INDIANA BOYS LEAD ALL-STAR
TEAMS TO MID-EAST COMBINED TITLE
Ohio - The Indiana boys all-star
team had a record-breaking performance Saturday, leading to the overall title
at the Mid-East Cross Country Championships.
The meet draws the top 12 senior boys and 12
senior girls each from the states of Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana and has been
held on this course since 1987. The Indiana
team is selected and sponsored by the Indiana Association of Track and Cross
Country Coaches (IATCCC).
Led by a second-place finish by Chris Walden (Carmel High School),
boys scored a meet record 20 points. Walden (15 minutes, 24 seconds) led a
parade of seven Indiana
runners across the line in 5 seconds for places second thru eighth. The Ohio boys (55 points) were second followed by Michigan (95) and Illinois
“It was a great performance by our boys,” said
Indiana coach Jay White (Portage). “They were confident coming in and
wanted to run as a team, in a pack, not as all-star individuals.”
Neer (Culver Academies) ran a 17:51 and placed second
to lead the Indiana
girls to a second-place finish with 53 points. Ohio
(30) won with Illinois (56 points) third and Michigan (84 points) was
“A few of our girls ran very well and it was
enough that, combined with the boys, made it a great day for Indiana cross country,” White said.
With their combined totals, the Indiana teams won the
overall championship with 73 points. That is the second-lowest total in meet
60 points in 2006 is the standard.
The overall championship and the boys’ title
are both repeats of last year’s feat for Indiana.
Walden came across the finish line just two
seconds behind winner Austin Whitelaw of Monroe,
Mich. But he wasn’t looking
forward as much as he was around him.
“We wanted to stay together all the way
through the finish,” Walden said. “Basically me and
(John) Mascari (Terre Haute North) tied but somehow
they gave me third. Place didn’t matter. It was great running with these guys.”
Walden literally did run with his all-star
teammates. Following he and Mascari (15:25) across
the line were James Martin (Fort Wayne Carroll) in fourth, Jace
Lowry (Martinsville) in fifth, Morgan Welsh (McCutcheon) in sixth, Connor
Martin (Westfield) in seventh and Bradley Hess (Fort Wayne Carroll) in eighth.
All seven were bunched within five seconds.
The elapsed time between Walden and Hess were
a mere six seconds. This led to yet another record: total team time. The Indiana boys’ top-five total team time of 77 minutes, 10
seconds was 31 seconds faster than the previous Indiana record set in 2007. All seven of the
front-runners broke the previous 10th-best time in meet history.
The girls’ team also had a strong day, posting
the second-best time in Indiana
history for team time with a 91:00, only five seconds off the record set in
CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Indiana 20, Ohio
55, Michigan 95, Illinois
(overall and Indiana runners): 1. Austin
15:22; 2. Chris Walden (Carmel)
15:24; 3. John Mascari (Terre Haute North) 15:25;
4. James Marin (FW Carroll) 15:26; 5. Jace
15:27; 6. Morgan Welsh (McCutcheon) 15:28; 7. Connor Martin (Westfield) 15:28; 8. Bradley Hess (FW Carroll)
15:29; 20. Kyle Overway (Logansport) 15:54; 24. A.J. Walker (Mishawaka) 16:00; 27. Gabe Ocasio (Columbus North) 16:04; 29. Josh Genet (Northeast Dubois) 16:05; 33. Filimon
Adhanom (North Central).
Ohio 30, Indiana
53, Illinois 56, Michigan 84.
(overall and Indiana
runners): 1. Michele Thomas (Oh) 17:47; 2. Waverly Neer
(Culver Academies) 17:51; 3. Nicole Lucas (Bloomington South) 17:55; 7. Brianna
Johnson (FW Carroll) 18:10; 18. Laicee Pierce (Crown Point) 18:29; 23. Courtney Edon (New Palestine) 18:35; 24. Skylair Hilton (Northridge) 18:36; 29. Jessica
North) 18:52; 32. Jordan Chester (Boone Grove) 18:54; 33. Allison Grana (Columbus North) 18:55; 37. Kaisa Goodman (West
Lafayette) 19:01; 41. Allissa
Peterson (West Noble) 19:14; 45. Erica Wirsing (Valparaiso) 19:39