“It gives us a nice springboard into the sectional. Hopefully we make a run and defend our title.”
Huntington North had five runners finish in the top 11 and four in the top seven. HN senior Cordell Lewis won in 16:47.
LaDow said if it wasn’t for injuries to Palmer and Tate Gellinger and having Dom Patacsil move to West Lafayette, his squad could have possibly won the league title.
“Tate is my manager and he pointed out that his time last year would have won,” LaDow said. “In a perfect scenario if they were all on form any one of those three guys could have all been top five material. That goes with the territory. There’s nothing we can do about it.”
Logan’s girls team finished third at the NCC meet for the second year in a row, matching the best finish in school history.
“I’m real happy with that,” coach Brian Morrill said. “We have a young team and our top five times were all personal bests. … Out of those girls, two are sophomores, two are freshmen.”
Huntington North won with a perfect 15 points, followed by Marion (65), Logan (91), New Castle (99), Muncie Central (129), Kokomo (179) and Richmond (188).
Maddi Zartman paced Logan with a 15th-place finish (22:26), followed by Megan Martin (16th, 22:27), Ashlyn Lythgoe (19th, 22:40), Alanna Echols (20th, 22:57), Jennifer Kreighbaum (26th, 23:29), Emily Pomasl (27th, 23:34) and Lexi Musselman (29th, 23:40).
Morrill added Carli Deardorff ran in the reserve race but finished with a top five time on the squad and that she’s in contention to run in next week’s Logansport Sectional.
Huntington North senior Kayla Patrick won in 19:51.
Cass 3, Western 1
Cass celebrated senior night with a 25-18, 26-28, 25-17, 25-17 win over Western.
Emily Robertson had 20 digs and four aces for the Kings (7-17, 3-2 Mid-Indiana Conference). Gabi Hartley collected 34 assists and 17 digs, and Kassi Zeck had 17 digs. Claire Crum posted six aces and nine digs. Katie Leach and Trisha Hartley each had 11 kills.