September 12th – Ben Davis Invite Meet of the Week
Girls Meet of the Week
Ben Davis Invitational
By: Colin Altevogt
Schools participating: #3 Avon, Ben Davis, #19 Center Grove, Chesterton, Columbus East, Fishers, #6 Franklin Central, Greencastle, Heritage Christian, Herron, International, Northwest, #23 Pendleton Heights, Pike, Plainfield, Seeger, Southport, Tri-West, #4 West Lafayette, Western Boone, #8 Zionsville
What was supposed to transpire last week as a showdown between three potential podium teams may have been delayed this week. With highly-ranked Franklin Central running a JV at Harrison, those same three teams should be ready to go this week at Ben Davis. A flat course mixed with cool weather and dry ground could equal some very fast times this weekend.
TEAMS TO WATCH
The Orioles took a major step forward as a program in downing West Lafayette last weekend at Harrison. It seems possible that Avon could score four runners the rest of the year with the frontrunning of junior Malyka Abramson. Can they back up last week’s performance?
#4 West Lafayette
The Red Devils might have been a little disappointed in being defeated last week. West Lafayette was wining through four runners but had to go a little deeper than normal to round out their scoring. Can they close the door quicker?
#6 Franklin Central
We still don’t know much about the Flashes who have tumbled slightly down the rankings due to relative inactivity. Is FC as good as we thought in the preseason?
The Eagles are a rapidly improving team that looks very likely to qualify for their first state finals in cross country. Can they continue improving and potentially become a top five team this season?
#19 Center Grove
The Trojans did not have great times at the State Preview but got great experience on the state meet course. Will they be able to use that in November?
#23 Pendleton Heights
The Arabians are a young team with 3 freshmen and 2 sophomores on their varsity. Are they a team of the future?
INDIVIDUALS TO WATCH
Malyka Abramson, Avon
With Anna Rohrer out for the IHSAA season, Abramson may find herself as the individual favorite and on a top-flight team. She has looked the part thus far with individual victories at Franklin and Harrison. Last year, she defeated Bobbie Burgess, an All-American, at this meet. She also blitzed the course in 17:52 at last season’s regional.
Lauren and Kristen Johnson, West Lafayette
The Johnson sisters ran perhaps the best races of their young career, running 18:24 and 18:27 respectively at Harrison. If they can continue to improve, both could be individual medalists at the state meet.
Boys Meet of the Week:
Ben Davis Invitational
By: Drake Sterling
As you can see in the above picture, last year’s Ben Davis Invitational featured less than ideal conditions as most of the State of Indiana was hit with torrential downpours throughout the week. As a result, the course was altered to just one loop which led the total distance being between 3.2 – 3.3 miles. Luckily, teams and athletes were able to make the best of the conditions. As most coaches and athletes will agree, it was probably one of the most low-key, fun Invitationals most have been a part of. From the puddle stomping to the belly slides through the finish chute, the meet was run well and athletes enjoyed competing which is what the sport is all about. The Carmel Greyhounds ultimately would dominate the competition, taking 5 of the top 6 spots while teams 2-5 were separated by just 9 points.
This years race conditions look much more favorable and the teams are even more illustrious as we review the meet information and teams competing below:
9:30 am – Boys Varsity 5,000 Meters
10:00 am – Girls Varsity 5000 Meters
10:30 am – Boys Reserve 5000 Meters
11:00 am – Girls Reserve 5000 Meters
#15 Avon, Ben Davis, #1 Carmel, Center Grove, Chesterton, Columbus East, Greencastle, Heritage Christian, #8 Lawrence North, Northwest, Pike, Plainfield, Seeger, Southport, Tri-West, #7 West Lafayette, Western Boone, #14 Zionsville
Teams to Watch For:
#1 Carmel – Carmel should have little trouble with the competition at this years meet. It should be competitive up front for the Greyhounds so we likely won’t see a final score of 18 next to their school, but none-the-less, they are the favorite.
#7 West Lafayette – The Red Devils have been riding high after a couple great showings at Harrison and Western. They have seen their ranking go into the single digits for the first time in years. They are a very deep team and will need their 1-5 gap to be as small as possible in order to put as much distance on LN’s #5 as possible.
#8 Lawrence North – Still no word on whether or not Ethan Hoeft will compete for the Wildcats yet as he hasn’t made his season debut. The rest of the scorers are hitting on all cylinders though and that shouldn’t change. This course should fit the liking of the team’s #1 Joe Murphy, a middle distance specialist, nicely. The key for this team will be getting their #5 to close the gap on their #4 in order to compete with the likes of Carmel.
#14 Zionsville – The Eagles had a solid but not great showing at the State Preview Meet next week. They will still be looking for their front end to prove they can run with the front of the other packs ahead of them.
#15 Avon – The Orioles had a good showing at last week’s Harrison Invitational. This will be a great matchup that Carmel Semi-State fans should pay close attention to as it’s the first time Zionsville and Avon will meet. Those two teams will likely be fighting for the final spot along with Franklin Central at the Semi-State Meet.
HM: Ben Davis – The Giants haven’t quite gotten what they expected out of a few of their Varsity athletes.The talent is still there, and one would think that if there were any time for the team to have a breakthrough, their home Invitational would be it.
HM: Chesterton – The Trojans, like most teams at the Artesian Classic, looked good last week, setting personal bests across the board. They are still in need of a front-runner though. Expect them to threaten one of the lower ranked teams if the ranked teams have a bad day.
Individuals to Watch (in no order):
Ben Veatch – So. – Carmel
Bobby Browning – Sr. – Carmel
Michael George – Sr. – Carmel
Ben Anderson – Sr. – Carmel
Clayton Bowie – Sr. – Southport
Joe Murphy – Sr. – Lawrence North
Jacob Hanawalt – Sr. – Lawrence North
Robel Teklezghi – Sr. – Lawrence North
Cooper Williams – So. – West Lafayette
Sources say that Clayton Bowie will be back to racing for the first time this season at Ben Davis. Much of the state was looking forward to watching him run this season so it will be exciting if he is able to come out and compete with the top end Carmel guys at a minimum. If he does race though, he may need to knock some rust off.
Whether or not Bowie competes, the top pack will include Murphy, Veatch, Browning, and probably George and Anderson as well. If the pace is hot, these guys may open up quick and separate themselves from Hanawalt, Teklezghi, Williams, and anyone else.
After the leaders pass, it will be exciting to see how the packs of West Lafayette, Avon, and Zionsville match up. This is where most of the work will be done on the scoring chart.
Top Returners from 2012:
5. Michael George – Carmel – 17:12
6. Ben Anderson – Carmel – 17:13
7. David Behrmann – Ben Davis – 17:16
8. Ben Veatch – Carmel – 17:20
9. Clayton Bowie – Southport – 17:20
10. Kevin Kenney – Chesterton – 17:21
13. Cooper Williams – West Lafayette – 17:25
14. Jake Cohen – West Lafayette – 17:31
15. Joel Thompson – Plainfield – 17:33
19. Dominic Patascil – West Lafayette – 17:41
Full 2012 Results: