State again looks to be very deep and talented. I anticipate a lot of movement in both the team and individual rankings throughout the season.
5. Hamilton Southeastern
6. Lawrence North
8. Warren Central
10. North Central
1. Ben Veatch – Carmel
2. Zack Snider – Brebeuf
3. Solomon Rice – North Central
4. Ethan Hoeft – Lawrence North
5. Trevor Thompson – Fishers
6. Thomas Revard – Carmel
7. Curtis Eckstein – Oldenburg Academy
8. Griffin Miller – Center Grove
9. Darin Lawrence – Lawrence Central
10. Hari Sathyamurthy – Brownsburg
11. Patrick O’Neil – Cathedral
12. Jordan Koczenasz – North Central
13. Theodore Browning – Carmel
14. Zach Bishop – Greenfield-Central
15. David Coffey – Brebeuf
16. Zac Leinheiser – Carmel
17. Nick Butler – Fishers
18. Tyler Lowhorn – Warren Central
19. Conor Smith – North Central
20. Trevor Kleyn – Avon
Honorable Mention (in no order): Matt Sraders – HSE, TJ Jerger – LN, Sam Henthorn – Westfield, Will Anderson – Avon, Damon Horn – Warren Central, Rigg – Zionsville, Mark Bond – Brownsburg, Jona Odell – Indpls. Ritter, Aaron Bennett – Westfield, Hunter Smith – Greenwood