Boosted by Sarah Schwartz’s second-place finish, the New Palestine girls’ cross country team won the “invite” portion of the FlashRock Invitational Saturday at Northview Christian Life Church in Carmel. The Dragons’ win comes ahead of today’s Hancock County Meet at Brandywine Park.
Schwartz (19:53), a freshman, was runner-up to North Harrison’s Ashton Bolser in a field of 177 runners.
Another NP freshman, Bailey Wallace, took eighth with a time of 20:36.
Emily Trimpe (21st), Kayla Medaris (27th) and Natalie Shields (30th) rounded out the Dragons’ scoring.
“It was exciting for the girls to a win at a big invite with some great competition,” NP coach Daniel Weimer said. “Each of the girls competed very well with many team members running personal bests on a championship course.
“This is great for our confidence heading into our first championship meet of the season in county.”
Kara Purvis (22nd, 21:35) and Emily Dupnick (23rd, 21:37) were Greenfield-Central’s top two runners, who also ran in the invite race and took eighth.
Nicole Stephenson (42nd) and Rebecca Flora (48th) and Claire Talbott (89th) completed the G-C scoring.
On the boys’ side, the Cougars took fifth in the “invite” race.
Syrus Fletcher (20th, 17:25) and Christopher Tatom (25th, 17:33) both tallied top-25 finishes in a field of 201. Scott Prewitt (38th), Taylor Wright (43rd) and Garrett Benedict (56th) also scored for G-C.
New Palestine finished in 19th, though the team’s top two runners, Seth Eagleson and Austin Dodd, ran in the “championship” race, and placed 21st (16:02) and 124th respectively.
Riley Wilson (66th) paced the Dragons in the invite race, followed by Sam Jones (88th), Kevin Laetsch (102nd), Chase Tuggle (129th) and Chris Potualski (131st).
Royals fourth at Yorktown
The Eastern Hancock girls’ cross country team took fourth out of 17 teams Saturday at the Yorktown Invitational, losing only to large schools Pendleton Heights, Norwell and Jay County.
Kiersten Schrope led the Royals with a fifth-place finish (20:13). Shelby Wyatt (21:50) fired her best time of the year, as did freshmen Cara Johnson (36th), Karlee Gray (37th) and Hope Spaulding (39th).
“I gave the freshmen two goals to attain in the meet: run in the 22’s and beat Hagerstown’s four and five runners. They did both and we beat Hagerstown by over 20 points after losing to them by six at Rushville,” EH coach Rex Putt said.
“This has been my most enjoyable group of young ladies as a cross country coach and they realize we still have a lot more to accomplish before the end of the season.”
For the boys’ team, Parker West was 81st with a time of 20:12. Nathan Kell (82nd) and Mitchell Scott also ran personal bests.
G-C takes two at Franklin
The Cougars won their first two at the Franklin Invitational Saturday against Connersville and Franklin Central before dropping their last match to Franklin.
Greenfield-Central (10-6) topped Connersville 25-12, 25-21 and Franklin Central 21-25, 25-13, 25-19 before falling to Franklin 25-19, 25-10.
For the day, the blue-and-gold were led by Megan Bradley (61 assists), Alex Colclazier (36 digs), Rachel Irbe (20 kills), Caitey Sosnowski (20 digs), Jordan Bunch (eight aces) and Maddi Graham (19 kills).
“The girls had a great tournament except for the last set of the day,” G-C coach Rita Rouse said.
New Pal 2-2 at Warren Central
The Dragons won their last two matches at the Warren Central Invitational to move to 9-12 on the season.
New Palestine lost its first two contests, 25-19, 25-23 to Lawrence Central, and 25-13, 25-14 to Carmel. The red-and-white recovered to defeat Heritage Christian 25-11, 25-27, 15-9 and Tech 25-8, 25-12.
The Dragons were paced by Ellen Poetz (11 aces), Jamie Morris (32 digs), Cianna Speth (26 digs), Katie Morris (nine kills, 10 blocks, 25 assists), Ali Tucker (10 kills) and McKenze Qualkinbush (10 kills).
New Palestine 4, Delta 2
Behind two goals from Kristin Wagner and two assists each from Alyssa Mouzin and Amy Hilton, New Palestine improved to 7-5 and 4-0 in Hoosier Heritage Conference play.
The Dragons have won 22 HHC games in a row.
Hilton fed Wagner for the first score of the game, and then Mouzin found Lauren Joray to put NP up 2-0 at half.
Mouzin then assisted on Emily Sitzman’s second-half goal while Hilton again set up Wagner to make the margin 4-0.
Mt. Vernon 1, Marion 1
Mt. Vernon (5-3-1) handed Marion its first non-win of the season (9-0-1).
Jordan Slusher scored in second half for the Marauders, who got nine saves from Olivia Coleman.
EH second at Hagerstown
The Royals’ No. 2 doubles team of Ignacio Midon and Kirby Petry won both of their matches at the Hagerstown Invitational to fuel Eastern Hancock to a second-place finish.
Ryan Speas (No. 1 singles), Caleb Wallen (No. 2 singles) and Garrett Hammond/Danny Rash (No. 1 doubles) also tallied victories on the day.
“Next year we should win this tournament,” EH coach Erin Wolski said. “I am very proud of our team.”
MV drops two, ties one
Mt. Vernon dropped its first two games against Hamilton Southeastern (1-0) and Munster (2-0), but recovered to force a draw against Evansville Harrison (1-1).
Mouhamed Konate notched his county-best 14th score for MV (6-4-2). Josiah Noska assisted on Konate’s goal.
The black-and-gold played the first two games with 13 players and its last match with 11.
“Exhausting weekend and again, we really need to get healthy,” MV coach Aaron Britt said.