IR PRE-SEASON TOP 50 TEAMS

Welcome to the annual Indianarunner.com pre-season Top 50 rankings! We will be counting down 5 teams each weekday until we unveil the top ranked teams in the land of Hoosiers! So check back each day to see if your team has made our yearly list.

 

GIRLS TEAMS 1-50:

#1 – Carmel Greyhounds
Carmel Semi-state #1
Noblesville Regional #1
Noblesville Sectional #1

State meet history: 34 appearances (last in 2014), 30 podium finishes (last in 2014), 8 runner-up titles (1981, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2009), 16 state championships (1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

2014 Results:
Noblesville Sectional: 1st place (19 places)
Noblesville Regional: 1st place (38 points)
Carmel Semi-state: 1st place (40 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 1st place (55 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-state)
Megan Kress (12) – 18:41 (7th place)
Stacy Morozov (12) – 18:55 (10th place)
Maddie Dalton (10) – 19:16 (20th place)
Sarah Leinheiser (11) – 19:40 (33rd place)

2015 Outlook:
The Greyhounds return four of last year’s sensational top seven that finished third in the Nike Cross National finals in Portland. With a team that routinely eclipses over a hundred members, it seems likely that Carmel will be able to find a solid fifth runner. That could come from Christina Geisler (18:45), Rachel Anderson (18:55) or Alyssa Easton (19:01) who all competed in the regional for the ‘Hounds. Sophomore Maddie Datlon—ninth at the state cross country meet—and Sarah Leinheiser—22nd at the state meet—had off races at the semi-state but were All-State a week later. Through four runners, the ‘Hounds will be tough to beat, and another school fielding a substantially better fifth seems unlikely as well.

#2 – Columbus North
Brown County Semi-state #1

State meet history: 30 appearances (last in 2014), 17 podium finishes (last in 2014), 3 state runner-up titles (1986, 2010, 2011), 1 state championship (2009)

2014 Results:
Brown County Sectional: 1st place (19 points)
Brown County Regional: 1st place (21 points)
Brown County Semi-State: 1st place (34 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 5th place (171 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)
Rachel Brougher (11) – 18:22 (2nd place)
Sierra Lax (12) – 18:42 (3rd place)
Allison Coffey (12) – 19:04 (9th place)
Nina Bouthier (12) – 19:15 (14th place)
Arig Tong (10) – 19:22 (17th place)
Haley Duke (12) – 20:28 (48th place)

2015 Outlook:
Columbus North is a school with the second best tradition in girls cross country. The Bull Dogs have the second most state finals appearances and the second most podium finishes since the state of girls cross country in 1981. North was also the last non-Carmel team to win the state championship way back in 2009. This year, the Dogs have all scorers and six of seven back from a podium team. With four seniors that have state meet experience, a group that has historically run well for North in the state finals, the Dogs appear to be a very likely podium team. Can they threaten to knock the monarch from the throne?

#3 – Penn Kingsmen
New Haven Semi-state #1

State meet history: 15 appearances (last in 2014), 6 podium finishes (last in 2014)

2014 Results:
South Bend Riley Sectional: 1st place (26 points)
Elkhart Central Regional: 1st place (26 points)
New Haven Semi-state: 1st place (42 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 4th place (158 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-state)
Lauren Frank (10) – 19:02 (9th place)
Emma Jankowski (11) – 19:10 (13th place)
Jillian Woods (10) – 19:11 (15th place)
Danielle Frank (12) – 19:29 (20th place)
Hannah Selis (11) – 20:07 (39th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Kingsmen have a really solid group back from last year’s fourth place state meet team despite losing a perennial All-Stater. A coaching change could shake things up a little bit at Penn as coach Josh Fletcher is stepping down to concentrate on the track season. Still, the Kingsmen should have enough talent to overcome any minor disturbances and easily look to be the best team in the northeast as well as a likely podium group. Penn did have an excellent track season with junior Emma Jankowski finishing All-State in the 1600 and sophomore Lauren Frank qualifying in the 3200. The 4×8 was third behind two of the fastest relays in state history. Convincing 2014 800 meter state champion Ashleigh Macleod to run this fall would be a coup, but that proved to be too difficult last season.

#4 – Pendleton Heights Arabians
New Haven Semi-state #2

State meet history: 4 appearances (last in 2014)

2014 Results:
Pendleton Heights Sectional: 1st place (20 points)
Delta Regional: 1st place (18 points)
New Haven Semi-state: 3rd place (110 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 8th place (283 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-state)
Alex Buck (12) – 18:45 (4th place)
Alli McCarty (11) – 19:33 (22nd place)
Emma Hall (11) – 19:50 (28th place)
Ashley Rosenkras (10) – 20:24 (48th place)
Grace Baer (10) – 20:28 (51st place)
Monica Dudley (12) – 21:17 (94th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Arabians return all scorers from a team missed the podium by three spots last fall. Senior Alex Buck, eighth in the state meet last fall, is a great frontrunner for Pendleton’s title hopes. Junior Alli McCarty had a good track season also, qualifying for the state finals in the 3200 and running 11:19. On paper, the Arabians have the requisite depth and frontrunning to be a podium threat, which would be the best finish in school history.

#5 – Fort Wayne Carroll Chargers
New Haven Semi-state #2

State meet history: 12 appearances (last in 2014), 3 podium finishes (last in 2010)

2014 Results:
Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional: 1st place (22 points)
West Noble Regional: 1st place (38 points)
New Haven Semi-state: 2nd place (87 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 8th place (283 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-state)
Madison Fruchey (12) – 19:34 (23rd place)
Leah Metzger (10) – 20:02 (36th place)
Margaret Falater (10) – 20:17 (44th place)
Leslie Eckerley (10) – 21:13 (88th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Chargers lost their top two from last season but are often the second deepest team in the state. They also have five back from a team that was seventh in Terre Haute in 2014. Senior Madison Fruchey is a potential All-Stater who ran 11:07 last spring for 3200 meters. As with most years, the Chargers should be one of the top teams in the area and have a real shot to finish on the podium at the state meet.

#6 – Zionsville Eagles
Carmel Semi-state #2

State meet history: 2 appearances (last in 2014)

2014 Results:
Ben Davis Sectional: 1st place (27 points)
Ben Davis Regional: 2nd place (47 points)
Carmel Semi-state: 4th place (139 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 6th place (247 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-state)
Angelina Ellis (11) – 19:06 (15th place)
Samantha Mitchell (12) – 19:26 (25th place)
Sophia Rigg (10) – 19:49 (37th place)
Nina O’Neil (11) – 21:01 (82nd place)
Jacki Ulmer (11) – 21:43 (120th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Eagles have steadily climbed the ranks of the elite teams in Indiana since coach Suzanne Rigg took over two seasons ago. This fall could mark a milestone if Zionsville can climb into the top five at the state meet. Though the Eagles lose their frontrunner in Sydney Meyers, they have the returners and overall numbers on their team to be very competitive again this year. Based on tournament results, the Eagles will need to develop some after the top three. Help is on the way, but that will be delayed a year as there are two star eighth graders at the middle school currently.

#7 – West Lafayette Red Devils
New Prairie Semi-state #1

State meet history: 12 appearances (last in 2014), 7 podium appearances (last in 2014), 1 runner-up title (2012)

2014 Results:
Harrison (West Lafayette) Sectional: 1st place (15 points)
Harrison (West Lafayette) Regional: 1st place (19 points)
New Prairie Semi-state: 1st place (44 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 3rd place (147 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-state)
Lauren Johnson (12) – 18:24 (1st place)
Kristen Johnson (12) – 18:41 (2nd place)
Claudia Li (11) – 20:51 (65th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Devils are perhaps the hardest team to get a handle on this season. The team has four varsity runners back—senior Abby Hummels replaced Claudia Li at the state meet—and only two of them were near the front of the race. Those two, however, are multiple time All-Staters. West Side has a history of finding solid runners for varsity competition, as evidenced by a five-year podium streak. With the Sisters Johnson giving the team perhaps the best frontrunning duo in the state, the performance of the other three runners will determine whether the Devils make it six in a row or even miss Terre Haute entirely.

#8 – Floyd Central Highlanders
Brown County Semi-state #2

State meet history: 20 appearances (last in 2014), 7 podium finishes (last in 1992), 1 state runner-up title (1987), 4 state championships (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992)

2014 Results:
Crawford County Sectional: 1st place (20 points)
Crawford County Regional: 1st place (30 points)
Brown County Semi-State: 3rd place (107 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 9th place (284 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)
Kyley Sorg (10) – 19:15 (15th place)
Lydia Kotowski (12) – 19:24 (18th place)
Kassidy Manning (12) – 19:25 (20th place)
Faith Barba (10) – 20:24 (46th place)
Madison Roberts (12) – 20:27 (47th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Highlanders have back a deep team that appears to be without a true frontrunner. Still, a solid fifth runner often times can be preferable to a good number one on a team with weak depth at the state finals. The ‘Landers were okay in the semi-state but great in the state meet, just 12 points back from seventh place with five of the top six returning. Sophomore Kyley Sorg was a state finalist in the 1600 and senior Kassidy Manning was also in the 3200, running 11:11 in Bloomington. This is definitely a podium contender based on preseason knowledge.

#9 – Warsaw Tigers
New Prairie Semi-state #2

State meet history: 5 appearances (last in 2014)

2014 Results:
Culver Academies Sectional: 1st place (17 points)
Culver Academies Regional: 1st place (24 points)
New Prairie Semi-state: 3rd place (102 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 16th place (408 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-state)
Allison Miller (11) – 19:11 (4th place)
Mia Beckham (10) – 19:56 (21st place)
Emma Hayward (12) – 19:59 (24th place)
Brooke Rhodes (12) – 20:05 (26th place)
Hannah Dawson (12) – 20:23 (41st place)
Charlene Orr (11) – 20:51 (64th place)

2015 Outlook:
The stats love Warsaw (5th on inccstats.com), though our committee (of one) is slightly cooler on the Tigers. Still, Warsaw is a legitimate podium threat after qualifying for the state meet the last four seasons. The Tigers had two regional qualifiers in all three distance events and had a seventh-place 4×8 at the state finals with four returners in the spring. Junior Allison Miller could be a solid frontrunner, and Warsaw has a great deal of state finals experience now.

#10 – Northridge Raiders
New Haven Semi-state #4

State meet history: 21 appearances (last in 2014), 7 podium appearances (2005), 2 runner-up titles (1993, 2002)

2014 Results:
Elkhart Central Sectional: 1st place (33 points)
West Noble Regional: 2nd place (57 points)
New Haven Semi-state: 6th place (180 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 12th place (348 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-state)
Morgan Blyly (12) – 19:44 (27th place)
Mariah King (11) – 20:02 (37th place)
Mackenzie Adams (10) – 20:28 (52nd place)
Jenna Miller (10) – 20:45 (64th place)
Molly Campbell (10) – 20:57 (73rd place)
McKenzie Love (11) – 20:58 (74th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Raiders were much better in the state meet than in the semi-state, where they barely escaped. Northridge has been to 14 of the last 15 state finals as a team, and this year looks to be much of the same as the Raiders have their top four and six of seven back from last year’s 12th place state meet team. Spring results were sub-par compared to most of the other top teams, but such depth returning from a team that fared so well at the state meet is promising for this year.

#11 – Valparaiso Vikings
New Prairie Semi-state #3

State meet history: 27 appearances (last in 2014), 12 podium finishes (last in 2011), 3 runner-up titles (2001, 2005, 2006), 5 state championships (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004)

2014 Results:
Chesterton Sectional: 1st place (29 points)
New Prairie Regional: 2nd place (46 points)
New Prairie Semi-state: 4th place (109 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 15th place (400 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-state)
Logan Ferngren (10) – 19:13 (5th place)
Elena Kipp (10) – 19:38 (11th place)
Alena Tonne (12) – 20:08 (30th place)
Sydnye Nosbusch (12) – 20:22 (39th place)
Natalie Gruszka (12) – 20:36 (49th place)
Morgan Murphy (10) – 21:51 (116th place)

2015 Outlook:
Certainly one of the very elites in Indiana girls cross country, the Vikings could ascend the podium for the first time in four years. Valpo does return two top 15 runners from the semi-state. In particular, sophomore Logan Ferngren could be a valuable frontrunner after running on the Vikes’ state finalist 4×8 and running 5:04 for 1600 meters. Valpo is in a loaded path through the tournament but should have no problems advancing through the rounds and competing in Terre Haute.

