Colin's 2013 Top 50 Preseason XC Teams!

IR Staffer Colin Altevogt has spent countless hours researching the top teams for this upcoming 2013 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.

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Enjoy and keep working hard all summer!

 

#1 – Carmel Greyhounds

Carmel Semi-State #1

Brebeuf Regional #1

Noblesville Sectional #1

State meet history: 32 appearances (last in 2012), 28 podium finishes (last in 2012), 8 runner-up titles (1981, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2009), 13 state championships (1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012)

2012 Results:

Noblesville Sectional:  1st place (25 points)

Brebeuf Regional:  1st place (40 points)

Carmel Semi-State:  1st place (44 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 1st place (66 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-State)

Kelsey Harris (11) – 18:43 (4th place)

Haley Harris (11) – 18:57 (9th place)

Gina Genco (12) – 19:06 (11th place)

Kelcy Welch (12) – 19:18 (15th place)

Samantha Dauby (12) – 19:36 (25th place)

Rachel Weesner (11) – 20:14 (52nd place)

2013 Outlook:

If the Greyhounds looked vulnerable early last year after the graduation of several key runners, they appear nearly invincible at this juncture. Carmel brings back six of seven from last year’s team that scored just 66 points in the state finals and finished third at the Nike national championship in Oregon. Junior Anna Schmitz, who did not run in the semi-state but did finish 47th at the state finals, should add to the line-up. The ‘Hounds bring back three All-Staters who have finished a combined six times in the top 25 at the state meet. And if something were to go wrong, they have an absolute army of capable JV runners from which to pull. In a sport where the champion is crowned based on the results of one single race certainly anything can happen, as the heavily-favored 2009 Carmel team learned, but it looks extremely likely that the ‘Hounds will make it four in a row.

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#2 – Hamilton Southeastern Royals

Carmel Semi-State #2

Brebeuf Regional #2

Noblesville Sectional #2

State meet history: 2 appearances (last in 2012), 1 podium finish (2012)

2012 Results:

Noblesville Sectional:  2nd place (56 points)

Brebeuf Regional:  2nd place (95 points)

Carmel Semi-State:  2nd place (105 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 5th place (173 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-State)

Rachel Nichwitz (11) – 18:44 (5th place)

Jessica King (12) – 18:50 (7th place)

Courtney Pfanstiel (11) – 19:29 (20th place)

Samantha Stensland (11) – 19:53 (36th place)

Karrigan Hulen (12) – 20:30 (60th place)

Bailey Coleman (10) – 21:11 (88th place)

2013 Outlook:

The Royals snuck onto the podium by the narrowest of margins last year and looked poised for a repeat trip. HSE brings back two All-Staters in Rachel Nichwitz and Jessica King and has depth to match as five returners finished in the top 100 last year. With that cast, plus at least one star freshman, the Royals will be hard to beat by anyone. They should see great competition all season in a county saturated with distance running talent.

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#3 – Franklin Central Flashes

Carmel Semi-State #3

State meet history: 7 appearances (last in 2012), 4 podium finishes (last in 2012)

2012 Results:

New Palestine Sectional:  1st place (21 points)

Rushville Regional:  1st place (21 points)

Carmel Semi-State:  3rd place (116 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 4th place (160 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-State)

Brooke Talhelm (10) – 19:29 (19th place)

Cailyn Adams (11) – 19:36 (24th place)

Lexi McCann (11) – 19:42 (31st place)

Christina Matthies (11) – 19:51 (35th place)

Emily Welch (10) – 19:59 (41st place)

2013 Outlook:

The Flashes have back five key runners from a team that was very close to finishing second overall at last year’s state meet. Recent history suggests that FC is a team that runs its best race in October, as evidenced by four podium appearances in the last five years. While the Flashes do not appear to have a standout who will score single digit points in every meet, they should have a deep pack and be well-coached.

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#4 – West Lafayette Red Devils

New Prairie Semi-State #1

State meet history: 10 appearances (last in 2012), 5 podium finishes (last in 2012), 1 runner-up title (2012)

2012 Results:

Harrison (West Lafayette) Sectional:  1st place (15 points)

Harrison (West Lafayette) Regional:  1st place (19 points)

New Prairie Semi-State:  1st place (38 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 2nd place (147 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)

Lauren Johnson (10) – 19:05 (10th place)

Kristen Johnson (10) – 19:08 (11th place)

Delaney Barber (11) – 19:19 (15th place)

Grace Denton (12) – 20:14 (34th place)

2013 Outlook:

Last year’s runner-up, the Red Devils do lose some to graduation, including All-American Bobbie Burgess. Yet, even after losing three from the 2012 squad, West Lafayette brings back three All Semi-State runners. The Sisters Johnson will be great frontrunners after showing tremendous potential in the fall and running 5:10 or faster in the spring. The Devils will need to find some runners to fill out their varsity, but that shouldn’t be a problem for a program with a history of getting contributions from freshmen.

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#5 – Fishers Tigers

Carmel Semi-State #4

Brebeuf Regional #3

Noblesville Sectional #3

State meet history: 1 appearance (2012)

2012 Results:

Noblesville Sectional:  5th place (96 points)

Brebeuf Regional:  3rd place (96 points)

Carmel Semi-State:  4th place (157 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 9th place (300 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-State)

Maggie Jahns (10) – 19:30 (21st place)

Isabel Strobel (12) – 19:38 (27th place)

Abby Horn (12) – 20:06 (43rd place)

Rachel Horn (12) – 20:09 (46th place)

Meghan McCann (12) – 20:21 (54th place)

Lauren Schingel (12) – 20:38 (66th place)

2013 Outlook:

The Tigers will be a team full of seniors with state meet experience. Fishers’ ninth place performance last year may not have been very indicative of how good the team was at certain stretches during last season, including finishing just a point behind Hamilton Southeastern at the Brebeuf Regional. With six of seven back, the Tigers look likely to return to the state meet and perhaps finish with medals.

