CULVER — Winamac’s girls and boys cross country teams had the top finishes among area squads at the Logansport Sectional Tuesday at the Berry Patch course.
The Warriors girls team finished runner-up with 88 points behind champion Eastern (41), while the Warriors boys team finished in third place (83) behind Western (50) and Kokomo (59).
Logansport’s boys team placed fourth (107) for the only other area team to advance as a team with a top five finish.
The Culver Academies Regional will be held beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.
The Lady Warriors were led by Claire Collins, who placed fifth among individuals with a time of 20:10. She was followed by Jadyn Scott (13th, 21:11), Kial Beach (15th, 21:18), Sara Bailey (26th, 22:01) and Lilly Linch (34th, 22:14).
Logansport’s girls team placed sixth with 142 points, finishing 29 points short of Northwestern for the fifth and final spot in the regional.
The Berries did have two runners advance as individuals as top 10 finishers on a non-advancing team in Megan Martin (27th, 22:01) and Maddie Zartman (28th, 22:03).
LHS coach Brian Morrill said his squad’s times were 45 seconds to a minute slower than last week’s times at the North Central Conference meet at the Indiana Wesleyan University course when the Berries finished second to Huntington North.
“We may have ran our best races a week ago at conference. The times were certainly off tonight,” Morrill said. “We thought we had a shot at fourth or fifth, but some nights you just don’t have it. We were flat tonight.
“We just have to take this and get better with it. I told the girls last year Western finished where we were tonight, and this year they’re in third place. So hopefully we take that as a challenge and work really hard between this year and next year and put ourselves in the top three maybe.”