#12 – Bloomington South Panthers
Brown County Semi-state #3

State meet history: 17 appearances (last in 2014),

2014 Results:
Bedford North Lawrence Sectional: 1st place (21 points)
Bedford North Lawrence Regional: 1st place (33 points)
Brown County Semi-State: 2nd place (93 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 14th place (370 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)
Ashlee Reynolds (11) – 19:28 (22nd place)
Megan Vernon (11) – 19:34 (23rd place)
Madison McMullen (10) – 19:43 (28th place)
Hope Bush (11) – 20:02 (37th place)
Macy Evans (12) – 20:29 (51st place)

2015 Outlook:
The Panthers have a good team back with five potentially solid contributors. In fact, South may have its best team ever in the second year for coach Sami Ginther. On top of these returners, the Panthers also had two regional qualifiers in the distance events during the spring. All of this depth certainly makes South look like a state meet team, though they may need to develop better frontrunning or much improved depth to be a podium team. That could happen in the second year of a new system.

#13 – Cathedral Fighting Irish
Carmel Semi-state #3
Noblesville Regional #2

State meet history: 10 appearances (last in 2014), 1 podium appearance (2004)

2014 Results:
Brebeuf Jesuit Sectional: 1st place (30 points)
Noblesville Regional: 4th place (107 points)
Carmel Semi-state: 5th place (155 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 17th place (415 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-state)
Katherine Free (12) – 18:27 (3rd place)
Ellen Flood (12) – 19:17 (21st place)
Erin Arney (10) – 19:54 (39th place)
Sofia Alatorre (10) – 20:05 (46th place)
Anna Graves (11) – 21:36 (114th place)
Ashley Yuska (12) – 21:54 (124th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Irish bring back six of seven from last year’s state finals team. In central Indiana, they certainly are not a lock to advance to state and will need to find a fifth runner either from development or a freshman. Senior Katherine Free gives the Irish a great start, though. She was tenth at the state meet last fall and third in the 1600 in the spring. Maybe more so than anyone else in the countdown so far, the Irish had a great spring. Besides Free, senior Ellen Flood qualified for the state meet in the 3200 and sophomore Sofia Alatorre joined Free in the 1600. With improvement at the fifth spot, the Irish could contend for the podium.

#14 – Avon Orioles
Carmel Semi-state #4

State meet history: 5 appearances (last in 2014), 2 podium finishes (last in 2014), 1 runner-up title (2014)

2014 Results:
South Putnam Sectional: 1st place (27 points)
Ben Davis Regional: 1st place (34 points)
Carmel Semi-state: 2nd place (72 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 2nd place (124 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-state)
Taylor Nicholson (11) – 18:23 (2nd place)
Kate Bernicke (11) – 19:18 (23rd place)

2015 Outlook:
The Orioles just finished a four-year ascent in which they qualified for the state meet each year and improved their place every season, culminating in a 2014 runner-up finish. Perhaps more so than any other state finalist, Avon will take tough graduation hits. Still, the Orioles have one of the very top individual runners in the state in junior Taylor Nicholson who has finished fifth and second in her first two state cross country meets. Classmate Kate Bernicke could also be a top runner after running 11:01 in the 3200 this spring. Could two potential All-Staters and a group with little varsity experience be enough to qualify for the state meet, given Avon’s system of developing runners?

#15 – Homestead Spartans
New Haven Semi-state #5

State meet history: 14 appearances (last in 2014)

2014 Results:
Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional: 2nd place (57 points)
West Noble Regional: 2nd place (69 points)
New Haven Semi-state: 4th place (165 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 20th place (443 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-state)
Madison Distelrath (11) – 18:54 (7th place)
Grace Walther (12) – 19:42 (25th place)
Saige Norris (10) – 20:32 (53rd place)
Evonne Bultemeyer (11) – 20:42 (63rd place)
Kelsey Batt (11) – 21:02 (77th place)
Hannah Johanningsmeier (11) – 21:17 (92nd place)
Zea Morales (12) – 21:34 (106th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Spartans have everyone back from a team that made its third straight state meet appearance last fall. Junior Madison Distelrath has been a game changer for Homestead, giving the squad a consistent frontrunner since arriving on the team two years ago. The Spartans also had a very solid spring, qualifying for the state finals in the 4×8 with senior Grace Walther advancing individually in the 800 missing All-State honors by less than a tenth of a second. In perhaps the weakest of the four semi-states, Homestead seems a virtual lock for a fourth straight trip to Terre Haute and could be a legitimate top ten team at some point.

#16 – Westfield Shamrocks
Carmel Semi-state #5
Noblesville Regional #3
Noblesville Sectional #2

State meet history: 13 appearances (last in 2013), 6 podium finishes (last in 2008), 1 runner-up title (2004), 4 state championships (1998, 2005, 2006, 2007)

2014 Results:
Noblesville Sectional: 6th place (119 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Noblesville Sectional)
Devon Leahy (12) – 19:10 (12th place)
Gabby Dilick (10) – 20:01 (20th place)
Molly Ruggles (10) – 20:18 (27th place)
Lauren Bailey (11) – 20:20 (28th place)
Sarah Pensyl (10) – 20:26 (32nd place)

2015 Outlook:
Through a combination of tough competition and a couple of off days by key runners, one of the state’s elite programs found itself in the unfamiliar position of being ousted at the sectional round in 2014. With the top five from that race back in combination with an excellent spring season, the Shamrocks look like a team capable of going much deeper into the tournament in 2015. To do so, Westfield will need to use its depth to overcome teams with better frontrunning and more incoming talent from the middle school level.

#17 – Portage Indians
New Prairie Semi-state #4

State meet history: 18 appearances (last in 2014), 2 podium finishes (last in 1993), 1 runner-up title (1988)

2014 Results:
Chesterton Sectional: 2nd place (57 points)
New Prairie Regional: 1st place (44 points)
New Prairie Semi-state: 5th place (142 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 18th place (417 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-state)
Kyra Ball (12) – 19:25 (8th place)
Rebecca Timm (11) – 20:09 (31st place)
Stephanie Waters (11) – 20:31 (47th place)
Madison Allen (11) – 20:38 (50th place)
Lucinda Appelman (11) – 21:24 (94th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Indians have qualified for the last eight state finals, tied for the fifth longest streak in the state. With five back and near the top of the semi-state again, Portage looks likely to extend that streak. Senior Kyra Ball, a constant in Portage’s cross country varsity, should provide a great frontrunner and could be in the mix for All-State after finishing 49th in Terre Haute and 10th in the 1600 in the track state finals.

#18 – Terre Haute North Patriots
Brown County Semi-state #4

State meet history: 15 appearances (last in 2014)

2014 Results:
Terre Haute North Sectional: 1st place (17 points)
Bedford North Lawrence Regional: 2nd place (48 points)
Brown County Semi-State: 4th place (124 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 21st place (450 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)
Devon Zeck (11) – 19:09 (12th place)
Lindsay Welker (12) – 19:21 (16th place)
Anna Nagy (12) – 19:40 (27th place)
Keeliegh Stigall (12) – 19:43 (29th place)
Hannah Bunch (11) – 20:54 (71st place)
Kaitlin Rooksberry (10) – 22:52 (143rd place)

2015 Outlook:
The Patriots are looking at potentially their 12th straight state meet, on their home course. With six of seven back, including all five scorers, that seems like a very real possibility. With a veteran line-up, North will be hard to knock out in the south. The Pats also had a solid spring, advancing two individuals from the sectional automatically. It would be a surprise if North did not make an appearance as a team at the state finals again this year.

#19 – LaPorte Slicers
New Prairie Semi-state #5

State meet history: 4 appearances (last in 2014), 1 podium appearance (1998)

2014 Results:
Chesterton Sectional: 3rd place (57 points)
New Prairie Regional: 3rd place (50 points)
New Prairie Semi-state: 6th place (156 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 22nd place (504 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-state)
Kailee Schoof (12) – 19:38 (12th place)
Katerina Shuble (10) – 19:48 (17th place)
Marie Didion (12) – 20:31 (46th place)
Jenny Noll (10) – 20:45 (55th place)
Catharine Pickford (11) – 20:47 (57th place)
Roby Rogers (11) – 21:24 (92nd place)
Maureen Troy (10) – 21:25 (96th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Slicers have all seven back from a team that qualified for the state meet. That alone makes them seem likely to report back to Terre Haute together. On top of that, LaPorte had a very solid track season. Senior Kailee Schoof was solid, as always, but the Slicers were fourth in the regional 4×8 with solid depth from some of their role players in the sectional round. LaPorte has been trending upward in the last few years, and they could make it three state finals in a row this fall.

#20 – Seymour Owls
Brown County Semi-state #5

State meet history: 1 appearance (last in 2014)

2014 Results:
Brown County Sectional: 2nd place (51 points)
Brown County Regional: 2nd place (67 points)
Brown County Semi-State: 5th place (129 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 19th place (442 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)
Emma Brock (10) – 18:59 (6th place)
Orianna Morales (10) – 19:24 (19th place)
Abby Voss (10) – 20:07 (39th place)
Megan Winter (12) – 20:37 (59th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Owls had a freshman-laden team that led the school to its first ever state meet. Though only four are back, Seymour is getting two solid incoming freshmen based on results of the middle school state meet last year. Though the fourth runner returning, senior Megan Winter had the best track season in qualifying for the state finals in the 1600. She along with the freshmen and sophomores should pose a pretty formidable squad.

#21 – Lake Central Indians
New Prairie Semi-state #6

State meet history: 11 appearances (last in 2014), 2 podium finishes (last in 2008), 2 runner-up titles (2007, 2008)

2014 Results:
Hammond Gavit Sectional: 1st place (15 points)
Crown Point Regional: 2nd place (20 points)
New Prairie Semi-state: 2nd place (92 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 13th place (366 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-state)
Jennifer Crague (11) – 19:18 (7th place)
Sydney Vandersteeg (11) – 19:33 (10th place)
Sarah Hunsley (11) – 19:46 (15th place)
Sara Ramos (11) – 20:54 (68th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Indians have just four back from last year’s state finals team. Lake Central also had a very solid spring, finishing All-State in the 4×8 with two regional qualifiers in all three individual distance events. Three of the four All-Staters in the track season will run this fall, and the Indians have a deep enrollment from which to draw. It seems likely that LC will again be competitive, but the semi-state is more competitive this year than in the recent past.

#22 – Jasper Wildcats
Brown County Semi-state #6

State meet history: 6 appearances (last in 2014)

2014 Results:
Jasper Sectional: 1st place (26 points)
Crawford County Regional: 2nd place (49 points)
Brown County Semi-State: 6th place (152 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 23rd place (547 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)
Hannah Welsh (12) – 19:06 (10th place)
Tara Cassidy (11) – 19:08 (11th place)
Grace Mehringer (11) – 20:29 (50th place)
Noelle Weyer (11) – 20:33 (54th place)
Rachael Welsh (12) – 20:39 (62nd place)
Luci Hulsman (12) – 21:41 (106th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Wildcats have the top six back from a state finals group that could make it three state trips in a row. Jasper looks like a likely contender to advance to the state meet, especially with the two frontrunners, though they will need to contend with a host of other quality teams. Senior Hannah Welsh could especially have a good season after qualifying for the state finals in the 3200 in the spring and running 11:18 there.

#23 – Fishers Tigers
Carmel Semi-state #6
Noblesville Regional #4
Noblesville Sectional #3

State meet history: 1 appearance (last in 2012)

2014 Results:
Noblesville Sectional: 4th place (114 points)
Noblesville Regional: 6th place (138 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Noblesville Regional)
Corinne Oleary (10) – 19:32 (19th place)
Elizabeth Rogers (10) – 19:41 (23rd place)
Hope Scanlon (12) – 19:51 (27th place)
Lorinda Kirk (12) – 20:06 (33rd place)
Kelly Hrinowich (10) – 20:27 (47th place)

2015 Outlook:
Fishers was the best victim of geography last year, finishing sixth at the Noblesville Regional by nine points. The Tigers return five of seven on a relatively deep team, but they will be up against the same competition this year also. They will bring in a couple of good freshmen, though they may not be ready to contribute right away. Development will be key for Fishers, but keeping up with the rest of the area will be a big challenge.

#24 – Hamilton Southeastern Royals
Carmel Semi-state #7
Noblesville Regional #5
Noblesville Sectional #4

State meet history: 4 appearances (last in 2014), 2 podium finishes (last in 2013), 1 runner-up title (2013)

2014 Results:
Noblesville Sectional: 3rd place (65 points)
Noblesville Regional: 2nd place (56 points)
Carmel Semi-state: 6th place (167 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 10th place (284 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-state)
Sabrina Bippus (11) – 19:41 (34th place)
Abbie Lohman (10) – 20:38 (67th place)
Grace Andritsch (12) – 21:22 (107th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Royals are potentially the toughest team to rank in the preseason. They lose one four-time All-Stater and another who was very close. The team was tenth last year with four seniors graduating. Those are all signs pointing to a down year for Southeastern. Yet, Sabrina Bippus had a great spring by qualifying for the 1600 at the state finals. She could be ready to take on a role as a frontrunner. The feeder school also won the state championship. Can the Royals reload enough to make it five state finals consecutively? Will the freshmen class—most likely the top in Indiana—possibly make them a podium threat? We will find out.

