Warsaw Takes On Region Elite
On the other side of US 31, Warsaw jumped into the fray at the mega New Prairie Invite.
The Tiger boys were fifth while the Lady Tigers were eighth in the team standings among the Varsity 4-A programs.
Jacob Kissling led Warsaw with a quality effort of 16:33, good for 12th in the big race, and 19th overall in all classes. Sam Lechlitner wasn’t far behind at 16:41 for 17th in the 4-A, and Luke Nier came in at 17:01 for 34th.
Chesterton, ranked No. 24 in the state poll, won the 4-A team title with 78 points, with neighbors No. 13 Crown Point at 94 and Penn in third at 107.
Angola’s Izaiah Steury ran a blistering 15:08 to win the overall individual title.
Moving to the girls, Wini Barnett was 33rd overall in the 4-A race, clocking 20:29 to come home with teammate Ava Knight also in the chute at 20:02 to place 33rd and 35th overall, respectively. Regan Brouwer ran a 20:37 and took 41st overall to headline the Lady Tigers’ top three.
No. 7 Penn’s ‘A’ Team won the race with 72 points, with Lake Central at 90 and No. 8 Chesterton at 91 as the top three. Warsaw scored 220 points for its eighth-place spot.
Lowell’s Karina James won the overall title with a time of 18:09.
Panthers Gain Semi-state Experience At West Noble
In a look at potential teams in the state tournament, notably some Allen County schools in a semi-state environment, NorthWood got some miles in at the West Noble Cross Country Invite Saturday morning in Ligonier.
The Panther boys were seventh in the team ledger while the girls slipped to 14th overall in a loaded pair of fields.
No.11-ranked Fort Wayne Concordia won the meet with 42 points, bettering No. 17 Goshen’s 76 points. NorthWood scored 195 points, led by Brady Hunsberger’s 17:09, which placed 26th overall. Grady Stevenson clocked 17:26 and Owen Allen came in at 17:35 to comprise the top three for the Panthers.
Fort Wayne Concordia’s Karsten Schlegel won the race with a tournament grade time of 15:57.
Lakeland Christian Academy also had four runners in the mix, Jude Hall being the top time at 21:25 and David Plastow at 21:38 as the top two.
On the girls side, No. 1 Fort Wayne Carroll paraded on with a 51-point title run, besting No. 18 Fort Wayne Concordia’s 69 and No. 15 Homestead’s 79. Members of No. 7 Penn were also competing, and NorthWood’s 373 made up its 14th-place finish.
Kaitlin Burden again led the Lady Panthers with a time of 20:55 to finish 33rd overall. Emilie Allen at 22:20 and Jenna Markham at 23:16 were the top three for the runners from Nappanee.
Homestead’s Addison Knoblauch commanded the course for a time of 18:07, running away with the individual title.
LCA also brought three females to race, led by Becca Bass’ 26:14 and Katheryn Monsma’s 28:56.