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Fall collegiate season underway for local athletes

Posted Wednesday, September 15, 2010, at 7:54 PM

The Indiana State cross country team opened the home portion of its schedule last Friday when they hosted the Sycamore Pride on the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course.

Northview High School was strongly represented at the meet as two former Knights were in action as members of the Sycamore cross country teams and saw action on Friday afternoon. The defending USCCA National Champions, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, was also participating in the meet and had another former Knight in competition and a second on the roster that did not compete.

Casandra Barnett ran to a 32nd-place finish for the Pomeroys with a time of 22:24 and the Sycamores had Shelby Sands place 36th in 22:53 in the five-kilometer race.

Allie True is also a member of SMWC, but did not compete on Friday.

Kylee Thacker is also a member of the Sycamores' team, but did not compete in the race.

In the men's side of the meet, Conor Strain, a 2009 graduate of Northview, raced to a 20th-place finish in 28:48 in the eight-kilometer race.

"Overall, this was a great one for our young runners," John McNichols said. "They have been used to running 5K in high school and this was their first attempt at 8K. They just didn't know what to expect but now they know that they can do it."

Thacker was in action with the Sycamores at the Mid-America Opener on Sept. 4 held in Evansville where she placed ninth overall in 15:46 in the four-kilometer event.

At Taylor University, Adam Schroer enters his senior season with the Trojans after missing the entire fall season last year with a stress fracture. Schroer returns after placing third in the conference in the 10-kilometer event in track season.

In the opening meet of the year, Schroer was the top finisher at the Midwest Classic hosted by Olivet Nazarene University last Friday. Schroer placed 15th overall with a time of 26:52 to lead the Trojans.

Former Northview soccer player, John Latta, opens up the cross country on Friday with a meet in Boone, NC. Latta and his University of Southern Indiana team will take part in the Appalachian State Mountaineer Open.

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At Rose-Hulman, Northview graduate Lauren Reberger is in her freshman season with the Engineers' tennis team. She's playing as part of a doubles team that has had success early on this year.

On Saturday, Reberger teamed with Tracy Older to defeat Earlham by an 8-1 score and Defiance by an 8-3 score.

Reberger heads to Lexington, Ky. on Saturday as Rose-Hulman takes on both Transylvania University and the College of Mount St. Josephs.

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The Rend Lake College golf team placed second to Vincennes over the weekend with a two-day score of 606 at the Trailblazers Fall Invitational at Country Oaks Golf Course.

Former Northview Knight, Kade Baker, shot a 74 in the opening round and followed that up with an 88.

Next up is a visit to Briarwood Country Club on Sept. 27-28 for the 2010 Jim Redgate Invitational.



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