CARMEL – The cross country season for the Zionsville boys truly kicked off Saturday at the Zionsville Invite at Northview Christian Church in Carmel.
The 4k event is split into freshmen/sophomore and junior/senior races, and featured some of the top teams in the state in a premier early season meet.
“We had some good things happen today,” Zionsville head coach Gabe Porras said. “In the junior/senior race, those guys did really well. The younger guys did a good job of moving up during the race too. There were a lot of positive things that happened today.”
The Eagles placed fourth in the freshmen/sophomore race with a 121 points.
Matthew Helton led the team, placing 14th in a time of 13:37.5, with C.J. Davidson placing 18th in 13:44.4 and Decatur Dell placing 19th in 13:46.6.
“Matthew Helton had a great race,” Porras said. “Really the first 5-6 guys all had pretty big races today so I was happy with that.”
Rounding out the scoring five were Ryan Handy in 25th in 13:54.5 and Ben Larsen in 47th in a time of 14:21.9. Max Essley was 48th in 14:22.1 and Duncan Michie was 75th in 14:45.3 to round out the line-up.
In the upperclassmen race, the Eagles placed seventh.
Logan Cole led the team in placing fourth in 12:53.9 with Robby Pratt placing ninth in 13:03.6.
“Logan had a good race,” Porras said. “He had a good plan and executed it. It was probably the best we have seen him run in his high school career.”
Jack Sampson placed 36th in 13:43.5, Will Pitts placed 55th in 14:08.5 and Logan Sett placed 56th in 14:09.4.
Devin Weber was 67th in 14:21.3 and Andrew Albrecht was 80th in 14:32.2.
The boys race featured eight ranked teams, including five in the top-10. Porras said it was a good chance to see where the team stacked up in the early season.
“There is a certain motivation in seeing some of the other teams out there,” Porras said. “It’s big for our guys to have an opportunity to race against them.”
This is the fifth year the Zionsville Invite has occurred in the early parts of the season.
The meet has continued to grow every year, and changed locations this year to accommodate more teams. The meet is now one of the top early-season meets in the state.
“The new venue here was good, and there was a lot more space,” Porras said. “Every year more teams are interested in it and that is a testament to our administration and athletic department for helping us have a great start to the season.”
The Eagles will compete in the Dave Bannon Invite in Shelbyville next week.