Daily Reporter staff reports
The Greenfield-Central boys cross-country team put together a strong run at the Martinsville Artesian Classic on Saturday.
Led by senior Zach Bishop, the Cougars placed fourth out of 13 teams invited to compete.
Bishop turned in a time of 16 minutes, 17 seconds to secure fourth overall as an individual.
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He was joined in the top 25 by Greenfield-Central juniors Tyler Morris (19th at 16:52) and Jacob “Miguel” Hansen (21st at 17:09).
Freshman Parker Niemeier continued to impress with a time of 17:50, finishing 43rd. Sophomore Cooper Hanson rounded out the scoring for the Cougars with a 54th placement in 18:12.
Columbus North won the event with a team score of 58. Chesterton was runner-up at 83. Bloomington North was third with 112. Greenfield-Central secured fourth with 141 points ahead of Greenwood (148) and Brownsburg (181).
Royals take 10th, 16th
The Eastern Hancock girls cross-country team surged to a 10th-place finish at the Marion Invitational at Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday.
The boys team ran to a 16th-place finish, competing against 26 other teams.
The girls squad was one of 30 teams in the gold division. The Royals were led by Taylor Stine, who placed 30th as an individual in a time of 22:19.3.
Cara Johnson was 64th at 23:34.8. Hope Spaulding was 71st at 23:58.1. Karlee Gray was 74th at 24:00.4. Liberty Durham ran a 24:38.9 for 92nd. Annie Floyd finished 114th in the field of 182 runners with a time of 25:40.2.
For the boys, junior Gabe Blake ran a career-best time of 17:23.4 for 11th place in the gold division. His performance put him seventh in the top-10 list of best times posted for Eastern Hancock boys.
Tommaso Gelmetti broke 19 minutes in only his second career meet, running 18:58.8 and placing 52nd. Will Huffman was close behind in 56th place with a time of 19:00.9. Kyle Moore was 164th in 23:09.5. Kenny Bunnell ran a 23:38 for 173rd place, and Zach Sickle finished 176th in the field of 192 runners with a personal best 23:56.2.
Dragons claim top-5 finish
The New Palestine cross-country teams claimed top-five finishes at the Marion Invitational at Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday.
The boys were fourth out of 20 schools in the purple division. The girls team were fifth overall.
Samuel Voelz led the boys team with a fourth-place finish in a time of 16:15.2.
Chase Crowder was 22nd at 17:06.9. Kyler Harrison (41st at 17:36.7), Riley Wilson (57th at 17:52.2) and Drew Legan (60th at 17:58.2) rounded out the scoring.
Warsaw won the event with 67 points. Fort Wayne Snider (71) and Fort Wayne Dwenger (141) were ahead of New Palestine (181) in the standings.
The girls were paced by Grace Voelz, who ran to a fifth-place finish in 20:33.4.
Senior Sarah Schwartz was 13th at 20:57.5. Mattie Waggoner was 37th at 22:21.2. Bailey Wallace took 54th (22:57.0) and Julie Strange was 63rd (23:23.0).
New Palestine scored 165 points. Fort Wayne Dwenger was first at 66 points. Concord (105), South Adams (111) and Columbia City (121) finished ahead of New Palestine.
Marauders place 4th
Mt. Vernon secured a fourth-place finish at the Richmond Invitational on Saturday.
Coach Gabe Muterspaugh’s group opened up strong with wins at all three singles positions in the first round. Matt Hays went 2-0 at No. 2 singles to reach the finals for his flight.
Hays finished runner-up while No. 3 singles player Gavin Stamper and the No. 1 doubles tandem of Brendon Ware and Wilken Baldwin were third.
Ryan Beck was fourth at No. 1 singles.
Fundraiser washed out
Inclement weather Saturday afternoon throughout Hancock County rained out the 2015 Kicking For Cancer soccer tournament at Greenfield-Central High School.
The tournament was launched last year in memory of Mindy Dunn, who served as president of the Greenfield Area Soccer Club. Dunn passed away after a two-year battle with cancer.
Dunn’s daughter, Courtney, in addition to Greenfield-Central soccer coach Erin Clark and former athletics director Kevin Horrigan established the benefit event.
The event was designed to raise money and awareness while also honoring cancer survivors and those taken by the disease.
On Saturday, the first round of game began with Greenfield-Central taking a 2-0 lead against Lawrence Central by halftime. Brownsburg faced Genesis United Home School in the first round.
Rain and lightning swept the region, prompting a delay and eventual postponement of all games.
The tournament’s consolation was originally scheduled for 6 p.m. and the championship at 8 p.m.
Makeup dates for the partial games have not been announced.
Royals drop 2 at Shenandoah
The Eastern Hancock volleyball team fell 3-1 to Lapel and 3-0 to host Shenandoah in its three-team invite Saturday.
Against Shenandoah, the host Raiders limited the Royals to 15 points in all three games.
In Eastern Hancock’s match versus Lapel, the Royals rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to take the third game 25-21. The Bulldogs won the fourth game 25-18.