“Lewis is in a great position where if he runs like he’s capable, he’s right there,” Mink said. “If he runs what he’s capable, he should be able to punch his ticket to the next round. He’s ranked in the top 10 in every poll I’ve seen for the semistate. He’s in the best shape of his life physically, and mentally he’s a strong, smart runner. We’re expecting big things from him.”
Grider finished third in the regional at 16:27, but is continuing to get stronger every week as he works his way back from an injury.
“Matt has a really good shot of being somewhere in the top five to eight,” Jewell said. “He had a really nice workout Tuesday, and that’s a pretty good indicator of where he is now. A top-five finish would be good for him, and great for the team when you start counting up points.”
Kokomo’s Jeremy Breedlove finished eighth in the regional at 16:51, and would appear to be in the hunt to earn a trip to state, as well. LaPorte’s Anthony Didion enters with the top seed time of 15:50.
Northwestern’s Zach Duranto will compete as an individual after placing 23rd in the regional at 17:29.