September 9th – Week Four Semi-State Rankings
Brown County Girls
By: Vicky Warzyniak
Brown County Boys
By: Steve Mounts
1. Bloomington North (E) – Cougars once again solidify top spot, winning at Martinsville by 13 pts over #2 CN. Ryan Nephew and Fergus Arthur had especially strong runs.
2. Columbus North (E) – can push BHSN to the fullest if one of several #5 candidates can get closer to BHSN’s #5 than the 25-30 second gap existing right now.
3. Bloomington South (E) – for a team some thought was the state’s #1 team preseason, finishing 3rd at Lafy Harrison might be seen as disastrous, but several silver linings may have appeared here — Peter Voskuil debuted for 2014 in the jv race and had his time been run in the varsity meet, the Panthers easily beat Munster — also BHSS’s #5,6,& 7 runners all had their best races of the season.
4. Terre Haute South (E) – Griffin Barger is establishing himself as the #2 runner though not as heralded coming in as other sophomores, however the Braves are slipping closer to the #5 spot in the rankings than gaining on the top 3 squads.
5. North Harrison (+3) – following 3 strong meets in the last 8 days, these Cougars are being re-positioned to where most thought they’d be coming into the year. NH got revenge on Center Grove at Terre Haute after losing to them at Columbus a week prior. Top 3 are solid and an emerging freshman could be key at #4.
6. Floyd Central (E) – finished only 11th at the loaded Mason Ohio meet, but debuted a couple of new mid-18’s guys who could provide much needed depth.
7. Silver Creek (+3) – Dragons cruised to rather easy wins at Salem and in smaller-school division at Martinsville where top 4 guys all in the 16:40-17:40 range.
8. South Knox (-2) – times aren’t where some of the other teams are (only 4 SK guys below 19:00 at Thursday’s Hopewell meet, but Spartans seem to be floating along during this non-descript part of the schedule, priming for the bigger meets starting in 2 weeks.
9. Tell City (E) – narrow loss to North Harrison at the Cougar Classic may suggest Marksmen are closer to NH than 4 spots below. The continuing of a 3rd freshman’s performance at NH would surely mean an increasing dangerous presence in this semistate.
10. Terre Haute North (-5) – a somewhat flat 9th place performance Saturday on a course obviously very familiar with, the Patriots much like last year are looking for someone to emerge from a fairly deep pack to be a solid #2 runner or they’ll be counting big numbers at the bigger meets.
1. Anthony Williams (Bloomington South, E) – no longer undefeated, but getting nudged by Cooper Williams doesn’t warrant any rankings drop.
2. Seth Williams (Columbus North, E) – very nice 12-second win in Artestian Classic over a number of ranked runners
3. Julian Magallanes (Borden, +2) – hasn’t raced nearly as often so far as in 2013, but an extremely impressive 30-second win at Cougar Classic on Thursday
4. Daniel Fleace (North Harrison, +2) – very nice 2nd place finish at LaVern Gibson after 2nd on home course and win at Columbus East
5. Quentin Pierce (Castle, +2) – continues to move up rankings following 3rd place at State Preview after tempo-run at Hopewell on Thursday
6. Chase Ballard (Columbus North, -3) – moreso a victim of others’ strong runs, he finished 4th at Artesian on Saturday
7. Fergus Arthur (Bloomington North, +3) – 2 of 3 races this year have been top-5 caliber
8. Spencer Danielson (Terre Haute South, -4) – don’t give up on him yet, placed 5th at State Preview on Saturday
9. Ryan Nephew (Bloomington North, +3) – like teammate Arthur, 2 of 3 races this season have been really good
10. Harrison Streib (Bloomington North, -2) – top 3 BHSN guys have bounced back and forth each week so far
11. Evan Franklin (Bloomington South, E) – probably best race so far at Lafayette on Saturday, just hard to move up
12. Brogan Armand (Evansville Harrison, -3) – beat a number of strong Carmel runners at State Preview, but was hoping to see a bit closer to top 3 than 14 secs. – also had jog-through at Hopewell on Thursday
13. Cam Trout (Northview, +3) – edged out Armand at State Preview, one of the bigger individual surprises of the semistate
