November 3rd, 2013 – IHSAA State Meet Results and Recap

By: Drake Sterling

 

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It’s a Wrap! The 68th Annual Boys IHSAA State Championship and the 33rd Annual Girls IHSAA State Championship is in the books. The race was highlighted not only by the performances of the favorites coming into Saturday, but also by those who stepped up and surprised us all with their excellent achievements.

To recap the boys race, it went about as expected. Early on, a group of four – Jackson Bertoli, Zach Panning, Calvin Kraft, and David Dalton put about a 10 meter gap on the chase pack which was led by Zack Snider. Between 3k and 4k, Panning started to push the pace and Bertoli was the only one to hold on, although Dalton lingered less than 40 meters behind. Not long after 4k, Panning would open up about a 50 meter lead on Bertoli and the race looked to be in the bag. As Panning crossed the start line, marking just 400 meters to go, the announcer at LaVern Gibson shouted to the crowd, “And here comes Panning towards the finish to claim his State Title after finishing second last year!”

The announcer, however, was premature in his celebration of the Concordia Senior. Just past the 3 mile mark, with just over 100 meters to go, Panning, who had looked completely in control up to this point stumbled once. The crown recognized the stumble immediately and let out a collective gasp. The announcer remarked aloud, “Oh no!”. Panning regained his composure for a few steps, leaving hope that he could hang on. But it wasn’t more than 20 meters later that Panning stumbled again, and this time, fell to his knees. Clearly having spent every bit of energy he had in the previous 3 miles, Panning wearily, on his hands and knees, put one foot back on the ground, and lifted himself back up. Looking like a fawn taking it’s first steps, Panning’s legs wobbled another few meters before failing on him again. By this time, Jackson Bertoli, who was lingering just a few seconds back stormed by Panning. Bertoli crossed the finish line in 15:32, winning the IHSAA State Title.

In a big surprise, Greenwood’s David Dalton, who just two weeks earlier was relatively forgotten about among the contenders, came through the chute in second place. In the process, the Woodsman became the highest ever placing Greenwood athlete at the State Finals.

Panning, who fell once again before crossing the finish line would finish 22nd, still earning IATCCC All-State honors, although it wasn’t at all what he expected coming into Saturday. The Concordia Cadet was able to stay up-beat however, and tweeted the following shortly after his last cross country race in a Concordia singlet:

Panning Tweet

 

Here’s to hoping Zach returns to health and is able to represent Indiana and his school in one of the numerous post season meets coming up later this month. If he chooses to compete, Panning is still a favorite to qualify for the Footlocker National Championships in December.

Bertoli meanwhile became the first Terre Haute South State Champion in history. After overcoming a season full of injuries and setbacks, Bertoli returned to action late in the season and with the help of head coach Kyle Walsh, timed a peak perfectly for the State Meet, despite missing 5 weeks of running through the month September.

In the team competition, #2 Ranked Columbus North established themselves early and looked to be leading the meet at halfway, but ultimately, #1 Carmel would reign supreme as they moved up late and secured the championship by just 14 points. It is the second straight Carmel victory at the State Meet. It was the fifteenth overall title for the Greyhounds.

Top 10 Boys Teams:

1. Carmel 64
2. Columbus North 78
3. Carroll (FW) 192
4. Brebeuf 198
5. Terre Haute South 228
6. Bloomington South 230
7. North Central (Indianapolis) 230
8. Northridge 234
9. West Lafayette 244
10. Lawrence North 265

Full Results

Top 25 Boys Individuals:

1 262 Jackson Bertoli (12) Terre Haute South 15:32.4 5:00
2 133 David Dalton (12) Greenwood Community 15:37.0 5:02
3 287 Ellis Coon (12) Warsaw Community 15:41.4 5:03
4 164 Anthony Didion (12) LaPorte 15:43.9 5:04
5 63 Ben Veatch (10) Carmel 15:44.0 5:04
6 306 Cooper Williams (10) West Lafayette 15:44.3 5:04
7 53 Bobby Browning (12) Carmel 15:47.4 5:05
8 259 Clayton Bowie (12) Southport 15:48.2 5:05
9 101 Mark Beckmann (11) DeKalb 15:48.5 5:05
10 46 Zack Snider (11) Brebeuf Jesuit 15:50.3 5:06
11 178 Brian Blaylock (12) Lowell 15:50.3 5:06
12 78 Andy Carr (12) Columbus North 15:50.7 5:06
13 52 Ben Anderson (12) Carmel 15:51.8 5:06
14 65 Cameron Clements (10) Carroll (Fort Wayne) 15:52.1 5:06
15 214 Blake O’Dell (12) Northridge 15:53.3 5:07
16 27 Kyle Burks (12) Bloomington South 15:53.5 5:07
17 88 Seth Williams (11) Columbus North 15:54.0 5:07
18 203 Solomon Rice (11) North Central (Indianapolis) 15:54.9 5:07
19 79 Kaden Eaton (12) Columbus North 15:55.6 5:07
20 308 Brandon Arnold (11) West Noble 15:58.6 5:08
21 81 Chase Ballard (11) Columbus North 15:59.1 5:09
22 131 Zachery Panning (12) Fort Wayne Concordia 15:59.2 5:09
23 317 Colin Rinne (12) Westfield 16:01.2 5:09
24 72 Jacob Schmeling (11) Carroll (Fort Wayne) 16:01.6 5:09
25 190 Ryan Kritzer (11) Munster 16:04.4 5:10

