Wawasee and NorthWood compete at ECA Hokum Karem
The NLC rival Warriors and Panthers both took buses to Elkhart Christian Academy on Saturday morning to compete in the Eagles’ annual Hokum Karem cross country meet. The meet is run with four pairs of runners from each school alternating with their partner on a 1 mile loop. The times from the three fastest pairs from each school are added together for a team time.
On the boys’ side, NorthWood finished in third place overall behind Valparaiso and Goshen. The team achieved a new program-best total time of 1:33:58 in the process. The previous best was 1:35:26, recorded in 2019.
Panther stars Brady Hunsberger finished with a partner time of 30:44, which was good for third place overall. The NorthWood second team of Owen Allen and Cole Davies turned in a ninth place overall time of 31:27, while the third Panther team of Grady Stevenson and Johnathan Towler finished in 11th with a combined time of 31:47.
Wawasee’s squad finished in seventh place overall, turning in an aggregate time of 1:44:38.
Their top team of Cayden Powell and Senate Shaw finished in 18th place overall with a combined time of 33:56. The third team of Cade Beer and Harry Doss finished in 21st; the fourth team of Hunter Allen and Summit Shaw in 25th; and the second pairing of Joey Myhel and Josiah Boyer in 28th.
NorthWood’s girls runners won the team competition with a total time of 1:59:36, besting second place Wawasee’s time of 2:07:54.
It was the fourth consecutive time the Lady Panthers won the Hokum Karem. NorthWood won the races held in 207, 2018 and 2019. It was not held in 2020 due to COVID-19 precautions.
Kaitlin Burden and Emilie Allen led the way for NorthWood finishing first in the girls race. Sydney Prenkert and Savannah Slone were the fourth place pair, and MacKenzie Brewer and Cassie Hunsberger placed eighth to round out the top three for the Panthers.
For Wawasee, Lily Tyler and Mariah Hurst finished in sixth place while Trinity LaJoice and Jasmine Hernandez tallied a seventh place time. Isabel Schwartz and Jordan Gibbs rounded out the Warrior scoring in 17th place.
Both the Warriors and Panthers will travel to Warsaw for the Tiger Invitational on Tuesday.