#25 – Brebeuf Jesuit Braves
Carmel Semi-state #8
Noblesville Regional #6

State meet history: 1 appearance (1993)

2014 Results:
Brebeuf Jesuit Sectional: 2nd place (35 points)
Noblesville Regional: 5th place (129 points)
Carmel Semi-state: 9th place (232 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-state)
Mikayla Gallagher (10) – 19:31 (28th place)
Katherine Modrall (10) – 20:19 (54th place)
Susan Fisher (12) – 20:33 (61st place)
Isabel Detherage (12) – 20:45 (70th place)
Sophia Vander Kooy (12) – 22:27 (137th place)
Lydia Laramore (11) – 23:28 (157th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Braves took a big step last year when they advanced from the loaded Noblesville Regional to qualify for the semi-state. A team that was led by two freshmen in 2014 may have its sights set on the next level. Brebeuf was not especially deep last fall, and they’ll need to get improvement in their fifth spot. Senior Sophia Vander Kooy could be much improved after running on the Braves’ state finals 4×8 in the spring.

#26 – Evansville Memorial Tigers
Brown County Semi-state #7

State meet history: 3 appearances (last in 2011)

2014 Results:
Evansville Mater Dei Sectional: 1st place (39 points)
Pike Central Regional: 2nd place (53 points)
Brown County Semi-State: 7th place (191 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)
Presley Warren (10) – 18:16 (1st place)
Mallory Mulzer (12) – 20:15 (42nd place)
Carlie Elpers (10) – 20:31 (53rd place)
Kait Schopmeyer (11) – 20:42 (65th place)
Cheyenne Warren (12) – 21:28 (97th place)
Payton Cron (11) – 22:04 (121st place)

2015 Outlook:
The Tigers were just one spot away from the state meet last year and return nearly everyone. Memorial also has something almost no other team in the semi-state has: a true frontrunner. In her freshman year, Presley Warren was the semi-state champion and All-State in cross country as well as an individual qualifier in the 3200 in the spring. With scoring four runners in nearly each meet, the Tigers have a huge head start if their depth us up to the challenge which seems likely after qualifying for the state finals in the 4×8 this spring.

#27 – Franklin Central Flashes
Carmel Semi-state #9

State meet history: 8 appearances (last in 2013), 4 podium finishes (last in 2012)

2014 Results:
New Palestine Sectional: 2nd place (40 points)
Rushville Regional: 2nd place (40 points)
Carmel Semi-state: 8th place (221 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-state)
Brooke Talhelm (12) – 19:56 (41st place)
Emily Welch (12) – 20:08 (48th place)
Gena Baumberger (12) – 20:50 (74th place)
Sarah Reidenback (10) – 21:43 (119th place)
Hannah Cougill (11) – 22:05 (129th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Flashes lose a couple of key seniors but return a good amount of the 2014 team that missed the state meet by a couple of places. Franklin Central appears to be in the mix, as usual, heading into this season. FC does have an easier route through the tournament and should be a lock to advance to the semi-state. The Flashes did have a good spring, qualifying for the state meet in the 4×8 with Brooke Talhelm finishing All-State in the open 800.

#28 – Noblesville Millers
Carmel Semi-state #10
Noblesville Regional #7
Noblesville Sectional #5

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

2014 Results:
Noblesville Sectional: 2nd place (65 points)
Noblesville Regional: 3rd place (107 points)
Carmel Semi-state: 7th place (171 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-state)
Abigail Little (10) – 18:58 (14th place)
Susanna Sharples-Gordon (11) – 20:05 (47th place)
Kat Dombroski (11) – 21:35 (113th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Millers had some high points and low points in last year’s tournament. They were second in the sectional but missed the state meet by just four points. Noblesville does lose a large amount of last year’s team but the two feeder middle schools finished third and fifth in the state meet last fall. They have the potential for good depth with those newcomers.

#29 – Huntington North Vikings
New Haven Semi-state #6

State meet history: 10 appearances (last in 2014)

2014 Results:
Marion Sectional: 1st place (38 points)
Marion Regional: 2nd place (76 points)
New Haven Semi-state: 5th place (175 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 24th place (557 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-state)
Hannah Stoffel (12) – 19:17 (16th place)
Marissa Jamison (12) – 20:15 (43rd place)
Chloe Scheiber (10) – 20:21 (47th place)
Cadee Harmon (11) – 21:50 (111th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Vikings are in the midst of quite a run, qualifying for the last seven state finals. This season’s squad has the makings of another state meet team, especially in the New Haven semi-state. Though Huntington has just three of its top five back, they were all in the top 50 at the semi-state. Senior Hannah Stoffel could be especially key after finishing fourth in the state finals 1600 in the spring. The Vikes will need to find some extra depth, but they certainly have the frontrunning to make it eight in a row.

#30 – Bloomington North Cougars
Brown County Semi-state #8

State meet history: 24 appearances (last in 2013), 4 podium finishes (last in 2007), 1 runner-up title (1982)

2014 Results:
Bedford North Lawrence Sectional: 2nd place (77 points)
Bedford North Lawrence Regional: 3rd place (105 points)
Brown County Semi-State: 9th place (275 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)
Kendyll Schulz (11) – 20:03 (38th place)
Grace Williams (10) – 20:42 (66th place)
Maya Wilson (12) – 20:52 (70th place)
Joy Brown (12) – 21:12 (89th place)
Alexa Gebhart (10) – 21:52 (111th place)
Rachael Silberstein (11) – 22:19 (127th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Cougars are bringing back six of seven from last year’s top ten semi-state team and look to be a contender for advancement to the state meet after a one-year hiatus. Though North doesn’t have any true frontrunners, sophomore Grace Williams could provide that with continued improvement. She was an individual qualifier to the state finals for 3200 meters in the spring. Williams and Kendyll Schulz could give a good 1-2 punch in hopes of making it to Terre Haute.

#31 – Chesterton Trojans
New Prairie Semi-state #7

State meet history: 17 appearances (last in 2012), 7 podium finishes (last in 2003)

2014 Results:
Chesterton Sectional: 4th place (83 points)
New Prairie Regional: 4th place (95 points)
New Prairie Semi-state: 8th place (227 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-state)
Cara Sullivan (11) – 20:29 (45th place)
Kristen Wozniak (10) – 20:50 (62nd place)
Lindsey Nielsen (11) – 20:52 (66th place)
Rachel Hoffman (10) – 20:53 (67th place)
Kylie Mercier (10) – 21:28 (98th place)

2015 Outlook:
Historically one of the premiere programs in Indiana, these Trojans are also on a bit of a dry spell from Terre Haute. Chesterton does lose its number one runner from last season but has back a solid group that could challenge to move into the area’s top six. Save for the north side of Indianapolis, Chesterton may be in the most competitive area of the state which should help come tournament time. A lack of frontrunner could put Chesterton in a twenty to thirty-point hole through one runner at the semi-state level, but someone could emerge for the Trojans by then. This was a young group last year that should develop well after a year in the program.

#32 – Center Grove Trojans
Carmel Semi-state #11

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

2014 Results:
Franklin Community Sectional: 1st place (38 points)
South Dearborn Regional: 1st place (47 points)
Carmel Semi-state: 12th place (322 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-state)
Rachel Chan (11) – 20:48 (72nd place)
Olivia Rassel (11) – 21:01 (83rd place)
Victoria Martin (10) – 21:03 (86th place)
Maddie Keeley (11) – 21:18 (104th place)
Annie Gillum (12) – 21:27 (110th place)

2015 Outlook:
It has been a minute since the Trojans advanced to the state finals. Could this be the year they get back? The stats love Center Grove, ranked 24th on inccstats.com, and we have them within striking distance of the sixth best team in the semi-state. Not appearing in semi-state results was last year’s number one runner Valerie Clark who was All-Sectional and All-Regional along with having a solid track season over 1600 and 3200 meters. With her toward the front and an improved pack, the Trojans could be dangerous if they develop consistency.

#33 – Evansville North Huskies
Brown County Semi-state #9

State meet history: Never qualified

2014 Results:
Evansville Mater Dei Sectional: 2nd place (40 points)
Pike Central Regional: 1st place (50 points)
Brown County Semi-State: 8th place (250 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)
Stephanie Roth (11) – 19:55 (35th place)
Bailey Shorter (11) – 20:29 (49th place)
Mary Beth Grimm (12) – 20:55 (75th place)
Kaylen Hisle (10) – 21:27 (96th place)
Reagan Stucke (11) – 21:39 (103rd place)
Kelsey Francis (12) – 22:16 (125th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Huskies had a great local rivalry going throughout the tournament with Evansville Memorial, though neither made the state finals. That rivalry looks to continue this year, with North returning six of last year’s varsity. Though the Huskies lack a true frontrunner, which could hurt in their bid for the state finals, they have solid depth. Michaela Ward, who ran 11:46 for 3200 meters in the track season, could really help supplement that depth if she ran.

#34 – North Central Panthers
Carmel Semi-state #12
Noblesville Regional #8

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

2014 Results:
Brebeuf Jesuit Sectional: 3rd place (83 points)
Noblesville Regional: 8th place (203 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Noblesville Regional)
Kit Hanley (11) – 19:48 (26th place)
Annie Cumming (10) – 20:14 (37th place)
Shelene Baiyee (12) – 20:55 (59th place)
Lilly Vondeylen (12) – 21:04 (62nd place)
Olivia Willem (11) – 21:21 (69th place)

2015 Outlook:
As is the case each year, the Panthers are fighting a geography battle that few teams in Indiana can understand. Last season’s NC team finished eighth at the regional and returns five of those runners, but it will be very tough to advance a round deeper this time around. The Panthers also get some bonus points for coaching as Tyler McCreary will be in his second year with the girls after years of coaching overachieving boys teams at North Central and Lawrence Central in recent years.

#35 – Warren Central Warriors
Carmel Semi-state #13

State meet history: 2 appearances (last in 2014)

2014 Results:
New Palestine Sectional: 1st place (29 points)
Rushville Regional: 1st place (22 points)
Carmel Semi-state: 3rd place (131 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 11th place (300 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-state)
Jessica Wells (12) – 19:21 (22nd place)
Jamie Wells (10) – 19:28 (26th place)
De Andra Bigbee (12) – 20:16 (52nd place)

2015 Outlook:
The first team on the countdown that qualified for last year’s state meet, the Warriors have three girls back from a team that was 11th in Terre Haute. The Wells sisters both would have qualified for the state finals as individuals had the team not made it last year. Warren has two members of its state finalist 4×8 returning for another years; those two could be the missing links for a repeat appearance at the state meet.

#36 – Columbia City Eagles
New Haven Semi-state #7

State meet history: 5 appearances (last in 2010)

2014 Results:
Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional: 3rd place (97 points)
West Noble Regional: 4th place (114 points)
New Haven Semi-state: 7th place (221 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-state)
Bailie Brown (10) – 19:51 (29th place)
Hannah Wappes (12) – 19:56 (31st place)
Alissa Jagger (10) – 20:25 (49th place)
Lauren Keller (10) – 20:37 (59th place)
Natalia Johnson (12) – 23:12 (151st place)
Karina Rubrake (12) – 24:17 (162nd place)

2015 Outlook:
The Eagles have six of seven back and a need to develop depth to emerge from the semi-state where they finished one spot away from advancing. Without a true frontrunner, the Eagles may just need one newcomer or big improvement to be a top team in the semi-state. For a potential state meet team, Columbia City had a pretty weak spring. Still, returning four of the top 60 from last year’s semi-state gives the Eagles a great chance.

#37 – Greenwood Woodmen
Carmel Semi-state #14

State meet history: Never qualified

2014 Results:
Did not register scores

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-state)
Allie Dalton (11) – 18:08 (1st place)
Krista Robinson (11) – 19:49 (38th place)
Olivia Weston (10) – 21:27 (109th place)

2015 Outlook:
Greenwood is the ultimate conundrum. Allie Dalton is an individual state title contender, which would give the Woodmen just four scorers. Yet, the team didn’t register a score at the sectional last fall. Four runners broke 22 minutes at the sectional, and the stats love Greenwood by rating the team top 40 in Indiana. Yet, they need to find other runners to score and make their way through the tournament. This may be perhaps the most intriguing team in the state.

