Indiana Sweeps The Mid-East Cross Country Championships

Lauren Johnson (West Lafayette, IN breaks the tape first in 18:17 (Chris Greene photo)

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Girls results-

The Indiana girls were almost perfect winning the friendly competition among four states held at Indian Riffle Park in Kettering, OH. Indiana copped the day's first race with 16 points!  The Hoosier state gals broke the low team score record of 23 points set in 1994 by the Pennsylvania. Only Carly Davis (Dublin Jerome, Oh) at 5th overall in 18:37, broke up the Indiana Sweep! Lauren Johnson (West Lafayette) 18:17 was followed by teammates Alex Buck (Pendleton Heights) 18:22,  Katherine Free (Indianapolis Cathedral) 18:31Kristen Johnson (West Lafayette) 18:34 and Madison Fruchey (Ft. Wayne Carroll) 18:43 rounded out the Indian top five! Lainey Studebaker was the 7th overall finisher (Centerville, Oh) in 18:52. Illinois' top finish was Madison Romig (Grant) placed 13th in 19:11.

Girls team scoresIndiana 16, Ohio 55, Illinois 92, Michigan 98

Team Indiana boys in control of the Mideast Championship race (Chris Greene photo)

Boys results-

The Indiana boys completed the sweep scoring 32 points. Brayden Law (Homestead, IN) and Cooper Williams (West Lafayette, IN) go 1-2 clocking 15:41.1 and 15:45.3 respectively. The Ohio team was lead by Mitchell Poynter (Tippecanoe) who was 3rd overall in 15:46. Ohio had the first five in, ahead of Indiana's fourth runner, but Indiana's one-two finish proved the difference. Marcus Skinner (Shelbyville) was the first Illinois runner across the finish line in 14th place with a time of 16:05.

Boys Team scores Indiana-32, Ohio 36, Illinois 67, Michigan 104

Combined team scores: Indiana 48, Ohio 91, Illinois 115, Michigan 202

Indiana set a new meet record for the combined record with 48 points, breaking the previous low score of 60 points set in 2006 by Team Ohio.