Logansport’s cross country teams both finished in the upper echelon of the North Central Conference meet Tuesday at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion.
The Berry girls finished in second place while the boys finished third.
In the girls race, Logansport totaled 61 points, while Huntington North won the meet with 15 points. Marion was third (75), followed by Muncie Central (127), Kokomo (150), Anderson (155) and Richmond (186).
“We really ran tough [Tuesday], and I am really proud of the mindset they brought into this meet,” said LHS coach Brian Morrill. “I think this is the most mentally prepared we have been yet this year. They were all focused and intense prior to the start of the race and they maintained that intensity throughout [Tuesday].
“I’m really happy for Megan Martin in her senior year to be able to help this team finish second in the conference. She has been a big part of our program for all four years and we have been third the last two years over here. It’s tough to move up against these teams because when you get close to the top everyone works hard – so it is no easy task to improve your position. All seven girls did an awesome job tonight. Gracie Musselman had to sit out due to a foot injury and we hope we can get her back prior to the sectional and we subbed Abbi Zartman in for her and we didn’t miss a beat.”
Jen Crafford was the top Logansport runner with an eighth place finish (21:16.4), followed by Maddi Zartman (10th, 21:32.1), Megan Martin (13th, 21:52.4), Ashlyn Lythgoe (14th, 21:56.2) and Alanna Echols (20th, 22:38.9).
In the boys race, Logansport finished with 75 points. Huntington North was first (30) and Kokomo was second (34). Marion was fourth (111), followed by Muncie Central (125), Anderson (172) and Richmond (207).
Jacob Graf led the Berries with a seventh place finish (17:13), followed by Kyle Jordan (13th, 17:49.80), Alex Calisto (17th, 18:04.68), Orlando Toloza (18th, 18:10.55) and Kenny Echols (20th, 18:19.72).
“We knew coming in that we were the odd man out as Kokomo and Huntington North have been much better than us this year,” Logansport coach Chuck LaDow said. “Kokomo went first, third and fourth, and Huntington North was second, fifth, sixth, eighth, ninth and 10th, so Graf was the only other all-conference runner outside of those two. Echols is a freshmen, and ran :30 off his personal time, which was a huge help to us.”
Cass’ girls finished in sixth place as a team with 145 points, behind champion Eastern (43), Western (60), Hamilton Heights (70), Northwestern (76) and Maconaquah (108) Tuesday at Oak Brook Valley Park in Russiaville.
Northwestern’s Taryn Thor was the race winner in 18:58. The Kings’ Gabi Carney finished in ninth place in 21:24 to grab an all-conference award. Sydney Combs (33rd, 25:17), Megan Greer (38th, 27:31), Ivette Prado (41st, 28:34) and Sydney Sofronici (42nd, 28:37) also compete for Cass.
Western’s boys earned conference champion honors on their home course, Oak Brook Valley Park, with 27 points, followed by Hamilton Heights (60), Eastern (85), Northwestern (90), Maconaquah (129), Cass (146) and Taylor (186).
Cail Brown led Cass with an 18th-place finish in 18:54. Lucas Bowman followed in 28th for the Kings in 20:19, while Austin Hoch (35th, 21:40), Nolan Sharpless (36th, 21:42) and Brady Bryan (39th, 22:05) also competed for Cass.
Eastern’s Lewis Duke won the race in 16:40.
Winamac 3, Tri-County 0
Winamac continued its roll, sweeping its second match of the week with a 25-12, 25-21, 25-12 win over Tri-County.
“First and third games were pretty solid efforts, but the second game we started off down 10-4 and worked the rest of the game to get ahead,” Winamac coach Cathy DeFries said. “We made a lot of errors that were costly. Fourteen serving errors does not do us any favors, and the girls are going to have to figure that out this late in the season. We just needed to put the ball in play [Tuesday], and wait for them to make the error and in the second game, we didn’t do that. We created hitting and serving errors that made it hard to get the lead until the 20th point by Tri-County.”
Ashley Eichelberger led Winamac with 11 kills and six digs. Savanna Button added nine kills and six aces. Jaclyn Jacobs came up with six aces and three blocks. Taylor Jones led in assists with 15, followed by Lexi Hanson’s eight, and Bethany Brogdon had eight digs.
Cass 3, Western 1
Cass won its second Mid-Indiana Conference match by defeating Western 25-18, 23-25, 25-13, 25-16.
“Once we got ahead of them, they were making errors,” Cass coach Gretchen Crum said. “We had pretty good balance scoring, and we had pretty good defense. We played hard when we needed to.”
Gabi Hartley led Cass (8-15, 2-3 MIC) with 28 assists and five kills. Trish Hartley added 12 kills and three blocks. Claire Crum came up with 10 digs, seven kills and three aces. Tori Powell contributed with 12 kills and seven digs. Kassi Zeck had 22 digs. Bailey Gremelspacher totaled 17 assists. Aubrey Young had eight kills, and Brooke Langley totaled three kills.
Carroll 3, Taylor 0
Carroll took care of Taylor in three games 25-14, 25-16, 25-18.
Bailey Worl led Carroll with 13 kills and five aces. Lauren Worl added six kills and six digs. Madison Miller had four assists and four aces. Elizabeth Eurit contributed with 20 assists. Libby Eller came up with 16 digs. Macy Willoughby had six kills and Meghan Miller had six digs.
Caston placed second in its own tournament on Saturday. The Comets (6-18) defeated Oregon Davis 25-11, 21-25, 15-11 and South Bend Academy 25-9, 25-13. They lost to North White 25-17, 25-21 in the championship game.
Haley Hoover led Caston with 17 aces, 12 kills and 10 digs. Haley Small added 14 assists, seven aces and five digs. Erin Connolly contributed with 23 assists and eight aces. Mickayla Rans had 14 digs and five kills. Adrienne Frye totaled 10 kills and four blocks. Jacqueline Rans added six kills and five blocks. Madison Martin had 14 digs, and Emily Rowe added four kills.