Lady Viking harriers defend regional crown

Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School girls' cross country team placed four runners in the top 10 of the Marion regional on Saturday, Oct. 13, and raced to its second consecutive regional crown by winning the meet with a score of 42 points.

Senior Kayla Patrick was the first Huntington North runner to cross the finish line, claiming fifth place overall in 19:25.12.

Freshman Hannah Stoffel came next, placing sixth in 19:30.00. Seniors Robyn Karst and Marie Ditzler continued the back-to-back trend, finishing eighth in 19:42.65 and ninth in 19:44.11, respectively. Senior Karson Rowe placed 21st in 20:24.09 to complete the team's scoring.

Sophomore Stephanie McElhaney grabbed 23rd in 20:30.12 and freshman Marissa Jamison took 33rd in 20:57.43 to round out the team.

Eastbrook was a distant second to the Lady Vikings, scoring 113 points and nipping third place Bellmont by one point. Northfield and Norwell each scored 126, with the former earning fourth and the latter taking fifth, based on the performance of the sixth runner. Those teams advance along with the Lady Vikings to semi-state at New Haven on Saturday, Oct. 20.

The top 15 individuals, regardless of team, also advanced, and they are Brenda Diaz of New Haven, Shallen Lenhart of Oak Hill, Kathryn White of Canterbury, Baleigh Haynes of Fort Wayne South Side and Nicole Wilson, of Fort Wayne Wayne.

Northfield sophomore Jenna Halderman grabbed the individual crown with a time of 18:43.91, defeating runner-up Diaz by almost 20 seconds.