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Girls Preseason Teams: Top 50 Preview

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We'll be counting down our preseason top 50 girls teams below! Check back regularly as we'll reveal 5 new teams every two-three days...counting down all the way to our preseason #1 team! Where will your team rank?



#36 – Westfield Shamrocks

Shelbyville Semi-state #14

Noblesville Regional #8


State meet history: 14 appearances (last in 2016), 6 podium finishes (last in 2008), 1 runner-up title (2004), 4 state championships (1998, 2005, 2006, 2007)


2020 Results:

Noblesville Sectional: 3rd place (94 points)

Noblesville Regional: 5th place (123 points)

Shelbyville Semi-state: 8th place (228 points)


Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Shelbyville Semi-state)

Robyn Schemel (11) – 21:06 (123rd place)


2021 Outlook: The Shamrocks are an interesting team to project heading into 2021. Westfield ended its season just 17 points from the state meet last fall, but the ‘Rocks graduate their top six, a rarity in girls’ cross country. Westfield was a very senior-heavy squad in 2020 so the ‘Rocks will need to rebuild the roster through the JV ranks, an area in which they have always exceled certainly, but Westfield is in a very difficult tournament path for a rebuilding year.


#37 – New Palestine Dragons

Shelbyville Semi-state #16


State meet history: Never qualified


2019 Results:

Mt. Vernon Sectional: 1st place (48 points)

Rushville Regional: 2nd place (69 points)

Shelbyville Semi-state: 10th place (232 points)


Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Shelbyville Semi-state)

Emma Mann (12) – 19:16 (26th place)

Courtney Study (10) – 20:07 (64th place)

Jocelynn Flagle (10) – 21:23 (138th place)

Emily Adam (12) – 21:56 (154th place)


2020 Outlook: The Dragons have had their three best teams in school history over the last three seasons, including coming up just short of a state meet berth last fall. New Pal brings back only four of those seven, two of which got state meet experience in the spring on the team’s 4x800 relay. The graduation of longtime frontrunner Brenna Shaw will certainly have an impact on a team that wasn’t especially deep last year, but senior Emma Mann could be an individual qualifier in 2021. The Dragons will need to develop their line-up through newcomers or improvement, but this should still be a semi-state team.


#38 – Plainfield Quakers

Shelbyville Semi-state #17


State meet history: Never qualified


2020 Results:

Brownsburg Sectional: 3rd place (77 points)

Ben Davis Regional: 3rd place (104 points)

Shelbyville Semi-state: 14th place (366 points)


Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Shelbyville Semi-state)

Veronica Hargrave (11) – 19:26 (28th place)

Addison Dockery (12) – 20:06 (62nd place)

Mackenzie VanBibber (12) – 20:40 (102nd place)

Karlee Waugh (12) – 21:18 (134th place)

Riley Mehringer (11) – 22:05 (157th place)

Sarah Price (11) – 22:24 (165th place)

Bryn Evans (11) – 22:42 (169th place)


2021 Outlook: The Quakers return all seven from a team that was 14th in the semistate. Perhaps the best program in Indiana never to have qualified to the girls’ state finals in cross country, Plainfield returns a group very likely to advance from the regional but highly unlikely to qualify for the state meet. Junior Veronica Hargrave gives the Quakers a frontrunner; she was close to making the state meet in cross country last fall and just hundredths of a second from earning All-State honors over 800 this past spring. Plainfield also got additional tournament success with a state-qualifying 4x800 relay and senior Mackenzie VanBibber competing in the state track meet in the pole vault. (That has no correlation to cross country potential, but it’s interesting nonetheless.)


#39 – West Lafayette Red Devils

New Prairie Semi-state #8


State meet history: 17 appearances (last in 2019), 8 podium finishes (last in 2018), 1 runner-up title (2012)


2020 Results:

Harrison (West Lafayette) Sectional: 1st place (34 points)

Harrison (West Lafayette) Regional: 2nd place (56 points)

New Prairie Semi-state: 7th place (191 points)


Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)

Emma McClellan (11) – 19:42 (17th place)

Annabel Prokopy (12) – 20:07 (31st place)

Alli Steffey (12) – 20:58 (79th place)

Shannon Dineen (10) – 21:58 (136th place)


2021 Outlook: The Red Devils saw their ten-year string of state meet appearances snap in heartbreaking fashion by a single point last year. West Side certainly takes some graduation hits, but the Devils are returning a team that, coupled with one of the state’s best traditions, could start a new streak. Senior Alli Steffey could be a big difference maker with a return to her usual form; she missed virtually all of the regular season last year before giving it a go and improving through the tournament. If she performs around the same level as her sophomore year when she finished 31st at the state meet, the Devils have a frontrunner to help them get back to Terre Haute.


#40 – Harrison (West Lafayette) Raiders

New Prairie Semi-state #9


State meet history: 1 appearance (2019)


2020 Results:

Harrison (West Lafayette) Sectional: 2nd place (38 points)

Harrison (West Lafayette) Regional: 3rd place (80 points)

New Prairie Semi-state: 11th place (272 points)


Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)

Caitlin Williams (12) – 20:19 (41st place)

Chloe Poindexter (10) – 20:19 (42nd place)

Hannah Beecher (10) – 21:25 (110th place)

Emma Beimfohr (12) – 21:29 (112th place)

Alexandra Kerkhove (12) – 21:55 (135th place)

Erin Beimfohr (12) – 23:11 (162nd place)


2021 Outlook: The Raiders had the first state finals team in school history two years ago, took a bit of a step back to finish just outside the top ten at the semi-state last year and could get into the mix again this fall. In addition to a solid cross country season in 2020, Harrison had many runners enjoy an excellent spring track season: senior Caitlin Williams was very competitive over 800 meters, senior Emma Beimfohr ran 5:30 for the 1600 and senior Jaylie Lohmeyer was fifth in the open 400. Williams and Lohmeyer also teamed up with sophomore Chloe Poindexter on an All-State 4x400 relay, and while there’s little correlation between a good 400 meter performance and cross country, Harrison is still very clearly building a strong program between the two sports.


#41 – Pike Red Devils

Shelbyville Semi-state #18

Noblesville Regional #9


State meet history: 5 appearances (last in 2018), 3 podium finishes (last in 1987)


2020 Results:

Brebeuf Sectional: 2nd place (79 points)

Noblesville Regional: 3rd place (108 points)

Shelbyville Semi-state: 9th place (232 points)


Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Shelbyville Semi-state)

Katelin Schwab (12) – 19:29 (31st place)

Kristiana Read (12) – 20:37 (100th place)

Rachel Schwab (10) – 21:11 (131st place)


2021 Outlook: The Red Devils been exceptionally competitive over the last few years, despite a move into the vaunted Noblesville Regional. Last year’s squad had a chance to make the state finals after advancing from the regional but fell just shy at the semi-state level. Only three of those girls return this year for Pike, which could signify the need to rebuild the roster for a year. Still, the Devils have continued to field good teams, and though the tournament path is as daunting as ever, a mixture of experience and good coaching should keep Pike afloat in 2021.


#42 – Terre Haute South Braves

Brown County Semi-state #6


State meet history: 13 appearances (last in 2012)


2020 Results:

Terre Haute North Sectional: 2nd place (50 points)

Bedford North Lawrence Regional: 4th place (107 points)

Brown County Semi-state: 9th place (258 points)


Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)

Micah Peals (12) – 19:38 (29th place)

Madison Beaumont (10) – 20:07 (46th place)

Demme Hanciewicz (10) – 20:17 (56th place)

Caitlyn Strecker (10) – 20:55 (89th place)

Ava Rose (12) – 21:00 (93rd place)

Kaya Tanner (12) – 21:01 (95th place)


2021 Outlook: The Braves had a solid 2020 season, finishing in the top ten of the semi-state, and they bring the top six back for another shot this year. Senior Micah Peals qualified individually in cross country last fall, and South had a relatively competitive track season with some of their returners. If the Braves make the state meet, as projected, it will be due to good improvement from the sophomore class where THS is likely to get three scorers this fall.


#43 – Lawrence North Wildcats

Shelbyville Semi-state #19

Noblesville Regional #10


State meet history: 8 appearances (last in 2005), 4 podium finishes (last in 2005), 1 runner-up title (1999)

2020 Results:

Brebeuf Sectional: 7th place (120 points)


Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Brebeuf Sectional)

Brielle Vale (11) – 19:25 (6th place)

Carol Ludington (12) – 19:52 (9th place)

Olivia Back (10) – 20:59 (26th place)

Sam Springer (11) – 21:44 (36th place)

Jenna Lahaie (11) – 23:43 (47th place)


2021 Outlook: The Wildcats had a short tournament run, and geography dictates that this year may see a similar end. Still, LN has a pretty competitive line-up returning. With some of the other nearby schools at their apex, it may be difficult for the ‘Cats to advance through any rounds, though they still could qualify for the regional based on what we know heading into the season. Senior Carol Ludington had a good season over 800 meters, advancing to the state finals in that event.


#44 – Jasper Wildcats

Brown County Semi-state #7


State meet history: 7 appearances (last in 2020)


2020 Results:

Jasper Sectional: 1st place (36 points)

Crawford County Regional: 2nd place (52 points)

Brown County Semi-state: 6th place (175 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 17th place (416 points)


Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)

Andi Van Meter (12) – 18:26 (3rd place)

Ally Wigand (11) – 20:09 (48th place)

Ari Wiseman (10) – 20:42 (81st place)

Emma Schipp (10) – 21:10 (99th place)

Kate Jerger (10) – 21:52 (125th place)


2021 Outlook: The Wildcats ended a five-year hiatus from the state meet last fall and could make a return trip with a line-up that included an All-Stater and three freshmen in 2020. Senior Andi Van Meter gets Jasper off to a great start; she was 16th at the state cross country meet and qualified in the 3200 in the spring as well. Behind her, the ‘Cats have a competitive group, but like nearly any team on this list a talented newcomer or some massive improvement on the roster would be of major help.


#45 – Rochester Zebras

New Prairie Semi-state #10


State meet history: Never qualified


2020 Results:

Manchester Sectional: 3rd place (72 points)

Logansport Regional: 4th place (122 points)

New Prairie Semi-state: 13th place (318 points)


Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)

Madilyn Calloway (12) – 19:07 (8th place)

Zoe Seward (11) – 19:56 (24th place)

McKendyll Bradley (11) – 21:05 (94th place)

Madison Henizmann (11) – 21:59 (137th place)

Elena Bohde (12) – 22:28 (147th place)

Elly Fuller (11) – 25:41 (179th place)


2021 Outlook: The Zebras return all six that ran for them at the semi-state last year, including frontrunning senior Madilyn Calloway who qualified individually for the state finals in both cross and track last year. With a frontrunner plus every scorer back from a 13th place semi-state team, Rochester seems like a contender to move into the top ten, though still a ways back from advancing to the state finals. One or two really talented newcomers could really change the Zebras’ outlook this fall.



#46 – Seymour Owls

Brown County Semi-state #8


State meet history: 3 appearances (last in 2016)


2020 Results:

Brown County Sectional: 3rd place (80 points)

Crawford County Regional: 3rd place (105 points)

Brown County Semi-state: 14th place (363 points)


Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)

Kinsley Folsom (11) – 19:43 (34th place)

Vivienne Siefker (10) – 20:22 (61st place)

Hayley Harpe (12) – 20:40 (77th place)

Samantha Jacobi (12) – 22:34 (144th place)

Grace Lewis (12) – 23:31 (156th place)

Eliana Baker (12) – 24:33 (172nd place)

Emilee East (12) – 26:32 (178th place)


2021 Outlook: The Owls bring everyone back that ran in the tournament, plus should get contributions from senior Lillian Sunbury who ran the first half of the season but missed the tournament. Seymour is a fringe contender to advance out of the semi-state for the first time since 2016. Junior Brooke Trinkle, regional champion in the 1600 who has not run cross country the previous two years, could be a massive difference maker for the Owls if she gives it a go this fall.