14. Xavier Martinez (Bloomington South, -1) – nice steady season to date
15. Ben Rankin (Columbus North, -1) – nothing wrong with week’s efforts, just surpassed by Trout above
16. Griffin Tichenor (Bloomington North, +1) – probably best outing of 2014 on Saturday at Martinsville
17. Aaron Pierrard (Perry Central, -2) – did not race
18. Peter Davis (Terre Haute North, E) – 16th at State Preview race
19. Kyle Lewis (Jennings County, +1) – missing from team’s finishers on Saturday
20. Matt Smith (Evansville North, +1) – probably season’s poorest race at State Preview on Saturday, but has had other nice efforts leading up to that
21. Curtis Wetzel (North Harrison, +3) – last 3 races have been strong, backing up Fleace
dropped out: Nick Firsich (Martinsville, -8)
By: Drake Sterling
|4||Rachel Nichwitz||–||Senior||–||Hamilton Southeastern|
|9||Courtney Pfanstiel||–||Senior||–||Hamilton Southeastern|
|15||Hope Jones||–||Senior||–||Warren Central|
|18||Brooke Talhelm||–||Junior||–||Franklin Central|
|19||Rachel Yuska||–||Senior||–||Guerin Catholic|
By: Darryl Stevenson
2. Brebeuf Jesuit
4. Hamilton Southeastern
9. Lawrence North
10. Greenfield Central
1. Ben Veatch – Carmel
2. Zack Snider – Brebeuf
3. Curtis Eckstein – Oldenburg Academy
4. Griffin Miller – Center Grove
5. Darin Lawrence – Lawrence Central
6. Patrick O’Neil – Cathedral
7. Nick Butler – Fishers
8. Sam Henthorn – Westfield
9. Zachary Leinheiser – Carmel
10. Theodore Browning – Carmel
11. David Coffey – Brebeuf
12. Zach Bishop – Greenfield-Central
13. Jona Odell – Indpls. Ritter
14. Grayson Jenkins – Carmel
15. Matt Sraders – HSE
16. Samuel Voelz – New Palestine
17. Jordan Koczenasz – North Central
18. Jake Kleist – Fishers
19. Aaron Bennett – Westfield
20. Will Anderson – Avon
Honorable Mention (in no order): Thomas Revard – Carmel, Hari Sathyamurthy – Brownsburg, Tyler Lowhorn – Warren Central, Conor Smith – North Central, TJ Jerger – LN, Damon Horn – Warren Central, Rigg – Zionsville, Hunter Smith – Greenwood
New Haven Girls
By: Brett Hess
1. Penn. This team has yet to race. But it’s not how you run in early September.
2. Carroll. Chargers win Marion even without one of their Big 3 front-runners. Freshmen fill in nicely at Nos. 4 & 5.
3. Pendleton Heights. Finished 24 points back of Carroll at Marion for a strong second. As Buck rounds into shape, this team will improve.
4. Northridge. Raiders had last weekend off.
5. Huntington North. Hannah Stoffel emerging as a force as Vikings get seventh at Marion.
6. Columbia City. Where did the Eagles come from? Freshmen carry team to eighth at Marion.
1. (Awaiting Ms. Rohrer’s return).
2. Maddie Woods, Penn.
3. Danielle Frank, Penn.
4. Tyler Schwartz, DeKalb.
5. Madison Fruchey, Carroll.
6. Bailey Beery, Bellmont.
7. Stacey Metzger, Carroll
8. Emma Hall, Pendleton Heights
9. Lindsey Marriott, Leo.
10. Jenna Halderman, Northfield.
11. Sierra (Brooke) Moore, Elkhart Memorial.
12. Madison Distelrath, Homestead.
13. Aspen Dirr, Prairie Heights.
14. Kayla Casaletto, Elkhart Central.
15. Hannah Aschliman, Norwell.
16. Alex Buck, Pendleton Heights.
New Haven Boys
By: Sean Eberly
- Mark Beckmann (12) Dekalb
- Cameron Clements (11) FW Carroll
- Brayden Law (11) Homestead
- Brandon Arnold (12) West Noble
- Greg Tippman (12) FW Bishop Dwenger
- Roman Jennings (10) FW Snider
- Dustin Starnes (10) FW Northrop
- Aaron Rush (11) Mt. Vernon (Fortville)
- Deric Laurent (11) New Haven
- Emmanuel Valentin (12) FW North Side
- Parker Jones (10) Pendleton Heights
- Bailey McIntire (10) South Adams
- Conner Sandt (11) Northridge
- Joe Vandiver (11) East Noble
- David Ehlers (11) FW Concordia
- Trevor Hamilton (12) FW Carroll
- Salvador Campos (11) West Noble
- Zach Cockrill (12) Wawasee
- Gerardo Abad (12) Goshen
- Christian Noble (11) Mt. Vernon (Fortville)
- FW Carroll
- West Noble
- Mt. Vernon (Fortville)
- Pendleton Heights
- FW Concordia
- FW Bishop Dwenger
- South Adams
New Prairie Girls
By: Chuck Heimberg
This past weekend saw five of this weeks ranked teams competing head to head at the Lafayette Harrison Invitational, while two more raced on courses in Illinois who’s distances are suspect, to say the least.
