September 6th, 2012 – Brown County Meet of the Week Previews
By Colin Altevogt
Participating schools: Barr-Reeve, Bedford North Lawrence, Bloomington North, #21 Bloomington South, Borden, Brown County, #6 Columbus North, Corydon Central,
East Central, Eastern (Pekin), Edgewood, Floyd Central, Forest Park, Franklin, Greensburg, Horizon Christian, Indian Creek, Jeffersonville, Lawrence Central, Lighthouse Christian, Madison, Martinsville, New Albany, North Central (Farmersburg), #22 North Central (Indy), North Harrison, Northview, Perry Central, Perry Meridian, Sacred Heart (KY), Salem, Seymour, Silver Creek, Tell City, #4 Terre Haute North, Terre Haute South, Trinity Lutheran, Triton Central, Union County, Terre Haute West Vigo, #16 Westfield
All eyes will be on southern Indiana as the meet of the week is the Eagle Classic at Brown County. Home to the southern semi-state, this quickly-growing meet will feature a rematch between the semi-state’s top two teams as well as a host of schools making the short trek from central Indiana to run one of Indiana’s best courses.
If the forecast for cooler weather holds up and the course stays relatively dry, watch out for fast times. Last year’s meet saw six girls under 18:30, five of which return this season, including defending meet and semi-state champion Chanli Mundy, who became the first Indiana runner under 18 minutes in 2011 by virtue of her 17:57 victory.
TEAMS TO WATCH
#4 Terre Haute North
The Patriots looked a little off without longtime frontrunner Chanli Mundy last weekend at the State Preview meet. THN is the team to beat in the south, at least for now. The Pats upset No. 6 Columbus North at the Franklin Invitational two weeks ago. THN has also been boosted by the return of TaPring Goatee, the individual state champion in 2009 as a freshman.
#6 Columbus North
The Bull Dogs are great up front with All-Staters Mackenzie Caldwell and Rachael Sollman. The depth is currently a project under construction. If North wants to claim its status as the perennial team to beat in the south since being moved from the Carmel Semi-state earlier this summer, it will need to close the door quicker than it has in previous meets.
The Shamrocks looked like a shell of themselves in earlier meets, including a fifth place finish at their county meet early last week. Westfield rebounded to run well at the Harrison Invitational just four days later, though. A team that typically looks better each week, this meet should be a good litmus test as to whether the ‘Rocks can contend for another state finals appearance.
#21 Bloomington South
The Panthers looked great out of the gate, upsetting then No. 4 Westfield at the Early Bird Invitational on the state meet course. South has a great frontrunner in junior Alex Warzyniak and could close the gap between itself at the other two southern teams with improved depth.
#22 North Central
The Panthers have looked much better at the start of this season compared to last. NC is struggling with the loss of star Brenna Poulsen but is developing the depth needed to compete in the most loaded area of the state.
INDIVIDUALS TO WATCH
Mackenzie Caldwell, Columbus North
Caldwell’s 18:10 early in a dual meet is one of the state’s beat times. A showdown with THN’s Mundy could be an exciting semi-state preview and potentially lead to more sub 18 times. At this juncture, three girls have already dipped under that barrier, including multiple efforts by defending champion Ashley Erba and West Lafayette’s Bobbie Burgess. A case could be made that Caldwell deserves mention in that group.
Kieran Casey, Perry Meridian
Casey is among the most talented runners in the state. She was sixth at the State Preview behind a host of Carmel and Hamilton Southeastern runners and also ran well at the Franklin Invitational, finishing third in 18:49.
Chanli Mundy, Terre Haute North
Mundy typically runs very well on this course and is the defending state champion. She was 38 seconds behind Caldwell in an invitational two weeks ago and sat out the team’s meet last weekend. A healthy Mundy would be hard for anyone to handle, but we may need to wait until October to see that.
Alex Warzyniak, Bloomington South
Warzyniak has battled back from losing most of last season. The junior was fourth at the Harrison Invitational in 18:58 last season and looks back to being a potential All-Stater this fall.