#38 – Oak Hill Golden Eagles
New Haven Semi-state #8

State meet history: 3 appearances (last in 1992)

2014 Results:
Marion Sectional: 2nd place (41 points)
Marion Regional: 1st place (62 points)
New Haven Semi-state: 15th place (372 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-state)
Margo Hornocker (10) – 20:02 (35th place)
Savannah Hart (10) – 21:17 (93rd place)
Camille Taylor (10) – 21:21 (99th place)
India Ulshafer (12) – 22:22 (131st place)
Elissa Austin (12) – 23:31 (154th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Golden Eagles had a very young team last year, led by three freshmen, that did not perform very well in the semi-state. Still, in the previous two rounds, they went toe-for-toe with eventual state qualifier Huntington North, including winning the regional round. Oak Hill could be a real contender to advance to the state meet in the northeast. Brooke Hasty, who finished fifth in the regional but did not finish at the semi-state level, could be a big boost.

#39 – Guerin Catholic Eagles
Carmel Semi-state #15
Noblesville Regional #9
Noblesville Sectional #6

State meet history: Never qualified

2014 Results:
Noblesville Sectional: 1st place (114 points)
Noblesville Regional: 7th place (148 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Noblesville Regional)
Megan Slamkowski (11) – 18:56 (12th place)
Bella Bucklew (11) – 20:00 (30th place)
Mia Driscoll (12) – 20:42 (52nd place)
Kate Anderson (11) – 21:26 (72nd place)
Hannah Sullivan (12) – 22:43 (86th place)

2015 Outlook:
Guerin made history last year by advancing from the state’s toughest sectional for the first time ever. The route this year doesn’t get much easier, though, as each team in the area returns a good amount from their 2014 squads. Two of the Eagles’ returners did qualify for the semi-state and bring that experience this year. Getting out of the sectional will be really tough, though.

#40 – Crown Point Bulldogs
New Prairie Semi-state #8

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

2014 Results:
Crown Point Sectional: 1st place (34 points)
Crown Point Regional: 2nd place (68 points)
New Prairie Semi-state: 7th place (226 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-state)
Hannah Wylie (10) – 19:18 (6th place)
Gabrielle Graveel (11) – 21:09 (77th place)
Shelby Byrne (11) – 21:22 (86th place)
Alexis Carpenter (12) – 21:46 (111th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Bulldogs were one spot, albeit 70 points away, from the state finals last year. They return a team that has a good start to making up that place. Hannah Wylie made the state meet as a freshman and should give Crown Point single digit points through the first runner. The semi-state is down a little this year in terms of depth, and the ‘Dogs have a large enrollment from which to draw. Yet, they did not have a track season to be excited about, though many teams are able to overcome that in the fall.

#41 – Vincennes Lincoln Alices
Brown County Semi-state #10

State meet history: Never qualified

2014 Results:
South Knox Sectional: 1st place (40 points)
Pike Central Regional: 3rd place (117 points)
Brown County Semi-State: 10th place (340 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)
Kaylee Lange (11) – 20:16 (43rd place)
Autumn Yang (10) – 20:36 (58th place)
Paige Jones (12) – 21:27 (95th place)
Marissa McCarter (12) – 23:03 (149th place)
Katie Stanley (12) – 24:32 (166th place)
Kelsey Quinett (12) – 27:01 (175th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Alices—is there another school in Indiana with a more unfortunate nickname?—have back almost their entire team, but Lincoln was not especially deep last season. Lincoln will need some newcomers to move up the semi-state results. Senior Jen’e Goodwin, who gave the Alices a 5:36 1600 at the sectional, could really boost the squad’s depth.

#42 – DeKalb Barons
New Haven Semi-state #9

State meet history: 15 appearances (last in 2010)

2014 Results:
West Noble Sectional: 1st place (45 points)
West Noble Regional: 3rd place (88 points)
New Haven Semi-state: 9th place (277 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-state)
Tyler Schwartz (10) – 18:49 (5th place)
Krista McCormick (12) – 20:33 (54th place)
Lauren Beckmann (10) – 21:07 (84th place)
Madie Miazgowicz (11) – 24:37 (164th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Barons have three solid runners back on a team that the advanced stats love, ranked 39th on inccstats.com. Sophomore Tyler Schwartz gives DeKalb a great frontrunner, returning after a freshman year in which she was All-State. Beckmann also had a good track season, breaking 12 minutes in the 3200. Clearly, the Barons will need to do some development after the top three—and do so under a new coach. But in a weakened semi-state, anything can happen.

#43 – Plainfield Quakers
Carmel Semi-state #16

State meet history: Never qualified

2014 Results:
South Putnam Sectional: 2nd place (54 points)
Ben Davis Regional: 4th place (100 points)
Carmel Semi-state: 11th place (277 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-state)
Samantha Olinger (10) – 19:55 (40th place)
Dara Smith (10) – 21:03 (85th place)
Marina Pfeil (12) – 21:30 (111th place)
Anna Restivo (10) – 21:30 (112th place)
Lain Wagoner (10) – 24:49 (167th place)
Samrawit Mogos (12) – 24:50 (168th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Quakers lose 800 meter state champion and frontrunner Sam Woodford but bring back everyone else. Plainfield certainly has the structure back to be competitive in one of the most stacked areas of the state. They would need to find some extra depth, and there was not a lot in the spring to suggest they can find that. Olinger should give them a good start, though.

#44 – Terre Haute South Braves
Brown County Semi-state #11

State meet history: 13 appearances (last in 2012)

2014 Results:
Terre Haute North Sectional: 2nd place (64 points)
Bedford North Lawrence Regional: 4th place (141 points)
Brown County Semi-State: 11th place (358 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)
Katie Barton (12) – 20:38 (61st place)
Amanda Moore (11) – 21:05 (84th place)
Aydee Dalina (12) – 21:13 (90th place)
Kaylen Woodard (10) – 21:55 (114th place)
Shannon Sullivan (12) – 22:35 (133rd place)
Corynn Christjansen (11) – 22:35 (134th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Braves are returning their top six from a competitive team of last season. South would be a couple newcomers away from competing for a state finals berth for the first time in three years, especially in a more competitive southern semistate this fall, though a top ten finish is certainly a possibility.

#45 – New Prairie Cougars
New Prairie Semi-state #9
New Prairie Regional #6
New Prairie Sectional #5

State meet history: 3 appearances (last in 2002)

2014 Results:
Chesterton Sectional: 5th place (117 points)
New Prairie Regional: 5th place (160 points)
New Prairie Semi-State: 10th place (319 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)
Jordyn Bloode (10) – 20:54 (69th place)
Hope Myroup (12) – 21:14 (82nd place)
Haley Schuck (10) – 21:23 (90th place)
Elizabeth Kampf (11) – 22:06 (129th place)
Ashley Elm (12) – 22:06 (130th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Cougars are a constant qualifier for the semi-state, which they can run on their own course. They are in a highly competitive area with a tough route through the tournament, especially this year, which could make advancing from the regional a challenge. Sophomore Haley Schuck could be a key contributor after running 5:25 in the 1600 during the track tournament.

#46 – Munster Mustangs
New Prairie Semi-state #10

State meet history: 5 appearances (last in 2014)

2014 Results:
Hammond Gavit Sectional: 2nd place (61 points)
Crown Point Regional: 5th place (138 points)
New Prairie Semi-State: 11th place (331 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)
Mackenzie Peirick (12) – 20:18 (35th place)
Melanie Mooney (11) – 21:03 (73rd place)
Margaret Anderson (12) – 22:07 (131st place)
Emily Johnson (12) – 22:17 (136th place)
Kaylee Galvan (10) – 22:27 (145th place)
Mallory Grim (11) – 22:36 (149th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Mustangs have back six runners from their competitive team of 2014. Munster also has a high upside, depending on recruiting within the school. The Mustangs qualified for the state finals in the 4×800 relay, and the line-up had two freshmen that did not run in the tournament for cross country. Convincing them to run would be huge.

#47 – Batesville Bulldogs
Carmel Semi-state #17

State meet history: Never qualified

2014 Results:
South Dearborn Sectional: 1st place (42 points)
South Dearborn Regional: 3rd place (114 points)
Carmel Semi-state: 14th place (359 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-state)
Mary Poltrack (11) – 21:10 (91st place)
Sarah Poltrack (11) – 21:11 (92nd place)
Maria Wessell (12) – 21:13 (94th place)
Emma Gausman (10) – 22:13 (133rd place)
Kathryn Baumer (11) – 22:52 (149th place)
Kylie Lehman (11) – 23:33 (161st place)

2015 Outlook:
The Bulldogs lose their top runner to graduation from last year’s sectional championship squad but bring back everyone else. Batesville has a favorable route through the tournament that makes semi-state qualification a real possibility each year, giving the Bulldogs a chance to compete against many elite teams at the end of their season. That seems to be the same story this year as well.

#48 – Maconaquah Braves
New Prairie Semi-state #11

State meet history: 5 appearances (last in 1988)

2014 Results:
Logansport Sectional: 1st place (46 points)
Culver Academies Regional: 4th place (118 points)
New Prairie Semi-State: 12th place (343 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)
Kate White (11) – 20:47 (58th place)
Madison Winegardner (10) – 20:50 (63rd place)
Olivia Winegardner (12) – 21:13 (80th place)
Haley Wimmer (10) – 21:24 (91st place)
Bekah Shinn (11) – 22:49 (152nd place)
Amanda Shinn (11) – 23:23 (160th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Braves bring back six of seven from last year’s team that was 12th in the semi-state. Though Maconaquah does not have a frontrunner, the returning top four are solid. The Braves could be a newcomer or a little improved depth away from moving into the top ten in the New Prairie Semi-state and look like a strong contender to defend the sectional championship.

#49 – Lawrence Central Bears
Carmel Semi-state #18
Noblesville Regional #10

State meet history: Never qualified

2014 Results:
Brebeuf Jesuit Sectional: 4th place (107 points)
Noblesville Regional: 9th place (238 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Noblesville Regional)
Kayley Hudson (12) – 20:01 (30th place)
Lauren Chastain (12) – 20:55 (58th place)
Taylor Bohlman (12) – 21:05 (63rd place)
Aubrey Raywood (11) – 21:45 (80th place)
Sarah Kavalar (12) – 22:58 (88th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Bears have a senior-laden squad with five back from its regional qualifying team, and they are two seasons away from winning the sectional with the same top three that returns this fall. Hudson had a good track season, qualifying for the state finals for 1600 meters.

#50 – Twin Lakes Indians
New Prairie Semi-state #12

State meet history: 1 appearance (2013)

2014 Results:
Benton Central Sectional: 2nd place (68 points)
Harrison (West Lafayette) Regional: 5th place (150 points)
New Prairie Semi-State: 17th place (423 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)
Madeline Lilly (12) – 18:53 (3rd place)
Peyton Kneadler (12) – 21:29 (100th place)
Makhiya Scanlon (10) – 22:28 (146th place)
Gabby Biggs (11) – 22:37 (150th place)
Josie Gutwein (10) – 23:51 (163rd place)

2015 Outlook:
The Indians make the list because they are only a couple years removed from making the state finals in 2013. Three of those on the team now ran in Terre Haute that year. Senior Madeline Lilly gives Twin Lakes a good start as a solid frontrunner. She has qualified for the state meet all three years previously in cross country. In the spring, Kneadler had a solid season running 2:22 in the 800 and Lilly ran 11:18 in the 3200.

 

BOYS TEAMS 1-50:

#1 – Carmel Greyhounds
Carmel Semi-state #1
Noblesville Regional #1
Noblesville Sectional #1

State meet history: 40 appearances (last in 2014), 37 podium finishes (last in 2014), 13 state championships

2014 Results:
Noblesville Sectional: 1st place (38 points)
Noblesville Regional: 1st place (72 points)
Carmel Semi-state: 1st place (62 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 2nd place (140 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-state)
Ben Veatch (12) – 15:10 (1st place)
Teddy Browning (12) – 16:04 (10th place)
Thomas Revard (12) – 16:05 (12th place)
Zac Leinheiser (12) – 16:36 (31st place)
Ben Miller (10) – 16:55 (51st place)

2015 Outlook:
The Greyhounds find themselves at a familiar place atop our preseason rankings, and deservedly so. No team has been more competitive over the last three years in Indiana, finishing first, first and a close second in the state finals in that time frame. Senior Ben Veatch is the returning state champion in cross country and had a successful track season in which he ran 1:54, 4:15 and 8:53. Senior Teddy Browning also had a noteworthy spring, running 1:55 and 4:21 while qualifying for the state finals in the 1600 individually. Senior Thomas Revard finished 26th at last year’s state cross country meet and 36th as a sophomore.

Still, Carmel may not be as heavy of a favorite as last year’s state meet results make it appear. Junior Conor Lyons, who scored for the ‘Hounds in nearly every meet last year, has moved, and Carmel did have a senior score for them in the tournament. Sophomore Trey Harris, who filled in for senior Zac Leinheiser at Nike Cross Nationals, and junior Evan Bouillet, who ran 9:48 in the track season, could factor into the line-up. Carmel is the clear favorite heading into the season but certainly not a lock.

