The Greenfield-Central boys cross-country team ran away with the Delta Invitational title on Saturday at the Muncie Sportsplex behind Jacob Hansen’s personal best time of 15:58.
The senior placed second as an individual while the team had 43 points to take first. His time was the third-fastest in program history. The 2016 Hancock County champion is only the third Cougar to drop under the 16-minute mark. The last runner to achieve the feat was 19 years ago in 1997.
Cooper Hanson placed fourth for the Cougars with a 16:26, putting him at 10th-fastest in school history. Zac Archibald (ninth at 17:09), Joel Carpenter (11th in 17:29), and Conner Kinnaman (17th in 17:36) all set personal records.
New Castle was second in the final team standings with 72 points. Franklin Central was third at 81 and host Delta came in fourth at 94.
Cougars girls team finishes third
The Greenfield-Central girls cross-country team placed third in the Navy Division at the Delta Invitational on Saturday with 83 points.
Hancock County champion Sydney Cook led the team with a third-place run. She was followed by Darian Gossett (16th), Tatiana Kueffer (18th), Sarah Muckerheide (19th), Hannah Leach-Lewellen (28th), Brenna Ditto (35th), and Nahia Garcia de Andoin (36th).
Fishers won the team title with 30 points. Randolph Southern was second at 63, while host Delta was fourth at 102.
Royals take fourth at Delta
On Saturday, both Eastern Hancock Royals cross-country teams placed fourth out of 12 teams in the gold division at the Delta Invitational.
For the boys, Gabe Blake led the team with a seventh-place finish and a season’s best time of 17:29. Skyler Schrope followed in 10th place and a career best 17:43.
Will Huffman was 19th in 18:04, Alvaro Cosmen ran a personal best 18:59, Nick Edwards posted a personal record of 19:33, Zach Sickle a career best 21:07, and Kyle Moore finished at 23:50.
For the girls team, Taylor Stine ran a season’s best 21:16 to finish ninth. Annie Floyd was 24th in a time of 23:13, Lainey Effing was 28th at 23:25, and Liberty Durham finished 30th in a season’s best 23:27.
Grace McCartney ran a 25:50 and Makla Law ran a career fastest 28:41.
Dragons fourth, ninth at invite
The New Palestine boys ran to a fourth-place finish during Saturday’s Golden Bear Invitational at Shelbyville.
Brebeuf Jesuit was first, followed by Avon and Zionsville in the final team standings.
Caleb Eagleson led the Dragons with a 16th-place finish in 16:05.03. Brady Harless of Brebeuf Jesuit won the race in 15:33.69.
Sam Voelz (16:11.95) was 21st for New Palestine. Chase Crowder placed 30th in 16:39.67. Kyler Harrison was 38th in 16:49.72, and Drew Austin took 51st at 17:07.09.
The Dragons girls team placed ninth with Julie Strange pacing the group with a 21:42.12, which was 50th-best. Natalie Shananhan was 55th at 21:57.77.
Marauders clinch share of HHC
The Mt. Vernon Marauders girls soccer team blanked Delta 9-0 on the road Saturday to earn at least a share of the Hoosier Heritage Conference title.
The Marauders are 6-0 in the HHC with one conference match remaining against Pendleton Heights yesterday.
Cleo Mills laced four goals in the team’s win against Delta. Nicole Ratts added a hat trick and one assist while Morgan Scruggs recorded a goal and two assists.
Riley Hurst had a goal, and Alexi Hardie dished out four assists. Megan Gawrys added another assist.
Angelina Metcalf and Jaici Wright combined for the shutout in the net.
“A great performance from the entire team today,” Mt. Vernon head coach Steve Williams said. “This team has been a pleasure to coach, good players on the field and even better kids off the field.”
Lambdin lifts Dragons past Bears
Olivia Lambdin drilled a second-half goal on Saturday morning to push the host New Palestine Dragons to a 1-0 victory against Lawrence Central.
Lambdin’s goal was unassisted and sparked the defense down the stretch as the Dragons stonewalled the visiting Bears.
The Dragons are now 9-3-1 on the season.
Dragons defeat Eagles 2-1
The New Palestine boys soccer team grounded the Delta Eagles 2-1 on Saturday to improve to 8-5 on the season and 4-1 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.
New Palestine scored both of its goals in the first half. Levi Miller converted one goal off an assist from James Pridgen to put the Dragons up 1-0.
Spencer Corey found the net off a Holton Gwaltney’s corner kick to increase the lead 2-0 before the break.