Lafayette area cross country preview

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Central Catholic Knights

Coach: John Wooten (first season)

2011 results: Seventh place Hoosier Conference; 11th place Harrison Sectional

Returning letterwinners: Matt Wright, sr.; Michael Schafer, sr.

Top newcomers: Alex Schafer, fr.

Outlook: Wright and Michael Schafer both return from last year’s varsity lineup.

Faith Christian Eagles

Coach: Dawn McAllister

2011 results: First season of IHSAA competition

Returning letterwinners: Sam Nelson, sr.; John Hilt, sr.; MinJae Lee, sr.; Joe Wickes, jr.

Outlook: Nelson was the team’s MVP in 2011, posting a low time of 17:48. Hilt also broke the 20-minute mark as a junior.

Harrison Raiders

Coach: Mike Phillips (sixth season)

2011 results: Ninth place Hoosier Crossroads Conference; third place Harrison Sectional; third place Harrison Regional; 18th place New Prairie Semistate

Returning letterwinners: Evan Bond, sr.; Jacob Payne, sr.; Drew Whiteman, sr.; JJ Nance, sr.; Joe O’Neal, sr.; John Leidy, sr.

Outlook: A large senior class will lead the Raiders in 2012. Four return from last year’s sectional roster, including top-six finishers Payne and Bond. They and Whiteman all ran 18 minutes or faster last season.

Lafayette Jeff Bronchos

Coach: Dave Howell (10th season)

2011 results: 10th place Hoosier Crossroads Conference; fourth place Harrison Sectional; sixth place Harrison Regional

Returning letterwinners: Noah Martel, sr.; Jose Tirado, sr.; Xavion Brown, sr.; Josh Long, jr.; Quintin Talbott, jr.; Daniel Feltis, soph.; Cayce Griffin, soph.; Zach Vandivier, soph.

Top newcomers: Cameron Brown, soph.; Andrew Walter, soph.; Preston Forestal, soph.; Greyson Eller, soph.

Outlook: The Bronchos are experienced beyond their three seniors. Martel, Tirado, Long, Talbott and Feltis all ran in last year’s sectional lineup. Long (17:08) and Martel (17:43) posted the top times last season among the returning runners.

McCutcheon Mavericks

Coach: Larry Boener (second season)

2011 results: Eighth place Hoosier Crossroads Conference; Harrison Sectional runner-up; Harrison Regional runner-up; fifth place New Prairie Semistate; 23rd place state meet

Returning letterwinners: Mason McKinney, sr.; Jake Wickes, sr.; Brendon Crist, sr.; Spencer Storms, sr.; Zack Russell, sr.; Jacob Wethington, jr.; A.J. Funk, jr.; Justin Berryman, soph.; Travis Shinsky, soph.

Outlook: Six of the Mavericks’ top seven from last season return. McKinney headlines that group coming off an honorable mention All-State performance last season. Wickes was an all-regional performer last season, and Crist earned all-sectional honors.

West Lafayette Red Devils

Coach: Steve Lewark (17th season)

2011 results: Hoosier Conference champion; Harrison Sectional champion; Harrison Regional champion; 10th place New Prairie Semistate

Returning letterwinners: Jake Cohen, soph.; Dakota Clark, jr.; Michael Crawford, sr.; Aaron Brehm, jr.; Jae Kwon, soph.; Nicki Ogg, sr.

Top newcomers: Dom Patacsil, soph.; Cooper Williams, fr.; Dylan Williams, fr.; Alex Hummels, fr.; Charlie Randall, fr.; Kyle Citro, fr.; Evan Johnson, fr.

Outlook: Of the 18 runners on the Red Devil roster, 14 are freshmen or sophomores. But a return to state is possible behind Cohen and Clark, both all-regional performers last season, and all-conference runner Crawford. Cooper Williams won a middle school cross country state championship.

Around the area

Kenny Little, an All-Wabash River Conference selection as a freshman, leads an Attica team that hopes to blend experience with youth.

Caleb Owens will provide a senior presence for Benton Central‘s young squad.

Carroll senior Brian Bordner is the defending Hoosier Heartland Conference champion and a returning semistate qualifier. Tallis Bowers and Cameron Conn also return from all-conference seasons.

Clinton Central returns four members of last season’s sectional pack, including Logan Crum and Adam Miller.

Drew Rodehan, Blake Lehr and Joe Martinez are among eight seniors on Clinton Prairie‘s roster.

Free Kashon is back for Crawfordsville after an All-Sagamore Conference junior season.

Delphi seniors Chanc Jordan and Ryan Leahy return from top-30 sectional finishes.

Cody Bray ran the fastest freshman time in Frankfort history last season en route to a semistate berth. He and junior Eddie Morales were both All-Sagamore performers.

Four of North White‘s top six return from last season, led by Noe Plata.

Rensselaer‘s Sam Madson broke 17 minutes as a sophomore last season.

Rossville returns six runners from a semistate-qualifying lineup. Solomon Heffernan, Austin Stewart and Austin Meyers lead the Hornets.

Seeger‘s top four from last season graduated, but coach Miles Stucky likes the talent coming up behind juniors Levi Laws and Jacob Warrick.

Southmont junior Elijah Simms was the Montgomery County runner-up and a top-12 Sagamore Conference runner last season.

Devin Cyr and Elijah Legler return from Tri-County‘s sectional runner-up squad, and Dale Sparenberg adds senior leadership.

A year ago, freshman Kody Snyder’s runner-up performance at the Benton Central Sectional led Twin Lakes to the team championship. He is one of eight returning letterwinners, including Cody DeBoy, Nic Haskins and Will Novack.