#2 – Westfield Shamrocks
Carmel Semi-state #2
Noblesville Regional #2
Noblesville Sectional #2

State meet history: 2 appearances (last in 2013)

2014 Results:
Noblesville Sectional: 3rd place (75 points)
Noblesville Regional: 6th place (122 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Noblesville Regional)
Sam Henthorn (12) – 15:51 (6th place)
Alec Hartman (12) – 16:02 (11th place)
Aaron Bennett (11) – 16:05 (14th place)
Desmond Herrell (11) – 16:41 (45th place)
Ethan Parsley (12) – 16:50 (50th place)
Noah Shourd (11) – 17:06 (60th place)
Matthew Shaub (12) – 17:42 (78th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Shamrocks did not advance past the regional last year but could find themselves ahead of everyone at the end of this season. Westfield certainly has the frontrunning to do it with the trio of senior Sam Henthorn (29th at the state finals in cross country), junior Aaron Bennett (30th at the state finals in cross country) and senior Alec Hartman (3rd in the 800 in the track state finals). Experience should not be an issue as all three ran on the Shamrocks’ state finals team of 2013.

With no doubt that the ‘Rocks can hang with any team through three runners, finding depth will be key to Westfield’s title hopes. Junior Desmond Herrell ran in the state finals his freshman year and served as the team’s fourth runner last year. Senior Ethan Parsley had a great track season, running 9:52 for 3200 meters in the track sectional. Junior Nate Steflug, who ran cross country but did not compete in the regional, could provide a big boost after running 4:33 in the 1600 last spring. Serious title contention begins and ends with finding contributions beyond the top trio.

#3 – West Lafayette Red Devils
New Prairie Semi-state #1

State meet history: 13 appearances (last in 2014), 4 podium finishes (last in 2014), 1 runner-up title (1963), 2 state championships (1964, 2014)

2014 Results:
Harrison (West Lafayette) Sectional: 1st place (16 points)
Harrison (West Lafayette) Regional: 1st place (20 points)
New Prairie Semi-state: 1st place (35 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 1st place (133 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-state)
Cooper Williams (12) – 15:51 (1st place)
Evan Johnson (12) – 16:23 (8th place)
Dylan Williams (12) – 16:30 (12th place)

2015 Outlook:
How about an encore? The Red Devils have three back from a magnificent 2014-2015 school year that saw West Lafayette win the state championship in cross country on the 50th anniversary of their school’s only other state title in the sport and followed that up by winning the 4×800 meter relay at the state championship in track. With those three back, the Devils have three potential All-Staters plus a host of capable runners like Andrius Kriauchinunas, who broke ten minutes over 3200 meters in the track season.

With senior Cooper Williams as a potential individual title contender—he was third last year and sixth as a sophomore—the Devils should score only four each meet. Very few, if any teams, will be able to get a jump on West Side through three runners so developing a four and five will be vital to the Devils’ repeat hopes. At the least, this is a serious podium contender, and if things go well a team capable of winning consecutive state championships.
#4 – Hamilton Southeastern Royals
Carmel Semi-state #3
Noblesville Regional #3
Noblesville Sectional #3

State meet history: 10 appearances (last in 2014), 3 podium finishes (last in 2012), 1 runner-up title (2011)

2014 Results:
Noblesville Sectional: 4th place (83 points)
Noblesville Regional: 5th place (115 points)
Carmel Semi-state: 6th place (168 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 7th place (241 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-state)
Gabe Fendel (10) – 16:19 (21st place)
Bryce Barnett (12) – 16:34 (29th place)
Brayden Watson (11) – 17:00 (54th place)
Ben Wagoner (11) – 17:03 (56th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Royals bring back a team that could get some team title hype during the season. HSE may also have the preseason number one team for the 2016 season with two stars in sophomore Gabe Fendel and junior Ben Wagoner who both went under 9:30 last track season for 3200 meters in qualifying individually for the state meet in that event.

Fendel could be the key for the Royals after a track season in which he ran the 14th best freshman time ever in the 1600 and 3rd fastest for 3200 meters. Clearly, HSE will need to find a capable fifth runner, but that has never proven to be an issue in the past with a large enrollment and solid tradition. Two frontrunners like Fendel and Wagoner give the Royals an edge on nearly every other team in the state; after these four returners, it is just a matter of cleaning up at the fifth spot to ascend the podium for the first time since 2012.

#5 – Fishers Tigers
Carmel Semi-state #4
Noblesville Regional #4
Noblesville Sectional #4

State meet history: 4 appearances (last in 2014), 2 podium finishes (last in 2008), 1 state championship (2007)

2014 Results:
Noblesville Sectional: 2nd place (67 points)
Noblesville Regional: 4th place (114 points)
Carmel Semi-state: 4th place (133 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 12th place (320 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-state)
Trevor Thompson (12) – 15:56 (5th place)
Shinya Wai (12) – 16:35 (30th place)
J. Horn (12) – 16:48 (41st place)
Tristan Strobel (12) – 16:59 (53rd place)
Daniel Greiwe (12) – 17:17 (79th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Tigers are in a relatively unusual position. They return five runners from a team that finished in the top half of last year’s state meet, including perhaps one of the five best individuals in all of Indiana. They should certainly fancy themselves title contenders, yet they enter the season ranked as just the fourth best team in their own county.

Senior Trevor Thompson gives Fishers a great start. He was 31st in the state finals in cross country and 5th in the 1600 in track, running 4:14. The Tigers could also be incredibly deep. In addition to the five seniors listed above, sophomore Sam Kuhn and junior Josh Roth ran 9:51 and 9:39 in the track season over 3200 meters. Based on geography alone, Fishers will get many tests against the state’s best competition. Making the state finals last year could prove to be extremely valuable as the Tigers return an experienced team full of seniors this year capable of performing very well in Terre Haute.

#6 – Fort Wayne Carroll Chargers
New Haven Semi-state #1

State meet history: 8 appearances (last in 2014), 3 podium finishes (last in 2013), 2 runner-up titles (2008, 2012)

2014 Results:
Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional: 1st place (34 points)
West Noble Regional: 1st place (76 points)
New Haven Semi-state: 1st place (58 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 8th place (246 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-state)
Cameron Clements (12) – 15:30 (1st place)
Ben Schwartz (12) – 16:47 (26th place)
Carter Meyer (11) – 17:06 (38th place)
Jacob Redding (11) – 17:12 (41st place)
Isaiah Swain (11) – 17:27 (58th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Chargers are not unaffected by graduation by a combination of five returners from last year’s state meet team coupled with one of the deepest rosters in the state should have Carroll feeling good about its ability to extend its consecutive appearances in Terre Haute to six this fall. Senior Cameron Clements will give the Chargers a great start; he may have had the second best individual track season last spring of anyone returning to compete this school year. Carroll may have the second deepest team in the state—the Chargers were fifth in the state meet 4×8 relay WITHOUT their top two runners—and is a near lock to repeat as semi-state champion. A date in September against many of the state’s best team at the FlashRock Invitational will be telling.

#7 – Valparaiso Vikings
New Prairie Semi-state #2
New Prairie Regional #1
Chesterton Sectional #1

State meet history: 21 appearances (last in 2011), 19 podium finishes (last in 2012), 1 runner-up title (2005), 6 state championships (1966, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1997, 2000)

2014 Results:
Chesterton Sectional: 2nd place (59 points)
New Prairie Regional: 1st place (50 points)
New Prairie Semi-state: 4th place (152 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 15th place (356 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-state)
Danny Dalton (12) – 16:13 (3rd place)
Isaiah Smith (12) – 17:04 (40th place)
Logan Meeter (12) – 17:09 (51st place)
Jack Gabrish (12) – 17:11 (54th place)
Carlos Martinez (10) – 17:12 (56th place)
Aaron Finley (12) – 17:18 (66th place)
Carl Frey (10) – 18:07 (122nd place)

2015 Outlook:
The Vikings return their entire team that finished 15th last year at the state finals, including senior Danny Dalton who was 17th individually. A frontrunner plus solid pack should equate success this fall for Valparaiso, one of the state’s traditional powers on the grass that has qualified for the last eight state championships in cross country. Valpo also had a successful track season and could add to their depth by adding some of the athletes who ran in the sectional that were not in the top seven on last year’s tournament roster. This is a serious podium possibility and a fringe title contender.

#8 – Lake Central Indians
New Prairie Semi-state #3

State meet history: 12 appearances (last in 2014), 2 podium finishes (last in 1983), 1 runner-up title (1983)

2014 Results:
Hammond Gavit Sectional: 2nd place (32 points)
Crown Point Regional: 3rd place (49 points)
New Prairie Semi-state: 5th place (156 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 16th place (410 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-state)
Kameron Konopasek (12) – 16:30 (13th place)
Casey Garvey (12) – 16:55 (30th place)
Zach Hupp (12) – 17:04 (38th place)
Tyler Kramer-Stephens (12) – 17:11 (55th place)
Joey Copeland (10) – 17:18 (67th place)
Cole Easterday (12) – 18:21 (137th place)

2015 Outlook:
While others on the list have a chance based on preseason projections, the Indians are the first serious potential podium team. With six back from last year’s 14th place team, Lake Central could finish in the top five for the first time since 1983. Though they do not have an obvious frontrunner on the state level, the Indians are impossibly deep. Senior Kamreon Konopasek was in the top 15 at the semi-state last year, and senior Zach Hupp ran 4:24 for 1600 meters in the track season. LC also fielded a competitive 4×8 that had all 8 possible entrants listed as juniors. Sophomore Joey Copeland could make a big leap to help the Indians as well after running 10:20 for 3200 meters in the track season.

#9 – Avon Orioles
Carmel Semi-state #5

State meet history: 1 appearance (2014)

2014 Results:
South Putnam Sectional: 2nd place (40 points)
Ben Davis Regional: 1st place (37 points)
Carmel Semi-state: 3rd place (126 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 11th place (257 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-state)
Matt Everling (12) – 16:30 (27th place)
Alec Scheerer (12) – 16:48 (42nd place)
Rhys Grealish (11) – 16:53 (48th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Orioles had their best team in school history, by far, last fall. They take some graduation hits but should still be a serious contender for state meet contention and a fringe podium team. Senior Matt Everling had a good track season, running 4:31, and junior Jacob Woodrow could be a solid contributor after running 10:04 for 3200 meters. Beyond that, it is hard to gleam much from Avon’s spring as the Orioles typically, and successfully, put all their eggs in the 4×8 basket. Geography is a friend of the Orioles as they should have no problem advancing to the semi-state and then just need to fend off all of the non-Noblesville Regional teams to qualify for the state meet.

#10 – Crown Point Bulldogs
New Prairie Semi-state #4

State meet history: 21 appearances (last in 2011), 4 podium finishes (last in 1981), 3 runner-up titles (1975, 1976, 1977)

2014 Results:
Crown Point Sectional: 1st place (20 points)
Crown Point Regional: 2nd place (46 points)
New Prairie Semi-state: 3rd place (135 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 16th place (410 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-state)
Ryan Kepshire (12) – 16:16 (4th place)
Matthew Mosak (12) – 16:34 (14th place)
Dylan Wallace (12) – 17:09 (50th place)
Joshua Whitaker (10) – 17:20 (69th place)
Zachary Hoover (11) – 17:25 (74th place)
Alec Gerlach (12) – 17:37 (83rd place)

2015 Outlook:
The Bulldogs might be the first podium contender on the countdown, bringing six back from a state finals team last year. One of the those runners in senior Ryan Kepshire, who was fourth individual in the semi-state. Crown Point also had a really good spring season with seniors Alec Gerlach and Dylan Wallace breaking ten minutes in the 3200 at the sectional and the 4×8 finishing tenth in the state finals. Though the ‘Dogs will need to do some development—doesn’t every team heading into the fall?—there are not a lot of flaws for this team that has a frontrunner and depth to start the season.

#11 – Brebeuf Jesuit Braves
Carmel Semi-state #6
Noblesville Regional #5

State meet history: 8 appearances (last in 2013), 4 podium finishes (last in 2010)

2014 Results:
Brebeuf Jesuit Sectional: 1st place (33 points)
Noblesville Regional: 2nd place (78 points)
Carmel Semi-state: 2nd place (89 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 5th place (182 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Noblesville Regional)
David Coffey (12) – 16:16 (18th place)
Evan Williamson (12) – 16:47 (40th place)
Brady Harless (11) – 17:08 (62nd place)
Matthew Fink (11) – 17:54 (126th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Braves are coming off the two most successful season in program history. Ascending the podium for a third straight year is a possibility, but it will be tough after losing three scorers to graduation, including a three-time All-Stater. Senior David Coffey should fill the frontrunning role well after finishing 8th at the state track meet in the 3200 last spring. He is perhaps the most improved elite runner in Indiana over the last 18 months. While the Braves are a fringe podium contender—inccstats.com gives them a 7% chance—they’re also a candidate to face early demise via the Noblesville Regional guillotine. The trio of Coffey, senior Evan Williamson and junior Brady Harless gives Brebeuf an excellent start, though.

