King, Spahr lead HNHS girls CC team to second at own invitational

Huntington North girls' cross country runner Natalie Spahr has Leo's Lauren Hamilon in her sights during the Huntington North Cross County Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 22. Spahr placed seventh and HNHS was second as a team.
Huntington North girls' cross country runner Natalie Spahr has Leo's Lauren Hamilon in her sights during the Huntington North Cross County Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 22. Spahr placed seventh and HNHS was second as a team. Photo by Jessica Williams.

Molly King and Natalie Spahr placed fifth and seventh, respectively, to pace the Huntington North High School girls' cross country team to second place in the varsity division of its own Huntington North Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 22.

King crossed the finish line in 20:04 and Spahr completed the 5K in 20:14.50 to lead HNHS to 72 points, 14 back of champion Carroll.

Homestead finished third among the 11 teams competing, Warsaw placed fourth and DeKalb was fifth.

Warsaw's Ashley Erba took individual honors with a time of 19:20. Autumn Beachy of DeKalb was second, and Brianna Johnson and Kaylee McClanahan of Carroll placed third and fourth, respectively.

Completing the scoring for Huntington North were Becca Goodman, 15th in team competition (16th overall) in 21:09.10, Elaine Yahne, 22nd in 21:17.30 and Cassie Hacker, 24th in 21:27.60.

Also competing for HNHS were Heidi Blocker, 31st in 22:02.40, and Olivia Eckert, 48th in 23:40.60.

The Huntington North junior varsity girls steamrolled the field by sweeping the top five places en route to winning its division.

Kayla Patrick won the race with a time of 20:38.90 to lead the HNHS parade. Karson Rowe was second in 21:40.30, Tonya Albertson was third in 22:08.60, Emma Clor was fourth in 22:10.60 and Robyn Karst was fifth in 22:12.60.

Just for good measure, the Lady Vikings' sixth and seventh runners grabbed ninth and 10th to give HNHS seven of the top 10 finishers in the race. Nicole Smith took ninth in 22:27.20 and Lauren Daas was 10th in 22:31.20.

Carroll placed second in the JV race, scoring 68 points to 15 for HNHS. Homestead was third with 78 points, Warsaw was fourth with 113 and East Noble was fifth among seven teams competing with 121 points.