With a wealth of youth this season, the Northview cross country programs are bound to suffer a few growing pains against some of the area's tougher squads.
On Tuesday the Knights faced off with a strong Terre Haute South team along with a very solid North Central group.
Northview's girls team placed third behind the Braves' 25 points and the Thunderbirds' 50. The Knights scored 55 points led by Emily Pugh's second place overall finish in 16:55.
The boys' team finished second in the team standings behind a dominant effort from Terre Haute South.
The Braves registered just 19 points in the meet ahead of the Knights' 60 points. North Central was third with 61 points.
Six of the top seven runners to cross the finish line were Braves led by David Mason's 17:18. Robert Schiflett of North Central was second in 17:29.
Northview, missing a pair of solid runners due to injury or illness, was led by Ryan Thompson's ninth place finish in 18:41. He was followed by James Grounds' 11th place finish in 19:04 and a 12th place finish by Hunter Reberger who ran a 19:23. Kyle Colson was 13th overall in 19:39.
For the Northview girls, Kim Deakins placed eighth overall in 18:04 with Hannah Hunter in 15th place, Melanie Pugh in 17th, Felicia Smith in 18th followed by Emilee Lutes in 25th and Kaleigh Bennett in 27th overall.
The Knights next meet will be at the Terre Haute North Invite on Saturday.
Team Scores: T.H. South 25, N.Central 50, Northview 55
1. Hall (THS) 16:13, 2. Emily Pugh (Nv) 16:55, 3. Wunderlich (THS) 17:11, 4. Himebrook (NC) 17:16, 5. Twitchell (THS) 17:20, 6. Goeller (THS) 17:40, 7. Shidler (NC) 17:40, 8. Kim Deakins (Nv) 18:01, 9. Steed (NC) 18:04, 10. Byrer (THS) 18:05
Other Northview: 15. Hannah Hunter 19:57, 17. Melanie Pugh 20:31, 18. Felicia Smith 20:32, 25. Emilee Lutes 21:42, 27. Kaleigh Bennett 25:00.
Team Scores: T.H. South 19, Northview 60, N.Central 61
1. Mason (THS) 17:18, 2. Schiflett (NC) 17:29, 3. Kauffman (THS) 17:32, 4. Twitchell (THS) 17:42, 5. Engle (THS) 17:50, 6. Bertoli (THS) 17:55, 7. Abel (THS) 18:05, 8. McPheeters (NC) 18:21, 9. Ryan Thompson (Nv) 18:41, 10. Aguilera (NC) 18:52, 11. James Grounds (Nv) 19:04, 12. Hunter Reberger (Nv) 19:23, 13. Kyle Colson (Nv) 19:39