November 30th, 2013 – Punching Their Tickets!

By: Drake Sterling


Saturday was a big day for Indiana running fans. On a beautiful day in Kenosha, Wisconsin, hundreds of athletes took to the famous UW-Parkside Cross Country Course with the goal of earning a top 10 position and the opportunity for a trip to San Diego, California on Dec. 14th for the Footlocker National Cross Country Championships.

Unfortunately for the other competing states, Indiana stole the show, grabbing 5 of the 20 qualifying spots. In the girls race, Kelcy Welch dominated the competition, winning in a personal best 17:34. Not surprising, HSE Junior Rachel Nichwitz kept herself in contention and grabbed the 9th spot, qualifying for the finals. What was┬ásurprising, however, was Pendleton Heights’ Alex Buck, who finished 10th overall and earning the final qualifying spot. Buck was just 19th at this year’s Indiana State Meet and had a previous personal best of 18:18. LaPorte’s Elena Lancioni was also 21st.

On the boys side, both Jackson Bertoli and David Dalton, who finished 1-2 at the State Meet, were on their game. Both set personal bests with Bertoli finishing 5th (15:14) and Dalton finishing 9th (15:22). Kaden Eaton was also 22nd while Mark Beckmann was 26th.

Congratulations to our 5 qualifiers and good luck in San Diego!

The races will take place at Balboa Park with the girls race beginning at 9:15 AM and the boys 10:00 AM PST.


Midwest Girls Results

17:34 Kelcy Welch Carmel, IN
17:39 Stephanie Jenks Aurora, IA
17:45 Rebekah Topham Griswold, IA
17:46 Taylor Werner Bloomsdale, MO
17:46 Hannah Long Pacific, MO
17:47 Lauren Brasure Ada, MI
17:52 Mailin Struck N Riverside, IL
17:52 Kirsten Olling Wheeler, MI
17:55 Rachel Nichwitz Fishers, IN
18:04 Alex Buck Pendleton, IN
Midwest Boys Results
15:02 Grant Fisher Grand Blanc, MI
15:09 Addison Dehaven Brookings, SD
15:11 Jesse Reiser Mchenry, IL
15:13 Toby Hardwick Newark, OH
15:14 Jackson Bertoli Terre Haute, IN
15:15 Patrick Perrier O Fallon, IL
15:17 Thomas Pollard Ames, IA
15:20 Noah Kauppila Chesterfield, MO
15:22 David Dalton Greenwood, IN
15:22 Ryan Robinson W Bloomfield, MI

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