“I’m not feeling too bad about us right now,” Northwestern coach Dave Stevens said. “I wish we were a little faster [Saturday], but when I went over the stats, 11 of our 15 guys had season’s or personal-best times. So, we’re moving in the right direction. The competition was good [Saturday]. The bigger schools went to the top, as what normally happens. I’m happy with the guys. I think we’ll continue to improve meet after meet.”
Eastern finished 11th as a team, led by race runner-up Lewis Duke, who finished in 16:11. Brenton Cherry (52nd, 18:49), Matt Kerner (66th, 19:59), Trevor Buchanan (71st, 20:22) and Evan Hursh (79th, 20:46) also competed for the Comets.
“This was the first time we’ve competed as a complete team this season, so that was a positive right off the bat,” Eastern coach Brandon Mink said. “Four of our five guys had personal bests and the one who didn’t was Lewis, and he ran an outstanding race. He timed his kick perfectly, raced very even and had a strong finish to nip a couple guys at the end. He did an excellent job.”
Jeremy Breedlove led Kokomo with a fourth-place finish in 16:14. Ethan Sharp followed in 13th in 17:09. Jordan Fivecoat took 15th in 17:14, while Max McHaney took 26th at 17:53 and Colten Pearce took 37th at 18:16.
Taylor finished 14th, led by Kaleil Rucker, who finished 80th in 20:57. Stephen Sholty (87th, 22:27), Nick Denman (90th, 23:29), Alex Guy (92nd, 24:22) and Victor Skaggs (94th, 28:18) rounded out the Titans lineup.
Freshman Adam Rood led Maconquah with a 53rd-place finish in 18:54, while Carl Cook followed in 75th-place finish in a time of 20:24.
Noblesville won the meet with 46 points, followed by Warren Central (74), Twin Lakes (80), Western (127) and Eastern (131) to round out the top five teams. Maconaquah was seventh with 176, Northwestern was eighth with 196, and Kokomo finished 11th with 303.