Warsaw Boys Ninth, Girls Seventh At Marion
Despite a low team showing in the standings, Warsaw hung a bunch of personal bests in the boys race at Saturday’s Marion Invite.
The Tigers finished ninth out of 15 teams, logging 194 points to finish just behind Fort Wayne Carroll’s 189. Fort Wayne Concordia was first in the Elite race with a 108. Winning the race was defending individual state champion Izaiah Steury of Angola, who ran a blistering 14:55, but had to as Brebeuf Jesuit’s Krishna Thirunavukkarasu ran a 15-flat to keep pace with the state champ.
The Tigers had Garrett Hall lead the team with a 24th place run at 16:50 and Harrison Phipps three places back at 16:54. Luke Nier (17:07), Ryun Hoffert (17:25) and Andrew Potter (17:41) comprised the top five for the Tigers.
“Seventeen of our 24 guys PRed today,” stated Warsaw head coach Jim Mills. “We continue to improve, but still have a ways to go.”
The Chuck Schlemmer Elite Girls race featured nine state ranked teams and seven all state individual runners making for a very competitive field. The Lady Tigers placed seventh of sixteen teams with a score of 187 points.
“We knew going into the race this would be very competitive,” commented Warsaw girls head coach Jason Fleming. “Each runner would have to push the pace to stay in contact with the front end.”
Josefina Rastrelli was the top finisher for the Tigers with a personal record of 19:14 and posted a 12th place finish earning a medal. Senior Wini Barnett followed close behind, running a strong 19:28, placing her 20th overall and earning a medal. Ava Knight (48th, 20:24), Elizabeth Vander Bie (52nd, 20:31), and Regan Brouwer (55th, 20:35) completed the Tiger scoring efforts consecutively.
“Ava, Elizabeth, and Regan executed our plan perfectly today,” noted Fleming. “They worked together throughout the race and closed the gaps between each other to finish well within the top third of the race. This is what we want to do. The next step is to shave the time off to finish in the top quarter of big races.”
Also competing in the varsity race was Mikayla Mimnaugh (63rd, 20:42 SB), Amanda Lusinde (79th, 21:13), Elliana Transparenti (80th, 21:15), Marissa Howett (98th, 21:52), Ella Laput (106th, 22:14 PR), Isabelle Hermann (114th, 22:29 PR), and Kirra Morgan (128th, 23:19 SB).
NorthWood, Valley Compete At Manchester Invite
Another set of experiences for NorthWood and Tippecanoe Valley at Saturday’s Manchester Invite.
Valley ran without full teams on the boys and girls side, having four boys and two girls compete. Evan Myers led the Vikings with a 19:02. Isaac Whetstone (20:36), Eli Sterk (21:30) and Aaron Backus (24:20). Chesnee Miller represented the Lady Vikes with a 20:57 and Talia Holder finished at 27:25.
NorthWood’s girls team brought some inexperienced runners to get in some work. Old standby Kaitlin Burden wasn’t one of them, the senior No. 1 running a 21:01 to finish 28th overall. But the newer names came in next, led by MacKenzie Brewer (22:51), Savannah Slone (22:55), Emma Davidhizar (23:42) and Cassie Hunsberger (23:51).
Penn’s boys and Valpo’s girls were the invite team champs. Penn’s Mariano Retzloff (15:55) and Valpo’s Kaylie Politza (18:05) were the individual champions.