New Palestine’s Seth Eagleson won the cross country Arabian Roundup Wednesday.
Eagleson, who earned his second straight Roundup victory, clocked in at 16 minutes, 54 seconds — 29 seconds ahead of runner-up Austin O’Gara of Roncalli.
““It was exciting to see Seth run a very solid race on a very, very hot day,” NP coach Daniel Weimer said. “To be the repeat champion is a special accomplishment.”
Roncalli (74 points) won the event, ahead of Pendleton Heights (89), Mt. Vernon (92), Whiteland (141) and NP (141). Eastern Hancock only had four runners finish, resulting in an incomplete team score.
The Marauders were paced by Aaron Rush, who took third overall. Rush was followed by Christian Noble (14th), Brandt True (15th), Andrew Boyle (27th) and Brendan O’Bryhim (28th).
“In the boys race, we are becoming a great 4K team, pretty much had it wrapped up and victory in our hands,” MV coach Bruce Kendall said. “We are a 4K force. If the IHSAA goes to 4K, we are there.
“Unfortunately we need a lot more closing confidence in the 5K except for Boyle. The young man can close it out.”
Sam Voelz notched the Dragons’ second top-five finish by taking fifth, with Riley Wilson (39th), Dominic Basciano (47th) and Chase Tuggle (50th) also scoring.
“Sam Voelz continues to compete exceptionally well with a top-five finish. Drew Legan’s run in the JV race was extraordinary,” Weimer offered. “The boys continue to do very well competing as a team.”
Jacob Mueller was EH’s top finisher, taking 58th with a career-best time of 19:36. Mitchell Scott was 102nd.
On the girls side, Pendleton Heights (31 points) was victorious, placing five runners inside the top 10.
Whiteland’s Danielle Muse won the event in 19:51.
Warren Central (70) was second. New Palestine (141), Mt. Vernon (180) and Roncalli (186) rounded out the top five. Eastern Hancock (245) was eighth.
The Dragons’ Sarah Schwartz was the top area finisher, taking eighth (21:29.46). Bailey Wallace (10th), Marissa Crosby (15th), Kayla Medaris (48) and Caroline Voelz (60th) also scored.
“The girls had to overcome some adversity today, and I was proud of how they responded. They run and compete with passion and as a team,” Weimer said. “I was particularly pleased with how Bailey Wallace competed today, as she ran the race plan to perfection and came up big when we needed it, earning a top 10 finish.”
Kaylee Walkey (21st) and Morgan Hayse (22nd) paced the Marauders. Sam Sanders (34th), Sam Gawrys (51st) and Lindsey Eckart (52nd) were close behind.
“The girls ran well and had four different runners lead the team at four different ‘K’ marks. We really don’t seem to have a pecking order for now and I think that is good,” Kendall offered. “Our 5Kers from Saturday really seemed to suffer the most in times, but the main thing was to get on the sectional course. Gawrys was especially effective for us tonight.”
The Royals were led by Hope Spaulding and Kiersten Schrope, who placed 37th and 38th respectively. Paige Schuyler (58th) and Emiley Carlton (59th) also finished in succession. Cara Johnson was 62nd.
“Some of the girls had trouble with the heat and humidity, but it was a good conditioner for our meet Saturday at the Rushville Invitational,” EH coach Rex Putt said. “I hope to see some substantial improvement in our times this weekend when the conditions improve. Our freshmen are off to a good start and are already making vital contributions to the team’s performance.”
Eastern Hancock is at the Rushville Invitational Saturday. Mt. Vernon is at Manchester Sept. 7. New Palestine travels to the Noblesville Hokem Karem Saturday.
New Palestine 183, Fishers 206
Abby Poole fired a 38 to win medalist honors. Cassie Rooks shot 46, Bailey Kamp 49 and Carly Jones 50.
“It was great to finally beat Fishers,” NP coach Gregg Greene said. “We have not beaten them since adding them to the schedule.”
Greenfield-Central 190, Lawrence North 199
The Cougars moved to 4-8 Wednesday with a victory at Hawk’s Tail.
Makenzie Fisk’s 41 led G-C. Megan Garner (47), Nicole Morley (48) and Sarah Maloney (56) finished the scoring.
Greenfield-Central is at the county meet Tuesday.
Greenfield-Central 3, New Palestine 2
As reported Wednesday, Dakota Smith (No. 1 singles), Max Holtzclaw/Jake Kauth (No. 1 doubles) and Bailey Hull/Zach Wright (No. 2 doubles) won for the Cougars.
Connor Swain (No. 2 singles) and Jake Purcell (No. 3 singles) prevailed in straight sets for the Dragons.
“After watching us battle against Delta late in the second set, I was a little disappointed with some of the effort in some of the positions,” NP coach Chris Hardin said. “We didn’t really fight with them. Hopefully, we will start taking steps forward again.”
New Palestine 5, Shenandoah 0
The Dragons bounced back Thursday with an easy win over the Raiders, taking all five matches in straight sets.
All five Dragons (3-2) won in straight sets. At singles, Brent Barrett and Connor Swain each won, dropping only one game. Jacob Purcell won 7-5, 6-2. Pete Rusche/David Thompson won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles, while Ben Farley/Sam O’Dell blanked their foes 6-0, 6-0.
Eastern Hancock 5, Hauser 0
Ryan Speas, Danny Rash and Brandon Ray at singles and the doubles teams of Garrett Hammond-Garek Ferguson and Kirby Petry-Corbin Jennings led the Royals to a Mid-Hoosier Conference win.
Pendleton Heights 3, Mt. Vernon 1
The Arabians scored a 19-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-15 Hoosier Heritage Conference win.
MV was led by Julia Wayer (18 digs), Jaclyn Bulman (11 kills), Mary Grace Ertel (eight kills, 16 digs) and Emily White (12 assists).
New Palestine 3, Whiteland 1
The Dragons rallied to beat Whiteland in four games Thursday night 24-26, 25-13, 25-17, 25-18.
Senior Jamie Morris had 30 digs, while Megan Hawley had 26 digs. Sophomore Katlyn Keele was solid at the net, with 15 kills, 17 digs, two blocks and two service aces. As a team, the Dragons (3-1) had 104 digs.
“I am really proud of the way the girls played tonight,” NP coach Kelli Whitaker said. “Not only did we have some spectacular plays, but we played as a team the entire time.”
The Dragon JV also won in three games, 24-25, 25-18, 15-10.
New Palestine 4, Franklin Central 2
Matt Ernster scored two first-half goals as the Dragons built a 3-1 lead at the break Thursday, and added an assist on Caleb Kramer’s second-half goal. Kramer also had two first-half assists.
Ben Richter scored the tiebreaking goal to put the Dragons up 2-1 in the first half, and then Ernster scored a big goal assisted by C.J. Ritzi and Jackson Cochran just ahead of halftime.
FC’s two goals came on a penalty kick and a corner.
“The boys really came out and played good soccer tonight,” NP coach Bobby Holden said. “We moved the ball well and were successful in our attack. It was a good team effort and I am proud of the boys for responding so well.”
Yorktown 3, Greenfield-Central 0
The Cougars stayed winless (0-4) on the year with the HHC shutout loss.
Leading Yorktown were Katie Wolfert (two goals), Beverly Brittingham (one goal, one assist) and Michelle Ellis (16 saves in goal).
Junior high cross country
Cougars sweep Golden Bears
The Greenfield-Central junior high girls cross country team edged Shelbyville 27-28 earlier this week in the Cougars’ first meet of the year.
Sydney Cook and Sarah Muckerheide finished 1-2 for G-C, timing in at 14:08 and 14:20. Carley Logan was fifth, Dusti Chestnut was ninth and Madison Lewis was 10th.
On the boys side, the Cougars prevailed 23-38. Greenfield-Central’s Nate Brand was first at 11:44.
Cooper Hanson, Kyle Kirkpatrick, Zac Archibald and Braden Brown placed fourth through seventh.