RUSHVILLE -- Northview's cross country team got a good early test over the weekend, competing at the Rushville Invitational.
Both squads showed great improvement from their first meet of the season. The boys' team got a seventh-place finish from Conor Strain as the team placed eighth in the 14-team field while the girls got a balanced effort on the way to a fifth-place out of 18 teams.
Columbus North showed why it is one of the state's cross country powers as the third-ranked boys' team took the team title with 35 points and the fifth-ranked girls were dominating winners with 30 points. Pike was second in both team races, scoring 61 in the boys' race won by their own Michael Jordan in 16:43. The Pike girls were a distant second with 127 points. East Central's Kristal Studer was the winner in 19:31.
The Northview girls were led by Alyssa Conrad's 23rd-place finish in 22:05 and Casandra Barnett scored a 34th-place in 22:22. Allie True was close behind in 37th with a time of 22:38, Shelby Sands was 50th in 23:07, Nicole Nelson was 60th in 23:36 and Corey Laue was 68th in 23:55.
Northview's girls' coach, Ryand Tucker, was happy with his team's performance over the weekend.
"The girls ran well today. They should be very pleased with themselves, I am," exclaimed coach Ryand Tucker concerning his team's effort. "Each of them achieved a season best today. It was evident today by their time drop, that Alyssa, Shelby, and Nicole are beginning to learn how to race the 5K."
Strain's time of 17:16 was the top time for the Northview boys on Saturday. Ryan Lutes came home with a 35th-place in 18:34.
The Knights packed in the next three runners with Eli Kirby placing 51st in 19:43, James Trackwell was 53rd in 19:48 and Tanner Brown totok 59th in 20:06.
Wrapping up the Knights' effort was a 73rd from Kyle Yocom in 21:16 and an 81st-place by EC Moody in 21:44.
The Knights are back in action today at Terre Haute South in a three-way meet including North Central.
Rushville Cross Country Invite
Boys Team Results
Columbus North 35, Pike 61, Jennings County 145, Muncie Southside 151, New Castle 180, Connersville 184, Greenwood 203, Mooresville 204, Northview 205, Greenfield Central 229, Muncie Central 270, Richmond 281, East Central 311, Shelbyville 335
1. Michael Jordan (Pike) 16:43, 2. Russ Bunn (EC) 16:56, 3. Gabe Ocasio (CN) 16:57, 4. Zach Gates (CN) 16:58, 5. Evan Scruton (CN) 17:02, 6. Anthony Rice (GW) 17:08, 7. Conor Strain (Nv) 17:16, 8. Corbin Brooks (CN) 17:28, 9. Tim Spurlock (NC) 17:31, 10. Zach Derringer (JC) 17:32
Other Northview: 35. Ryan Lutes, 18:34, 51. Eli Kirby, 19:43, 53. James Trackwell, 19:48, 59. Tanner Brown, 20:06, 73. Kyle Yocom (Nv) 21:16, 81. EC Moody, 21:44
Girls Team Results
Columbus North 30, Pike 127, Southport 135, Zionsville 189, Northview 204, Mooresville 210, Jeffersonville 212, New Castle 224, Greenfield Central 229, Greenwood 246, Connersville 250, East Central 257, Franklin Central 291, Muncie Central 317, Shelbyville 359, Richmond 436, Jennings County 437, Muncie Southside 508
1. Kristal Studer (E.Cent.) 19:31, 2. Siri Retrum (CN) 19:50, 3. Maria McGraw (Zion) 20:21, 4. Lydia Greene (Pike) 20:29, 5. Jessica Richardson (CN) 20:30, 6. Jiliane Lakin (CN) 20:32, 7. Nicolette Crouch (Sport) 20:35, 8. Virginia Steilberg (CN) 20:40, 9. Caitlin Burke (CN) 20:54, 10. Sara Terashima (Rich) 20:57