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#6 – Columbus North Bull Dogs

Brown County Semi-State #1

State meet history: 28 appearances (last in 2012), 15 podium finishes (last in 2012), 3 runner-up titles (1986, 2010, 2011), 1 state championship (2009)

2012 Results:

Brown County Sectional:  1st place (20 points)

Bedford North Lawrence Regional:  1st place (18 points)

Brown County Semi-State:  1st place (47 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 3rd place (168 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)

Mackenzie Caldwell (12) – 18:06 (1st place)

Sierra Lax (10) – 18:42 (6th place)

Nina Bouthier (10) – 19:16 (15th place)

Morgan Neal (11) – 19:49 (27th place)

Allison Coffey (10) – 19:55 (33rd place)

Ali Bowman (12) – 19:57 (34th place)

2013 Outlook:

Another of Indiana’s blue bloods in cross country, the Bull Dogs do have some graduation losses in their scorers. North does return star Mackenzie Caldwell, who has finished fourth in each of the last two state cross country meets. Last year the Dogs had three freshmen on the varsity, a very rare occurrence for them. How those three develop as sophomores will be crucial to North’s success and attempt at a fifth straight podium appearance.

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#7 – Westfield Shamrocks

Carmel Semi-State #5

Brebeuf Regional #4

Noblesville Sectional #4

State meet history: 12 appearances (last in 2012), 6 podium finishes (last in 2008), 1 runner-up title (2004), 4 state championships (1998, 2005, 2006, 2007)

2012 Results:

Noblesville Sectional:  4th place (92 points)

Brebeuf Regional:  4th place (122 points)

Carmel Semi-State:  6th place (186 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 10th place (320 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-State)

Devon Leahy (10) – 19:25 (17th place)

Brianna Leonard (12) – 19:48 (33rd place)

Karli Koning (12) – 20:10 (47th place)

Shelby Wilson (12) – 20:11 (50th place)

Capriella Fenicle (12) – 20:46 (68th place)

2013 Outlook:

Another of Indiana’s strongest traditions, the Shamrocks have five of seven back. Though devoid of a star, it is conceivable that Westfield could find itself on the podium through a combination of depth, experience and good coaching. Three of the returning seniors from the ‘Rocks have already run in three state cross country meets.

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#8 – Avon Orioles

Carmel Semi-State #6

State meet history: 3 appearances (last in 2012)

2012 Results:

South Putnam Sectional:  1st place (33 points)

Ben Davis Regional:  1st place (45 points)

Carmel Semi-State: 5th place (162 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 11th place (337 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-State)

Malyka Abramson (11) – 17:55 (1st place)

Courtney Kerr (11) – 19:14 (14th place)

Kelsie Mothersead (11) – 20:26 (57th place)

Lauren Heeger (11) – 21:09 (87th place)

Fiona Kelly (12) – 21:31 (96th place)

2013 Outlook:

The Orioles bring back a lot from what was their best team ever last season. While certainly not unaffected by graduation, Avon does return two frontrunners in juniors Malyka Abramson and Courtney Kerr. Though she has had some bad luck in previous state cross country meets, Abramson should give Avon a low score through one. Rumors of a strong freshman class should bolster the Orioles’ depth as well.

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#9 – Bloomington South Panthers

Brown County Semi-State #2

State meet history: 13 appearances (last in 2012)

2012 Results:

Bedford North Lawrence Sectional:  1st place (32 points)

Bedford North Lawrence Regional:  2nd place (59 points)

Brown County Semi-State:  3rd place (132 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 13th place (388 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)

Alex Warzyniak (12) – 18:17 (3rd place)

Alexis Lewandowski (11) – 19:25 (18th place)

Lainey Derheimer (12) – 19:52 (29th place)

Veronica Fickel (11) – 20:13 (42nd place)

Ali Burt (11) – 20:34 (60th place)

Breanna Abram (10) – 21:20 (85th place)

2013 Outlook:

The Panthers have potentially their best team ever. With all scorers back from last year’s state finals team, South could sneak onto the podium for the first time ever. Returning All-State senior Alex Warzyniak seems to have a handle on the injuries that have plagued her in the past, and the Panthers have depth to draw from. If they can capitalize on this, they could challenge for the top spot in the south and one of the five best teams in Indiana.

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#10 – Valparaiso Vikings

New Prairie Semi-State #2

New Prairie Regional #1

State meet history: 26 appearances (last in 2012), 12 podium appearances (last in 2011), 3 runner-up title (2001, 2005, 2006), 5 state championships (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004)

2012 Results:

Chesterton Sectional:  1st place (51 points)

New Prairie Regional:  2nd place (68 points)

New Prairie Semi-State:  3rd place (167 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 15th place (305 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)

Sydney Nosbusch (10) – 19:48 (23rd place)

Alison Mundell (11) – 19:54 (25th place)

Michaela Gazdich (12) – 20:20 (40th place)

Aurora Bonner (12) – 20:21 (41st place)

Elisabeth Joll (10) – 20:38 (55th place)

Alena Tonne (10) – 20:52 (66th place)

2013 Outlook:

One of Indiana’s strongest traditions, the Vikings have back six from last year’s seven. Valpo has qualified for 20 consecutive state meets and once had an eight-year string of finishing either first or second at the state finals. Last year’s placing was Valpo’s worst in that twenty-year span. Are the Vikings slipping or can a team filled with state meet veterans get them back on track?

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#11 – Fort Wayne Carroll Chargers

New Haven Semi-State #1

West Noble Regional #1

State meet history: 10 appearances (last in 2012), 3 podium finishes (last in 2010)

2012 Results:

Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional:  1st place (30 points)

West Noble Regional:  1st place (53 points)

New Haven Semi-State: 1st place (62 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 6th place (174 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-State)

Madison Fruchey (10) – 19:10 (13th place)

Caitlyn Chastain (12) – 19:43 (26th place)

Coral Whaley (12) – 21:01 (35th place)

2013 Outlook:

The Chargers have just three back from a team of seven that was a heartbreaking single point away from the podium last year at the state finals. Not appearing in the semi-state results, however, is junior Stacy Metzger, who has run for the Chargers in two previous state finals, as well as senior Kathryn Morris, who broke 20 minutes on the challenging West Noble course. With those five, plus an assumed handful of talented freshmen, Carroll should once again field a potential podium team.

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#12 – Fort Wayne Concordia Cadets

New Haven Semi-State #2

West Noble Regional #2

State meet history: 11 appearances (last in 2012), 2 podium finishes (last in 2011), 1 state championship (1983)

2012 Results:

Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional:  2nd place (74 points)

West Noble Regional:  2nd place (97 points)

New Haven Semi-State: 3rd place (170 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 14th place (390 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-State)

Marina Konow (12) – 18:49 (8th place)

Michaela Harrison (12) – 19:18 (16th place)

Anna Greene (11) – 20:30 (53rd place)

Erin Adair (11) – 21:09 (86th place)

2013 Outlook:

The Cadets have four back from last year’s team and are just two years removed from a surprise podium finish. With seniors Konow and Harrison, Concordia has two frontrunners and potential All-Staters. The Cadets have also proven to be very well-coached over the years, including making three straight state meet, and should have no problem filling out a competitive varsity with newcomers or JV runners.

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#13 – Portage Indians

New Prairie Semi-State #3

New Prairie Regional #2

State meet history: 16 appearances (last in 2012), 2 podium appearances (last in 1996), 1 runner-up title (1988)

2012 Results:

Chesterton Sectional:  4th place (95 points)

New Prairie Regional:  5th place (94 points)

New Prairie Semi-State:  6th place (184 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 21st place (455 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)

Kyra Ball (10) – 19:21 (16th place)

Paige Pizer (12) – 19:56 (26th place)

Rhyan Sloan (11) – 20:10 (31st place)

Stephanie Waters (10) – 20:52 (64th place)

Erin Reynolds (11) – 20:53 (66th place)

Mariah Blackwell (11) – 21:23 (90th place)

Mackenzie Jones (12) – 21:27 (93rd place)

2013 Outlook:

The Indians have made the state finals the last five years and eight of the last nine. That streak looks likely to get to six with all of last year’s varsity back. Paige Pizer may be primed for a great senior year. She has run in three state finals in cross country and qualified for the state finals in the open 800 last spring.

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#14 – LaPorte Slicers

New Prairie Semi-State #4

New Prairie Regional #3

State meet history: 2 appearances (last in 1999), 1 podium finish (1998)

2012 Results:

Chesterton Sectional:  5th place (103 points)

New Prairie Regional:  3rd place (89 points)

New Prairie Semi-State:  7th place (194 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)

Elena Lancioni (12) – 18:36 (4th place)

Kailee Schoof (10) – 19:53 (24th place)

Alyssa Gerick (12) – 20:38 (53rd place)

Kristin Cave (12) – 20:48 (62nd place)

Haley Sigman (10) – 21:04 (73rd place)

Marie Didion (10) – 21:47 (108th place)

2013 Outlook:

The Slicers had some heartbreak last year, falling ten points short of the state meet out of the New Prairie Semi-State. With the top six back, including All-State senior Elena Lancioni, LaPorte seems very well-positioned to qualify for the state finals for the first time since 1999. Sophomore Kailee Schoof may be ready to make the jump to All-State after qualifying for the state track meet in the 3200.

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#15 – Homestead Spartans

New Haven Semi-State #3

West Noble Regional #3

State meet history: 12 appearances (last in 2012)

2012 Results:

Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional:  3rd place (102 points)

West Noble Regional:  3rd place (101 points)

New Haven Semi-State: 5th place (189 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 17th place (408 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-State)

Grace Walther (10) – 19:31 (19th place)

Taylor Busch (11) – 19:42 (25th place)

Maddie Faber (11) – 20:28 (51st place)

Shannon Didier (12) – 21:28 (99th place)

Mary Landrigan (10) – 21:47 (114th place)

Paige Norton (10) – 21:53 (119th place)

2013 Outlook:

The Spartans bring back six of seven from last year’s 17th place state meet team. Though Homestead doesn’t have any star runners, sophomore Grace Walther and junior Taylor Busch should be up toward the front of most races. This is a squad that certainly looks good enough to return to the state finals, though they will need some extra pieces to be a potential podium team.

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#16 – Mishawka Cavemen

New Haven Semi-State #4

State meet history: Never qualified

2012 Results:

South Bend Riley Sectional:  2nd place (45 points)

Elkhart Central Regional:  3rd place (77 points)

New Haven Semi-State: 7th place (197 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-State)

Anna Rohrer (11) – 17:04 (1st place)

Camilia Holt (12) – 20:15 (42nd place)

Jessica Duvall (10) – 20:43 (60th place)

Hanna Coppens (11) – 20:56 (69th place)

Melissa Rogers (12) – 21:27 (97th place)

2013 Outlook:

Mishawaka has all the makings of a team poised to make its first trip to the state finals. They return five from last year’s team that was just seven points short, all of which look primed to be solid contributors this season. And it seems likely that Mishawaka will score four in each meet with defending state and national champion Anna Rohrer on the squad.

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#17 – Zionsville Eagles

Carmel Semi-State #7

State meet history: Never qualified

2012 Results:

Ben Davis Sectional:  1st place (22 points)

Ben Davis Regional:  2nd place (73 points)

Carmel Semi-State: 11th place (327 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-State)

Sydney Myers (11) – 20:26 (56th place)

Marianna Kastberg-Leo (12) – 20:56 (76th place)

Cally Sampson (11) – 21:06 (84th place)

Rebecca Uebele (12) – 21:09 (86th place)

Samantha Mitchell (10) – 21:16 (90th place)

2013 Outlook:

Perhaps the best program in the state never to qualify for the state finals, the Eagles could shed that dubious tag this season. With five of seven back from last year’s team, Zionsville will be much better than returning semi-state results suggest. The Eagles bring back five girls who broke 20:30 at the Ben Davis regional course, and senior Becca Uebele could be a solid frontrunner after a spring season of breaking the school record and qualifying for the state finals in the 1600. The Eagles will be under a new coach.