- West Lafayette – Winners at Harrison, but not yet the dominate team I expect them to be at seasons end.
- Valparaiso – a win in Illinois on a course that was 4585 meters long keeps them in second. The bigger news is that Allison Mundell was seen wearing a boot at the Valparaiso University Invitational Fridaynight, and I’m not talking Uggs.
- Warsaw – Winners of their home invitational during the week, the Tigers got the type of performance they were looking for from Anna Craig.
- Lake Central – The LC girls came through the finish at Lafayette in a blue blur, snatching places 25 – 29 with a 1-5 gap of 17 seconds. I am still waiting for their front runners to emerge from this pack, but the pack is good enough for now.
- Portage – a little better this week, but still not the team I was expecting to see this season. They need to keep moving their pack down to the 20 minute mark.
- LaPorte – LaPorte is improving, and Kailee Schoof is finding her form. Improvements are needed at 4-5, but their top 3 put them in the last state spot this week.
- Chesterton – Chesterton’s time gap was a little too big on Saturday, with a one minute range. This has to close to be a contender.
- New Prairie – Solid through three, but hurting this week at five.
- Crown Point – Another short Illinois course at Rich Dust, I am holding off on ranking them higher until I see them on a legit 5k course again.
- Rochester – Winners at Manchester, they need two more under 21:00 to have a chance.
- Lauren Johnson – West Lafayette
- Kristen Johnson – West Lafayette
- Madeline Lilly – Twin Lakes
- Kailee Schoof – LaPorte
- Rachel Bales – West Lafayette
- Allison Miller – Warsaw
- Logan Ferngren – Valparaiso
- Cara Hasser – Benton Central
- Kyra Ball – Portage
- Nicole Hampshire – Western
- Delaney Barber – West Lafayette
- Susan Hubbard – West Lafayette
- Claire Collins – Winamac
- Elena Kipp – Valparaiso
- Anna Craig – Warsaw
- Jenny Crague – Lake Central
- Olivia Winegardner – Maconaquah
- Kelsey Tyler – Rochester
- Haley Schuck – New Prairie
- Marie Didion – LaPorte
New Prairie Boys
By: Brendan Smith
What a weekend can do when everyone is racing. The water is still a little murky, however the look is finally a bit clearer. West Lafayette is exactly who we thought they are. State title contenders. Munster is the lead dog in a group chasing West Lafayette. Portage, Valpo and Lake Central are all in that pack giving chase. La Porte, Crown Point, Warsaw and Lafayette Jeff are all gaining ground with solid performances this past weekend also. The Thomas at Lowell this week will be a very attractive meet with many quality NPSS teams racing. But like I said last week, the list 2-10 will change weekly based on performance now.
1. West Lafayette
5. Lake Central
6. La Porte
7. Crown Point
9. Lafayette Jefferson
Honorable Mention: New Prairie, Kankakee Valley, Winamac, Rochester and Lowell
I have trimmed the individual list down to 25. And yes, there are probably 5-6 kids who could all make claim to spots 20-25. However next week the list will drop to 20 and stay that way the rest of the year.
1. Cooper Williams West Lafayette
2. Joel O’ Shea
3. Jake Cohen
4. Evan Johnson
5. Dominic Patascil
6. Tyler Keslin
7. Matt Marsh
8. Tommy Martin
9. Zach Hupp
10. Daniel Dalton
11. Ryan Kritzer
12. Emmanuel Lopez
13. Owen Glovesky
14. David Kampf
15. Dylan Williams
16. Byrce Gawronski
17. Ethan Sharp
18. Kyle Collins
19. Wesley Meyer
20. Casey Garring
21. Akis Medrano
22. Daniel Messenger
23. Daniel Feltis
24. Tyler Hudson
25. Seth Cousins