By Beau Wicker
---- — Logansport hosted its annual cross country invitational on Tuesday at the Berry Patch course.
Twin Lakes took the top team honors in the 14-team girls event with 64 points, and Kokomo won the 16-team boys event with 78 points.
Northwestern’s Taryn Thor was the individual girls winner in 18:35, and Kokomo’s Jeremy Breedlove won the boys event in 16:21.
The host Berries finished sixth in the girls event (166 points) and seventh in the boys race (149).
Jen Crafford led the Lady Berries with a 29th place finish in 22:12. She was followed by Maddi Zartman (32nd, 22:23), Gracie Musselman (34th, 22:24), Megan Martin (40th, 22:37) and Ashlyn Lythgoe (42nd, 22:38).
“Jen Crafford ran a pretty good race for us tonight,” Logan coach Brian Morrill said. “She still has a pretty good blister on her toe from Saturday’s race so she wore her training shoes tonight and ran it more like a hard workout. She has more in the tank for conference and the sectional. We need to get Megan Martin and Maddi Zartman back to where they were on this course last year at sectional, which is about 40 seconds faster for Megan and 20 seconds faster for Maddi. They know it is there because they have been faster in practices and meets all year. I thought Gracie Musselman had another outstanding race for us. She is just so consistent from race to race and almost always finishes in our top 3 or 4. We didn’t run Kourtney True tonight due to some knee issues, but it was more precautionary than anything so she can be ready to go at the conference meet next Tuesday [at Marion].
“It looks like the sectional is going to come down to Northwestern, Logansport and Maconaquah for the last two spots to qualify for regional. Northwestern got us by 1 point tonight and we got Maconaquah by 9, but a smaller meet like the sectional can turn the scoring around in a hurry. It is going to come down to the individual battles inside the pack and whoever wins those will come out on top.”
Jacob Graf led Logansport’s boys team with a ninth place finish in 17:12. He was followed by Alex Calisto (20th, 17:56), Orlando Toloza (26th, 18:12), Kyle Jordan (31st, 18:17) and Zach Hoover (66th, 19:22).
“We ran pretty well,” Logan coach Chuck LaDow said. “I gave up some varsity spots to let my seniors run and it ended up costing us. We would have finished in fifth. We would have been competitive with Winamac. But that’s OK, we’re still a couple weeks from that really mattering.
“Overall I thought Jake Graf ran a pretty good race. He’s had a tough week with the loss of his grandpa. He came out and ran tough. I was equally impressed with Orlando Toloza, who’s my first-year senior. He ran a PR tonight. Two guys that I ended up running on the JV went 1-2 running PRs, which was Kenny Echols and Trevor Benn. So those guys will be stepping in there on the conference roster and sectional, hopefully can get us up there in contention for the team title.”
Winamac had a strong showing in both the girls and boys events, placing fourth in both. Winamac’s girls scored 143 points and the boys had 118.
Claire Collins led the Lady Warriors with a fourth place finish in 20:11, setting a school record in the process. She was followed by Kial Beach (20th, 21:41), Dagny Zupin (35th, 22:26), Sara Bailey (43rd, 22:39) and Jaydyn Scott (49th, 22:49).
Zen Zupin (16:49) and Kyle Collins (17:00) placed fifth and sixth for the Warrior boys team, respectively. They were followed by Derek Dotlich (22nd, 18:02), Braden Tankersly (25th, 18:05) and Joe Vontoble (61st, 19:14).
The Lewis Cass girls had two runners place in the top 12 in Haley Johnson (10th, 21:00) and Gabi Carney (12th, 21:10). They were followed by Sydnye Combs (69th, 24:07), Megan Greer (97th, 27:50) and Ivette Prado (103rd, 28:36).
The Kings finished 11th in the girls race (250) and 14th in the boys (385). Cass’ boys were led by Cail Brown, who placed 44th in 18:44, followed by Lucas Bowman (74th, 19:47), Nolan Sharpless (105th, 21:37), Austin Hoch (106th, 21:45) and Brady Bryan (111th, 22:10).
Caston placed 13th in the girls event (349) and 16th in the boys (423). Adrianna Dague placed 22nd in 21:46 to lead the Comet girls, followed by Jenna Showley (76th, 24:30), Hannah Cousins (95th, 26:44), Marli Leazenby (110th, 31:24) and Krysta Schanlaub (111th, 31:27).
Darin Chew led the Comet boys with a 58th place finish in 19:07, followed by Andrew Smith (95th, 20:46), Dalton Daily (108th, 21:49), Dawson Oliver (113th, 22:13) and Brant Buczkowski (114th, 22:13).
Pioneer’s boys team placed 11th (244). Dylan Bice led the Panthers with a 12th place finish in 17:31, followed by Jacob Van Horn (42nd, 18:41), Matt Williams (57th, 19:06), Jonathon Phillips (64th, 19:20) and Jared Spencer (80th, 19:53).
Pioneer’s girls team finished with an incomplete. Haley McWherter (41st, 22:38) led the Panthers, followed by Maddie Boucher (90th, 26:16) and Brianna Rude (106th, 30:14).
Beau Wicker is the sports editor of the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.