#12 – Noblesville Millers
Carmel Semi-state #7
Noblesville Regional #6
Noblesville Sectional #5

State meet history: 8 appearances (last in 2010), 1 podium finish (2010), 1 runner-up title (2010)

2014 Results:
Noblesville Sectional: 1st place (117 points)
Noblesville Regional: 9th place (192 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Noblesville Regional)
Eric Hoffman (11) – 16:05 (13th place)
Max Runningen (12) – 16:36 (43rd place)
Levi Neuzerling (12) – 16:46 (48th place)
Clay Obergfell (11) – 17:37 (74th place)
Hunter Ingle (12) – 17:43 (79th place)
Cole Martin (12) – 17:47 (80th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Millers are an intriguing team. With six back from last year’s team, Noblesville should be a team with a chance to make the state finals. But they could have issues getting past the regional. The Millers have even fueled some premature talk of a Hamilton County sweep of the podium. Junior Eric Hoffman and senior Max Runningen both broke ten minutes in the 3200, and the Millers do have some depth based on returners. Geography, as always, will be a big foe for the Millers, though they will get to run the regional on their home course.

#13 – Mt. Vernon (Fortville) Marauders
New Haven Semi-state #2

State meet history: 4 appearances (last in 2014), 1 podium finish (1984)

2014 Results:
Pendleton Heights Sectional: 1st place (29 points)
Delta Regional: 1st place (26 points)
New Haven Semi-state: 2nd place (132 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 17th place (430 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-state)
Christian Noble (12) – 16:08 (6th place)
Aaron Rush (12) – 16:35 (21st place)
Brandt True (12) – 17:15 (43rd place)
Brian Bozymski (12) – 17:29 (60th place)
Brendan O’Bryhim (12) – 17:59 (96th place)
Ashton Jordan (12) – 18:10 (110th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Marauders had a thrilling season last fall, qualifying for the school’s first state finals in the last 30 years. With six seniors back, Mt. Vernon looks poised not only to return but potentially break into the top ten in Terre Haute. Senior Christian Noble—the unofficial preseason state champion after winning the 5k at the Indiana Runner Summer XC Showcase—is a true superstar for the Marauders. He was 16th at the cross country state meet in the fall and 7th in the 3200 in the spring. With five other seniors behind him, Mt. Vernon looks poised to field one of its best teams in school history. The Marauders will get to test themselves early and often against another state’s best in Pendleton Heights as the two should see each other at least a half dozen times through the season.

#14 – LaPorte Slicers
New Prairie Semi-state #5
New Prairie Regional #2
Chesterton Sectional #2

State meet history: 21 appearances (last in 2011), 2 podium finishes (last in 2007), 1 runner-up title (2007)

2014 Results:
Chesterton Sectional: 1st place (44 points)
New Prairie Regional: 2nd place (56 points)
New Prairie Semi-state: 7th place (218 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-state)
Bryan Flannery (12) – 17:09 (49th place)
John Alexander (10) – 17:14 (59th place)
Peyton Riehle (11) – 17:28 (76th place)
Braden Griffin (12) – 17:40 (88th place)
Dakota Merkel (11) – 18:00 (113th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Slicers were the sectional champion but left on the outside at the semi-state by just a place. With five runners back, all capable of contributing to a state finals team, LaPorte appears to be a team capable of avenging last year’s disappointment. Senior Bryan Flannery could be a really solid frontrunner for the Slicers by carrying momentum over from a great track season. He ran under 4:30 in the sectional for 1600 meters and went 9:34 for 3200 at the regional. The Slicers will be competitive in the northwest, which looks like a particularly strong area this fall. It is also worth noting that the stats love the Slicers even more than our committee (of one), ranking them ninth in Indiana.

#15 – Columbus North Bull Dogs
Brown County Semi-state #1

State meet history: 24 appearances (last in 2014), 10 podium finishes (last in 2014), 2 runner-up titles (2001, 2013), 5 state championships (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2011)

2014 Results:
Brown County Sectional: 1st place (18 points)
Brown County Regional: 1st place (17 points)
Brown County Semi-state: 1st place (59 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 4th place (253 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-state)
Ben Rankin (12) – 16:15 (16th place)
Chase McQueen (12) – 16:53 (47th place)
Alec Embry (11) – 17:29 (83rd place)

2015 Outlook:
The Bull Dogs have finished on the podium in 10 of the last 14 years, including winning five state championships in that time frame. This year’s roster will be gutted by graduation, but we have been here before with North. The Dogs’ 2004 team lost four of its top five runners to graduation, yet still finished fifth at the state meet with a new cast. In 2012, North also lost 80% of its scorers—including three that had finished in the top five—yet were within a handful of points from finishing on the podium. While losing two athletes who were All-State multiple times will not be easy, expect the legacy to continue with the Dogs running well in Terre Haute in late October.

#16 – Zionsville Eagles
Carmel Semi-state #8

State meet history: 4 appearances (last in 2013)

2014 Results:
Ben Davis Sectional: 2nd place (33 points)
Ben Davis Regional: 2nd place (50 points)
Carmel Semi-state: 7th place (195 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-state)
Oliver Rigg (12) – 16:46 (39th place)
Kyle Munz (12) – 16:54 (49th place)
Zachary Stevens (11) – 17:10 (66th place)
Trevor Hoftiezer (10) – 17:30 (93rd place)
Patrick Stuff (12) – 17:58 (130th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Eagles have back five of seven from a team that was one spot away from the state meet last year and figure to be among the contenders to advance again. With the current format, Zionsville essentially needs to qualify for the semi-state and beat all of the non-Noblesville Regional teams to advance, something the Eagles have done in two of the last three seasons. A lot of their hopes could rest on senior Oliver Rigg who had an exceptional track season last spring but less so on the grass last fall. A true frontrunner would give the Eagles a great shot to advance to the state finals as a team.

#17 – Homestead Spartans
New Haven Semi-state #3
West Noble Regional #2
Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional #2

State meet history: 3 appearances (last in 2013)

2014 Results:
Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional: 4th place (123 points)
West Noble Regional: 6th place (129 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional)
Brayden Law (12) – 16:33 (8th place)
Spencer Scholl (12) – 16:41 (9th place)
Michael Conte (12) – 17:50 (34th place)
Sam Dvorak (11) – 17:55 (40th place)
Jake Davis (11) – 18:25 (51st place)

2015 Outlook:
The Spartans will be looking to rebound from what was assuredly a disappointing end to the 2014 season that finished abruptly at the regional round. With a host of runners back, including senior Brayden Law, who finished 13th at the state finals nearly qualified for Foot Locker Nationals a few weeks after that, Homestead looks to be one of the top teams in the northeast. Law figures to be one of the very top runners in Indiana so Homestead should score four in virtually every meet leading up to state.

#18 – Bloomington South Panthers
Brown County Semi-state #3

State meet history: 44 appearances (last in 2014), 5 podium finishes (last in 1981)

2014 Results:
Bedford North Lawrence Sectional: 2nd place (38 points)
Bedford North Lawrence Regional: 2nd place (45 points)
Brown County Semi-state: 3rd place (78 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 10th place (253 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-state)
Evan Franklin (12) – 15:39 (4th place)
Dawson Hood (11) – 17:02 (53rd place)
Jacob Oeding (12) – 17:20 (72nd place)

2015 Outlook:
The Panthers are one of the premiere programs in Indiana, gunning for their tenth straight state finals appearance and leading in number of times qualified in history. Though South brings back only three from last year’s top ten team, senior Evan Franklin was 19th individually and should help keep the Panthers’ score very low through one runner. South has never had any issues finding solid runners to fill out the varsity in the past, and expect that to continue this fall. Outside of Franklin, South did not have any showing in the state tournament in the track season due to the abundance of seniors.

#19 – Terre Haute South Braves
Brown County Semi-state #3

State meet history: 13 appearances (last in 2014), 1 podium finish (2013)

2014 Results:
Terre Haute North Sectional: 1st place (24 points)
Bedford North Lawrence Regional: 3rd place (80 points)
Brown County Semi-state: 4th place (144 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 13th place (327 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-state)
Griffin Barger (11) – 16:35 (29th place)
Jayce Farnsworth (11) – 16:46 (39th place)
Ryan Hannaford (11) – 16:55 (48th place)
Carson Kline (10) – 17:14 (66th place)
Ninadh Ivaturi (11) – 17:24 (78th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Braves lose Spencer Danielson, who was All-State in both cross country and track last fall, but bring back nearly everyone else. With four sophomores in last year’s line-up, South will be an enviable mix of experienced and young. While the Braves will be without a star frontrunner for the first time in many years, the pack should provide a state finals team in 2015 and a possible podium contender for 2016 with the preseason top five back for another year.

#20 – Fort Wayne Concordia Cadets
New Haven Semi-state #4
West Noble Regional #3
Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional #3

State meet history: 2 appearances (last in 2002)

2014 Results:
Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional: 2nd place (81 points)
West Noble Regional: 5th place (119 points)
New Haven Semi-state: 8th place (218 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-state)
David Ehlers (12) – 16:34 (16th place)
Jacob Panning (12) – 17:02 (36th place)
Noah Sheaffer (12) – 17:41 (75th place)
Ben Strasen (12) – 17:48 (83rd place)
Nathaniel Witmer (11) – 17:48 (84th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Cadets return all their scorers from a team that finished just 15 points back from last year’s state finals. The experienced group looks likely to shore up those 15 points in 2015 and qualify for the school’s first trip to the state meet since 2002. Concordia will undergo a coaching change, however, and their track season outside of seniors David Ehlers and Ben Strasen was nothing to write home about. Still, all five scorers back from a team that was just a couple of seconds per guy from making it to Terre Haute is certainly the foundation for a successful season.

#21 – Warren Central Warriors
Carmel Semi-state #9

State meet history: 12 appearances (last in 2006), 4 podium finishes (last in 2006), 2 state championships (2005, 2006)

2014 Results:
New Palestine Sectional: 1st place (44 points)
Rushville Regional: 1st place (45 points)
Carmel Semi-state: 12th place (286 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-state)
Tyler Lowhorn (12) – 16:09 (14th place)
Mauricio Otra-Hernand (11) – 17:14 (70th place)
Chance Thompson (12) – 17:17 (80th place)
Shane Brown (12) – 18:05 (134th place)
Demontrae Lapsley (12) – 18:29 (156th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Warriors return five of seven from last season’s sectional and regional championship squad. While we are a bit more optimistic on Warren than the stats (29th), the Warriors do have a more enviable route through the tournament initially to guarantee a spot in the semi-state. Warren also got very solid track seasons from a handful of role players, with a pair of young runners under 10:30 for 3200 meters with seniors Chance Thompson and Demontrae Lapsley running 2:00 in the 800. The Warriors will not be favored to advance in August, but this is a darkhorse team that could find itself in Terre Haute for the first time since consecutive championships in 2005 and 2006.

#22 – Pendleton Heights Arabians
New Haven Semi-state #5

State meet history: 1 appearance (2009)

2014 Results:
Pendleton Heights Sectional: 2nd place (29 points)
Delta Regional: 2nd place (29 points)
New Haven Semi-state: 12th place (251 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-state)
Parker Jones (11) – 16:28 (15th place)
Tony Flood (12) – 17:25 (55th place)
Luke Drye (10) – 17:49 (85th place)
Eli Young (12) – 17:50 (86th place)
Tyler Flood (12) – 17:58 (94th place)
Wren Parker (11) – 18:09 (105th place)
Steven Winn (12) – 18:49 (146th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Arabians have everyone back from a team that, quite frankly, should have made the state finals last year after running neck-and-neck with eventual semi-state runner-up Mount Vernon in the first two rounds. Yet, Pendleton had an unfortunately timed bad race and were left outside the qualifiers. This year’s squad should be incredibly hard to keep out. Junior Parker Jones should be a great frontrunner after qualifying for the cross country state meet individually and running 4:23 in the spring for 1600. Incoming freshman Luke Upton could also see time as the team’s top runner after an illustrious middle school career.

#23 – Pike Red Devils
Carmel Semi-state #10

State meet history: Never qualified

2014 Results:
Ben Davis Sectional: 3rd place (82 points)
Ben Davis Regional: 5th place (147 points)
Carmel Semi-state: 14th place (414 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-state)
Eric Barron (11) – 17:06 (60th place)
Marcus Ellington (12) – 17:25 (86th place)
Brad Englert (12) – 17:41 (107th place)
Quinn Myers (12) – 18:19 (147th place)
Devon Forrest (10) – 18:31 (159th place)
Luku Ojerinde (10) – 18:42 (166th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Red Devils have six back from a semi-state team last year. The advanced stats are even more favorable to Pike than we are, ranking the Devils 20th in Indiana. Though a gap exists between Pike and the serious contenders for the last few state meet spots out of central Indiana, the Red Devils look to move up in the regional and semi-state. Some unanticipated improvement by newcomer or development could vault Pike in contention for Terre Haute. The Devils did have a solid track season with their 4×8 roster.

