Two weeks into the cross country season, Zach Bishop is in championship form.
The Greenfield-Central junior won the Division I race at the Rushville Invitational on Saturday in 16 minutes, 28 seconds.
Cardinal Ritter’s Jona Odell was second on the 5k/3.1-mile course in 16:42.
Ritter edged G-C for the team title 35-41.
A year ago, Bishop finished fourth in Rushville in 16:58. He went on to place seventh in the New Palestine Sectional in 17:02. The winning sectional time a year ago was 16:35 by current Warren Central senior Damon Horn.
Bishop was followed closely Saturday in the 68-man field by teammates Syrus Fletcher (seventh/17:09.11), Jason Laford (eighth/17:09.94), Taylor Wright (11th/17:38) and Tyler Morris (14th/17:44).
In the girls race, Cathedral’s Katherine Fee (18:51) beat the field, including Greenfield-Central’s Sydney Cook (20th/21:58) and Nikki Stephenson (36th/23:14).
Westfield took the team crown, 46-57, over the Irish. G-C was sixth with 181 points.
Eastern Hancock senior Parker West was the Royals’ top finisher in the DII event, taking 12th in 18:16.
South Dearborn won the team title. EH didn’t have enough participants to compete as a team.
Cara Johnson (32nd/22:46), Hope Spaulding (34th/22:56) and Annie Floyd (35th/22:57) led the EH girls, who finished seventh. Batesville won the DII girls team title.
“Our three healthiest girls were able to stay together the entire race and therefore helped each other run the best times of the season,” EH coach Rex Putt said.” If we can get all of them healthy, I hope to see a pack of six by conference time.”
New Palestine 2, Lawrence Central 1
The Dragons (2-0-1) stayed undefeated on goals by Ryan Miller and Matt Ernster.
Ernster and Jackson Cochran also added assists for NP, which hosts Mt. Vernon today in Hoosier Heritage Conference action.
New Palestine also won the reserve match, 3-1, Saturday.
“A hard-fought game that came down to smart decisions,” NP coach Bobby Holden said. “It was great to come home with two wins from reserve and varsity.
“The boys played well and continue to improve. We look forward to the week ahead, including our first conference match against rival Mt. Vernon.”
Cougars 3rd at New Albany
Greenfield-Central defeated Jeffersonville 25-19, 25-9 to take third place at the New Albany River City Invite Saturday.
Earlier in the tourney, G-C defeated Evansville Central 25-23, 25-11, and the host Bulldogs beat the Cougars 25-11, 18-25, 25-21.
Individual stats were not available.
Dragons 1-2 at Lawrence Central
At the Lawrence Central Invitational, New Palestine beat Culver Academies 14-25, 25-14, 15-12.
Heritage Christian (25-19, 25-20) and Lawrence Central (18-25, 25-21, 15-11) squeaked out wins over the Dragons.
Freshman Olivia Riedling had 15 assists in the NP win over Culver, while Allison Dennemann and Taylor Lawson combined for 12 kills. Maddie Harper had four blocks.
Kara Morris picked up 11 assists for New Palestine against Heritage Christian.
Versus Lawrence Central, Brianna Kilgore notched four aces for the Dragons (4-2), who host Zionsville today and visit Greenfield-Central Thursday.
Greenfield-Central 3, Decatur Central 0
The Cougars blanked the Hawks on a hat trick by Katie Helgason, who got assists from Allie Geswein and Riley Sexton.
Warren Central 7, New Palestine 1
Katie Villiger scored the lone goal for the Dragons (3-2) on a pass from Molly Carpenter.
Mt. Vernon 2nd at Muncie
The Marauders took second place at the Muncie Invitational, finishing 2-1 on the day.
MV defeated Bluffton 3-2 and Jay County 5-0.
“It was a great tourney to find out who will step up,” MV coach Gabe Muterspaugh said. “Three matches is a lot for one day.”
Against Jay County, Mark Alvarado, Brendon Ware and Matt Hays and the doubles teams of Ryan Beck/Grant Williams and Gavin Stamper/Warren Gamblin led the sweep.
In the win over Bluffton, Hays and Beck teamed for a doubles win, with Williams and Ware victorious at singles.
Muncie Central beat the Marauders 4-1. Hays teamed with Jacob Swift at doubles to notch the win for MV (4-2). Hays went 3-0 on the day.
“Hays played great,” Muterspaugh said. “Ware started playing solid. Williams was also strong.
“Young guys need to learn how to fight when tired.”
Cougars rained out
The Triton Central Invite Saturday, which included Greenfield-Central, was canceled by inclement weather.