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#18 – Oldenburg Academy Twisters

Carmel Semi-State #8

State meet history: Never qualified

2012 Results:

South Dearborn Sectional:  1st place (46 points)

Greensburg Regional:  3rd place (90 points)

Carmel Semi-State:  9th place (253 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-State)

Sarah Billingsley (12) – 18:29 (3rd place)

Kirsten Ricke (11) – 19:39 (28th place)

Meredith Maier (12) – 19:40 (29th place)

Rachel Billingsley (12) – 20:52 (72nd place)

Bobbie Wagner (10) – 27:39 (152nd place)

Jackie Unkrich (12) – 27:54 (153rd place)

2013 Outlook:

Oldenburg looked like a potential state meet team last year, through four runners. Unfortunately for the Rebels, the sport scores five, and they finished well back of advancing to their first ever state meet. Those same top four are back, making Oldenburg an intriguing team. If they can find a fifth somewhere—anywhere—they could be headed to Terre Haute as a team. If not, senior Sarah Billingsley, who was seven at the state finals last year, will go as an individual again.

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#19 Terre Haute North Patriots

Brown County Semi-State #3

State meet history: 13 appearances (last in 2012)

2012 Results:

Terre Haute North Sectional:  1st place (17 points)

Bedford North Lawrence Regional:  1st place (28 points)

Brown County Semi-State:  2nd place (84 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 12th place (359 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)

Lindsay Welker (10) – 19:18 (16th place)

Anna Nagy (10) – 19:45 (24th place)

Mallory Sanders (12) – 20:15 (45th place)

Erin Buckallew (12) – 20:21 (53rd place)

2013 Outlook:

Despite losing three of its top runners, the Patriots figure to once again be among the best in the south. With four key returners, including potential star Lindsay Welker, who was All-State in the 800 as a freshman, North has the beginnings to a great team this fall. If the Pats can find a fifth, and recent history suggests that won’t be a problem, they should once again run in the state finals.

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#20 Evansville Memorial Knights

Brown County Semi-State #4

State meet history: Last qualified in 2012

2012 Results:

Evansville Mater Dei Sectional:  1st place (40 points)

Pike Central Regional:  2nd place (49 points)

Brown County Semi-State:  5th place (203 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 24th place (691 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)

Shannon Effron (12) – 19:19 (17th place)

Sarah Wargel (12) – 20:14 (44th place)

Taylor Warren (12) – 20:26 (56th place)

Lacie Folz (11) – 20:32 (58th place)

Emily Bromm (12) – 20:39 (65th place)

Makayla Elpers (12) – 22:18 (114th place)

2013 Outlook:

An up-and-coming southern power, the Knights return all scorers from a team that qualified yet again for the state meet in 2012. If all run and stay healthy in 2013, Memorial seems a virtual lock for another state meet. This senior-laden squad could find itself faring well against very tough competition in October.

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#21 Terre Haute South Braves

Brown County Semi-State #5

State meet history: 13 appearances (last in 2012)

2012 Results:

Terre Haute North Sectional:  2nd place (51 points)

Bedford North Lawrence Regional:  3rd place (87 points)

Brown County Semi-State:  4th place (192 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 22nd place (542 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)

Nikki Thiede (12) – 19:44 (23rd place)

Katie Schmidt (12) – 19:57 (35th place)

Kirsten Peterson (10) – 20:20 (51st place)

Natalie Shanks (11) – 20:49 (68th place)

Katie Barton (10) – 21:23 (86th place)

Nicole Howe (12) – 21:29 (92nd place)

2013 Outlook:

The Braves have six of seven returning from a team that qualified for last year’s state finals, the third in a row for Terre Haute South. In fact, three runners for the Braves are looking to participate in their fourth cross country state finals. They seem very likely to be among the best team’s in the south again this year.

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#22 Floyd Central Highlanders

Brown County Semi-State #6

State meet history: 18 appearances (last in 2002), 7 podium appearances (last in 1992), 1 runner-up title (1987), 4 state championships (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992)

2012 Results:

Crawford County Sectional:  1st place (30 points)

Crawford County Regional:  1st place (43 points)

Brown County Semi-State:  7th place (211 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)

Lydia Kotowski (10) – 18:58 (10th place)

Madison Barney (10) – 19:53 (31st place)

Zoe Doebbler (12) – 20:42 (66th place)

Jamie Bierman (12) – 20:51 (69th place)

Cassie Nale (11) – 21:11 (80th place)

Haley Meyer (11) – 21:17 (84th place)

2013 Outlook:

One of the most storied programs in girls cross country lore, Floyd Central has not been back to the state finals for 11 long seasons. That could definitely be over this season with six of seven back from last year’s squad that fell just six points short. FC already has an athlete with state finals experience in sophomore Lydia Kotowski, who qualified individually as a freshman.

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#23 – North Central Panthers

Carmel Semi-State #9

Brebeuf Regional #5

State meet history: 16 appearance (last in 2010), 6 podium finishes (last in 1994)

2012 Results:

Brebeuf Sectional:  3rd place (68 points)

Brebeuf Regional:  8th place (180 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brebeuf Regional)

Annie Lohrstorfter (12) – 19:33 (27th place)

Paige Logan (12) – 19:39 (29th place)

Erika Pankow (12) – 19:41 (30th place)

Colleen McGeath (12) – 20:08 (45th place)

Shelene Baiyee (10) – 20:16 (49th place)

Erika Cheleas (12) – 20:42 (55th place)

Julia Weiner (11) – 20:52 (59th place)

2013 Outlook:

The Panthers have back their entire team and could very possibly be in the mix to advance to the state finals for the first time since 2010. North Central will run into the Brebeuf Regional, however, and their track results are very sparse from last spring’s tournament. A team full of seniors should be a big advantage, though.

