September 12th – Boys Eagle Classic Meet Preview
By: Drake Sterling
With 7 ranked boys teams in the AA division, this race should provide a lot of excitement. It will be our first legitimate chance to see if anyone is capable to taking down #2 Carmel, and thus, thrusting themselves into the conversation for a State Championship. The individual race should be a good one as well as we are likely to see at least 5 athletes who have hopes of finishing top 10 at the State Meet.
Division AA Schools (23)
Bedford North Lawrence, #3 Bloomington North, #7 Bloomington South, #2 Carmel, #4 Columbus North, East Central, Evansville Harrison (boys), Floyd Central, #25 Franklin Central, Franklin Community, Jeffersonville, Lawrence Central, Madison, Martinsville, New Albany, North Central Indpls, Northview, Perry Meridian, Seymour, Terre Haute North, #19 Terre Haute South, #12 Westfield
Division A Schools (26)
Austin, Barr-Reeve, Borden, Brown County, Clarksville, Corydon Central, Eastern Pekin, Edgewood, Edinburgh, Forest Park, Greensburg, Home School Tommies, Horizon Christian, Indian Creek, Lighthouse Christian, North Central Farmersburg, North Harrison, Park Tudor, Perry Central, Salem, Silver Creek, Tell City, Trinity Lutheran, Triton Central, West Vigo
#2 Carmel, #3 Bloomington North, #4 Columbus North, and #7 Bloomington South highlight the field and will be in a dogfight up front. Both Carmel and Bloomington North sport amazing pack-running tactics and Ben Veatch’s #1 stick shouldn’t provide quite as much pull in this meet as it would in a bigger race like the State Meet. The key will be whether or not North can slip their pack in man for man better than the Greyhounds.
Throughout the last 3 weeks, Bloomington South has run a really hard schedule which will prepare them to compete at the Eagle Classic. They and Columbus North look to be just a step behind Bloomington North at this moment, but a lot can change in one weekend. We know at some point, Columbus North will make a big improvement and likely be in contention for the State Championship. The Bulldogs also have a knack for running well in tough conditions, and it’s possible the course could be a little soggy by Saturday morning.
#12 Westfield has been steadily improving each week as we are used to seeing. They have a chance of catching Bloomington South on a good day but otherwise may find themselves in no mans land. Terre Haute South doesn’t look to be a threat to them until they can improve their #5 man and #25 Franklin Central didn’t come close at Marion last weekend.
In the “A” race, North Harrison is a team to watch. They have really competed well the last couple of weeks and found themselves just outside the top 25 in the last rankings.
Individuals to Watch:
Ben Veatch – CarmelAnthony Williams – Bloomington South
Seth Williams – Columbus North
Chase Ballard – Columbus North
Spencer Danielson – Terre Haute South
Fergus Arthur – Bloomington North
Darin Lawrence – Lawrence Central
Sam Henthorn – Westfield
Griffin Tichenor – Bloomington North
Brogan Armand – Evansville Harrison
Jordan Koczenasz – North Central (Indy)
Ryan Nephew – Bloomington North
Daniel Fleace – North Harrison (A Race)
Julien Magallanes – Borden (A Race)
Ben Veatch will be the favorite as expected, however, he will get all he can handle from a number of individuals. Last week at the Martinsville Invitational, Seth Williams put on a show, beating second place Fergus Arthur by 13 seconds and winning in 15:31 which is the fastest time in Indiana not run on Marion’s course. The level of competition he beat on that day with ease showed he’s serious about challenging this weekend as well. Anthony Williams will also be up front. Williams had run two amazing races at the Early Bird and Conference Indiana. At conference, Anthony beat Seth Williams by 5 seconds, claiming the title. Then last week at the Harrison Invitational, Anthony hung with Cooper Williams of West Lafayette, considered to be on the same level as Veatch for 4600 meters, and made some aggressive moves before losing by just 5 seconds in 15:38.
This is the same course in which Griffin Tichenor broke out last year, running an impressive 15:40 for 7th place. We will see if he’s able to duplicate his improvement from last year and stay the path. Sam Henthorn and Darin Lawrence both took advantage of the fast day at Marion last weekend, breaking the 15:50 min mark for the first time in their careers in 15:49.5 and 15:49.8 respectively.
Jordan Koczenasz will run his first competitive 5k of the season and should place high. It is unknown whether or not Solomon Rice is back from injury yet but if he is, he will likely compete in the top 10 in his first race back.
Daniel Fleace ran side-by-side with Ben Veatch for over 4000 meters last Saturday at the Terre Haute Savings Bank Invitational. He won’t see the same level of competition as the”AA” race, but if he gets a chance to move up, he is a serious threat for the win. Julien Magallanes will also be in the “A” race and will give Fleace all he can handle.
Times: 9:30am Freshman/Sophomore Boys’ Race – 5 Kilometer
(Five score- 2 bumpers)
10:00am Girls’ Varsity Race
10:35am Boys’ Varsity Race
11:05am Girls’ Reserve Race
11:40am Boys’ Reserve Race