NEW CARLISLE — Considering their goal all season was to reach this meet, it’s hard to imagine that Plymouth’s cross country runners would view Saturday’s New Prairie semistate as a “sucky day.”
But since the final results were so far from what they hoped, maybe it’s not so hard, after all.
“I think we’re way more prepared that what our times show,” said Plymouth coach Jami Holm following the season-ending tournament in New Carlisle. “I think we are way more prepared than what my kids looked like. I don’t know what else to call it than a sucky day.”
Plymouth’s runners made it their goal to reach the semistate since the start of the season. But needing to finish among the top 10 individual runners to qualify for next week’s state finals, they were far off pace.
Same story with runners from Culver Academies.
In the boys 5,000-meter race, Plymouth junior Kennedy Schnieders placed 140th in 18 minutes, 9.3 seconds.
Landrum Neer and Alejandro Tumoine of Culver Academies, meanwhile, took 83rd and 133rd, respectively. Neer clocked 17:31.1.
Warsaw’s Ellis Coon won the boys individual title in 15:45.5.
In the girls race, LaPorte’s Elena Lancioni came out on top in 18:11.3. Culver Academies senior Hannah Buggein, the top finisher among all Marshall County runners, was 38th in 20:09.1.
Plymouth’s two entrants were both dealing with various issues. Abby Patrick, a junior, caught a cramp in the first quarter mile and limped home 124th with a time of 21:30.1.
Libby Read, also a junior, hurt her foot during a school activity earlier in the week. She ended up 89th in 21:03.4.
“The two of them have talked about wanting to go to the state meet,” said Holm. “It wasn’t a good day today, but maybe when they are seniors, they will see it is within their reach.”
West Lafayette claimed both boys and girls team titles on a cold, blustery day. Stiff winds slowed times all around.
Schneiders was one of those who noticed the weather conditions.
“I felt decent through the (one mile) mark, but after that, it went downhill,” said Schneiders. “Ah, well. I’m disappointed because I expected to do a lot better than I did. But I guess you can’t have a good race every day.”
at NEW HAVEN
The good news coming from Saturday’s New Haven semistate at Fort Wayne is that Bremen junior Kris Wickens has qualified for the boys state finals.
Wickens finished 22nd in the 5,000-meter race on IPFW’s home course, clocking 16:37.46. He was the 10th and final individual qualifier.
Wickens is the first Bremen boy to qualify for a state cross country meet since Wasyl Karpenko in 1960.
One of the runners bumped by Wickens was Glenn senior Joe Mahank, who finished two places further back. Mahank’s time, 16:42.06, was good for 24th place overall.
Glenn’s Lucas Runyan finished 39th in 16:54.29.
In the girls race, Bremen’s Brooke Bahr placed 51st in 20:16.0.
• NEW PRAIRIE
CROSS COUNTRY SEMISTATE
At New Carlisle
Team scores: West Lafayette 89, Warsaw 108, Valparaiso 128, Crown Point 141, Lake Central 161, Munster 181, LaPorte 182, Lowell 248, Chesterton 248, Hobart 265, Portage 276, Frankfort 336, New Prairie 348, Western 349, Lafayette Jefferson 375, McCutcheon 384, Kokomo 392, Winamac 410, Rochester 430, Twin Lakes 521.
TOP 20 FINISHERS: 1, Ellis Coon (Warsaw) 15:45.5. 2, Anthony Didion (LaPorte) 15:46.6. 3, Cooper Williams (West Lafayette) 15:50.1. 4, Ryan Kritzer (Munster) 15:55.2. 5, Brian Blaylock (Lowell) 15:57.6. 6, Ari Coulopoulos (Valparaiso) 16:02.2. 7, Robert Duke (Eastern-Greentown) 16:09.5. 8, Matt Grider (Western) 16:11.6. 9, Tyler Gray (Crown Pt) 16:12.2. 10, Matthew Fahs-Brown (Manchester) 16:12.9. 11, David Kampf (New Prairie) 16:15.9. 12, Jeremy Breedlove (Kokomo) 16:19.0. 13, Brent Dunn (Hobart) 16:19.0. 14, Jake Cohen (West Lafayette) 16:23.0. 15, Zach Hupp (Lake Central) 16:24.4. 16, Tommy Bolanowski (Munster) 16:25.2. 17, Andrew Jankowski (Valparaiso) 16:25.7. 18, Ryan Kepshire (Crown Pt) 16:26.7. 19, Salvador Cordova (Hammond Noll) 16:27.5. 20, Tyler Kramer-Stephens (Lake Central) 16:28.2.
PLYMOUTH FINISHER: 140, Kennedy Schneiders 18:09.3.
CULVER ACADEMIES FINISHERS: 83, Landrum Neer 17:31.1 … 133, Alejandro Tumoine 18:01.2.
Team scores: West Lafayette 32, LaPorte 116, Portage 126, Warsaw 167, Lake Central 179, Twin Lakes 185, New Prairie 194, Valparaiso 196, Hobart 239, Crown Point 252, Seeger 259, Chesterton 293, West Lafayette 326, Munster 354, Western 398, Rochester 398, Winamac 435, Clinton Central 474, Hebron 477.
TOP 20 FINISHERS: 1, Elena Lancioni (LaPorte) 18:11.3. 2, Lauren Johnson (West Lafayette) 18:17.3. 3, Kristen Johnson (West Lafayette) 18:26.5. 4, Delaney Barber (West Lafayette) 18:35.1. 5, Madeline Lilly (Twin Lakes) 18:35.9. 6, Taryn Thor (Northwestern) 18:41.6. 7, Rachel Thompson (New Prairie) 18:42.1. 8, Celena Guerrero (Hobart) 18:45.7. 9, Anna Bearss (Rochester) 19:02.5. 10, Olivia Johnson (Harrison-Lafayette) 19:09.2. 11, Rachel Bales (West Lafayette) 19:10.9. 12, Mindy Whidden (Hobart) 19:12.8. 13, Mickayla Wenzel (West Central) 19:15.5. 14, Michaela Gazdich (Valparaiso) 19:17.9. 15, Grace Denton (West Lafayette) 19:19.8. 16, Kyleigh Werner (South Central-Union Mills) 19:25.3. 17, Kailee Schoof (LaPorte) 19:27.2. 18, Alison Mundell (Valparaiso) 19:27.5. 19, Allison Miller (Warsaw) 19:32.9. 20, Kelsey Tyler (New Prairie) 19:36.8.
PLYMOUTH FINISHERS: 89, Libby Read 21:03.4 … 124, Abby Patrick 21:30.1.
CULVER ACADEMIES FINISHER: 38, Hannah Buggein 20:09.1.
NOTE: Top six teams in each race advance to IHSAA state finals in Terre Haute on Saturday, Nov. 2. Also advancing are the top 10 individual finishers who are not members of a qualifying team.