August 29th – Franklin Invitational Meet of the Week Preview
By: Drake Sterling
The Franklin Invitational, held at Franklin Community High School will be in it’s third year of competition this Saturday. It has already become a mainstay in the Indiana cross country community. In it’s very first year, the course and competition produced lightning times. That year, Luke Brahm won and set the course record in a blazing 15:27. So the potential for fast times are there, especially with the lack of recent rain in the Indianapolis area.
Although only two ranked teams are slated to compete on the boys side, the competition will have many teams capable to moving into the top 25 at any time this season. Also, the individuals racing Saturday will have a chance to shine as we have multiple All-State contenders.
EDIT: The Brebeuf Boys were a late add to the Invitational, making this a great matchup between #2 Columbus North and #3 Brebeuf.
#14 Avon, Ben Davis, #3 Brebeuf, Brown County, Center Grove, #2 Columbus North, Franklin, Gibson Southern, Greenwood, Greenwood Christian, Indian Creek, Mooresville, Perry Meridian, Pike, Roncalli, Shelbyville, Southport (girls only), Terre Haute North
Teams to Watch For:
#2 Columbus North – The Bulldogs will be looking to test themselves for the first time this season. They are the class of the field and it would be surprising if anyone was able to unseed the #2 ranked team in the State of Indiana. Look for CN to put upwards of 5 runners in the top 15 spots.
#3 Brebeuf – Brebeuf was a late addition to the meet information. They will be fighting up front with Columbus North and between the two of them, a good performance may earn them a #1 rankings come next week. At the moment, Brebeuf appears to have more depth than CN, though CN gets a slight advantage in experience
#14 Avon – The Orioles are a team with a lot of buzz surrounding them at the moment. Last week, at the Plainfield Hokum Karem, they beat a previously top ten ranked Cathedral team handily. They sport a team full of youth and potential. Watch to see if their top end guys can break up the Columbus North top 3.
HM: Franklin Community – FComm began the season on the top 25 and likely will make a return before long. The team returned many varsity pieces from last year and added Jake Johnson, a transfer from Indian Creek, who has run under 16:00.
HM: Terre Haute North has some solid athletes returning from last years squad and also will get Peter Davis back from injury. They will get a chance to show how hard they’ve worked this summer by opening up their season here at Franklin.
Others: Roncalli, Shelbyville
Individuals to Watch (in no order):
Taylor Kleyn – So. – Avon
Presley Martin – Sr. Avon
Zack Snider – Jr. – Brebeuf
Matt Lang – Sr. – Brebeuf
Andy Carr – Sr. – Columbus North
Kaden Eaton – Sr. – Columbus North
Seth Williams – Jr. – Columbus North
Jake Johnson – Sr. – Franklin Community
David Dalton – Sr. – Greenwood
Isaiah White – Sr. – Perry Meridian
David Dalton, Andy Carr, Kaden Eaton, Isaiah White, Zack Snider – Zack Snider is the obvious favorite considering his resume and the fact that he ran 15:27 last weekend. It has been widely reported that David Dalton had a great summer of training and racing and is in great shape at this point. The same can be said for the Columbus North duo as there is never any question whether or not they will be fit at any point. Isaiah White is relatively unknown still despite running 9:26 for 3200 meters this past spring.
Others to Watch For:
Jake Johnson, Matt Lang, Seth Williams, Taylor Kleyn, Presley Martin, Nathan Wilkey, Will Coffee – This will be our first chance to see how the Avon teams summer fitness will pay off at 5000 meters. It wouldn’t surprise most of us to see a couple of them under 16 minutes by the end of the season. Seth Williams brings great experience and was actually the top CN returner from 2012. This will be a good chance for the Brebeuf pack to matchup with that of CN’s
8:00 – 8:30 AM TEAM CHECK-IN/PACKET PICK UP AT FINISH LINE
8:30 AM COACHES MEETING AT THE FINISH LINE
9:00 AM BOYS VARSITY RACE
9:30 AM GIRLS VARSITY RACE
10:20 AM BOYS RESERVE RACE
11:00 AM GIRLS RESERVE RACE
APPROX 11:45 AM AWARDS PRESENTATION (AT THE AWARDS PODIUM)
Top 10 Returners from 2012:
3. Isaiah White – Perry Meridian – 16:21
4. David Dalton – Greenwood – 16:35
5. Seth Williams – Columbus North – 16:36
6. Andy Carr – Columbus North – 16:39
7. David Behrmann – Ben Davis – 16:42
9. Alton Anspaugh – Shelbyville – 16:45
11. Chris Von Hoene – Columbus North – 16:49
14. Chase Ballard – Columbus North – 16:59
15. Ethan Mounts – Gibson Southern – 17:07
16. Blaine Conners – Franklin Community – 17:09
Full 2012 Results:
By: Colin Altevogt
Participating schools: #7 Avon, Ben Davis, Brown County, #22 Center Grove, #6 Columbus North, Franklin, Gibson Southern, Greenwood, Indian Creek, Mooresville, Perry Meridian, Pike, Roncalli, Shelbyville, Southport, #20 Terre Haute North
A quickly growing meet in its third year, the Franklin Invitational pits two potential podium teams and two possible state runner-up individuals against each other. After pretty inconclusive results in their first meets at the Plainfield Relays and a home three-way meet against smaller schools, Avon gets a chance to test itself against the school it has modeled its program after in Columbus North.
Individually, CN senior Mackenzie Caldwell and Avon junior Malyka Abramson look to be at the front. Caldwell was fourth at the past two state finals, and Abramson was a runaway winner at the tough Carmel Semistate last fall. The two appear to be head-and-shoulders above the rest of the field and could be followed most closely by teammates.
TEAMS TO WATCH
#6 Columbus North
The Bull Dogs results from a dual against Martinsville were impressive, considering that temperature during race time crept toward 90 degrees. This will be North’s first test against state level competition. The Dogs return four runners from a team that finished third at last year’s state finals and have added a star freshman.
The Orioles dominated good competition at the Plainfield Relays, including fielding the winning pair in juniors Malyka Abramson and Courtney Kerr. A slew of incoming freshman who could potentially contribute on the varsity level should help the Orioles as well. This meet could go a long way in showcasing whether or not Avon is a podium team this fall.
#20 Terre Haute North
The Patriots ran competitively in tough conditions on the state meet course last weekend. North has been known for getting off to a good start in recent years.
#22 Center Grove
The Trojans may be a little down this year compared to season’s past, but they were still tough in a very competitive Carmel Classic meet last week.
INDIVIDUALS TO WATCH
Malyka Abramson, Avon
This will be the state’s first look at Abramson over the normal cross country distance this fall. She was part of the winning pair last week at the Plainfield Relays. Abramson is the defending champion.
Mackenzie Caldwell, Columbus North
Cladwellwas a very competitive runner with All-State credentials last year entering this meet, but that runner is a shadow of the one who enters this meet. Most impressively, Caldwell ran 18:15 in 90 degree heat in North’s dual against Martinsville on Tuesday.