Full Results

While the girls race didn’t provide quite the drama and excitement as the boy’s race, it did feature some excellent performances and some surprises as well.

Elkhart Memorial’s Sierra Moore took the lead early in the 5k competition, putting a 20 meter gap on Carmel’s Kelcy Welch, the pre-race favorite. Moore would manage to hold that lead through 2k, although she would ultimately struggle climbing the hill between 2k to 3k and would come back to Welch, who had now been joined by co-favorite Mackenzie Caldwell of Columbus North.

Shortly after, Welch and Caldwell would make the race just between the two of them. They approached 4k neck and neck, literally running next to each other most of the race. Over the last K, Welch would distance herself on Caldwell and become the victor by a margin of approximately 5 seconds. She would finish in a winning time of 17:53. LaPorte’s Elena Lancioni would finish third in a personal best and LaPorte school record 18:03.

In the team standings, #1 Carmel showed up early and late, winning by a margin of 46 points over second place Hamilton Southeastern.

Top 10 Girls Teams:

1. Carmel 76
2. Hamilton Southeastern 122
3. Columbus North 141
4. West Lafayette 150
5. Avon 152
6. Penn 171
7. Carroll (FW) 180
8. Westfield 216
9. Zionsville 289
10. LaPorte 344

Full Results

Top 25 Girls Individuals:

1 59 Kelcy Welch (12) Carmel 17:53.9 5:45
2 77 Mackenzie Caldwell (12) Columbus North 17:56.8 5:46
3 186 Elena Lancioni (12) LaPorte 18:03.5 5:49
4 124 Rachel Nichwitz (11) Hamilton Southeastern 18:04.0 5:49
5 19 Taylor Nicholson (9) Avon 18:06.9 5:50
6 238 Madison Woods (11) Penn 18:09.5 5:50
7 116 Abigail Hostetler (12) Fremont 18:18.8 5:53
8 120 Jessica King (12) Hamilton Southeastern 18:20.1 5:54
9 213 Sarah Billingsley (12) Oldenburg 18:20.5 5:54
10 117 Alexandra Dalton (9) Greenwood Community 18:23.7 5:55
11 82 Sierra Lax (10) Columbus North 18:27.6 5:56
12 10 Mary Abramson (11) Avon 18:29.6 5:57
13 199 Jenna Halderman (11) Northfield 18:29.7 5:57
14 53 Haley Harris (11) Carmel 18:31.8 5:58
15 86 Sierra Moore (11) Elkhart Memorial 18:32.3 5:58
16 22 Bailey Beery (10) Bellmont 18:33.6 5:58
17 54 Kelsey Harris (11) Carmel 18:33.8 5:58
18 308 Lauren Johnson (10) West Lafayette 18:34.7 5:59
19 218 Alex Buck (10) Pendleton Heights 18:35.1 5:59
20 254 Anna Bearss (12) Rochester 18:35.4 5:59
21 307 Kristen Johnson (10) West Lafayette 18:36.4 5:59
22 299 Rachel Bales (11) West Lafayette 18:44.9 6:02
23 195 Lindsey Marriott (9) Leo 18:46.0 6:02
24 158 Katherine Free (10) Indianapolis Cathedral 18:46.4 6:02
25 47 Alexandra Warzyniak (12) Bloomington South 18:47.1 6:03

Full Results

Looking forward to the next few weeks, Indiana athletes will look to represent the State at the MidEast Cross Country Championships on November 16th, while both Carmel team’s along with others will hope to advance to the Nike Cross National Meet in Portland. The Nike Cross Regional Meet will take place on November 17th at LaVern Gibson in Terre Haute. Indiana also has multiple boys and girls individuals capable of qualifying for the highly esteemed Footlocker XC Championships. The Footlocker Midwest Regional qualifying meet will take place in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Novemeber 30th

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