Purdue Invitational Sweeps IR’s Boys and Girls Meet of the Week!
Update Friday, August 24th
*Indianapolis Cathedral will not be in attendance
By Colin Altevogt
Participating schools: Andrean, #1 Carmel, Columbia City, #20 Crown Point, Harrison (West Lafayette),
Homestead, Indianapolis Cathedral, Michigan City, Pioneer, South Bend St. Joseph’s, Terre Haute South,
#2 West Lafayette, #23 Zionsville.
With each team’s propensity to sit varsity runners on occasion, the Purdue Invitational could be nothing
more than an opportunity for junior varsity runners to shine. Or it could be the first 1 vs. 2 showdown of
Seemingly perennial state champion Carmel may have its biggest challenge of the last three years this
season. The ‘Hounds, albeit without two presumed varsity runners, just barely outdueled second-ranked
West Lafayette at their own Carmel Classic last week. A handful of other teams either ranked or just
missing the cut will be on hand as well. Five individuals whose teams are set to attend finished in the top
15 at last year’s cross country state finals.
TEAMS TO WATCH
A team of mainly sophomores and juniors that graduated much from last year’s senior-laden line-up
looks vulnerable for the first time in a while. A return of the Harris twins, who were not in last week’s
Carmel Classic meet, should make the Greyhounds hard for anyone to beat. Despite losing a hearty
chunk of its 2011 roster, Carmel does return two All-Staters.
#2 West Lafayette
The Red Devils looked every bit as good as the preseason hype and more last week at Carmel. West
Lafayette certainly has the frontrunning to contend with anyone in Indiana. This meet also gives the
Devils an opportunity to showcase their depth.
#20 Crown Point
The Bulldogs have a good amount of runners back from a team that finished 16th at the state finals last
year. Junior Lyndie Pierce should lead the charge for CP.
The Eagles get their first look at top competition. Zionsville should benefit from its typical great depth as
well as a move out of the Brebeuf Regional guillotine in October.
INDIVIDUALS TO WATCH
Bobbie Burgess, West Lafayette
Burgess put on a show for an awestruck crowd last week, running 17:58 in her first race of the season
at the Carmel Classic. In the cross country medley format, the junior Red Devil led at 3k and 4k ahead
of competitors stopping at that distance. Her nearest competitor, a returning All-State runner, finished
more than a minute back.
Becca Conley, Andrean
Conley gets to test her early fitness against some of the state’s best. She was 14 th at last year’s state
meet in cross country, fifth best among those in this race.
Gina Genco, Carmel
Genco is ahead of where she was last year at this point. She eventually finished with an individual medal
at the state meet. Her teams have never lost a race to Indiana competition during her time in high
Samantha Roush, Columbia City
Roush was fifth at this meet last season before finishing very high at the state meet. It seems likely that
she will not be able to run with top flight competition this early but should see marked improvement
before the most important races.
Kelcy Welch, Carmel
Welch took a pretty humbling defeat to Burgess last week at the Carmel Classic. Still, the Greyhound
junior was fifth at last year’s state finals in cross country (to Burgess’ third) and fifth in the 3200 (to
Burgess’ seventh). This race could be another chapter in a building rivalry.
By: Drake Sterling
The 2012 Purdue Invitational features more top end firepower than we have seen in previous years. Along with the top teams from 2011 all bringing back even more competitive squads, the meet has also brought an additional ranked team in the Barr-Reeve Vikings. That means that we will get our first look at the #2 ranked individual in the State, Connor Sorrells.
The team battle will get very personal. All 6 ranked teams are between 9 and 22 in this week’s IR rankings. We also have the opportunity to see a ranked team from every one of the four semi-states.
Girls Varsity Race: 10:00 am
Boys Varsity Race: 10:45 am
Boys Competing Teams:
Barr-Reeve, Brebeuf Jesuit, Cathedral, Crown Point, Harrison, Homestead, Lowell, Terre Haute South, West Lafayette
Teams to Watch:
#9 Terre Haute South
#21 Barr Reeve
#22 Crown Point
UNR. West Lafayette
Barr-Reeve and Crown Point will be opening up with their first big invitational of the year. Hopefully for those two, the rust will be knocked off early. Terre Haute South, Brebeuf, Homestead, and Cathedral on the other hand have already raced hard last Saturday.
Brebeuf dominated the competition at their home Harvey Invitational while Cathedral ran away with a Hokum victory at Plainfield last weekend. Terre Haute South finished just a few points behind Lawrence Central last weekend, one of the best teams in the State.
Homestead however, enters the meet with one big question mark. Team leader Max Silcox was a no-show at the competitive Huntington North Invitational last weekend. The rest of the team looked very good though.
Also keep an eye out for the young team out of West Lafayette. They looked very good at the Carmel Classic and have a chance to knock off a couple teams and get ranked next week.
Individuals to Watch (In no order):
Zack Snider – 10 – Brebeuf
Max Silcox – 12 – Homestead
Jackson Bertoli – 11 – Terre Haute South
Blake Harris – 12 – Homestead
Connor Sorrells – 12 – Barr-Reeve
Damon Pruett – 12 – Barr-Reeve
Spencer Clapp – 12 – Cathedral
Tom Cierniak – 12 – Crown Point
Brayden Law – 9 – Homestead
Logan Hambrock – 12 – Terre Haute South
Daniel Walters – 12 – Crown Point
Patrick O’Neal – 10 – Cathedral
Kyle Eller – 12 – Lowell
Jarit Perkins – 9 – Barr-Reeve
Alex Ray – 12 – Crown Point
The individual race will be just as interesting as the team competition. Up front, you have three top 15 ranked individuals from Indiana Runner’s Preseason All-State. #2 Connor Sorrells is coming off his 9:01 3200 at the IHSAA State Meet finishing second to Futsum Zeinasellassie . Also coming in hot will be Jackson Bertoli, Spencer Clapp, Kyle Eller, and Zack Snider.
A couple guys who could slip into the top 5 with a good performance include Damon Pruett and Tom Cierniak. The chase pack will consist of all of the Homestead, Brebeuf, Cathedral, Terre Haute South and Crown Point. “In the trenches”, those 2-5 runners will truly determine where the team standings fall.
One side-note on the individual battle includes a battle of the #2, #3 and #4 freshmen in the state, Brayden Law, Jarit Perkins, and Cooper Williams. Those three will certainly keep an eye on each other in the first of many battles to come.
Top 10 Returners:
2. Jackson Bertoli – 11 – Terre Haute South – 16:14.1
4. Max Silcox – 12 – Homestead – 16:21.5
5. Spencer Clapp – 12 – 16:28.9
8. Zack Snider – 10 – Brebeuf – 16:36.7
9. Alex Ray – 12 – Crown Point – 16:37.4
10. Daniel Walters – 12 – Crown Point – 16:41.9
11. Logan Hambrock – 12 – Terre Haute South – 16:49.2
12. Sam Moore – 11 – Homestead – 16:49.7
15. Blake Harris – 12 – Homestead – 16:56.8
16. Seamus Brennan – 12 – Cathedral – 17:00.9
Last Year’s Full Results: