By Mike Deak
The Northern Lakes Conference and the Three Rivers Conference completed its conference championship cross country meets last weekend, and have finalized its All-Conference lists for both girls and boys cross country.
Northern Lakes Conference
It was a split decision after two months of running for the girls. Northridge won the regular season with a pair of one-point win over Warsaw, but the Lady Tigers won the conference meet to split the hardware. Co-coaches of the Year Ryan McClane of Northridge and Jason Fleming of Warsaw had their runners fill the lists. Northridge’s Tame Baylis, Haylee Hile, Emma Long and Clare Ritchie were All-NLC, as were Warsaw’s Joey Rastrelli, Wini Barnett, Regan Brouwer and Mikayla Mimnaugh. Ava Knight and Elizabeth Vander Bie of Warsaw were also named Honorable Mention.
Wrapping up the girls All-NLC were NorthWood’s Kaitlin Burden, Mishawaka’s Jillian Waelbroeck, Goshen’s Nataly Esqueda and Concord’s Zoe Roberts. Honorables went to NorthWood’s Emilie Allen, Mishawaka’s Koryn Flick and Plymouth’s Sophie Wray.
Co-coaches of the Year was the theme in the boys ledger as well, with Goshen’s Mike Wynn and Warsaw’s Jim Mills sharing the honor. Goshen ran away with the title, literally, led by the quartet of Cole Johnston, Drew Hogan, Tommy Claxton and Luis Loera leading the All-NLC list. Garrett Hall of Warsaw also made the First Team.
Northridge had the trio of David Gingerich, Jaxon Miller and Jack Moore, Mishawaka the duo of Ryan Hoopingarner and Liam Bauschke, along with Concord’s Anthony Roberts and NorthWood’s Brady Hunsberger.
Honorable Mentions went to NorthWood’s Jordan Burden, Northridge’s Nathan Perez, Plymouth’s Trey Hall and Warsaw’s Luke Nier and Harrison Phipps.
Three Rivers Conference
The TRC makes it academic with its picks, taking the top 12 from the championship meet and calling it good.
Girls race winner Abby Jordan of Maconaquah led the way, joined by teammates Lucy Loshnowsky and Samantha Jones. TRC champion Rochester had Madilyn Calloway, Zoe Seward, Araceli Ochoa and McKendyll Bradley, and Manchester also had four with Josie Briner, Kadence Fox, Ayla Cashdollar and Kambree Cashdollar. Chesnee Miller of Tippecanoe Valley also joined the All-TRC list.
The Zebras also won the boys title, and had Peyton Hiatt, Dylan Steininger, Samuel Rohr and Wesley Steininger on the list. Maconaquah had the race champion in Isaiah Wittenberg, and was joined by teammates Kaden Miller and Daylen Schrock. Wabash’s Kaden Vogel, Peru’s Aiden Stewart, and the Manchester trio of Raven King, Cade Jones and Lane Stetzel were also on the list.