#24 – Franklin Central Flashes
Carmel Semi-state #11

State meet history: 9 appearances (last in 2012), 4 podium finishes (last in 2006), 2 state runner-up titles (1999, 2006), 1 state championship (1998)

2014 Results:
New Palestine Sectional: 2nd place (62 points)
Rushville Regional: 2nd place (56 points)
Carmel Semi-state: 8th place (242 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-state)
Robbie Lawson (12) – 16:38 (35th place)
Michael Parrish (11) – 16:55 (50th place)
Elijah Basile (11) – 17:27 (90th place)
Jeb King (12) – 17:37 (100th place)
Brett Richardson (12) – 17:53 (124th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Flashes bring back five of seven from last year’s 8th place semi-state team. In any other part of the state, FC would be looking at a squad with a great chance to advance to Terre Haute. The Flashes do return a team capable of making it to the state finals, and the route through the southern part of the semi-state does help. FC would need to be improved at each position, but they have the structure back of a team with high hopes.

#25 – East Noble Knights
New Haven Semi-state #6
West Noble Regional #4

State meet history: 6 appearances (last in 2014),

2014 Results:
West Noble Sectional: 1st place (63 points)
West Noble Regional: 4th place (114 points)
New Haven Semi-state: 5th place (191 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 24th place (585 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-state)
Joe Vandiver (12) – 16:31 (17th place)
Tyler Klinger (12) – 16:50 (27th place)
Seth Gorski (11) – 17:24 (54th place)
Noah Acker (11) – 17:30 (63rd place)
Matt Kline (12) – 18:47 (145th place)
Phillip Phan (12) – 19:04 (152nd place)

2015 Outlook:
The Knights return their top from a team that advanced out of the New Haven Semi-state and looks poised to do so again. Despite the array of returners, East Noble will need to develop its depth, particularly at the fifth runner, to keep pace with the rest of the northeast that looks to be particular strong this season. A sub-par track season could be reason for concern for the Knights, though they have good experience at the top of their line-up.

#26 – Lawrence North Wildcats
Carmel Semi-state #12
Noblesville Regional #7

State meet history: 8 appearances (last in 2013), 4 podium finishes (last in 2010)

2014 Results:
Brebeuf Jesuit Sectional: 3rd place (60 points)
Noblesville Regional: 8th place (166 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Noblesville Regional)
Kyle Harris (11) – 16:43 (46th place)
Matthew Hoskins (12) – 16:57 (57th place)
Paul Mueller (12) – 17:08 (61st place)
Will Majercak (11) – 17:18 (65th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Wildcats lose their top three runners from a team that did not advance out of the regional. With four good runners back, Lawrence North will be a competitive team once again. In particular, Matthew Hoskins had a solid track season, running 4:32 in the tournament. He could be a solid number one runner for the ‘Cats, who will otherwise need to develop some runners that were not on the varsity last year.

#27 – Portage Indians
New Prairie Semi-state #6
New Prairie Regional #3
Chesterton Sectional #3

State meet history: 33 appearances (last in 2005), 22 podium finishes (last in 1999), 7 runner-up titles (1973, 1981, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1998), 4 state championships (1974, 1984, 1992, 1999)

2014 Results:
Chesterton Sectional: 3rd place (59 points)
New Prairie Regional: 3rd place (56 points)
New Prairie Semi-state: 9th place (279 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-state)
Dillon Quinones (11) – 17:16 (63rd place)
Tommy Martin (12) – 17:18 (65th place)
Robert Hawkins (12) – 17:43 (95th place)

2015 Outlook:
One of the premiere traditions in the state, the Indians are on a lengthy hiatus from the state meet. They only bring back three from a team that was ninth at the semi-state, but most other teams in the area are also losing key runners from the year prior. Portage will definitely need to pull from its JV. In particular, junior Antonio Chapa ran 10:12 in the sectional and could be a solid contributor. The Indians also have two runners from an All-State 4×8 that did not run on the varsity in cross country last year.

#28 – Bloomington North Cougars
Brown County Semi-state #4

State meet history: 28 appearances (last in 2014), 6 podium finish (last in 2006), 1 state championship (1980)

2014 Results:
Bedford North Lawrence Sectional: 1st place (33 points)
Bedford North Lawrence Regional: 1st place (34 points)
Brown County Semi-state: 2nd place (61 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 6th place (237 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-state)
Matt Campbell (12) – 16:42 (35th place)
Isaac Bentz (12) – 17:01 (52nd place)

2015 Outlook:
The Cougars lose their top four and five of seven from a team that at points last year looked like possibly the best team in Indiana. North does have two solid runners back to try and boost the Cougars to a fourth straight state meet. They also had a good junior varsity to draw from this year. In the south, tradition and a couple of good veterans may be enough to get back to the state meet this fall.

#29 – Tell City Marksmen
Brown County Semi-state #5

State meet history: 4 appearances (last in 1998)

2014 Results:
Jasper Sectional: 1st place (52 points)
Crawford County Regional: 2nd place (81 points)
Brown County Semi-state: 7th place (212 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-state)
Thomas Simpson (10) – 16:33 (27th place)
Leo Simpson (10) – 16:36 (30th place)
David Teague (11) – 17:12 (63rd place)
Alex Ramsey (10) – 17:37 (89th place)
Clayton Byrne (12) – 17:50 (108th place)
Reed Goffinet (12) – 17:54 (111th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Marksmen are one of the most intriguing teams in Indiana. Tell City scored three freshmen last year and missed the state finals by just nine points. With six of seven back, including Thomas and Leo Simpson who nearly made the state meet as individuals, the Marksmen look like a real state meet threat, especially in the south. With good development, this could be one of the top teams in the state in a couple of years.

#30 – West Noble Chargers
New Haven Semi-state #7
West Noble Regional #5

State meet history: 10 appearances (last in 2014), 2 podium finishes (last in 1993)

2014 Results:
West Noble Sectional: 2nd place (67 points)
West Noble Regional: 2nd place (105 points)
New Haven Semi-state: 3rd place (163 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 18th place (465 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional)
Salvador Campos (12) – 16:40 (24th place)
Alex Deluna (12) – 17:18 (46th place)
Fernando Luevano (10) – 17:30 (62nd place)
Justin Contreras (11) – 17:50 (87th place)
Erick Contreras (11) – 18:00 (98th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Chargers have five back from last year’s state finalist team and look like a contender to return. While they are no lock to advance through the rounds this year, that was the case last season as well with West Noble running better each round as they advanced. Beyond being a solid returning cast, Seniors Salvaodr Campos and Alex Deluna were good in the spring. Like many teams, the Chargers will need to survive a gauntlet path through the tournament, but they seem capable of it based on returners.

#31 – Fort Wayne Northrop Bruins
New Haven Semi-state #8
West Noble Regional #6
Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional #4

State meet history: 25 appearances (last in 2008), 8 podium finishes (last in 2003), 4 state runner-up titles (1974, 1982, 1997, 2003)

2014 Results:
Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional: 6th place (144 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional)
Dustin Starnes (11) – 16:30 (6th place)
Nicholas Derickson (10) – 17:27 (20th place)
Quinlan Guingrich (12) – 17:52 (37th place)
Alex Cambron (11) – 17:53 (38th place)
Harrison Stevenson (11) – 18:03 (43rd place)
Ryan Elward (12) – 18:37 (58th place)
Josh Prochaska (11) – 18:51 (60th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Bruins are an enigmatic team. They look like a potential state finalist, yet they didn’t advance out of the sectional. Junior Dustin Starnes—28th at the state finals in cross country—gives the Bruins an excellent start. Northrop was also pretty competitive in the track season. The Bruins really could qualify for the state finals, but they will need to overcome a lack of tournament experience.

#32 – Mishawaka Cavemen
New Haven Semi-state #9

State meet history: 17 appearances (last in 2012), 5 podium finishes (last in 2011), 2 state runner-up titles (1948, 1949), 1 state championship (1946)

2014 Results:
South Bend Riley Sectional: 3rd place (74 points)
Elkhart Central Regional: 4th place (103 points)
New Haven Semi-state: 11th place (250 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-state)
Alexander Glick (12) – 16:55 (30th place)
Colin Richardson (12) – 17:12 (40th place)
Joseph McIntire (11) – 17:20 (48th place)
Vincent Streeter (11) – 18:07 (103rd place)
Joseph Streeter (10) – 18:19 (120th place)
Brandon Lighty (11) – 18:34 (133rd place)

2015 Outlook:
The Cavemen bring back all but one from a team that was 11th at the semi-state last fall. Mishawaka is in a competitive area so no they are not guaranteed a spot in the semi-state like other schools might be due to tournament alignment. The Cavemen also had a very sub-part track season for a team harboring state finals aspirations this fall, advancing just a 4×8 to the regional and an 800 runner not in tournament results. Still, Mishawaka has good top trio and depth to be competitive.

#33 – Brownsburg Bulldogs
Carmel Semi-state #13

State meet history: Never qualified

2014 Results:
South Putnam Sectional: 1st place (32 points)
Ben Davis Regional: 4th place (88 points)
Carmel Semi-state: 10th place (269 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-state)
Hari Sathyamurthy (12) – 16:08 (13th place)
Marcus Fierek (12) – 17:24 (85th place)
Elijah Wagner (12) – 17:26 (87th place)
Devon Boone (12) – 18:49 (169th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Bulldogs have a great frontrunner in senior Hari Sathyamurthy, who was All-State in cross country and the state champion over 800 meters in the spring. Brownsburg also brings back two other scorers from a top ten semi-state team so there is a good foundation in place. The area is certainly the strongest of the four semi-states, but by avoiding the Noblesville Regional the ‘Dogs could give themselves a longshot chance to advance if they can get to the semi-state.

#34 – Fort Wayne Snider Panthers
New Haven Semi-state #10

State meet history: 15 appearances (last in 2011), 3 podium finishes (last in 2004)

2014 Results:
Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional: 5th place (134 points)
West Noble Regional: 9th place (192 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional)
Roman Jennings (11) – 16:18 (4th place)
Robert Peck (12) – 17:28 (22nd place)
Jordan Hopkins (12) – 17:49 (33rd place)
Austin Schnelker (12) – 18:04 (44th place)
Conner Vachon (12) – 18:36 (57th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Panthers were another victim of geography, ousted in the regional round. This year’s team will face similar circumstances but bring back a strong group, led by junior Roman Jennings who was fifth in the state finals 3200 in 9:12. With a potential All-Stater and decent depth, the Panthers could find themselves in the mix to advance to the state meet. They will need to advance through the rounds, though, which is no given in their neck of the woods.

#35 – Chesterton Trojans
New Prairie Semi-state #7
New Prairie Regional #4
Chesterton Sectional #4

State meet history: 10 appearances (last in 2013), 1 podium finish (2012)

2014 Results:
Chesterton Sectional: 4th place (120 points)
New Prairie Regional: 4th place (113 points)
New Prairie Semi-state: 10th place (279 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-state)
Jacob Kintzele (10) – 17:00 (33rd place)
Parker Whitmore (12) – 17:06 (42nd place)
Emmett Sullivan (12) – 17:56 (105th place)
Andrew Smenyak (10) – 19:10 (163rd place)
Lucus Rhed (12) – 19:12 (164th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Trojans have five back from a team that finished in the top ten in the semi-state, but they lose two scorers on a team that dropped off significantly after five last season. Sophomore Andrew Smenyak could move up the depth chart, though, after he ran 10:05 in the 3200 this spring. Chesterton is also in a very competitive area, starting in the first round of the tournament. A combination of youth and experience, though, makes the Trojans a legitimate state meet contender.

#36 – Warsaw Tigers
New Prairie Semi-state #8

State meet history: 10 appearances (last in 2013), 1 podium finish (2012)

2014 Results:
Culver Academies Sectional: 1st place (37 points)
Culver Academies Regional: 1st place (58 points)
New Prairie Semi-state: 8th place (273 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-state)
Owen Glogovsky (12) – 17:02 (36th place)
Lucas Howett (10) – 17:16 (62nd place)
Jonathan Beres (12) – 17:40 (87th place)
Avery Torres (11) – 18:12 (130th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Tigers were close to the state meet last year, at least in terms of places, and bring back four of those runners. Senior Owen Glogovsky could emerge as a frontrunning threat for Warsaw after he was the team’s number one runner last fall and qualified for the state finals in the 1600 in the spring. Obviously, the Tigers will need to find a fifth runner somewhere and develop their depth. The roster is usually pretty deep, though.

