September 28th, 2012 – Girls HCC Meet of the Week Preview
By Colin Altevogt
Participating Schools: #15 Avon, Brownsburg, #12 Fishers, #4 Hamilton Southeastern, Harrison (West Lafayette), Lafayette Jefferson, McCutcheon
, #18 Noblesville, #11 Westfield, #21 Zionsville
Perhaps the deepest conference in Indiana, the Hoosier Crossroads Conference boasts five of Indiana’s top 20 teams, all of which have state meet aspirations. A handful of individuals with All-State aspirations, including one that finished sixth at last year’s state finals, also lead the way.
TEAMS TO WATCH
#4 Hamilton Southeastern
Are the Royals for real? They climbed the rankings last year and nearly ascended the podium in 2011. With a healthy chunk of that team back, HSE again looks like a podium contender. A dominating victory over conference rivals would be a great way to end September and lead into the most important four week stretch.
The Shamrocks have looked better each meet this season and now appear to be a likely state meet team. Certainly one of the best-coached teams in Indiana, the ‘Rocks lack a frontrunner but have a strong pack that can close their scoring fast.
The Tigers may be headed for their first state finals ever. They looked great at the Hamilton County meet to kick off the season and were just one point behind Westfield in the championship race at FlashRock two weeks ago. A similar performance at the semi-state should get them there.
The Orioles have been a bit hobbled this year and, thus, seen some issues with the depth. If any team can overcome those issues, it’s Avon, who may score four runners at each meet until the semi-state and have a great secondary frontrunner in sophomore Courtney Kerr.
The Millers are lurking. They were a ways behind Fishers, presumably the sixth best team in the semi-state, but they have runners with good October experience and could be a tough out.
INDIVIDUALS TO WATCH
Malyka Abramson, Avon
Abramson has lost only one race this season, an early tilt to West Lafayette’s Bobbie Burgess that she avenged the next week. She currently holds the number three time in the state and has looked nearly untouchable since that early season defeat.
Kendra Foley, Noblesville
Foley has thrice been All-State and looks determined to make it four-for-four. She was fifth in the championship race at the FlashRock Invitational and typically runs very well this time of year.
Rachel Nichwitz, Hamilton Southeastern
Nichwitz was the queen bee of the freshman last season and is among the very top in Indiana again this year, currently holding the 13th best time in Indiana. She was third at FlashRock, 20 seconds behind Abramson, and it seems likely that
the two will battle at this race.