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#24 Lake Central – Indians

New Prairie Semi-State #5

State meet history: 9 appearances (last in 2011), 2 podium finishes (last in 2008), 2 runner-up titles (2007, 2008)

2012 Results:

Hammond Gavit Sectional:  1st place (21 points)

Crown Point Regional:  1st place (43 points)

New Prairie Semi-State:  10th place (267 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)

Megan Zajac (11) – 20:00 (27th place)

Zoe Carroll (12) – 20:47 (61st place)

Tatiana Lazic (12) – 21:08 (76th place)

Alexa Kaplowski (12) – 21:18 (85th place)

Jade Tazbir (12) – 21:40 (102nd place)

2013 Outlook:

The Indians have back five of seven from last year’s team that was tenth at the semi-state. That puts them among some of the best teams in their area, with a large enrollment to draw from as well. Both returning frontrunner Megan Zajac and Tatiana Lazic ran on the Indians’ state finals team in 2011. Previously, Lake Central had made six consecutive state meets.

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#25 – Northridge Raiders

New Haven Semi-State #5

State meet history: 19 appearances (last in 2012), 7 podium finishes (last in 2005), 2 runner-up titles (1993, 2002)

2012 Results:

Elkhart Central Sectional:  1st place (24 points)

Elkhart Central Regional:  1st place (39 points)

New Haven Semi-State: 2nd place (117 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 8th place (228 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-State)

Olivia Golden (12) – 19:27 (17th place)

Nikki Willey (11) – 20:40 (59th place)

Brianna Eggleston (11) – 21:56 (122nd place)

2013 Outlook:

Tradition certainly helps the Raiders here as Northridge has qualified for the state finals in 12 of the last 13 seasons. Senior Olivia Golden, who was just short of the top 15 in the semistate, should serve as a great frontrunner, especially after a great track season. Morgan Blyly should also help the Raiders. She did not run in the semi-state but did run in the state finals and finished All-Sectional.

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#26 – New Prairie Cougars

New Prairie Semi-State #6

New Prairie Regional #4

State meet history: 3 appearances (last in 2002)

2012 Results:

Chesterton Sectional:  3rd place (77 points)

New Prairie Regional:  4th place (91 points)

New Prairie Semi-State:  9th place (256 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)

Rachel Thompson (12) – 19:15 (13th place)

Kelsey Tyler (12) – 20:23 (42nd place)

Erin O’Laughlin (11) – 21:19 (88th place)

Heather Shore (12) – 21:46 (106th place)

Jalyn Fites (12) – 21:59 (112th place)

Maura Romstadt (11) – 23:12 (131st place)

2013 Outlook:

The Cougars have six of seven back from a team that was ninth at the semi-state in what could be a wide-open area of the state. Senior Rachel Thompson was an individual qualifier last season and should give New Prairie great frontrunning. Beyond that, the Cougars could be a potential state meet team with improvement among the rest of the line-up.

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#27 – Cathedral Irish

Carmel Semi-State #10

Brebeuf Regional #6

State meet history: 9 appearance (last in 2009), 1 podium finish (2004)

2012 Results:

Brebeuf Sectional:  1st place (48 points)

Brebeuf Regional:  6th place (129 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brebeuf Regional)

Katherine Free (10) – 18:43 (6th place)

Ellen Flood (10) – 19:41 (31st place)

Ashley Yuska (10) – 21:05 (62nd place)

Andi Hise (12) – 21:27 (66th place)

2013 Outlook:

The Irish have a great frontrunner in sophomore Katherine Free and have four runners back from last year’s team. In any other area of the state, Cathedral could be another runner away from returning to the state meet. If they can reload with some new freshmen, they still may be a threat. If not, they may be on the outside of the loaded regional again.

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#28 Evansville North Huskies

Brown County Semi-State #7

State meet history: Never qualified

2012 Results:

Evansville Mater Dei Sectional:  2nd place (69 points)

Pike Central Regional:  1st place (46 points)

Brown County Semi-State:  8th place (252 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)

Michaela Ward (10) – 18:52 (7th place)

Schyler Opel (12) – 20:09 (36th place)

Mary Grimm (10) – 20:17 (48th place)

Kelsey Francis (10) – 21:41 (99th place)

Irma Fregozo (12) – 21:42 (100th place)

Taylor Stucke (11) – 22:26 (120th place)

2013 Outlook:

The Huskies have their top six back from a team that was within 47 points from the state finals last year. Frontrunning sophomore Michaela Ward will give North a low score up front. The Huskies could also be helped by junior Allison Rollins, who didn’t appear in the semi-state results but was third overall at the regional and had a solid track season in the spring.

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#29 Silver Creek Dragons

Brown County Semi-State #8

State meet history: 4 appearances (last in 2004)

2012 Results:

Southwestern (Hanover) Sectional:  1st place (28 points)

Brown County Regional:  3rd place (99 points)

Brown County Semi-State:  9th place (255 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)

Brittany Sharp (12) – 19:48 (26th place)

Jessica Backherms (11) – 20:10 (37th place)

Maggie Shields (11) – 20:14 (43rd place)

Mackenzie Crouch (11) – 20:21 (52nd place)

Emory Lewis (10) – 22:50 (131st place)

Paris Brock (11) – 22:50 (132nd place)

Jacklyn Helton (11) – 23:13 (136th place)

2013 Outlook:

The Dragons return a very solid top four that could help them to their first state finals in nearly a decade. Silver Creek was ninth at last year’s semi-state and will need to improve at their fifth position to move up a few spots to qualify for Terre Haute. An experienced team with many juniors will have a bright future.

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#30 – Center Grove Trojans

Carmel Semi-State #11

State meet history: 7 appearances (last in 2011), 1 podium finish (2006)

2012 Results:

Franklin Sectional:  1st place (20 points)

Greensburg Regional:  1st place (38 points)

Carmel Semi-State:  7th place (186 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-State)

Shelbi Dishman (12) – 20:29 (59th place)

Lindsey Kovacs (12) – 20:53 (73rd place)

Alexa Kovacs (10) – 21:12 (89th place)

Marisa Ericson (11) – 21:48 (102nd place)

2013 Outlook:

The Trojans missed last year’s state meet by the sixth runner tiebreaker and lose a large chunk of their team. Still, this team is routinely in the mix for a state finals berth and bring back a group that will be better than the semi-state results appear. Senior Shelbi Dishman was third overall in the sectional and junior Marisa Ericson ran 19:38 on the fast Greensburg course. Center Grove could also get contributions from senior Rachel Dever, who was on the state finalist team of 2011.