Girls

Girls

Central Catholic Knights

Coach: John Wooten (first season)

2011 results: incomplete team

Returning letterwinners: Anna Fenoglio, sr.

Top newcomers: Beth Schafer, fr.; Karen Zamora, fr.; Kristy Chelius, soph.; Sarah Leclere, sr.

Outlook: Fenoglio has turned in back-to-back top-26 sectional finishes. The two-time all-conference selection will provide a veteran presence on an otherwise young squad.

Faith Christian Eagles

Coach: Dawn McAllister

2011 results: First season of IHSAA competition

Returning letterwinners: Maggy Markley, sr.; Micayla Zeger, soph.

Outlook: With a personal best of 21:08, Markley earned team MVP honors in 2011.

Harrison Raiders

Coach: Mike Phillips (sixth season)

2011 results: Eighth place Hoosier Crossroads Conference; Harrison Sectional runner-up; third place Harrison Regional; 10th place New Prairie Semistate

Returning letterwinners: Sarah Childs, jr.; Meagan Boone, sr.; Alex Foster, jr.; Erin Dark, soph.; Carley Circle, soph.

Top newcomers: Olivia Johnson, fr.

Outlook: Boone has been the Raiders’ top runner for the past two seasons. She is one of five runners back from last year’s top six, with Childs and Dark making big strides in the offseason. Phillips expects Johnson to be one of the team’s top runners right away.

Lafayette Jeff Bronchos

Coach: Dave Howell (10th season)

2011 results: 10th place Hoosier Crossroads Conference; seventh place Harrison Sectional

Returning letterwinners: Jessica Graham, sr.; Alyssa Hess, sr.; Hannah Lezak, sr.; Maddie Mueller, sr.; Arielle Redmon, sr.; Allysha Nordyke, jr.; Madison McCoy, soph.; Peyton Hurst, sr.

Top newcomers: Nicole Ramirez, fr.; Madison Spring, fr.; Rachael Harmon, soph.

Outlook: The Bronchos must replace last season’s top two runners, but Howell expects gradual progress. Lezak, one of five runners back from last year’s sectional lineup, and Redmon provided leadership during the summer. Graham, Hess, Mueller and Nordyke also return from the sectional seven.

McCutcheon Mavericks

Coach: Kathryn Madary (first season)

2011 results: Ninth place Hoosier Crossroads Conference; third place Harrison Sectional; fourth place Harrison Regional; 16th place New Prairie Semistate

Returning letterwinners: Josie Geisler, sr.; Cassie Salazar, sr.; Kendra Storz, jr.; Whitney Jones, sr.

Top newcomers: Rachel Sale, sr.; Jolee Edge, jr.; Nora Chidalek, jr.; Kourteney Brooke, soph.; Shalynn Newkirk, fr.

Outlook: Medary inherits a squad with four runners back from last year’s semistate-qualifing lineup. That includes Storz, the team’s top runner down the stretch. A total of nine runners are currently competing for the seven lineup spots.

West Lafayette Red Devils

Coach: Steve Lewark (14th season)

2011 results: Hoosier Conference champion; Harrison Sectional champion; Harrison Regional champion; New Prairie Semistate champion; fifth place state meet

Returning letterwinners: Bobbie Burgess, sr.; Grace Lachmund, sr.; Delaney Barber, soph.; Cailey Daluga, sr.; Rachel Bales, soph.; Grace Denton, jr.; Emily Hummels, jr.; Chloe Davis, jr.; Laurel Fricker, sr.

Top newcomers: Lauren Johnson, fr.; Kristen Johnson, fr.; Sami Smith, soph.; Gentry Byers, fr.

Outlook: After back-to-back top five finishes at state, the Red Devils are again setting lofty goals. Burgess won a semistate title and finished third at state, and Lachmund and Daluga also turned in all-semistate performances. Smith, a transfer from Clinton Central, qualified for semistate as a freshman.

Around the area

Led by Savanna Shackelford and Lexi Clark, Attica hopes to improve as it gains experience.

Seniors Hayley Mak Hoffman and Janelle Rosenbarger will try to lead Benton
Central to another regional berth.

Carroll returns a trio of All-Hoosier Heartland Conference performers: Bridget Peden, Shari Bowers and Jordyn Romanski.

Miranda Tuggle, a top-30 sectional finisher last year, returns to lead Covington.

Clinton Central returns five members of last year’s sectional lineup, including Leilah Miller and Maisley Strange.

Stephanie Schrock is Clinton Prairie‘s top returning runner.

Crawfordsville senior Tayler Hutson will try to build off last season’s sixth-place Sagamore Conference and 26th-place sectional finishes.

Delphi junior Aneilya Carbaugh was a regional qualifier last season and posted a top-30 finish there.

All-Sagamore Conference runner Cassidy Dubree is one of five returning letterwinners for Frankfort.

Hannah Conn and Devan Eccles return to lead North White.

Senior Rachel Dobson and sophomore Morgan Garrity lead an inexperience Rensselaear group.

Rossville senior Hannah Alling, a semistate qualifier last season, leads a young squad that hopes to contend for a regional berth.

Cara Fowler leads Seeger‘s quest for a third straight semistate berth. The junior won Wabash River Conference and Benton Central Sectional titles last season.

Senior Renae Turner leads a Southmont team that hopes to compete for the Sagamore Conference title.

Micaela Sheldon, Alisha Bahler and Larissa Bahler return after making key contributions to Tri-County‘s sectional champion and regional runner-up team.

Twin Lakes missed its first semistate appearance by two points last season. The Indians could have four runners under the school record time, with last year’s most valuable runner Kim Heiny, Catherine Royse, Devon Lilly and Cassie Molter among the contenders.

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