BROWNSBURG – The Zionsville girls cross country team dominated the Hoosier Crossroads Conference Meet on Saturday morning.
The Lady Eagles placed five runners in the top-10 and scored 27 points, beating second-place HSE by 54 points.
How dominate were the Eagles? If you added the top-5 runners from the rest of the conference, the Eagles still would have won 27-28.
“This is one of goals every year,” Zionsville head coach Suzanne Rigg said. “It was good to see the girls bring it on the day they we want to do well. I was really, really pleased.”
Senior Katelyn Wasson won the individual HCC title, running a course record 18:16.9 to win the title.
After placing third as a sophomore and second last year, it was the perfect way for Wasson to end her HCC cross country career.
“Katelyn has done a fantastic job,” Rigg said. “We are hoping she can continue it, along with Anna (Settle) and the rest of the seniors. It is bittersweet seeing them run their last HCC race, but they all ran well, Katelyn especially.”
Anna Settle nearly made it a 1-2 finish for the Eagles, but ended up third by 0.2 seconds in a time of 18:25.0. Margaret Allen and Lydia Moore placed sixth and seventh for the Eagles in 19:03.8 and 19:04.1, while Lauren Rinehart was 10th in 19:10.5.
It was just the second race of the season for Rinehart, who ran well after a few weeks off recovering from a muscle issue.
“I was just so happy to see her back,” Rigg said. “She is only going to continue getting stronger every week now. I was really pleased with how she ran.”
Grace Gongwer was 28th in 19:54.6, while Keerti Mallur was 34th in 19:54.6.
In the HCC, each team is allowed 12 runners in the varsity race.
Ava Ward was 38th in 20:11.6, Isabella Brady was 40th in 20:47.2, Sarah Petersen was 46th in 20:20.8, Kate Dimmett was 48th in 20:22.4 and Kyla Stalbaum was 70th in 21:20.8.
The Eagles will run some of the team and the Nike Twilight Meet in Terre Haute next week, and then have the sectional in two weeks.
Rigg said the Eagles did a lot of good things on Saturday, and have to continue working hard into the state tournament.
“We talked a lot about strength of the pack, and that worked really well today,” Rigg said. “You can’t always plan that, because sometimes in races you get broken up, but the girls really took to that this week. We have two weeks now to really focus on training, not really worrying about race and getting good work done.”