CULVER – Warsaw boys cross country coach Jim Mills expects his program to win regional titles.
The Tigers didn’t disappoint their veteran coach in that regard Saturday.
Warsaw made it three straight regional championships by reigning in the rain to top the field at Culver Academies.
Junior Owen Glogovsky led the way with his third place individual performance as the Tigers posted a team score of 58. Culver Academies was second with an 85.
It’s been a tough and trying season for Mills with injuries and illness limiting the firepower of his team.
“It’s frustrating because these are big races and you gotta want to take the starting line,” said Mills, whose team was not at full strength again on Saturday. “It’s time to compete. But, we made it tough on ourselves again today like we have all season.
“Our two freshmen (Lucas Howett and Nathaniel Gottschalk) came through today for us and good for them. We have a lot of good young kids and they compete.”
Glogovsky, who has been slowed by some breathing issues, returned to form. He was third in a time of 16:43, behind only runner-up Kyle Collins of Winamac (16:40) and individual champion Seth Cousins of Caston (16:33).
“Owen competed and looked better today,” Mills said. “Hopefully, he’s over some of the breathing problems he’s been having.”
“Jonathan (Beres) has competed all year for us. Today, Avery (Torres) was our No. 5 guy and our freshmen ran well.
“These are races that we should win. That’s the way we look at it.”
The Tigers, who have went to State the past two years, were still without senior Nick Bergen. Bergen, who was a key returnee this season along with Glogovsky and senior Daniel Messenger, has been slowed by an injury. Jacob DeBoest also did not run Saturday due to not feeling well.
Junior Jonathon Beres was ninth overall in the race for Warsaw in a time of 17:21. Senior Daniel Messenger placed 10th in 17:25, with freshman Lucas Howett 19th (17:47), sophomore Avery Torres 25th (18:06), freshman Nathaniel Gottschalk 27th (18:08) and sophomore TJ Day 44th (18:24).
Warsaw, along with Culver Academies, Winamac (90), Rochester (96) and Western (125) advance as teams to next Saturday’s New Prairie Semistate.
Triton finished in seventh place in the 10-team field Saturday with a score of 185. Senior Derek Johnston was 24th overall in a time of 18:02 to lead the Trojans. Sophomore Cordell Sherow was 34th in 18:12, followed by senior Landon Kaufman in 47th (18:29), freshman Shaun Honeycutt in 63rd (19:09) and sophomore Bailey Watkins in 65th (19:15).
Tippecanoe Valley had a pair of runners in the regional field as junior Jesse Floor placed 21st overall in a time of 17:52 and junior Shay Merley finished 74th in a time of 19:57 for the Vikings.
Kokomo was sixth in the 10-team field with a score of 149. Triton was seventh, followed by Caston (191), Logansport (205) and Peru (232).