 

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#31 – Elkhart Memorial Chargers

New Haven Semi-State #6

 

State meet history: 1 appearance (1987)

 

2012 Results:

Elkhart Memorial Sectional:  2nd place (60 points)

Elkhart Central Regional:  4th place (100 points)

New Haven Semi-State: 10th place (239 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-State)

Sierra Moore (11) – 18:47 (6th place)

Hailey Moore (10) – 20:10 (38th place)

Alisa Zoller (11) – 20:59 (74th place)

Haley Lehman (12) – 21:02 (78th place)

 

2013 Outlook:

The Chargers have their top four back from a team that was tenth at last year’s semi-state. That group includes frontrunner Sierra Moore, who was an individual qualifier last year and is a star in track as well. Memorial will need to develop some depth, but if they can find a fifth runner, they have a great chance to make it to Terre Haute.

 

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#32 – Brebeuf Jesuit Braves

Carmel Semi-State #12

Brebeuf Regional #7

State meet history: 1 appearance (1993)

2012 Results:

Brebeuf Sectional:  2nd place (64 points)

Brebeuf Regional:  7th place (178 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brebeuf Regional)

Susan Fisher (10) – 19:44 (34th place)

Katie Owens (11) – 19:55 (38th place)

Lexie Lewis (11) – 19:56 (39th place)

Caroline Garau (12) – 20:45 (57th place)

Carolyn Gardner (10) – 20:49 (58th place)

2013 Outlook:

The Braves continue their ongoing battle with geography. Though Brebeuf could be a legitimate state meet team out of nearly any other part of the state, the team will have a very tough time advancing from its own regional. The Braves have a good foundation on which to build a team, but it looks as if they’ll run into the buzzsaw that is the north side of Indianapolis.

 

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#33 – Pendleton Heights Arabians

New Haven Semi-State #7

State meet history: 2 appearances (last in 1988)

2012 Results:

Pendleton Heights Sectional:  1st place (18 points)

Delta Regional:  1st place (29 points)

New Haven Semi-State: 9th place (220 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Regional)

Alex Buck (10) – 20:12 (40th place)

Chelsea Blackwell (12) – 20:35 (55th place)

Monica Dudley (10) – 21:04 (80th place)

Maddi Hinton (12) – 21:16 (90th place)

Teresa Dudley (11) – 21:48 (116th place)

2013 Outlook:

Last year, the Arabians were just 30 points away from the state finals, which would have been their first in 24 years. Pendleton does lose a couple of their scorers, but they bring back sectional and regional champion Alex Buck. Senior Maddi Hinton could be an emerging threat after a good track season also.

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#34 – DeKalb Barons

New Haven Semi-State #8

West Noble Regional #4

State meet history: 15 appearances (last in 2010), 1 podium finish (2003)

2012 Results:

West Noble Sectional:  5th place (86 points)

West Noble Regional:  5th place (161 points)

New Haven Semi-State: 11th place (292 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-State)

Krista McCormick (10) – 19:39 (21st place)

Caren Hernandez (11) – 20:19 (45th place)

Kara Robinett (12) – 21:07 (84th place)

Taylor Beachy (11) – 21:39 (109th place)

Ashlyn Teders (11) – 22:01 (124th place)

Makayla Rieke (12) – 23:11 (142nd place)

2013 Outlook:

The Barons were the surviving team in the bottleneck at last year’s West Noble regional. With six of seven back, including a potential frontrunner in sophomore Krista McCormick, DeKalb could be in the mix to advance to the state meet after a couple of absences the last two years. To do that, DeKalb will need to develop its depth behind the top three.

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#35 – Pike Red Devils

Carmel Semi-State #13

State meet history: 4 appearances (last in 1987), 2 podium finishes (last in 1987)

2012 Results:

Ben Davis Sectional:  2nd place (47 points)

Ben Davis Regional:  3rd place (102 points)

Carmel Semi-State: 13th place (385 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-State)

Stephanie Timm (12) – 20:32 (62nd place)

Janeth Magana (11) – 20:36 (65th place)

Rachael Eberle (11) – 21:04 (80th place)

Hillary Merrill (12) – 21:47 (101st place)

Jenny Ly (12) – 22:47 (125th place)

Klara Takacs (11) – 24:05 (143rd place)

2013 Outlook:

The Red Devils have six of seven and their top four back from last year’s team that was 13th in the state’s toughest semi-state. Junior Janeth Magana was typically the team’s top runner throughout the season. Pike did have a pair of girls in track run 2:20 and 2:23 in the sectional. Adding those two to the line-up would certainly help.

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#36 – Fort Wayne Snider Panthers

New Haven Semi-State #9

West Noble Regional #5

State meet history: 6 appearances (last in 2005)

2012 Results:

Fort Wayne Sectional:  5th place (130 points)

West Noble Regional:  6th place (172 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the West Noble Regional)

Brittany Fensler (12) – 19:40 (18th place)

Sarah Koester (12) – 19:45 (20th place)

Breanna Fensler (12) – 20:39 (33rd place)

Bethany Doehrman (11) – 21:45 (51st place)

Caroline Baldus (10) – 22:26 (60th place)

Loren McCrady (11) – 22:35 (62nd place)

Loren Ditaway (11) – 22:45 (63rd place)

2013 Outlook:

The Panthers have potentially one of their best teams in years and a possible state meet team. With all seven runners back, Snider will be tough but will also be tested at each level of the tournament. They could have a chance to qualify for Terre Haute, if they can survive the West Noble guillotine first.

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#37 – Columbia City Eagles

New Haven Semi-State #10

West Noble Regional #6

State meet history: 5 appearances (last in 2010)

2012 Results:

Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional:  4th place (125 points)

West Noble Regional:  7th place (173 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the West Noble Regional)

Samantha Roush (12) – 18:52 (3rd place)

Brooke Werstler (12) – 21:05 (39th place)

Samina Qureshi (11) – 21:18 (43rd place)

Kristen Shively (11) – 21:24 (47th place)

Erin Knepple (12) – 22:12 (58th place)

2013 Outlook:

The latest in a string of teams ousted at the West Noble Regional, the Eagles bring back five for an experienced team. Though Columbia City isn’t very deep, they will get a low score through one by three-time All-Stater Sam Roush. With her and good improvement or talented newcomers, the Eagles could be a potential state meet team, if they can advance out of the regional.

 

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#38 – East Noble Knights

New Haven Semi-State #11

West Noble Regional #7

State meet history: 3 appearances (last in 1995), 1 podium finish (1994)

2012 Results:

West Noble Sectional:  2nd place (77 points)

West Noble Regional:  9th place (177 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the West Noble Regional)

Alexia Zawadzke (12) – 19:43 (19th place)

Courtney Casselman (12) – 20:37 (32nd place)

Kara McLaughlin (12) – 21:19 (44th place)

2013 Outlook:

Like their county rivals, East Noble was ousted in a loaded regional last year, finishing ninth but just 16 points from advancing. The Knights were hurt by their lack of depth last year. They return some of those top runners but will need to bolster their line-up somehow to get to the next level.

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#39 – West Noble Chargers

 

New Haven Semi-State #12

 

West Noble Regional #8

 

State meet history: 8 appearances (last in 2010), 2 podium finishes (last in 1999)

 

2012 Results:

 

West Noble Sectional:  4th place (81 points)

 

West Noble Regional:  8th place (174 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the West Noble Regional)

 

Amairany Cruz (11) – 20:50 (34th place)

 

Yvette Rojas (10) – 21:00 (37th place)

 

Kennedy Jones (12) – 21:14 (41st place)

 

Alexis Shepherd (11) – 21:29 (49th place)

 

Grace Ness (10) – 21:58 (56th place)

 

Cassidy Ratliff (11) – 23:09 (65th place)

 

2013 Outlook:

 

The Chargers fell victim to one of the two most daunting regionals in the state, falling just 13 points shy of the semistate. With six back from last year’s squad, West Noble should once again have a tough team. Still, they face the same challenging path through the tournament again.

 

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#40 – Huntington North Vikings

New Haven Semi-State #13

State meet history: 8 appearances (last in 2012)

2012 Results:

Marion Sectional:  1st place (35 points)

Marion Regional:  1st place (42 points)

New Haven Semi-State:  6th place (190 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 20th place (422 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-State)

Hannah Stoffel (10) – 19:59 (32nd place)

Marissa Jamison (10) – 20:48 (64th place)

Stephanie McElhaney (11) – 20:54 (68th place)

2013 Outlook:

The Vikings’ ranking is certainly helped by recent tradition as they have qualified for the last five state finals in cross country. The team still returns three from last year, including sophomore Hannah Stoffel who could emerge as a frontrunning threat after solid freshman campaigns in cross and track.

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#41 Seymour Owls

Brown County Semi-State #9

State meet history: Never qualified

2012 Results:

Brown County Sectional:  2nd place (60 points)

Brown County Regional:  3rd place (81 points)

Brown County Semi-State:  10th place (292 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)

Zoey Johnson (12) – 18:26 (5th place)

Madison Hays (11) – 20:15 (46th place)

Mariah Lewis (11) – 21:32 (95th place)

Alexis Beed (12) – 22:13 (112th place)

Mikaela Grout (10) – 22:24 (119th place)

Taylor Spivey (12) – 22:46  (130th place)

2013 Outlook:

The Owls return a large chunk of last  year’s team, including frontrunner Zoey Johnson who was just a couple seconds away from finishing All-State last  year. Seymour could be a couple of talented newcomers or marked improvement from returners away from qualifying for its first ever state meet.

 

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#42 – Harrison (West Lafayette) Raiders

New Prairie Semi-State #7

State meet history: Never qualified

2012 Results:

Harrison (West Lafayette) Sectional:  2nd place (67 points)

Harrison (West Lafayette) Regional:  2nd place (77 points)

New Prairie Semi-State:  12th place (319 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)

Olivia Johnson (10) – 19:24 (17th place)

Sarah Childs (12) – 20:38 (52nd place)

Erin Dark (11) – 21:28 (94th place)

Alex Foster (12) – 21:35 (97th place)

Carley Circle (11) – 23:39 (137th place)

Megan Mooney (12) – 23:45 (138th place)

2013 Outlook:

A team that always seems to be in the mix but just outside, the Raiders start the season as the best team in their semi-state that won’t make the state meet. With six of seven back from last year, including a sophomore that nearly made it as an individual to the state meet in Olivia Johnson, Harrison has the beginnings of a potential contender to make its first state meet ever.

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#43 – Rochester Zebras

New Prairie Semi-State #8

State meet history: Never qualified

2012 Results:

Culver Academies Sectional:  2nd place (56 points)

Culver Academies Regional:  3rd place (77 points)

New Prairie Semi-State:  8th place (238 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)

Anna Bearss (12) – 18:51 (6th place)

Samantha Ruppert (11) – 20:30 (46th place)

Sarah Burch (11) – 21:13 (82nd place)

Ellie Bearss (11) – 22:55 (127th place)

2013 Outlook:

Rochester got a pleasant surprise with move-in Anna Bearss last year, who had been All-State at nearby Warsaw the previous fall. With her, the Zebras have great frontrunning and a very low score through one runner. If they can develop depth behind her and juniors Ruppert and Burch, who both had solid track seasons, they could contend for their first ever state finals berth.

