Northwestern’s top five runners were: Zach Duranto (31st, 17:58); Charlier Neher (43rd, 18:26); Taylor McLain (76th, 20:07); Josh Perry (78th, 20:10) and Josh Garner (96th, 21:46).
“We had a really tough week of practice and I think the heat got to some of them a little bit [Saturday], but I thought they did all right,” Northwestern coach Dave Stevens said. “We had two or three guys set course bests.”
Eastern’s girls squad led the local contingent in the 13-team invitational by placing fourth.
West Lafayette won the meet with a score of 37, Carmel was second at 41, Fishers was third at 99, Eastern was fourth with 163, Western was ninth with 212, Northwestern was 10th with 254, Maconaquah was 12th with 310, and Tipton was 13th with 379. West Lafayette’s Lauren Johnson was the overall winner in a time of 18:50.
Avery Ewing was 18th to lead Eastern in a time of 20:18. Jessie Sprinkles was 22nd (20:39), Carly Jones was 23rd (20:41) and Kaylie Forgrave was 42nd (22:03) and Elyssa DeAngulo was 67th (23:41).
“It was our first 5K,” Eastern coach Brandon Mink said. “Most of the girls that have had experience ran better this year than in previous years. I was especially pleased with our fourth and fifth girls. Kaylie Forgrave, it was her first 5K ever and she did a great job. And Elyssa DeAngulo, it was the first time she’d really nailed down a fifth spot for us. She really came through for us and took quite a bit of time off from where she had been.
“The top three really came through too. To nail down a fourth place was really special considering the caliber of teams that were there this year.”
Taryn Thor led Northwestern with a ninth-place finish in 19:25. The Tigers’ other top runners were Kindra Gingerich (57th, 23:19), Karly Sprouse (64th, 23:35), Rachel Johns (70th, 24:04) and Nicole Crocker (77th, 24:30).