#47 – South Knox Spartans

Brown County Semi-state #9


State meet history: Never qualified


2020 Results:

South Knox Sectional: 2nd place (48 points)

Pike Central Regional: 1st place (50 points)

Brown County Semi-state: 8th place (248 points)


Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)

Ava Like (11) – 19:40 (32nd place)

Aubrey Nowaskie (10) – 20:25 (62nd place)

Macie Couchenour (12) – 20:37 (73rd place)

Peyton Robbins (11) – 20:59 (90th place)

Abby Cunningham (10) – 21:21 (106th place)

Tori Thompson (10) – 22:59 (153rd place)


2021 Outlook: The Spartans had a strong season last year and bring back six of those seven. In fact, the best five years in South Knox history have come consecutively over the last five seasons, per inccstat’s all-time team pages, with 2020 being the high mark for the program. In 2021, the Spartans probably find themselves in a similar position: they should compete to advance to the state meet but are ultimately a longshot (6.2% chance on inccstats’ preseason ratings).


#48 – Barr-Reeve Vikings

Brown County Semi-state #10


State meet history: Never qualified


2020 Results:

South Knox Sectional: 1st place (46 points)

Pike Central Regional: 2nd place (62 points)

Brown County Semi-state: 7th place (246 points)


Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Brown County Semi-State)

Makenna Pruett (12) – 19:53 (39th place)

Abigail Ballengee (12) – 20:01 (43rd place)

Adeline Jarrett (10) – 20:51 (88th place)

Elle Knepp (10) – 21:36 (116th place)

Alyssa Lasher (10) – 24:06 (168th place)


2020 Outlook: The Vikings have a great back-and-forth rivalry with South Knox, another school that follows the same tournament path. Expect that to continue for another year with Barr-Reeve bringing back five of last year’s seven. Like other smaller schools on this countdown, the Vikes graduate some scorers which can be hard to replace.


#49 – Seeger Patriots

New Prairie Semi-state #11


State meet history: Never qualified


2020 Results:

Benton Central Sectional: 1st place (19 points)

Harrison (West Lafayette) Regional: 1st place (35 points)

New Prairie Semi-state: 8th place (216 points)


Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Prairie Semi-State)

Jennifer Romero (12) – 19:21 (12th place)

Hadessah Austin (10) – 20:18 (40th place)

Nataleigh Yarborough (11) – 20:56 (78th place)

Avah Watson (11) – 22:12 (142nd place)

Leah Kirkpatrick (12) – 24:08 (169th place)


2020 Outlook: The Patriots had a heartbreaking end after what looked like a state finals team for most of the season fell short of a trip to Terre Haute. Five of those seven come back, but two of them were scorers; in a school of just 381 students with only 11 participants in girls cross country last year, replacing 40% of a team’s scorers can be a tall order. Still, our committee (of one) is telling you there’s a chance, and inccstats backs that up with 7.1% possibility of making the state meet.


#50 – Fort Wayne Dwenger Saints

New Haven Semi-state #10

West Noble Regional #5


State meet history: 3 appearances (last in 2018)


2020 Results:

Fort Wayne Northrop Sectional: 5th place (124 points)

West Noble Regional: 5th place (111 points)

New Haven Semi-state: 11th place (299 points)


Returning Runners: (Based on results from the New Haven Semi-State)

Kaitlyn Woods (12) – 20:04 (37th place)

Ella Grashoff (12) – 21:05 (97th place)

Erin Klinenberger (12) – 21:30 (128th place)

Victoria Rodenbeck (11) – 22:10 (149th place)


2021 Outlook: The Saints return a competitive team from last fall. Dwenger is a ways away from competing for another state finals berth, though a couple of highly talented newcomers could change that. Senior Paige Aselage could be a valuable scorer for the Saints. She was not listed in cross country results in 2020, but she has run cross country in the past and had a competitive track season especially over 1600 meters.

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