New Palestine junior Seth Eagleson finished seventh out of 115 runners at the Marion Cross Country Invitational Saturday at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Eagleson posted a time of 16 minutes, 8.7 seconds to lead the Dragons, who finished ninth out of 15 teams.
Austin Dodd (17:16) was 29th, Sam Jones (18:43) 69th, Dominic Basciano (19:08) 79th and Kevin Laetsch (19:22) 84th for New Palestine.
“The boys’ team competed very well against some outstanding competition and had some personal bests,” NP coach Daniel Weimer said. “Seth Eagleson had an outstanding time and competed well running in the front of the pack of a very competitive field.”
In the girls’ race, New Palestine finished eighth out of 15 teams. Natalie Shields (21:04) and Marissa Crosby (21:09) finished 30th and 31st to lead NP. Emily Trimpe (21:34) was 39th, Kayla Medaris (22:06) 48th and Izzy Fleetwood (22:29) 54th.
“The girls did a great job as a team running some very good times and competing well,” Weimer said.
The Dragons’ Sarah Schwartz and Bailey Wallace finished 1-2 in the girls JV race with personal-best times to finish at the front of a 133-girl field. Riley Wilson’s 29th-place finish led NP’s boys in the JV race.
Fletcher, Purvis pace G-C
At the 16-team Martinsville Artesian Classic, Greenfield-Central placed ninth in the boys’ race and 12th in the girls’ battle.
Syrus Fletcher (36th/17:49), Garrett Benedict (47th/18:05) and Scott Prewitt (49th/18:06) paced the G-C boys, while Kara Purvis (44th/22:18) and Emily Dupnik (59th/22:51) were the quickest girls.
Columbus North, Chesterton and North Central finished 1-2-3, respectively, in both the boys’ and girls’ team standings.
MV runners middle of Manchester pack
At the 18-team Manchester Invitational, the Mt. Vernon boys placed seventh and the girls came home ninth.
Taylor VanWinkle (25th/17:47), Brandt True (37th/18:15) and Aaron Rush (42nd/18:23) were first across the line for the MV boys.
Elizabeth Cook posted a Marauders-best 15th place finish in 20:53, while Morgan Hayse (22:33) was 40th and Sam Sanders (22:57) was 47th.
Marauders 2nd to Marion
At the Richmond Invitational, Mt. Vernon’s Ben Bobb (No. 2 singles) and Nick Pham (No. 3 singles) finished 3-0 on the day to claim individual championships.
Marion, with 48 points, edged Mt. Vernon (42) for the team title.
Bryce Bobb placed second at No. 1 singles for the Marauders.
Mt. Vernon 6, Connersville 0
Hannah Whitaker and Chelsea Thomas scored two goals apiece as the Marauders (4-1) routed the Spartans (0-4).
Thomas now has six goals on the season
Claudia Brown and Jordan Slusher added goals for MV, while Tayler Gutierrez and Blaire Viehweg notched two assists each. Brown and Krista Shockley also had assists.
Olivia Coleman (50 minutes) and Linda Werking (30 minutes) combined for the shutout in goal.
Sylvania (OH) 1, New Pal 0
McCutcheon 2, New Pal 0
West Lafayette 2, New Pal 1
The Dragons fell under .500 at 4-5 with three straight weekend losses at the Zionsville Invitational.
Sylvania shut out New Palestine in the opener Friday evening, then McCutcheon blanked the Dragons early Saturday.
Amy Hilton scored on a double-assist from Lauren Joray/Kristin Wagner against West Lafayette on Saturday afternoon, but it wasn’t enough for a victory.
“It was a tough third game of the weekend,” NP coach Bobby Holden said. “A late PK awarded to us that would have equalized the game was saved by West Lafayette’s keeper.”
Greenfield-Central 2, Park Tudor 1
Sammie McCoy scored her Hancock County-best 12th goal of the season Friday at the North Central Invitational to lift the Cougars (5-2) to their fifth straight victory.
The rest of the tourney scheduled for Saturday was rained out.
In the Cougars’ win over the Panthers, McCoy also assisted on Aubrey Gibson’s score.