Ochs leads HNHS to own cross country invitational championship

Huntington North High School boys' cross country team runner Josh Graham crosses the finish line in third place at the Huntington North Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 22.
Huntington North High School boys' cross country team runner Josh Graham crosses the finish line in third place at the Huntington North Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 22. Photo by Jessica Williams.

Ross Ochs' individual championship led four Huntington North High School boys' cross country team runners to top 10 finishes and the Vikings ran away with their own Huntington North Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 22.

Ochs beat Brad Hess of Carroll to the finish line by over four seconds, crossing the tape at 16:21.50 to win the individual honors and lead HNHS to the team title with 31 points. Josh Graham had Ochs' back with third place in 16:45.30, Sam Doughty was sixth in 17:01.50 and Austin Roberts was eighth in 17:09.50.

Jake Crosley completed the scoring for Huntington by placing 13th in 17:28.50.

Kaylan Newcomb and Josh McIntrye were non-scorers for HNHS but still placed 17th and 19th, respectively, in 17:38.10 and 17:42.70.

Warsaw placed second among 12 teams competing, scoring 81 points. Homestead was third with 92 points, Carroll was fourth with 120 and Lafayette Jefferson was fifth with 143.

The Huntington North junior varsity also won its competition, getting an indivuidual win from Darius Vogleman and having three other top six finishers.
Vogleman's winning time was 18:07.90.

David Sober, Garrett Humbert and Cordell Lewis placed third, fourth and sixth respectively, to back up Vogleman, and Logan Juillerat completed the 25-point performance for HNHS by placing 11th. Sober finished in 18:16.50, Humbert came in at 18:20.20 and Lewis was home at 18:35.40. Juillerat's time was 18:55.90.

Paul Hernandez and Nick Yarger placed right behind Juillerat, respectively, in 12th and 13th.

Homestead placed second with 39 points, Carroll was third with 84, Warsaw was fourth with 96 and Kokomo placed fifth among the nine teams competing with 156.