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Season Preview: Top 50 boys Teams

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We'll be counting down our preseason top 50 boys 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 – NorthWood Panthers

New Haven Semi-state #9


State meet history: 2 appearances (last in 1987)


2020 Results:

Elkhart Sectional: 3rd place (74 points)

Elkhart Regional: 4th place (137 points)

New Haven Semi-state: 13th place (163 points)


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

Brady Hunsberger (12) – 16:39 (38th place)

Grady Stevenson (12) – 17:06 (69th place)

Owen Allen (10) – 17:42 (117th place)

Jordan Burden (11) – 17:55 (134th place)

Owen Miller (11) – 18:06 (147th place)


2021 Outlook: The Panthers had a solid fall campaign last year and a great spring, returning five runners from a team that could become a fringe contender for a state finals spot, even in a loaded semi-state. Senior Brady Hunsberger was especially competitive in the spring, qualifying for the state meet over 1600 meters and breaking 2:00 for 800. Junior Jordan Burden seems to have turned the corner as well, running 9:54 for 3200 meters in the track tournament. Those two by themselves aren’t enough to get the team to the state meet, but it’s certainly a good start.


#37 – Munster Mustangs

New Prairie Semi-state #6


State meet history: 6 appearances (last in 2020), 1 podium finish (2014)


2020 Results:

Highland Sectional: 2nd place (66 points)

Crown Point Regional: 3rd place (99 points)

New Prairie Semi-state: 6th place (222 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 23rd place (563 points)


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

Maxwell Lindenmayer (12) – 16:50 (33rd place)

Korey Allen (12) – 17:08 (49th place)

Gabriel Tienstra (12) – 17:22 (68th place)

Anthony Young (12) – 17:29 (79th place)

Jacob Cipowski (12) – 17:54 (114th place)


2021 Outlook:

The Mustangs appear to be in a great position to qualify for the state finals again with a veteran and experienced line-up this fall. Munster has five back from last season’s team that made a trip to Terre Haute. If anything might detract from the likelihood of back-to-back trips to Terre Haute, it would be that most of the returners seemed absent from track results. Still, five back from a state meet team in the New Prairie Semi-state will be hard for too many teams to match.


#38 – Warsaw Tigers

New Prairie Semi-state #7


State meet history: 11 appearances (last in 2020), 1 podium finish (2012)


2020 Results:

Culver Academies Sectional: 1st place (27 points)

Culver Academies Regional: 1st place (38 points)

New Prairie Semi-state: 2nd place (118 points)

IHSAA State Finals: 16th place (386 points)


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

Harrison Phipps (12) – 16:42 (27th place)

Garrett Hall (11) – 17:22 (71st place)

Luke Nier (12) – 17:23 (72nd place)

Samuel Slough (12) – 17:49 (106th place)


2021 Outlook: The Tigers ended a six-year hiatus from the state meet as a team in 2020. Even though Warsaw lost its top three runners from last year to graduation and didn’t see much from any returners during the track season, nothing is off the table in the New Prairie Semi-state this season. This is absolutely a group capable of making consecutive state finals trips for the first time since 2013. The Tigers were solid last year in the tournament, running better in the state meet than nearly any other point in the season.


#39 – LaPorte Slicers

New Prairie Semi-state #8


State meet history: 21 appearances (last in 2015), 2 podium finishes (last in 2007), 1 runner-up title (2007)


2020 Results:

New Prairie Sectional: 3rd place (101 points)

New Prairie Regional: 2nd place (87 points)

New Prairie Semi-state: 9th place (252 points)


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

Cole Raymond (12) – 16:13 (3rd place)

Janan Pillai (11) – 16:58 (42nd place)

Tyler Troy (11) – 17:51 (110th place)

Johnathon Groth (12) – 17:58 (118th place)

Stephen Klimczak (11) – 18:41 (157th place)


2021 Outlook: The Slicers are looking to end a five-year drought from the state meet and just may have the squad to do it this fall. Senior Cole Raymond, nearly All-State in the fall and fourth in the 1600 this spring, gives LaPorte an excellent start. Sophomore Brayden Sobecki—10:05 over 3200 meters this track season—could provide a valuable number two and bolster the Slicers’ depth, which could be the key to getting back to Terre Haute as a team.


#40 – Terre Haute South Braves

Brown County Semi-state #8

Bedford North Lawrence Regional #4


State meet history: 15 appearances (last in 2016), 1 podium finish (2013)


2020 Results:

Terre Haute North Sectional: 3rd place (51 points)

Bedford North Lawrence Regional: 5th place (101 points)

Brown County Semi-state: 8th place (229 points)


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

Matt Gambill (12) – 15:54 (7th place)

Ethan Aidoo (10) – 17:03 (64th place)

Eric Haworth (12) – 17:11 (81st place)

Mason Cranford (12) – 17:36 (113th place)

Isaac Hults (12) – 17:51 (129th place)

Tate Alcorn (12) – 18:01 (140th place)


2021 Outlook: The Braves were relatively close to the state meet last fall, though they were a top-heavy team with two frontrunners, and one has graduated. With senior Matt Gambill, a potential All-Stater, back THS will get off to a good start. Sophomore Ethan Aidoo seems a logical candidate for a jump in performance after running 10:10 over 3200 meters in the spring, and senior Eric Haworth also had a good track season. Those three certainly give the Braves the beginnings of a potential state meet team so it is just a matter of developing the depth after that.




