Strong pack running earns HNHS girls 10th place at state meet

The Huntington North High School girls' cross country team continued its pattern of strong pack running and earned a 10th place finish Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Indiana State Girls' Country Country meet at Terre Haute.

The Lady Vikings' scoring runners placed from 17th through 77th to give the team 257 points, good for 10th among the 24 squads competing.

Columbus North won the team title with 96 points. Carmel placed second with 178 points, Franklin Central was third with 183, Noblesville was fourth with 186 and Carroll got the final podium spot, also with 186 points.

As she has all season, junior Gretchen Spahr led the Lady Vikings with a 17th place finish among team competitors, crossing the finish line win 19:59.8. Her sister, Natalie, placed 35th in 20:38.3 and freshmen Robyn Karst and Kayla Patrick placed 52nd and 76th, respectively in 20:57.7 and 21:19.2. Senior Molly King completed the HNHS scoring one place back of Karst in 21:20.3.

Juniors Becca Goodman and Olivia Eckert were non-scorers for HNHS with 91st and 152nd places, respectively.

Columbus North, which placed third in its semi-state last week, placed its scoring runners from eighth to 29th to earn its state crown.

Terre Haute North freshman Tapring Goatee won the individual title with a 19:07.9 clocking, beating runner-up Dana Payonk of Lake Central by almost eight seconds.

The Lady Vikings return six of their state runners next year, with only King leaving due to graduation.