Girls Junior Varsity Cross Country, Girls Varsity Cross Country · Logansport High School Girls Varsity Cross Country finishes 3rd place

Saturday, October 1, 2016

9:30 AM





Meet Recap

Isabelle Crain became the first ever NCC Women’s Cross Country Champion from Logansport High School on Saturday at the Indiana Wesleyan cross country course in Marion. Crain won the meet in a time of 19:40.5, which was 5 seconds off of her all-time best. She finished 1.7 seconds ahead of runner up Katelyn Gerke of McCutcheon. Crain entered the race with the 4th best overall time, but was able to pull out the victory by running an intelligent race according to her coach, Brian Morrill. “Isabelle stayed about 20 yards behind the leaders for the first half of the race and ran in 3rd and 4th places. At about the two mile mark she went to work and pulled even with the leaders as they entered the last mile of the race. With about a 1/2 mile to go Isabelle and Gerke had moved ahead of Krystin Green of Jeff and last year’s champion, Kate Cunningham, of Harrison by about 10 seconds. Isabelle made a strong move with about 400 meters to go and opened up a small gap over second place which she was able to hold onto into the finish chute. It was a very smart race on her part and it took a lot of confidence to lay off the lead in the first half and then come back on them over the last half. I’m really pleased with the mental toughness she showed out there today,” said LHS coach Brian Morrill.

The Berries finished third behind Lafayette Harrison and McCutcheon in their ten team NCC conference with some strong performances on Saturday. Megan Benn ran a season’s best time and made the all conference team for the second year in a row with a 12th place finish in 21:34. Senior Madi Brown also ran a season’s best time and finished in 20th place finish in 22:30. Sophomore Liz Smith ran her personal best time and finished 22nd in 22:43. The Berry scoring was completed with a 27th place finish by Lucie Van Zyl in a personal best time of 23:09. Cassidy Kestle finished in 29th position and Joseline Hernandez in 36th place with a personal best time of 24:02. “We were pleased with the way we ran on Saturday. We use the early season meets to gear up for the conference and the tournament that begins next week. This year has been a little tough on the girls’ confidence because we’ve either had really hot temperatures or rainy days to race. Today was almost ideal and they saw their times come way down. They are peaking at the right time and have more left in the tank that I hope we can get out of them at the Sectional and beyond,” said Morrill.

The JV Berries turned in the low score of the four NCC Schools that had complete junior varsity teams. The Berries totaled 39 points and edged Harrison with 41 points for first place. McCutcheon was third with 48 points and Lafayette Jeff was fourth with 106 points. Audrey Niblick ran an outstanding race and finished 2nd with a time of 22:56 which was her personal best. “We had several girls competing for the 7th spot on varsity at Sectional next week and Audrey came up with a huge race today and will move up next week for the Sectional,” said Morrill. Emilie Edwards was 5th in the JV race with a 23:29; Courteney Biggs was 9th in 23:51; Emilie Viera was 10th in 23:53; and Makaya Robinson rounded out the JV scoring in 13th with a 24:07. “All five of these girls ran personal best times on Saturday so they really picked it up on Saturday. Outside of Audrey being a senior, the rest of the girls are freshmen and sophomores so it was a great way for them to finish their season on a high note. Hopefully they will step up to fill some varsity spots next year for us,” said Morrill.


School Place Points
William Henry Harrison High School
McCutcheon High School
Logansport High School
Lafayette-Jefferson High School
Muncie Central High School
Marion High School
Anderson High School
Arsenal Technical High School
Kokomo High School
Richmond Senior High School