September 6th – Harrison/State Preview Meet of the Week
Girls – Harrison Invitational
By Colin Altevogt
Ranked schools participating: #3 West Lafayette, #4 Franklin Central, #6 Avon, #8 Fishers, #9 Westfield, #11 Zionsville, #13 Bloomington South, #15 LaPorte
The Harrison Invite will serve as the first indicator of how many top teams stack up against each other. Previously, a handful of meets have featured a showdown between two potential podium teams (Carmel vs. West Lafayette at Western, Avon vs. Columbus North at Franklin, etc.) This will be the first meet with many potential top five teams in the same meet. Depending on how performances here stack up against Hamilton Southeastern’s performance at the Hamilton County meet, the winner could vault as high as number two in Indiana.
TEAMS TO WATCH
#3 West Lafayette
The Red Devils are coming off an exciting victory over a slightly shorthanded Carmel squad last week and a dominating victory in the county meet. Can they respond well in their biggest meet of the season?
#4 Franklin Central
This will be the first big test for the Flashes after a recent hokum-karem. Based on early results, Lexi McCann looks to be back to her old form. Pack running has been big for FC the last couple of seasons.
The Orioles were a single point shy of taking down mighty Columbus North last week. Can they continue the momentum? A frontrunner like Malyka Abramson plus state meet veterans will certainly help, but a pair of freshmen could be huge for Avon’s title hopes.
The Tigers are looking to rebound from a subpar performance at the Hamilton County meet where they put just two runners under 20 minutes. They were also well behind West Lafayette at Western. Is this the team we thought in the preseason?
The Shamrocks were steady, as usual, at the Hamilton County meet. Depth could be an issue, but the ‘Rocks are expecting the return of some top runners soon.
The Eagles have steadily climbed up the rankings after two early meets, but this is their first test against top competition in a true 5k. The Eagles could be an interesting team come tournament time, especially after being moved out of the Brebeuf Regional.
#13 Bloomington South
The Panthers have run well so far but are without frontrunner Alex Warzyniak for the time being. That certainly hurts until her return.
The Slicers have been an up-and-coming program since a new coach rejuvenated the program a few years ago. This race provides a chance to see competition from outside the usual northwest Indiana competition.
INDIVIDUALS TO WATCH
Malyka Abramson, Avon
Abramson is one of three runners to have already broken 18 minutes, and she did so by defeating the preseason second-ranked individual. Anyone defeating her would be a major upset.
Elena Lancioni, LaPorte
Lancioni is a senior who has been All-State before. She held the state’s sixth best time before the start of this week, having run 18:45 at the Viking Stampede in Michigan.
Kristen Johnson, West Lafayette
Johnson was the individual winner at the Western Invitational and appears to have stepped into the role of the Devils’ frontrunner. She was also the individual winner of the 4k at the Carmel Classic.
Boys – Terre Haute Savings Bank Invitational
By: Drake Sterling
This year’s Terre Haute Savings Bank Invitational at Lavern Gibson will be yet another great meet held on possibly the most famous and respected course in the U.S. Compared to last year, the meet may be slightly “down”. Last year at this time, the meet hosted no less than 7 of the top 15 ranked teams from Indiana. This, not to mention the eventual State Champion, Connor Sorrells as well as contenders Zack Snider, Jackson Bertoli, Troy Reeder, and Footlocker qualifier Jacob Thomson from Kentucky.
Don’t look down on this year’s competition, however. While the depth may not be quite the same as 2012, the elite talent is better. The biggest matchup will occur between the #1 and #2 teams in the State of Indiana. On the individual side, the meet will feature 2 of the favorites for a State Title.
#2 Brebeuf Jesuit
Teams to Watch For:
#1 Carmel Greyhounds – Carmel just opened up their season on Tuesday at the Hamilton County Meet. The greyhounds showed quickly that they didn’t need to knock off any rust, winning the Hamilton County Meet easily and placing their top 6 athletes in the top 10 overall. While #4 Fishers didn’t put up much of a fight for Carmel, the returning State Champions will have some work to do to hold of #2 Brebeuf.