#37 – Munster Mustangs
New Prairie Semi-state #9

State meet history: 5 appearances (last in 2014), 1 podium finish (2014)

2014 Results:
Hammond Gavit Sectional: 1st place (23 points)
Crown Point Regional: 1st place (26 points)
New Prairie Semi-state: 2nd place (51 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 3rd place (143 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-state)
Tyler Keslin (12) – 16:20 (5th place)
Theo Burgwald (12) – 16:26 (10th place)
Isaac Gutierrez (11) – 18:03 (118th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Mustangs were perhaps the most surprising team in the state, finishing just ten points back from a state championship. Seniors Tyler Keslin and Theo Burgwald are two frontrunners that give Munster a good start. Both finished in the top ten at the semi-state and top 50 at the state meet. Obviously, the Mustangs will need to find some depth, but generating excitement after a season like 2014 should not be too hard.

#38 – Northridge Raiders
New Haven Semi-state #11

State meet history: 12 appearances (last in 2013), 4 podium finishes (last in 2007), 1 state championship (2004)

2014 Results:
Elkhart Central Sectional: 2nd place (69 points)
Elkhart Central Regional: 5th place (107 points)
New Haven Semi-state: 9th place (220 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-state)
Conner Sandt (12) – 16:24 (12th place)
Nathan Blyly (11) – 17:22 (50th place)
Mitchell Schrock (12) – 17:45 (81st place)
Austin Clark (10) – 18:09 (106th place)
Blake Mawhorter (11) – 18:29 (130th place)
Riley Gordon (12) – 18:32 (131st place)

2015 Outlook:
The Raiders have the preliminary makings of a team that could contend for a state finals spot. Senior Conner Sandt provides good frontrunning, returning from a season in which he finished 39th individually in the state finals in cross country. Six of seven total return from a team that missed the state finals by just 17 points. Sandt and classmate Mitchel Schrock had strong track seasons, but the rest of the Raiders were basically unaccounted for in the spring, however.

#39 – North Central Panthers
Carmel Semi-state #14
Noblesville Regional #8

State meet history: 30 appearances (last in 2014), 11 podium finishes (last in 2010), 2 state runner-up titles (1967, 1968), 1 state championship (1969)

2014 Results:
Brebeuf Jesuit Sectional: 4th place (83 points)
Noblesville Regional: 3rd place (109 points)
Carmel Semi-state: 5th place (154 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 9th place (246 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Carmel Semi-state)
Adam McGoff (11) – 17:05 (59th place)
Ian Hunter (10) – 17:15 (73rd place)
Jaleel Pruyer (12) – 17:36 (97th place)
Jack Payne-Martin (11) – 17:46 (113th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Panthers lose their top three, and two All-Staters, from their top ten state meet team of 2014. This year’s squad will be hard pressed to replace them and advance deep into the tournament. NC does have four runners back from that team so there is a good amount of experience, and the team has traditionally outperformed preseason expectations. Could they rebuild enough to advance out of the regional?

#40 – Lowell Red Devils
New Prairie Semi-state #10

State meet history: 1 appearance (2012)

2014 Results:
Crown Point Sectional: 2nd place (95 points)
Crown Point Regional: 5th place (160 points)
New Prairie Semi-state: 18th place (436 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-state)
Alec Fleming (10) – 17:34 (80th place)
Adam Joseph (11) – 18:13 (132nd place)
Robert Corning (12) – 18:15 (134th place)
Kevin Browne (11) – 18:34 (149th place)
Jackson Love (11) – 19:08 (162nd place)
Lucas Fontanez (11) – 19:40 (171st place)

2015 Outlook:
Lowell is a fringe state meet contender out of the northwest. They bring back six of seven, though last year’s team did not run well at the semi-state. Sophomore Alec Fleming could be highly improved, especially after a solid track season in which he ran 10:09 in the 3200. Senior Matt Wilson, who ran 4:32 in the track season, would be a huge addition for the Red Devils.

 

#41 – Greenfield-Central Cougars
Carmel Semi-state #15

State meet history: Never qualified

2014 Results:
New Palestine Sectional: 3rd place (68 points)
Rushville Regional: 3rd place (57 points)
Carmel Semi-state: 9th place (254 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Noblesville Regional)
Zachariah Bishop (12) – 16:25 (23rd place)
Jacob Hansen (11) – 17:43 (108th place)
Tyler Morris (11) – 17:58 (129th place)
Thomas Hembree (12) – 18:29 (157th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Cougars had an excellent team last year, perhaps their best in school history. They do lose three of their top four, and those losses will be felt this year in the Carmel Semi-state. Still, the Cougars have a great frontrunner in senior Zachariah Bishop, who is absolutely a contender to advance individually. Additionally, junior Tyler Morris had a great track season in running 4:35 in the 1600.

#42 – Penn Kingsmen
New Haven Semi-state #12

State meet history: 8 appearances (last in 2007), 1 podium finish (1999)

2014 Results:
South Bend Riley Sectional: 2nd place (59 points)
Elkhart Central Regional: 1st place (73 points)
New Haven Semi-state: 7th place (209 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-state)
Gregory Delee (10) – 17:34 (69th place)
Matthew Evans (12) – 17:37 (73rd place)
Colton Shail (10) – 17:44 (80th place)
Daniel Hardman (12) – 18:08 (104th place)
Jonathan Harley (10) – 18:11 (111th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Kingsmen were six agonizing points away from the state finals last year. Though they lose the top two finishers, they also had three freshmen in the line-up and could have a lot of upside this fall. Penn also had a pretty good spring. This could be another darkhorse candidate for the state finals, though the area is very tough. Inccstats gives the Kingsmen better than a 50% chance to make the state finals, which would be a first trip since 2007.

#43 – Westview Warriors
New Haven Semi-state #13
West Noble Regional #8

State meet history: 7 appearances (last in 1997), 2 podium finishes (last in 1997)

2014 Results:
West Noble Sectional: 3rd place (87 points)
West Noble Regional: 7th place (137 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the West Noble Sectional)
Richmond Stultzfus (10) – 16:55 (6th place)
Matthew Yoder (10) – 17:28 (20th place)
Derek Miller (11) – 17:45 (25th place)
Spencer Shank (12) – 18:00 (28th place)
Mason Jones (10) – 18:07 (30th place)
Brock Miller (12) – 18:39 (40th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Warriors are a very interesting team heading into 2015. They are led by two runners entering their sophomore year that ran 9:51 and 10:12 in the track sectional 3200. Their improvement curve could be great, but they are still in a very challenging area of the state, starting as early as the sectional level. The advanced stats, love Westview, though. This could be a darkhorse state meet squad.

#44 – North Harrison Cougars
Brown County Semi-state #6

State meet history: 7 appearances (last in 2014), 1 podium finish (2009)

2014 Results:
Crawford County Sectional: 1st place (28 points)
Crawford County Regional: 1st place (73 points)
Brown County Semi-state: 5th place (191 points)
IHSAA State Finals: 19th place (488 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-state)
Michael White (12) – 16:32 (26th place)
Noah Rothrock (10) – 17:31 (85th place)
Collier Smith (11) – 18:18 (147th place)
Nathaniel Lone (10) – 18:32 (153rd place)

2015 Outlook:
The Cougars graduate three important seniors, including an All-Stater, who took them to the state finals last year. The returning group will have experience and look like a real contender to return to the state meet out of the south. The Cougars could get good improvement from Noah Rothrock and Nathaniel Long as they enter their sophomore year and look to become more consistent contributors.

#45 – New Prairie Cougars
New Prairie Semi-state #11
New Prairie Regional #5
Chesterton Sectional #5

State meet history: 8 appearances (last in 2001), 1 podium finish (1994), 1 state runner-up title (1994)

2014 Results:
Chesterton Sectional: 6th place (132 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Chesterton Sectional)
Jacob Hughes (11) – 16:41 (15th place)
Justin Baltes (12) – 17:19 (28th place)
Collin Babcock (12) – 17:29 (34th place)
Ethan Piergalski (10) – 17:57 (42nd place)
Nathan Arndt (11) – 18:15 (43rd place)
Jacob Baltes (11) – 18:22 (44th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Cougars were ousted in perhaps the second most competitive sectional in the state last year and didn’t get a chance to compete in the regional or semi-state on their home course. With six of seven back, New Prairie looks to be in better position this year, though last year’s top runner David Kampf has graduated. Advancing rather than being done after the first round will be close again this year.

#46 – Fort Wayne Dwenger Saints
New Haven Semi-state #14
West Noble Regional #9
Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional #6

State meet history: 9 appearances (last in 2013), 1 podium finish (1977)

2014 Results:
Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional: 3rd place (89 points)
West Noble Regional: 3rd place (112 points)
New Haven Semi-state:

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-state)
Bryson Tretter (12) – 17:27 (57th place)
Blake Malone (12) – 18:05 (102nd place)
Alex Barton (12) – 18:16 (116th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Saints have quite a few losses from last season, including three of their top four runners as well as coach Eric Ade who is stepping down after a decade of leadership at his alma mater. Dwenger was just 23 points away from the state finals last year and brings back three seniors, but the semi-state is very deep this fall. Will the Saints be up for the challenge? They will certainly need to do some reloading.

#47 – NorthWood Panthers
New Haven Semi-state #15

State meet history: Two appearances (last in 1987)

2014 Results:
Elkhart Central Sectional: 4th place (116 points)
Elkhart Central Regional: 8th place (185 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Elkhart Central Regional)
Ryan Price (12) – 17:03 (14th place)
Mason Pippenger (12) – 17:24 (30th place)
Emanuel Olvera (11) – 17:33 (36th place)
Zach Ferreira (12) – 18:53 (78th place)
Marcus Hershberger (12) – 18:54 (79th place)
Nathaniel Williams (12) – 19:20 (83rd place)

2015 Outlook:
The Panthers return all six runners that competed in last year’s regional round when they were ousted in a very tough Elkhart Central site. With everyone back, NorthWood could look to move up in the area and potentially qualify for the semi-state. Though they return everyone, the Panthers did not have a very good spring in a tough sectional. That could change this fall though.

#48 – Jasper Wildcats
Brown County Semi-state #7

State meet history: 3 appearances (last in 1952)

2014 Results:
Jasper Sectional: 2nd place (57 points)
Crawford County Regional: 4th place (112 points)
Brown County Semi-state: 12th place (310 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-state)
Cale Kilian (11) – 16:46 (40th place)
Kyle Knies (12) – 17:32 (86th place)
Nolan Kiefere (12) – 17:39 (93rd place)
Tristan Backer (10) – 18:11 (138th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Wildcats lose quite a bit from last year’s 12th place semi-state team but so does most of the competition. That in combination with what Jasper brings back could put the ‘Cats in a position to grab a state finals berth. If senior Henry Love, who ran 10:08 in the sectional, participates in cross country, that would certainly help Jasper’s chances.

#49 – Winamac Warriors
New Prairie Semi-state #12

State meet history: Never qualified

2014 Results:
Logansport Sectional: 3rd place (69 points)
Culver Academies Regional: 3rd place (90 points)
New Prairie Semi-state: 13th place (338 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-state)
Kyle Collins (12) – 16:22 (7th place)
Zen Zupin (12) – 16:34 (15th place)
Joseph Vontobel (11) – 18:24 (138th place)
Michael Beckner (11) – 18:28 (140th place)
Braden Tankersley (11) – 18:32 (147th place)
Kole Loehmer (12) – 19:48 (173rd place)
Joshua Scott (11) – 20:36 (177th place)

2015 Outlook:
The Warriors have an excellent frontrunning duo in seniors Kyle Collins and Zen Zupin, both of whom qualified for the state finals in cross country last fall. Beyond them, Winamac returns its entire team from last year that was 13th at the semi-state. The Warriors would need a lot of development to contend for a state finals berth, though the team didn’t fall off precipitously until after five last year so it is a possibility.

#50 – Cathedral Fighting Irish
Carmel Semi-state #16
Noblesville Regional #9

State meet history: 3 appearances (last in 2012), 1 podium finish (1960)

2014 Results:
Brebeuf Jesuit Sectional: 2nd place (54 points)
Noblesville Regional: 7th place (161 points)

Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Noblesville Regional)
Jacob Will (12) – 16:53 (52nd place)
Chris Bessler (12) – 17:04 (59th place)

2015 Outlook:
This year will certainly be a rebuilding project for the Irish, who bring back two from last year’s regional team that was at least within striking distance of advancing to the semi-state. Seniors Chris Bessler and Jacob Will, 10:04 and 10:23 respectively in the sectional 3200, give Cathedral a good start, but the Irish certainly have a lot of gaps to fill to be competitive in the area.

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