Eastern roared to its fourth straight sectional title last year. The Comets swept the top five spots for a perfect score of 15. The Comets had to replace the top three runners from that power-packed lineup, but they have continued to set the pace this year.
In last week’s MIC meet, Eastern runners took four of the top 10 spots, helping the Comets post a winning score of 43. Western (60) was runner-up.
Carly Jones and Avery Ewing finished 2-3 in the MIC meet for the Comets and Jessie Sprinkles was sixth. They are holdovers from last year’s squad.
“I think after the conference win, we’re excited moving into the sectional,” Mink said. “We know it’s not going to be last year’s situation where we got the top five, but we feel good about last week and how we’re running. We have more work to do and it’s not going to be a cakewalk. We have to come with our A game and be ready because it won’t be handed to us.”
Mink pointed to Western as a possible challenger.
“They did beat us once this year when we were without a girl, but I know they’ve had some injuries. They could have everyone back for sectional. They can be a dangerous team,” he said.
Northwestern’s Taryn Thor is a strong contender for the top individual spot. She won the MIC meet last week. She has Howard County’s top time this year — 18:33 in a race at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Logansport Sectional: • WHEN: 5 p.m. (boys race) and 5:45 p.m. (girls race) today. • THE FIELD: Carroll, Cass, Eastern, Kokomo, Logansport, Maconaquah, Northwestern, Peru, Pioneer, Taylor, Western, Winamac.