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FRANKLIN — For the Columbus North cross-country program, the journey from the Franklin Invitational to the podium in Terre Haute at the IHSAA state finals in November is sure to be eventful.
But while long via the highway and the calendar, the Bull Dogs took their first competitive step toward achieving their long-range goals Saturday in Franklin’s 16-team meet. And according to at least three senior Bull Dogs and their coach, it was a significant first step.
On the scoreboard, the No. 6 Bull Dog girls won blue by eeking out a 32-33 decision over No. 7 Avon, while the No. 2 North boys were edged off the winner’s platform by No. 3 Brebeuf Jesuit 42-44.
“We will gain energy by learning today that there are seven or eight very good teams in Indiana,” said North coach Rick Weinheimer, referring to Avon’s girls and Brebeuf’s boys. “That fact will certainly help us.”
The two squads Weinheimer referenced combined with North’s boys and girls to dominate the meet. Terre Haute North’s girls (94 points) and Avon’s boys (100) were distant thirds. Brown County’s girls squad was 11th in the team standings with 252 points, and the Eagle boys were 15th with 416.
Avon’s Malyka Abramson (17 minutes, 56 seconds) finished first in the girls’ race. But North’s Mackenzie Caldwell (18:08) was on her heels and finished second. It was the beginning of a Bull Dog parade.
North sophomore Sierra Lax (19:00) was third. Freshman Rachel Brougher (19:19) finished fifth. Sophomore Avrie Allen (10th, 19:53), sophomore Nina Bouthier (12th, 20:15), sophomore Allison Coffey (15th, 20:19) and senior Aly Bowman (20th, 20:43) rounded out North’s varsity lineup.
“Every experience can be a good one,” Caldwell said. “We have to take what we can from each meet and make the most of it. Last year, we finished third here, and that kind of gave us a wake-up call. I’m sure we’ll learn from today as well.”
Brebeuf’s Zach Snider (15:35) won the boys’ race. North’s Kaden Eaton (16:02) and Andy Carr (16:19) were in the top pack and finished in the fourth and fifth spots.
Close behind was Bull Dogs junior Seth Williams (16:24) in seventh.
“Something that always stands out is the fact that, as a team, we can always find ways to get better,” Eaton said. “We will come back to practice next week with additional intensity.”
While nodding in agreement, Carr added, “The biggest thing we may have learned today is how important confidence will affect us as we evolve as a team.”
Michael Keller (16:33), also a Bull Dogs senior, finished 13th in a race where there were 116 runners. Junior Chase Ballard (16:42) was close behind Keller in 15th place. Senior Sam Ford (17:23) and junior Ben Porter (17:48) finished 35th and 46th, respectively.
Keller’s performance caught Weinheimer’s eye.
“Let’s just say, that today our fourth runner ran quicker than our No. 1 runner ran in this meet a year ago,” the veteran coach said.
Brown County’s girls were led by Elodie Belleflamme (42nd, 22:12), Alecia Fredrick (44th, 22:13) and Jalynn Stanford (45th-22:17). Eddie Ryan (64th, 18:35) paced the Eagle boys.
Panther girls take fifth
RUSHVILLE — Jennings County’s girls finished fifth, and the Panther boys took sixth in the Division I races of the Rushville Invitational.
Olivia Heaton led the girls with a 13th-place finish. Rachel Thomas took 19th, while Jessica Bryant was 21st, Idalit Perez 39th and Autumn Thomas 46th.
Jonah Woods finished second in the boys race in 16:42.77. Ricky Hendrix took 12th in 17:55.52, while Jacky Koenig was 22nd (18:28.12), Mitch Deyerling 45th (21:09.46) and T.J. Mills 46th (21:16.86).
Hauser finished 12th and South Decatur 14th in the Division III boys race. Owen Rush led the Jets with a 21st-place finish in 18:41.99, while Dalton McKinney was 24th (18:48.35), Wyatt Whittington 83rd (21:50.81), Austin Everroad 89th (22:07.01) and Josh Adams 110th (24:05.75).
South Decatur’s Justin Clark finished 11th in 12:12.95. Nick Grissom took 53rd (20:03.21), while Brandon Overlock was 84th (21:52.19), Tyler Wamsley 100th (22:59.87) and Daniel Mapes 111th (24:07.31).
Edinburgh had two runners. Addison Lollar took 107th (23:51.28), and Austin Burton was 119th (26:54.65).
Hauser and South Decatur each had four runners — one short of the number needed to score as a team —- in the Division III girls race. Hauser’s Hannah Shoaf was 22nd (23:34.56), Abbey Ashbrook 48th (25:56.28), Nasi Nakhost Lofi 92nd (36:02.36) and Sami Harvey 95th (39:42.80).
For the Cougars, Ashley Hamilton finished 11th (22:15.96), while Stacy Fox was 41st (25:21.04), Emily Mapes 50th (26:04.51) and Paje Smiley 87th (33:41.86).
Seymour boys win invitational
FLORA — The Seymour boys claimed the top three places and put seven runners in the top 11 in winning the Lou Baker Invitational at Carroll (Flora). The Owls scored 20 points to 62 for runner-up Wabash.
Jack Tormoehlen won the race in 16:55. Ian Henson took second in 17:29, and Daniel Hauersperger was third in 17:48.
