Lady Vike harriers second at Marion Sectional

Lady Viking runners Emma Melcher (left) and Kendyl Coles compete at the Marion Girls' Cross County Sectional on Saturday, Oct. 7, at Indiana Wesleyan Univeristy. The Lady Vikings placed second as a team to advance to next week's regional, again at IWU.
Lady Viking runners Emma Melcher (left) and Kendyl Coles compete at the Marion Girls' Cross County Sectional on Saturday, Oct. 7, at Indiana Wesleyan Univeristy. The Lady Vikings placed second as a team to advance to next week's regional, again at IWU. Photos by Steve Clark.

Placing all five scoring runners among the first 11 finishers, the Huntington North High School girls’ cross country team placed second at the Marion Girls' Cross Country Sectional and will compete next week at the Marion regional.

The Lady Vikings tallied 31 points, five over the total of champion Oak Hill. Also advancing on to the regional next week are third place finisher Southern Wells, which had 107 points, fourth place Northfield, 114 points and fifth place Mississinewa, 159.

Senior Chloe Scheiber led the Lady Vikings over the 5K course, finishing third among team runners in 19:25.1. Junior Alena Miller was one spot back in fourth, with a time of 20:14.3. Junior Kyler Hoopingarner was sixth in 20:57.4, freshman Hanna Whitney was seventh with a time of 21:11.5 and senior Emma Melcher capped the scoring with 11th in 21:20.7.

Oak Hill paced all five scoring runners in the top 10, with senior Margo Hornocker and sophomore Mollie Gamble finishing 1-2. Hornocker won in a time of 18:43.3.

Sophomore Kendyl Cole placed 13th and senior Charlotte Borland took 15th to complete the HNHS team. Coles came home in 21:40.5 and Borland stepped over the end line in 21:48.2.

In addition to the five advancing teams, the top 10 individuals from non-advancing teams also make the regional field. Leading this group is Morgan Farr, of Southwood, which did not field a team, who placed seventh overall (includes team scoring and individuals).