#41 – Pendleton Heights Arabians

New Haven Semi-state #13


State meet history: 4 appearances (last in 2017)


2020 Results:

Pendleton Heights Sectional: 3rd place (89 points)

Delta Regional: 3rd place (109 points)

New Haven Semi-state: 15th place (369 points)


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

Avry Carpenter (12) – 16:54 (55th place)

Andrew Blake (11) – 17:13 (78th place)

William Coggins (10) – 17:47 (127th place)

Gabriel Holland (12) – 18:27 (160th place)

Elijah Creel (12) – 18:53 (170th place)


2021 Outlook: The Arabians return five from a semi-state team that was competitive last fall. Senior Avry Carpenter—4:30 over 1600 meters in the track season—could give Pendleton a frontrunner at the semi-state, and the rest of the roster should be enough to around the same level this year. This is a squad quite a bit away from a state finals berth but equally as far away from not making it out of the regional.


#42 – Castle Knights

Brown County Semi-state #9


State meet history: 1 appearance (2000)


2020 Results:

Evansville Mater Dei Sectional: 1st place (43 points)

Bedford North Lawrence Regional: 1st place (43 points)

Brown County Semi-state: 12th place (310 points)


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

Trevor Monroe (12) – 16:27 (28th place)

Jackson Kramer (10) – 17:06 (73rd place)

Andrew Mangum (12) – 17:38 (117th place)

Ben Whitacre (11) – 17:58 (136th place)


2021 Outlook: The Knights are a potential state finals team, which would be a second in program history. With four coming back from last year’s sectional and regional championship teams, Castle had a banner season on the track that included an All-State 4x8 relay and great individual races like a 9:34 over 3200 meters for senior Trevor Monroe and a 4:40 for sophomore Jackson Kramer. The depth is a little wanting for a team to make a push for advancement from the semi-state, but Castle isn’t a tiny school by any means.


#43 – West Noble Chargers

New Haven Semi-state #14

West Noble Regional #7


State meet history: 13 appearances (last in 2019), 2 podium finishes (last in 1993)

2020 Results:

West Noble Sectional: 4th place (95 points)

West Noble Regional: 9th place (75 points)


Returning Runners: (Based on results from the West Noble Regional)

Grant Flora (11) – 16:45 (11th place)

Isaac Campos (12) – 18:36 (68th place)

Isaac Silva (11) – 18:39 (69th place)

Logan Schuller (11) – 18:52 (75th place)

Adrian Garcia (12) – 19:41 (85th place)

Evan Rodriguez (10) – 20:38 (87th place)


2021 Outlook: The Chargers had a rare down year for their program, which is tough in perhaps the state’s second most difficult regional. West Noble does bring back six of those seven, but the tournament path continues to be difficult and may make advancing to the semi-state challenging this fall as well. The Chargers do have high upside potentially: Senior Austin Cripe ran just one race last fall and senior Coy Wolheter ran 4:30 over 1600 meters (though he didn’t run cross country last fall). Those two in combination with junior Grant Flora could give WN a very competitive top trio.


#44 – Cathedral Fighting Irish

Shelbyville Semi-state #12

Noblesville Regional #8


State meet history: 5 appearances (last in 2019), 3 podium finishes (last in 2019), 1 runner-up title (2019)


2020 Results:

Noblesville Sectional: 3rd place (90 points)

Noblesville Regional: 7th place (197 points)


Returning Runners: (Based on results from the Noblesville Regional)

Liam Eifert (11) – 16:25 (24th place)

Jack Wajda (12) – 16:39 (40th place)


2021 Outlook: The numbers like Cathedral despite bringing back just two of their seven from a team that wasn’t very close to making it out of the regional last fall. That seems a likely destiny for this year’s squad as well based on geography. Junoir Liam Eifert could make it deeper into the tournament as an individual, potentially even into the state finals, after a strong track season this past spring.


#45 –Greenfield-Central Cougars

Shelbyville Semi-state #13


State meet history: Never qualified


2020 Results:

Mt. Vernon Sectional: 3rd place (79 points)

Rushville Regional: 3rd place (75 points)

Shelbyville Semi-state: 17th place (465 points)


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

Griffen Wheeler (11) – 17:08 (87th place)

Matthew Whicker (12) – 17:31 (115th place)

Liam Brinkruff (10) – 17:47 (136th place)

Christopher Ross (10) – 17:55 (139th place)

Lucas Tutrow (12) – 20:04 (179th place)


2021 Outlook: The Cougars are one of the team’s that our committee (of one) has its eye on this fall. This isn’t a team on the cusp of a state championship berth, at least certainly not in their semi-state, and the cross country results were not eye-popping. In the spring, Greenfield showed good development among some of their runners with junior Griffin Wheeler running 4:36 for 1600 and 9:59 for 3200 and rising sophomores Liam Brinkruff and Christopher Ross running 10:28 and 10:30 over 3200 meters. Look for this to be a team that improves upon its semi-state placing from last year that could be a longshot to make the state meet in 2022.


#46 – Huntington North Vikings

New Haven Semi-state #15


State meet history: 7 appearances (last in 2009), 1 podium finish (2003)


2020 Results:

Marion Sectional: 2nd place (49 points)

Marion Regional: 4th place (80 points)

New Haven Semi-state: 14th place (368 points)


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

Jonathan York (12) – 16:38 (36th place)

Harrison Niswander (12) – 17:00 (61st place)

Gavin Byerly (12) – 17:42 (116th place)

Gatlin Boxell (11) – 18:08 (150th place)

Dane Blackburn (12) – 18:49 (167th place)

Tiler Carr (11) – 18:53 (172nd place)


2021 Outlook: The Vikings bring back six from their middle-of-the-pack semi-state team that possibly could move into the top ten this year. A senior-laden roster is usually a key to an overachieving team. On top of Jonathan York who is back from a successful cross country campaign, teammate Harrison Niswander had a great track season, running 10:00 over 3200 meters in the sectional. Huntington will need to develop its depth to move up the semi-state rankings, but that certainly seems possible given the roster and team history.


#47 – Terre Haute North Patriots

Brown County Semi-state #9

Bedford North Lawrence Regional #5


State meet history: 18 appearances (last in 2014), 4 podium finishes (last in 2010), 1 state championship (1972)

2020 Results:

Terre Haute North Sectional: 2nd place (40 points)

Bedford North Lawrence Regional: 4th place (76 points)

Brown County Semi-state: 10th place (280 points)


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

Dylan Zeck (11) – 16:18 (22nd place)

Nerius White (12) – 16:38 (40th place)

Reece Lady (12) – 17:55 (132nd place)


2021 Outlook: The Patriots bring back two really good runners, including a potential All-Stater in junior Dylan Zeck. In the southern semi-state, those two could provide the foundation of a state meet team with proper development of depth. This year that may be tough given the rise of quality among teams in the Brown County Semi-state, but a couple solid newcomers could really tip the scales for the Pats.


#48 – Avon Orioles

Shelbyville Semi-state #14


State meet history: 5 appearances (last in 2018)


2020 Results:

Brownsburg Sectional: 2nd place (65 points)

Ben Davis Regional: 4th place (128 points)

Shelbyville Semi-state: 14th place (398 points)


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

Griffin O’Neill (12) – 16:59 (72nd place)

Levi Beeler (11) – 17:42 (128th place)

Cullen Broda (11) – 18:27 (161st place)

Sam Sublette (12) – 18:32 (164th place)


2021 Outlook: The Orioles bring four back from a team that comfortably qualified for the semi-state. While Avon seems to be at about the same level this year, given its returners, the team could be helped out a ton if sophomore Sam Clore (4:27 for 1600 and 9:42 for 3200 as a freshman) decides to run this fall after foregoing the opportunity as a freshman. His presence could give the O’s a frontrunner that might vault them closer to the top ten in the semi-state.


#49 – Batesville Bulldogs

Shelbyville Semi-state #15


State meet history: Never qualified


2020 Results:

South Dearborn Sectional: 1st place (27 points)

Franklin Regional: 3rd place (83 points)

Shelbyville Semi-state: 13th place (363 points)


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

Ben Moster (12) – 16:33 (40th place)

Ean Loichinger (12) – 16:46 (55th place)

Eli Loichinger (10) – 17:48 (138th place)

Will Nuhring (12) – 18:25 (159th place)

Daren Smith (12) – 18:47 (170th place)


2021 Outlook: The Bulldogs are still looking for their first ever state finals appearance. While that looks unlikely this year, they should still be a very competitive team in their area, as usual. Batesville is a very good program, and in possibly any other semi-state, this is a school that would have advanced in past years to the state finals. Moster and Ean Loichinger gives the ‘Dogs a great start at two, and they did have a very competitive track season, narrowly missing the state meet in the 4x8 with Moster qualifying in the 1600.


#50 – Brownsburg Bulldogs

Shelbyville Semi-state #16


State meet history: 1 appearance (2019), 1 podium finish (2019)


2020 Results:

Brownsburg Sectional: 1st place (48 points)

Ben Davis Regional: 2nd place (61 points)

Shelbyville Semi-state: 8th place (176 points)


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

Caedmon Oliger (12) – 16:55 (66th place)

Caedmon Barksdale (12) – 17:04 (82nd place)

Patrick Voglewede (12) – 18:14 (154th place)


2021 Outlook: The Bulldogs are at a high point in program history. Per inccstats.com’s all-time rankings, the ‘Dogs have fielded their three best teams in the last three seasons, reaching their first ever state meet (and first ever podium finish) in 2019. Brownsburg will need to do some developing of their roster after losing so much to graduation the past two years, including Trevor Nolan who qualified individually to the state finals in both cross and track as a senior last school year. With a large enrollment (2802 students) and big roster (47 participants in 2020), fielding a competitive team that can qualify for the semi-state won’t be too tall of a task.

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