Trinity boys take sixth
SALEM — The Trinity Lutheran boys finished sixth, and the girls were eighth in the Salem Invitational.
Luke Onken and Tyler McKay placed 18th and 19th, three seconds apart, to lead the boys. Brittany VonDielingen placed 20th in the girls race to pace the girls.
Owls down Olympians in title game
BROWNSTOWN — Class 4A No. 6 Columbus East won three matches before falling to 4A No. 7 Seymour in the championship game of the Brownstown Central Invitational.
The Olympians beat Warren Central 25-8, 25-22; East Central 25-13, 25-15 and 2A No. 1 Brownstown Central 25-18, 25-17 before falling to the Owls 26-24, 25-13.
Faith Myers led the Olympians (5-1) with a combined 70 assists and six aces in the four matches. Cortney VanLiew pounded 21 kills and four blocks, Taylor Chandler had four blocks and Alexa Husmann-Miller recorded 47 digs. Carly Robertson added 19 kills, Robertson 22 digs and five aces.
Seymour (9-0) beat Silver Creek 25-12, 25-16; Bloomington South 25-19, 25-15 and Cardinal Ritter 25-14, 25-8 in its first three matches. Hayden Dailey led the Owls with 35 kills and nine aces, while Jessica Lucas recorded 75 assists and Taylor Sutton had 34 digs.
Eagles win own invitational
NASHVILLE — Brown County swept three opponents to win its own invitational. The Eagles downed Greencastle 25-23, 25-18; Edinburgh 25-13, 25-5 and Owen Valley 25-7, 25-17.
Bri Harper recorded 36 assists in the three matches for the Eagles. Carly Williams had four blocks, and Maddi Taylor added 28 digs.
Edinburgh (2-9) opened the day with a 25-21 loss to Greencastle and ended it with a 25-14, 12-25, 25-21 loss to Monrovia.
Panthers go 2-2 at Avon
AVON — Jennings County split four matches in the Avon Invitational. The Panthers beat North Central 25-19, 25-22; lost to Franklin 25-19, 25-10; beat Terre Haute South 10-25, 25-11, 15-10 and fell to Northview 25-19, 25-20.
Emily Ertel led the Panthers with 28 kills and seven aces. Kyleigh Nelson recorded 25 assists, Emma Campbell had six blocks and Dani Kirchner added 39 digs.
Eagles take second
NASHVILLE — Brownstown Central won four of the five positions to claim the Brown County Invitational title with 18 points. The Eagles took second with 11 points, followed by Southwestern with six and Greencastle with zero.
Brown County’s Brady Miller and Evan Rose won both of their matches to take the No. 1 doubles title. Bryce Fish at No. 1 singles, Cash Myres at No. 3 singles and Brady Rose and Shane Granklin at No. 2 doubles all finished second, while Dakota Patterson at No. 3 singles took third.
Cubs down Panthers
NORTH VERNON — Madison won four matches in straight sets to claim a 4-1 victory over Jennings County.
Owen Land won 6-2, 6-4 at No. 2 singles for the Panthers’ lone point. Tod Brown fell 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1 singles, Avery Johnson lost 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles, Colton Pifer and Adam Jackson fell 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles and Conner Wheeler and Jacob Woods lost 7-6, 6-4 at No. 2 doubles.
Trinity falls to LaVille
SEYMOUR — Trinity Lutheran scored first, but LaVille came back for a 45-12 win.
The Cougars struck on their first possession on a 27-yard run by Jacob Harless, who finished with nine carries for 110 yards. After 31 unanswered points by the Lancers, Sam Marksberry caught a 15-yard pass from Levy to start the third quarter to cut the lead to 31-12. But then LaVille returned the kickoff for a touchdown to put it away.
Trinity’s Jonathan Rollins finished with four catches for 57 yards, while Marksberry had 48 receiving yards and Caleb Reedy had 44.
Panthers blank South Ripley
NORTH VERNON — Jennings County picked up its first win of the season, a 3-0 decision over South Ripley.
Ali Kreutzjans, Brittany Lykins and Emily Wooley scored the goals for the Panthers (1-2-2), and Kreutzjans had an assist. Avis McGovern recorded seven saves.
Eagles blank Wildcats
NASHVILLE — Lennon Lacy-Connell and Rachel Smith each recorded hat tricks to lead Brown County to a 6-0 Western Indiana Conference win over South Vermillion.
Kennedy Bruner had two assists for the Eagles (3-0, 1-0), while Josie Gray, Haylee deWeerdt and Rebecca Wedan all added one. Arielle Suhre recorded three saves, and Emily Medsker had two saves.
Brown County rolls
NASHVILLE — Isaac Glusenkamp scored four goals, and Collin Graeber added three goals and two assists to lead Brown County to an 11-1 WIC rout of South Vermillion.
Stephen Kakavecos had two goals and
an assist for the Eagles (4-0, 1-0). Happy Lacy-Connell and Leeland Kesler had the other goals, and Noah Johnson and Brandon Rutherford added assists. Tommy Merriman recorded nine saves.
North-East games postponed
The Columbus North-Columbus East boys and girls doubleheader scheduled for Saturday night was postponed because of lightning.
Makeup dates will likely be determined when school resumes Tuesday.
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