Woods claims semistate cross country title; Raider boys, Penn girls each second
NEW HAVEN — The Northridge boys and Penn girls each finished second at the New Haven cross country semistate on Saturday, Oct. 26, while the Kingsmen’s Maddie Woods took home the individual girls title.
The top six teams and the top 10 individuals not with advancing teams will run at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute on Saturday, Nov. 2, to determine the state championship teams and individuals.
In the boys race, Fort Wayne Carroll cruised to the championship, beating Northridge by 41 points (71-116). The Penn boys team came home ninth.
The top area boys finisher was Northridge’s Blake O’Dell, who was fourth with a time of 16:04, while his Raider teammates Conner Sandt (16:26) and Neel Patel (16:36) also finished in the top 20. Wawasee’s Zach Cockrill finished 23rd, one spot and less than a second away from qualifying for state.
Woods (18:10) topped Pendleton Heights’ Alex Buck (18:18) for the girls individual title, while Elkhart Memorial’s Brooke Moore (18:29) took fourth and Penn’s Danielle Frank (18:46) fifth in the race.
Once again a local runner was one spot away from advancing to state, as Elkhart Christian’s Kayla Casaletto finished with a 19:25.98, while the 10th qualifier, Norwell’s Hannah Asachliman, posted a 19:23.82.
Carroll also won the girls team title, edging Penn 69 to 73. Northridge came home fourth with 164 points.
New Haven Semistate
(At Ox Bow Park)
Team scores (Top 6 to State Finals): Carroll 71, Northridge 116, FW Dwenger 142, SB Riley 149, Homestead 160, South Adams 169, FW Concordia 195, Huntington North 211, Penn 220, Mt. Fernon 223, West Noble 227, Wawasee 252, Goshen 264, Oak Hill 391, Bellmont 397, Pendleton Heights 417, Norwell 444, Wapahani 519, Yorktown 531, Wes-Del 546.
Top 20: Zach Panning (Concordia) 15:19, Brayden Law (Homestead) 15:53, Mark Beckmann (DeKalb) 15:56, Josh Neideck (Eastbrook) 16:02, Blake O’Dell (Northridge) 16:04, Andy Timmons (SB Adams) 16:05, Travis Kulczar (SB Riley) 16:06, Brandon Arnold (West Noble) 16:08, Cameron Clements (Carroll) 16:10, Jacob Timmons (SB Adams) 16:12, Jacob Schmeling (Carroll) 16:13, Sawyer Miller (South Adams) 16:16, Bailey McIntire (South Adams) 16:20, Matt Klein (Dwenger) 16:23, Conner Sandt (Northridge) 16:26, Charlie Mettler (Huntington North) 16:26, Christian Noble (Mt. Vernon) 16:27, Trevor Hamilton (Carroll) 16:31, Neel Patel (Northridge) 16:36, Bret Unger (Carroll) 16:31.
Also qualified: Aaron Rush (Mt. Vernon) 16:36, Kris Wickens (Bremen) 16:37.
Team scores (Top 6 to State Finals): Carroll 69, Penn 73, Pendleton Heights 141 Northridge 164, Homestead 168, Huntington North 213, Fremont 213, FW Concordia 222, FW Dwenger 267, Mishawaka 321, Bellmont 326, Muncie Burris 336, Concord 362, Northfield 363, FW Canterbury 363, Wawasee 365, Norwell 371, Mt. Vernon 393,Yorktown 455, Jay County 457.
Top 20: Maddie Woods (Penn) 18:10, Alex Buck (Pendleton Heights) 18:18, Abigail Hostetler (Fremont) 18:20, Brooke Moore (Elkhart Memorial), 18:29, Danielle Frank (Penn) 18:46, Jenna Haldeman (Northfield) 18:50, Samantha Roush (Columbia City) 18:53, Madison Distelrath (Homestead) 18:54, Madison Fruchey (Carroll) 18:56, Marina Konow (Concordia) 18:56, Stacey Metzger (Carroll) Michelle Kent (Burris) 19:10, Lauren Pottschmidt (Penn) 19:13, Megan Doty (Carroll) 19:14, Bailey Beery (Bellmont) Lindsey Marriott (Leo) 19:15, McKenzie Love (Northridge) 19:20, Aspen Dirr (Prairie Heights) 19:21, Hannah Asachliman (Norwell) 19:23.