The state's top-ranked squad easily held serve, as Carroll's girls cross country squad took five of the top seven places to win the Northrop Sectional. The Chargers, ranked No. 1 in the final regular-season poll, saw Zoe Duffus finish first in 17:39, while all five scorers for Carroll broke the 20-minute mark as the Chargers posted a team score of 20.
“Zoe was in total command today and it was one of her best races of her high school career,” Carroll coach Phil Yoder said.
Concordia, ranked ninth in the final boys poll and the lone area squad inside the top 20, edged Carroll 47-66 to hoist the championship in the boys race. The Concordia girls (60 points) took second, followed by Homestead (74), Leo (96) and Bishop Dwenger (124). Dwenger (77), Homestead (97) and Columbia City (138) finished third through fifth in the boys race.
Carroll junior Preston Sloffer edged Concordia junior Karsten Schlegel by less than seven seconds to win the boys race.
WEST NOBLE SECTIONAL: In Ligonier, Angola junior Izaiah Steury won the boys individual title in 15:49 to lead the Hornets to a second place finish. Westview took the team title.
DeKalb's Riley Winebrenner won the girls race by 35 seconds, and West Noble's five scoring runners finished inside the top 12 – paced by Megan Wallen – to push the Chargers past East Noble for the team title.
BELLMONT SECTIONAL: In Decatur, South Side edged Norwell by three points for the girls team title, and the host Braves took five of the top eight places to dominate the boys race with 20 points. Norwell seniors Lauren Bales and Sarah Mahnensmith went 1-2. The Archers saw Lauren Walda and Solani Licona lead the way by placing sixth and seventh. Sarah Busch of Bishop Luers finished third.
Jordan Garlinger, Isaac Fuelling and Deion Guise swept the top three places for Bellmont in the boys race.
MANCHESTER SECTIONAL: In North Manchester, Warsaw won the boys and girls team competitions, led by Jacob Kissling's championship in the boys race and Wini Bennett's third-place run in the girls race.
MARION SECTIONAL: In Marion, Huntington North won the girls team competition by placing five scoring runners in the top seven overall places, led by individual champion Addison Wiley. The Vikings were edged by Oak Hill 45-49 in the boys race as Harrison Niswander placed second.
CARROLL 1, NORTHROP 0: In Kendallville, Sarah Mullins' second-half goal stood as the only tally as the Chargers won a Class 3A sectional.
HOMESTEAD 3, WARSAW 2: At Homestead, the Spartans scored inside the final eight minutes to break a 2-2 tie and claim a sectional in Class 3A.
BISHOP DWENGER 5, COLUMBIA CITY 0: In Columbia City, the Saints jumped ahead 3-0 at halftime to reign as champions of a sectional in Class 2A.
BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN 2, SOUTH ADAMS 1, PK: At Canterbury, the Braves battled the Starfires to a 1-1 tie through regulation and both overtime sessions. Blackhawk then won the shootout 3-0 in Class A.
CARROLL 8, SNIDER 0: In Waterloo, the Chargers capped an emotional week that included the passing of longtime Carroll coach Rollie Clements, scoring four goals in each half, including three by Rylan Lochmueller, to win a Class 3A sectional.
CANTERBURY 2, CONCORDIA 0: At Canterbury, the Cavaliers scored once on either side of halftime to win in Class 2A.
LEO 1, BISHOP DWENGER 0, OT: In Woodburn, the Lions scored just 22 seconds into overtime to claim the title in a Class 2A Sectional.
LAKEWOOD PARK 2, BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN 1, PK: At Blackhawk Christian, Colton White scored for the Panthers with just 73 seconds remaining to force overtime in Class A. Lakewood Park won the penalty shootout 3-1.
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CARROLL 51, MANCHESTER 50: In Syracuse, the Chargers edged the Squires by a single point to claim the Wawasee Regional championship and advance to the state finals at Grand Park Sports Event Center.