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Carroll won its fifth straight girls and second straight boys semistate team titles Saturday.
Cross Country Semistate

Concordia senior, Carroll teams cruise

Concordia senior Zach Panning, along with the Carroll girls and boys teams, continued their domination Saturday at the New Haven Cross Country Semistate.

Panning ran away with the individual boys title in 15:19.36. Brayden Law of Homestead was second at 15:53.79.

“I just went out there to run, and I just wanted to do the best I could,” said Panning, who also won the indvidual title last year. “I am really excited about next weekend, and that’s what I have been working for the whole season.”

Carroll won its fifth straight girls semistate team title, and the boys won its second in a row. The Chargers girls won 69-73 over Penn, and the boys won 71-116 over Northridge.

For the boys and girls, the top six teams, along with the top 10 individuals not on an advancing team, moved on to next Saturday’s state finals in Terre Haute.

Both Carroll teams won with depth.

“It was our 3-7 runners on both sides is what did it,” Carroll boys and girls coach Phil Yoder said. “All year we preached to them semistate and state are the two (big) meets, and we have to run well here to get to state. We are running well when we are supposed to.”

Madison Fruchey led the Carroll girls with a ninth-place finish at 18:56.63; Stacey Metzger was 11th at 18:59.44; Megan Doty 14th at 19:14.37; Caitlyn Chastain 27th at 19:33.11; Coral Whaley 28th at 19:33.62; Londyn Wise 31st at 19:38.43; and Kathryn Morris 36th at 19:50.81.

“We have been really strong this season as a team,” Metzger said. “We are working together and training for these last two meets.

“It shows that we girls who can step up when needed, and we are really deep. I think we are peaking at the right time.”

Cameron Clements was ninth for the boys at 16:10.03; Jacob Schmeling 11th at 16:13.52; Trevor Hamilton 18th at 16:31.99; Bret Unger 20th at 16:36.11; Alec Kreilach 36th at 16:52.63; Adam Kelty 45th at 16:57.83; and Ben Schwartz 48th at 16:58.33.

Penn’s Maddie Woods won the individual girls race in 18:10.36, and Fremont’s Abby Hostetler was third in 18:20.25.

Also advancing to state as a team for the girls were Pendleton Heights, Northridge, Homestead and Huntington North. For the boys, it will be Bishop Dwenger, South Bend Riley, Homestead and South Adams.