 

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#44 – Norwell Knights

New Haven Semi-State #14

State meet history: 5 appearances (last in 1995)

2012 Results:

Bellmont Sectional:  1st place (58 points)

Marion Regional:  5th place (126 points)

New Haven Semi-State:  13th place (324 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-State)

Hannah Aschliman (11) – 19:49 (29th place)
Jessie Best (12) – 20:21 (46th place)

Sara DeVoe (11) – 21:08 (85th place)

Abby Springer (11) – 21:30 (100th place)

Emily Springer (12) – 22:13 (128th place)

Monica Frauhiger (11) – 22:30 (135th place)

2013 Outlook:

The Knights have all their scorers back from last year’s semi-state squad that finished 13th. This year’s team looks to be solid as well with an experienced group consisting of mainly juniors and seniors. Aschliman could make a push to advance individually with good improvement.

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#45 – Hobart Brickies

New Prairie Semi-State #9

State meet history: 3 appearances (last in 1994)

2012 Results:

Crown Point Sectional:  3rd place (80 points)

Crown Point Regional:  3rd place (96 points)

New Prairie Semi-State:  13th place (341 points)

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)

Mindy Whidden (12) – 19:42 (20th place)

Celina Guerrero (12) – 19:46 (21st place)

Marisa Porras (10) – 21:22 (89th place)

Harley Sutton (11) – 22:31 (123rd place)

2013 Outlook:

The Brickies are quite different than Hebron in that they bring back two quality frontrunners but lack depth. The contrast in styles should be interesting as the teams see each other throughout the tournament. With Whidden and Guerrero, Hobart brings back a pair that went 1-2 in the sectional and very nearly qualified out to the state meet as individuals. Developing depth is a necessity, though.

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6/20/13

#46 – Warsaw Tigers

New Prairie Semi-State #10

State meet history: 3 appearances (last in 2012)

 

2012 Results:

Culver Academies Sectional:  1st place (42 points)

Culver Academies Regional:  2nd place (42 points)

New Prairie Semi-State:  5th place (180 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 9th place (420 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)

Hannah Dawson (10) – 20:07 (30th place)

Madeline Hooks (12) – 21:13 (81st place)

Emma Hayward (10) – 21:14 (83rd place)

Claire Kehler (10) – 22:02 (113th place)

 

2013 Outlook:

The Tigers take some massive graduation hits, including a girl who was 33rd last year at the state meet and another former state champion. Still, Warsaw has four runners back from last year’s state finalist team and has a very large enrollment from which to pull others. Sophomore Hannah Dawson could be poised for a breakout season after a strong track campaign over 800 meters.

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6/19/2013

#47 – Hebron Hawks

New Prairie Semi-State #11

 

State meet history: Never qualified

 

2012 Results:

Crown Point Sectional:  2nd place (73 points)

Crown Point Regional:  2nd place (77 points)

New Prairie Semi-State:  14th place (367 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)

Payton Schatz (10) – 20:34 (49th place)

Lexie Schatz (11) – 20:55 (68th place)

Sarah Benjamin (10) – 21:05 (74th place)

Abby Getautas (11) – 21:42 (104th place)

Elizabeth Fox (11) – 22:24 (122nd place)

Jordan Keehn (11) – 22:39 (124th place)

 

2013 Outlook:

The Hawks bring back six of seven from last year’s semi-state team and should be looking to move up the rankings in the northwest. Though they don’t have a clear frontrunner that could qualify as an individual, Hebron does have good depth and is often a team that advances to the semi-state. This year shouldn’t be any different.

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#48 – Noblesville Millers

Carmel Semi-State #13

Brebeuf Regional #8

Noblesville Sectional #5

 

State meet history: 6 appearances (last in 2010), 2 podium finishes (last in 2009)

 

2012 Results:

Noblesville Sectional:  3rd place (86 points)

Brebeuf Regional:  5th place (123 points)

Carmel Semi-State:  8th place (235 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-State)

Abby Crouch (11) – 20:49 (70th place)

Peyton Ali (11) – 21:09 (85th place)

Megan Line (11) – 21:54 (104th place)

Sarah Schuster (12) – 23:31 (138th place)

 

2013 Outlook:

The Millers will be better than their semi-state results indicate. Noblesville has three girls who have run under 20 minutes, including an 800 star in Schuster. Part of this ranking is also based on tradition as the Millers have been a team that contends for a state finals appearance for the last five years.

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#49 – Chesterton Trojans

New Prairie Semi-State #12

New Prairie Regional #5

 

State meet history: 17 appearances (last in 2012), 7 podium finishes (last in 2003), 3 runner-up titles (1995, 1997, 2003)

 

2012 Results:

Chesterton Sectional:  2nd place (69 points)

New Prairie Regional:  1st place (50 points)

New Prairie Semi-State:  4th place (172 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)

Leah Sink (10) – 20:13 (32nd place)

Haley Cushway (12) – 20:16 (36th place)

Kassidy Scott (11) – 21:26 (92nd place)

 

2013 Outlook:

Are the Trojans back? After a four-year hiatus from the state finals, Chesterton returned last year in finishing 16th. Still, four of that year’s team are gone. This is a ranking based on tradition so we’ll see if the Trojans can reload with some more talent.
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6/17/13

#50 – Crown Point Bulldogs

New Prairie Semi-State #13

 

State meet history: 13 appearances (last in 2011), 1 podium finish (1997)

 

2012 Results:

Crown Point Sectional:  1st place (47 points)

Crown Point Regional:  5th place (108 points)

New Prairie Semi-State:  11th place (286 points)

 

Returning Runners:  (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)

Kayla McGurk (11) – 20:31 (47th place)

Alexis Carpenter (10) – 21:17 (84th place)
Jill Zimmerman (11) – 21:39 (99th place)

Brigette Banser (10) – 21:39 (101st place)

 

2013 Outlook:

The Bulldogs take some graduation hits, losing three scorers from last year’s team that finished 11th at the semi-state. Crown Point does return junior Kayla McGurk, who was often the team’s top runner in last season’s tournament, and the squad could be bolstered by senior Lyndie Pierce, whose sister was a two-time All-Stater for the ‘Dogs.

 

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