Highlights from Week 2 of the IHSAA XC Season

(Bishop Chatard girls after winning the Circle City Conference Championship. Photo via @bsxcrunners on Twitter)

Week two of the IHSAA cross country season saw many more teams start their seasons in exciting fashion. There were some Hokum Karems, some Conference Championships, and some meets even competed at the 4k distance. 

Here are some highlights from a few of the bigger meets that took place on Saturday.

Circle City conference championships

The Circle City Conference had some dramatic finishes throughout the meet to make for an exciting day at an early conference championship. Bishop Chatard Girls (45 points) won a tight team race over Brebeuf Jesuit (48 points) and Guerin Catholic (50 points) to secure the team championship. 

Chatard took the first two places which included senior and defending state champion Lily Cridge, and freshman Julia Score. The individual title was the least dramatic part of this meet as Cridge raced to a time of 17:11 finishing ahead of her teammate by 78 seconds to cruise to victory. None the less, the Trojans ended up as team and Conference champions!

In the boys race, it was the Braves of Brebeuf Jesuit that sparked some dramatics, or perhaps not. The trio of Cameron Todd, Ezra Burrell, and Matteo Rosio went 1-2-3 to help seal the team victory for the Braves. Those top 3 only spread 1.5 seconds between them with Todd winning in 16:07.9.They were closely followed by a Guerin Catholic duo of Ethan Hines and Jack Weber that helped the Golden Eagles wrap up the runner-up spot in the team scores. 

Girls Team Results

  1. Bishop Chatard- 45
  2. Brebeuf Jesuit- 48
  3. Guerin Catholic- 50
  4. Roncali- 70
  5. Heritage Christian- 153

Girls Top 5 Individuals

  1. Lily Cridge- Bishop Chatard- 17:11.0
  2. Julia Score- Bishop Chatard- 18:29.3
  3. Bridget Gallagher- Guerin Catholic- 18:50.6
  4. Lucy Wood- Brebeuf Jesuit- 19:37.1
  5. Bailey Freese- Guerin Catholic- 19:55.5

Boys Team Results

  1. Brebeuf Jesuit- 35
  2. Guerin Catholic- 53
  3. Bishop Chatard- 86
  4. Roncali- 91
  5. Heritage Christian- 92
  6. Covenant Christian- 176

Boys Top 5 Individuals

  1. Cameron Todd- Brebeuf Jesuit- 16:07.9
  2. Ezra Burrell- Brebeuf Jesuit- 16:08.2
  3. Matteo Rosio- Brebeuf Jesuit- 16:09.4
  4. Ethan Hines- Guerin Catholic- 16:17.6
  5. Jack Weber- Guerin Catholic- 16:27.8

(Lead pack of the boys race at the inaugural Harrier Classic. Photo by Erick Rheam)

Harrier Classic

The inaugural Harrier Classic, though small in amount of participating teams, was large in quality of competition. Many all-state medalists from cross country and track seasons past were at Brown County to get their first taste at one of the four semi-state courses. They did not disappoint.

Jessica Hegedus of Avon, continued the hot start to her season as she took first place in the girls race in a time of 18:32.8, dusting the field by over 30 seconds to get her 2nd individual victory in as many weeks.

It was the Northview Knights though who took care of the team title led by Gnister Grant who placed 2nd in 19:03.0. Northview with 43 points was able to just hold off 2nd place Bloomington South with 49 points led by Lily Myers 3rd place finish. 

In the boys race it was all about home course advantage as Chase Austin of Brown County took home the individual title in a time of 16:10.2. It was a tight race among the top 3 as Jacob Mitchell of Bloomington North and Jcim Grant of Northview finished in 16:14.6 and 16:18.4 to place 2nd and 3rd respectively. 

The boys team race was all about the Cougars from Bloomington North who packed up early and had all their scorers place in the top 15 to secure the team title with 36 points. Bloomington South placed second with 67 points, and  Northview was third with 80.

Girls Team Results

  1. Northview- 43
  2. Bloomington South- 49
  3. Avon- 60
  4. Bloomington North- 72
  5. Gibson Southern- 158
  6. Columbus East- 162
  7. Providence- 206

Girls Top 5 Individuals

  1. Jessica Hegedus- Avon- 18:32.84
  2. Gnister Grant- Northview- 19:03.02
  3. Lily Myers- Bloomington South- 19:18.12
  4. Ellia Hayes- Northview- 19:21.13
  5. Hadley Gradolf- Brown County- 19:24.18

Boys Team Results

  1. Bloomington North- 36
  2. Bloomington South- 67
  3. Northview- 80
  4. Gibson Southern- 104
  5. Jennings County- 113
  6. Brown County- 114
  7. Columbus East- 215

Boys Top 5 Individuals

  1. Chase Austin- Brown County- 16:10.25
  2. Jacob Mitchell- Bloomington North- 16:14.62
  3. Jcim Grant- Northview- 16:18.43
  4. Ben Kelly- Providence- 16:41.62
  5. Kyle Clark- Bloomington North- 16:49.81

(Zionsville boys team after John Cleland Invite. Photo via @Will_Willems on Twitter)

John Cleland Invitational

The first annual John Cleland Invitational hosted by Zionsville took place at Northview Church in Carmel. This meet is unique as the 4k distance is competed and athletes are placed in races based on grade. There is a freshman/sophomore race and junior/senior race for both genders. Below are results for the races as if the grades were all combined into one race.

Girls Top 5 Teams

  1. Noblesville- 34
  2. Hamilton Southeastern- 62
  3. Carmel- 67
  4. Zionsville- 98
  5. North Central 109

Girls Top 5 Individuals

  1. Maggie Powers- HSE- 14:49.94
  2. Nadia Perez- Noblesville- 14:50.55
  3. Maddie Rochio- North Central- 15:06.57
  4. Jasmine Klopstad- Carmel- 15:07.30
  5. Ansley Applegate- Noblesville- 15:24.79

Boys Top 5 Teams

  1. Zionsville- 31
  2. Hamilton Southeastern- 59
  3. Carmel- 91
  4. North Central- 123
  5. West Lafayette- 137

Boys Top 5 Individuals

  1. Nate Killeen- North Central- 12:30.18
  2. Matthew Helton- Zionsville- 12:40.27
  3. Jack Capes- Carmel- 12:44.94
  4. Elijah Stenberg- West Lafayette- 12:51.26
  5. Sam Spees- Zionsville- 12:59.35

(Homestead Girls were team champions of the Huntington Invite. Photo via @homesteadgirlcc on Twitter)

Huntington Invite

It was the tale of two races as both girls and boys varsity meets were each controlled by a single team. In the girls race it was Homestead that took control scoring 48 points to best fellow Fort Wayne schools Concordia (72) and Carroll (94). Addison Knoblauch of Homestead also took the individual victory winning in  a time of 18:13.6, as Addison Lindsey of East Noble took 2nd in 18:37.9

The boys race was all Noblesville. The Millers placed their entire scoring 5 in the top 7 of the meet as Asher Propst, Jack Strong, and Ronnie Neal went 1-2-3 to help secure the victory in dominating fashion. Northridge boys placed 2nd as a team with 83 points led by Jaxon Miller's 9th place finish. 

Girls Top 5 Teams

  1. Homestead- 48
  2. FW Concordia- 72
  3. FW Carroll- 94
  4. Northridge- 109
  5. East Noble- 122

Girls Top 5 Individuals

  1. Addison Knoblauch- Homestead- 18:13.6
  2. Addison Lindsey- East Noble- 18:37.9
  3. Victoria Clibon- FW Northrop- 19:13.9
  4. Sarah Maple- FW Concordia- 19:15.2
  5. Lexi Panning- FW Concordia- 19:24.5

Boys Top 5 Teams

  1. Noblesville- 19
  2. Northridge- 83
  3. FW Concordia- 144
  4. Homestead- 172
  5. FW Carroll- 176

Boys Top 5 Individuals

  1. Asher Propst- Noblesville- 16:06.7
  2. Jack Strong- Noblesville- 16:06.8
  3. Ronnie Neal- Noblesville- 16:18.7
  4. Sam Yarnelle- Angola- 16:22.1
  5. Luke Shappell- Leo- 16:26.0

Full results for these meets and other Saturday meets will be posted on in.milesplit.com when they are received. Remember to check back for more recaps, photos, videos and more content from meets throughout the season.