BONUS Boys Meet of the Week – Terre Haute State Preview!

Terre Haute State Preview – Boys

By: Drake Sterling

September 1st, 2012

*UPDATE: Sorrells not competing, Morgan Township’s Alec Kostelnik is!

We were so excited about Indiana’s first big weekend of 5k action, we decided to bring you a second Boys “Meet of the Week” article!

Featured this Saturday morning in lovely Terre Haute, Indiana, are three Indiana Runner top 10 teams as well as seven total top 20 teams. In addition to the bounty of ranked teams, the meet features a few of the state’s fastest individuals.

Not only will Indiana’s best be there, but we will again be welcoming 12-time Kentucky State Champion, Jacob Thomson. Thomson is also ranked #6 in the U.S. based on last year’s Footlocker returning finishers.

Teams Expected:

Barr-Reeve, Bedford North Lawrence, Ben Davis, Brebeuf, Cascade, Castle, Cathedral, Center Grove, Clay City, Clinton Prairie, Culver Academy, Danville, Decatur Central, Evansville Mater Dei, Evansville , Memorial, Evansville North, Greencastle, Hamilton Southeastern, Holy Cross Louisville, Homestead, Mt. Vernon (Posey), Mt. Zion, N. Vermillion, North Central Farmersburg, Northview, Park Tudor, Plainfield, Riverton Parke, Shakamak, Sullivan, TH North, TH South, Valparaiso, Vincennes Lincoln, West Vigo

Teams to Watch for:

#3 Valparaiso
#5 Hamilton Southeastern
#9 Brebeuf
#11 Terre Haute South
#13 Cathedral
#17 Bedford North Lawrence
#18 Homestead
UNR. Center Grove
UNR. Evansville North
UNR. Barr-Reeve

We get our first real look at #3 Valparaiso in a large invitational setting. They did beat Crown Point handily on Tuesday in a tri meet. Interestingly, mystery man Ari Coulopoulos did not run for the Vikings in that meet, but did in their first meet, finishing #2 on the team.

We got a look at #5 Hamilton Southeastern on Tuesday

at the Hamilton County Meet. They were upset by #7 Westfield and while the loss looked bad on paper, it was without their #2 Alex Zoumbaris. Without knowing the extent of his injury, it’s not quite time yet to panic for Royals fans.

So with those two teams leaving question marks, could the Brebeuf Braves pull off the upset, winning their biggest meet in school history? It’s possible, but would take a near perfect effort.

Another team with a question mark is Terre Haute South. They competed at last weekend’s Purdue Invitational without their #2 and #3 runners. We are unsure how long to expect them out.

Cathedral is a team that could turn a lot of heads with a good performance. They are locked and loaded with possibly their best team ever. Earlier in the week, the IR message board was livid with Brebeuf/Cathedral smack talk which shows how bitter their rivalry is. There’s nothing better than racing for keeps!

After those teams, you have a couple of teams that have struggled during the first two weeks of the season, Homestead and Bedford North Lawrence. BNL looks very strong through their #3 and solid through #4 but need a #5 desperately. Homestead meanwhile doesn’t look like the team we saw in 2011. Freshman Brayden Law has been their frontrunner while Max Silcox has been a non-factor.

On the outside looking in, expect Barr Reeve, Center Grove, and Evansville North to be head hunting. A good performance could move those teams into the top 25 next week. Evansville North lost their #1 Brogan Armand to a transfer just a couple of weeks before the season. Center Grove also lost their #1 Jacob Cushing before the season started. Barr Reeve could be the first team with 3 in the chute, but their depth at Purdue hurt them badly. We should expect improvement from those runners and by the end of the season, will most likely be fast enough to secure the team a State berth.

Individuals to Watch (in no order):

Troy Reeder – 12 – Hamilton Southeastern
Jacob Thomson – 12 – Holy Cross Louisville (KY)
Connor Sorrells – 12 – Barr Reeve
Ari Coulopoulos – 11 – Valparaiso
Jackson Bertoli – 11 – Terre Haute South
Damon Pruett – 12 – Barr Reeve
Zack Snider – 10 – Brebeuf
Spencer Clapp – 12 – Cathedral

 

Others Who Could Surprise:

Brogan Armand – 10 – Evansville Harrison
Quentin Peirce – 10 – Castle
Jarit Perkins – 9 – Barr Reeve
Brayden Law – 9 – Homestead
Stephen Cho – 11 – Hamilton Southeastern
Taylor Bisacchi – 12 – Valparaiso
Arthur Cross-Najafi – 12 – Bedford North Lawrence
Levi Musson – 12 – Cascade
Nick Yocom – 11 – Northview
Justin Clapp – 12 – Terre Haute North
Peter Davis – 10 – Terre Haute North
Matt Shepherd – 12 – Cascade
Lane Barrett – 12 – Bedford North Lawrence
Aaron Zollman – 12 – Bedford North Lawrence
Drew Barclay – 11 – Hamilton Southeastern
Peyton Reed – 12 – Valparaiso
Taylor Seerest – 12 – Greencastle
David Behrmann – 11 – Ben Davis
Robert Sharkey – 12 – Ben Davis
Blake Harris – 12 – Homestead
Xavier Reed – 12 – Valparaiso
Logan Hambrock (inj) – 12 – Terre Haute South
Brebeuf and Cathedral’s 2-5

The battle up front will be fierce. It will be hard for anyone to beat Jacob Thomson, who already went 15:27 in his first race this season. The senior has also run 14:34 for 5k on the track.

A couple of individuals may be able to race with Thomson. Look for Reeder who ran an excellent race at Hamilton County and Bertoli who took down Connor Sorrells last weekend at Purdue. Speaking of Sorrells, he certainly has the talent and ability to run up front. His off race last weekend could be an anomaly as he generally races very well early.

As stated earlier, Ari Coulopoulos generally comes on stronger near the end of the season. You can never count out an individual with his talent though.

Others expected to fight for a top 5 finish are Zack Snider, Spencer Clapp, and Damon Pruett.

The chase pack (as always) is what will determine the team scoring. All the top ranked teams have 2-5’s between 16:00 and 17:00 on their best days. Also on a side note, for the second week in a row, we have two of the top three freshman in the state matching up, Jarit Perkins and Brayden Law. The record now is 1-0 in favor of Perkins.

Top Ten Returners From 2011:

3. Connor Sorrells – 12 – Barr Reeve
4. Spencer Clapp – 12 – Cathedral
5. Peyton Reed – 12 – Valparaiso
8. Ari Coulopoulos – 11 – Valparaiso
13. Troy Reeder – 12 – Hamilton Southeastern
15. Alex Zoumbaris – 12 – Hamilton Southeastern
17. Xavier Reed – 12 – Valparaiso
18. David Behrmann – 11 – Ben Davis
20. Brogan Armand – 10 – Evansville Memorial
21. Levi Musson – 12 – Cascade

Full 2011 Results:

http://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/Results/Meet.aspx?Meet=47480

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