#2 Brebeuf Jesuit Braves – A lot of fans of the sport think that Brebeuf is one of just a couple teams in the State that have a chance to take down Carmel. They will get their first chance of the season Saturday at the State Preview Meet. Brebeuf should feel good about their depth, but their #2 and #3 runners have some work to do to match up with those of the Greyhounds
#12 Cathedral Irish – We haven’t yet seen frontrunner Patrick O’Neal which has shown to be an issue for a team already struggling with depth. If O’Neil toes the line, the Irish could put a large margin on Valparaiso and Zionsville, but if not, they will be vulnerable until he comes back.
#13 Valparaiso Vikings – This will be Valparaiso’s “coming out party” so to speak. The Vikings haven’t raced their true top 7 yet this season. Ari Coulopoulos looks to be ahead of his form in 2012 and the rest of the team should follow in suit for a strong showing.
#14 Zionsville Eagles – Zionsville has raced well in the off-distance races the last two weeks, but now it will be time for the Eagles to lay it down for 5k. A lot of question marks still linger on this team to the average fan and they will want a strong showing to establish themselves as a contender out of the Carmel Semi-State.
#22 Terre Haute South Braves – If the Braves are at full strength, they have the ability to be third at this meet, but we are still yet to see #2 Spencer Danielson and last week, the team even held out Jackson Bertoli. Unfortunately, Bertoli will again be out for this meet. It’s not completely necessary that these pieces be in place for at least a couple more weeks, but it would be nice to see the whole team race together.
HM: Homestead Spartans – The Spartans have started out slow for the second season in a row. Running well on Lavern Gibson though can be a huge confidence booster that a team like Homestead could use to springboard their season.
HM: Seymour Owls – Jack Tormoehlen has done a great job leading the Owls early in the season and he will continue to establish himself as a Brown County Semi-State contender. The team features a lot of talent and with a solid showing by their #5, could earn a State-wide top 25 rankings after Saturday
HM: Terre Haute North Patriots – THN needs to get better results from their back end of their varsity if they expect to make a run at the State Meet. Hopefully the team can use home course advantage and take a big step in the right direction.
Individuals to Watch (in no order):
Patrick Gregory – Butler (KY)
Zack Snider – Brebeuf
Jackson Bertoli – Terre Haute South (not racing)
David Dalton – Greenwood
Bobby Browning – Carmel
Ben Veatch – Carmel
Ben Anderson – Carmel
Michael George – Carmel
Matt Lang – Brebeuf
Ari Coulopoulos – Valparaiso
Brayden Law – Homestead
Jarit Perkins – Barr Reeve
James George – Cathedral
Patrick O’Neil – Cathedral
Despite the fact that Bertoli won’t be competing and O’Neil may not as well, this race should be exciting up front. One of Indiana’s best, Zack Snider will match up against a Kentucky State Champion in Patrick Gregory. Gregory boasts personal bests of 4:14, 9:10, and 14:57.
Not far behind, expect to see the likes of David Dalton, the Carmel frontrunners, Brayden Law, and possibly Ari Coulopoulos. Dalton has already come in just two seconds behind Snider at the Franklin Invitational, while the Carmel pack put three under 16 minutes on Tuesday. Ari appears to be in better shape at this point than ever before although it wouldn’t be surprising to see him lay low for another month or so.
Competition will hopefully bring out the best of the Brebeuf pack as they will be focusing on yellow Carmel jerseys for 3.1 miles on Saturday. Lang has proven himself as the team’s #2 and the rest will look to be not far behind.
Looking to make his first big impact of the 2013 season will be Jarit Perkins. Perkins, a talented sophomore has a chance to run against fellow stud Brayden Law. Law has had the significant upper hand thus far, but this could be a 2015 State Meet matchup to watch.
8:30 Girls 1-3A
9:05 Boys 1-3A
9:35 Girls Varsity (12 Runners)
10:05 Boys Varsity (12 Runners)
10:35 Girls Open (Unlimited Runners)
11:10 Boys Open (Unlimited Runners)
Top 10 Returners from 2012:
2. Jackson Bertoli – Terre Haute South – 15:44
6. Zack Snider – Brebeuf – 15:58
9. Patrick O’Neil – Cathedral – 16:20
14 Ari Coulopoulos – Valparaiso – 16:34
19. Brayden Law – Homestead – 16:40
20. Nick Yocum – Northview – 16:40
21. Adam George – Cathedral – 16:42
22. Joel Thompson – Plainfield – 16:46
23. Stephen Cho – Hamilton Southeastern – 16:52
24. Patrick Dalton – Valparaiso – 16:52
Full 2012 Results: