FORT WAYNE – Concordia senior Zach Panning and Leo freshman Lindsey Marriott used past experiences en route to cross country sectional individual titles Tuesday at Northrop.
Panning repeated his boys title in 15:25.1, and Marriott won the girls title in 18:40.2, a week after a wrong turn cost her a chance at an individual ACAC title at Adams Central.
One of the best runners in the state, Panning beat Homesteads Brayden Law (16:08.2) by almost a minute.
It feels pretty good (to repeat), Panning said. I felt good out there. It was a beautiful day to race, so that helped a bunch. Theres a bunch of great guys out here, and we were all running good today.
In her first sectional, Marriott beat defending champion Marina Konow of Concordia, who came in at 18:42.7.
It feels really good, but I had to work really hard for it, Marriott said. I was worried someone was going to pass me because that usually does happen.
Last Tuesday, Marriott went the wrong direction and had to repeat part of the course at the ACAC meet and finished 26th.
I knew coming into this that I wanted to try and win it so it would make up for the fact that I lost that, she said. You definitely have to make sure you know the course really well before you run.
Carroll continued its streaks of team titles with the girls winning a 14th straight championship, and the boys picking up their third straight title. Both Carroll teams scored 43 points.
Its an expectation for these girls, first-year Carroll coach Phil Yoder said. They know they win sectional every year and regional every year. I dont have to say anything to them. They took care of business as usual. I told them what I wanted them to do, and they stuck to it and ran what I expected. We are very fortunate. I came into a great running tradition. Our eyes are a little further down the road than a lot of teams because of the talent and the depth that we have.
Homestead finished second in the girls with 80 points, while Bishop Dwenger was second for the boys with 52 points.
The Chargers girls got four of the top 10 places, with Madison Fruchey (third), Londyn Wise (sixth), Stacey Metzger (seventh) and Megan Doty (eighth), while Coral Whaley was 19th. For the boys, Cameron Clements was third, Jacob Schmeling, fifth, Bret Unger ninth, Trevor Hamilton 12th and Adam Kelty 14th.
I wanted Cameron to hold back at the beginning just because of the regional in a few days, Yoder said. I wanted to hold back and see how the team race played out and go from there. He did exactly what I wanted him to do.
The top five teams and top 10 individuals not on an advancing team will move on to Saturdays West Noble Regional.