CARMEL – Most of the best teams in the state came to Carmel on Saturday to run in the Riverview Health Flashrock Invitational.
The Zionsville girls cross country team placed third overall in the event, finishing behind Fort Wayne Carroll and Carmel.
“We were pleased with Saturday,” Zionsville head coach Suzanne Rigg said. “You always want to win, but we have been working hard, especially the last week. I’m OK with going into that meet a little extra tired.”
The meet was really like a state preview for the teams involved.
Rigg said it was good to have a meet like that at this point in the season.
“It is a great meet to see where we are at really,” Rigg said. “You can take some confidence away from that, and it was good to see some of those other top teams.”
Zionsville got a strong performance from senior Katelyn Wasson, who won the girls race in a time of 18:11.7.
Classmate Anna Settle had a break-out race as well, placing third in the loaded field in 18:34.2.
“As I told her after the race, ‘Anna Settle, you are on fire,’” Rigg said. “That is really what she is right now. She is getting better, and better and her confidence in growing. It has been great to see her building up gradually since her freshman year.”
Settle has been a contributor since her freshman year on the Eagles, but has taken major steps forward this year.
Her best finish at the state meet has been 60th, but if her current times continue, she will be right there for a top-20, all-state finish.
“She has had some really good workouts this year, but a lot of times it’s just confidence and belief in yourself,” Rigg said. “I think she has that now, and she sees herself up there right now.”
Margaret Allen placed 23rd in 19:25.6, and Lydia Moore was 27th in 19:30.5. The final scoring runner was Grace Gongwer, who placed 50th in 20:15.3.
Isabella Brady was 51st in 20:15.6, Keerti Mallur was 58th in 20:25.7 and Ava Ward was 63rd in 20:31.1. Also running in the varsity race were Kate Dimmett (91st, 21:04.0), Colleen Squire (101st, 21:15.3), Kaitlyn Lalley (110th, 21:36.1) and Sarah Petersen (135th, 22:19.1).
The Eagles run in the HCC Meet on Saturday at Noblesville.
“Conference is always a fun race against people you see here and there throughout the season,” Rigg said. “We want to win both the JV and Varsity races. That is a goal we had at the beginning of the year, and I think it is achievable.”
The Zionsville boys placed sixth overall with 157 points.
Jesus Garcia led the team, placing fourth in 15:41.4. Robby Pratt placed 17th in 16:08.5 for a strong finish.
Logan Cole placed 39th in 16:50.0, with Decatur Dell placing 52nd in 17:01.6 and Matthew Helton placing 58th in 17:05.2.
Ryan Handy was 63rd in 17:09.0 with Will Nobbe placing 81st in 17:27.2. Jack Sampson came across in an 85th place finish in 17:31.5, with C.J. Davidson placing 103rd in 17:49.7 and Billy Busse placing 116th in 18:00.5.
Sam Miller was 134th in 19:15.1 and Devin Weber was 146th in 18:37.8.