TOP FIVE RETURNERS (based on 2011 results)
1. Chanli Mundy, Terre Haute North 17:58
2. Alex Warzyniak, Bloomington South 18:20
4. Mackenzie Caldwell, Columbus North 18:21
5. Nikki Thiede, Terre Haute South 18:22
6. Rachael Sollman, Columbus North 18:23
TOP FIVE TEAMS (based on 2011 results)
1. Columbus North 38
2. Terre Haute North 77
3. North Central 132
4. Bloomington South 164
5. Terre Haute South 202
11th Annual Brown County Eagle Classic
September 8th, 2012
By Drake Sterling
Division AA Schools (20)
Bloomington North, Franklin Community, Indpls. North Central, Madison Consolidated, Lawrence Central, Terre Haute South, Columbus North, Bloomington South, Jeffersonville, Bedford North Lawrence (girls), Terre Haute North, New Albany, Floyd Central, East Central, Northview, Martinsville, Seymour, Westfield, Sacred Heart – Louisville, KY (girls), Perry Meridian
Division A Schools (24)
Brown County, Forest Park, Indian Creek, Tell City, West Vigo, Barr-Reeve, Lighthouse Christian, Horizon Christian, Eastern Pekin, North Central Farmersburg, Salem, Union County, North Harrison, Austin, Perry Central, Trinity Lutheran, Greensburg, Corydon Central, Clarksville, Borden, Riverton Parke, Silver Creek, Edgewood, Paoli
Brown County Schools Eagle Park Campus – 1743 E. State Rd. 46, Nashville
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
Teams to Watch For:
#5 Lawrence Central
#8 Bloomington South
#11 Columbus North
#17 North Central
#22 Terre Haute South
#24 Bedford North Lawrence
UNR. Barr Reeve
UNR. Floyd Central
What will be interesting to watch in this race is that the top three teams are in three different situations. Westfield is riding high after finishing second at the Hamilton County meet and Lawrence Central hasn’t run a 5k since mid-August. Meanwhile, Bloomington South had a surprise showing up front at the Harrison Invitational and can do some damage if their four and five continue to progress.
Columbus North has a lot to prove. This is the first year they haven’t been dominant in their early season meets. We will learn about whether or not they are a podium contender this weekend.
North Central, Terre Haute South, and Bedford North Lawrence are all coming off down-weekends. Terre Haute South However is expected to welcome the return of Logan Hambrock.
Barr Reeve and Floyd Central are on the outside looking in. Barr Reeve needs to continue to see growth from their number five. With a good race, it wouldn’t be surprising to see either knock off one or two ranked teams.
Individuals to Watch (in no specific order)
Conner Sorrells (Barr Reeve)
Jackson Bertolli (Terre Haute South)
James Huffman (North Central)
Jonathan Reynolds (North Harrison)
Matt Dorsey (Lawrence Central)
Cole Hester (Lawrence Central)
Damon Pruett (Bar Reeve)
Kyle Duvall (Westfield)
Colin Rinne (Westfield)
Kyle Burks (Bloomington South)
Jordan Huntoon (Bloomington South)
Anthony Williams (Bloomington South)
Levi Taylor (Corydon Central)
Arthur Cross-Najafi (Bedford North Lawrence)
Up front, the usual suspects will be battling. Expect to see Sorrells, Bertoli, Dorsey, Reynolds, Hester, Burks, and DuVall in the lead pack the entire way. You might also see Pruett, Huffman, Rinne, Huntoon, and others run with the leaders for as long as possible and maybe even pull off a top 5 finish. It would also be very surprising to not to see a Columbus North runner in the top 10.
One of the best things to pay attention to at Brown County is the times. The course and competition always runs fast. Most likely, we won’t see the winning time in the 15:40’s like at State Preview and Purdue. Expect this group to roll out some fast times.
Top 10 Returners from 2011:
Connor Sorrells – Sr. – Barr Reeve – 15:20
Matt Dorsey – Sr. – Lawrence Central – 15:28
Colin Rinne – Jr. – Westfield – 15:44
Cole Hester – Sr. – Lawrence Central – 15:47
Jackson Bertoli – Jr. – Terre Haute South – 15:47
Jonathan Reynolds – Sr. – North Harrison – 15:47
Damon Pruett – Sr. – Barr Reeve 15:58
Andrew Carmin – Sr. – Bloomington South – 16:08
Karson Tays – Sr. – Columbus North – 16:10
Chandler Ball – Sr. – Lawrence Central – 16:17
Full 2011 Results: