Many Indiana athletes attended the Champs Sports Cross Country Midwest Regional Meeting this past weekend. At the meet, formerly known as the Eastbay and before that the Footlocker Championships, individuals from the Midwest race for a chance to advance to the National Meet in San Diego, California.
Several athletes competed in Indiana and even a few who found their place in the top 10 of championship races and will be heading to the Champs Nationals.
Here are some highlights from the Indiana athletes who competed at Champs Sports Midwest.
Highlights of the Champs in Midwest Indiana
In the girls’ championship race, three Indiana athletes placed in the top 10 and advanced to the National Meet. Sophia Kennedy of Park Tudor was 2nd in 17:24, Nicki Southerland of Delta was 6th in 17:46 and Gretchen Farley, also of Park Tudor, was 9th in 17:50. Kennedy, Southerland and Farley will represent Indiana and the Midwest at the Champs Nationals in San Diego on December 10th.
Addison Knoblauch of Homestead was the second highest finisher from Indiana, finishing 13th in 18:10. Josefina Rastrelli of Warsaw was 5th Indiana athlete in 18:42 and 23rd in 18:42 and Bridget Gallagher of Guerin Catholic was 28th in 19:00.
Indiana took the top 5 runners from each state and counted them as a team. Indiana was the top-scoring state with 53 points, 13 ahead of second-place Michigan’s 66.
(Midwest Girls Top 10 Press Conference – Video by Elizabeth Schreiber of MileSplit Wisconsin)
In the boys’ championship race, we again saw several Indiana athletes battling for the top 10 spots. Carmel’s Kole Mathison placed 2nd on the tough Wayne E. Dannhel Cross Country Course in a time of 15:02, advancing to his second straight Champs/Eastbay National Championships. Brebeuf Jesuit’s Cameron Todd also travels to San Diego after finishing 4th overall in 15:08.
Five other Indiana athletes placed in the top 40 and competed at a high level. Anthony Provenzano of Carmel was 13th in 15:33, Ty Garrett of Center Grove was 24th in 15:51, Matteo Rosio of Brebeuf Jesuit was 28th in 15:54, Ryan Rheam of Bloomington South was 34th in 16:00 and Mishawaka’s Liam Bauschke was 40th in 16:11.
(Kole Mathison after his 2nd place finish at Champs Sports Midwest – Interview by Elizabeth Schreiber of MileSplit Wisconsin)
The Indiana, who scored 5, placed 2nd behind a Michigan “team” that had four athletes in the top 10 to be the best-scoring Midwest state.
Those who qualify for the Champs Sports Nationals travel to San Diego, California where a total of 80 athletes (40 girls, 40 boys) will compete for individual glory.
Click here to learn more about the Champs Midwest Cross Country Regional.