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Columbus North Athletics

Home of the Bull Dogs - where 37 state championships have been won!

Columbus North Athletics

Home of the Bull Dogs - where 37 state championships have been won!

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2 weeks ago

Sluys claims all-state honors in leading Columbus North boys to sixth place in cross country state meet; CN girls finish 20th

                TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Senior John Sluys earned all-state honors on Saturday (Oct. 27), placing 22nd individually and leading the Columbus North boys cross country team to a sixth-place finish in the IHSAA State Finals at the LaVern Gibson Course.

                Sluys traversed the 5,000-meter layout in 16 minutes, 17.1 seconds to help the CN boys to a team score of 234, while the Columbus North girls placed 20th with 447 points. The top 25 finishers in each race are considered all-state performers.

                Carmel claimed the boys’ team title with 136 points. The Greyhounds, champions for the 16th time, were followed by Cathedral with 146, Fishers with 150, Fort Wayne Concordia with 228, Bloomington South with 230 and Columbus North.

                Senior Rishi Poludaso, senior Sam Horak, freshman Matt Newell and freshman Reese Kilbarger-Stumpff completed the scorers for the Bull Dog boys. Poludasu placed 52nd in 16:40.5, Horak was 69th in 16:51.2, Newell finished 77th in 16:55.5 and Kilbarger-Stumpff placed 127th in 17:20.8.

                Rounding out the CN lineup were sophomore Collin Pruitt, 136th in 17:23.8, and freshman Evan Carr, 141st in 17:26.6.

                The team did everything that we asked,” Columbus North boys coach Danny Fisher told The Republic. “Our ‘A’ goal was to be top five, and we were four points from that. Our ‘B’ goal was top eight, and we got that. There always are things you can pick apart, and we can find four points somewhere. But we’re ecstatic about sixth.”

                Junior Olivia Morlok paced the effort for the Columbus North girls, finishing 46th individually in 19:21.6. She was supported by sophomore Aric Tong, senior Emma Smith, sophomore Ella Anderson and senior Sydney Geckler.  Tong placed 125th in 20:22.8, Smith was 139th in 20:33.6, Anderson finished 140th in 20:34.5 and Geckler was 164th in 21:05.1.

                Also, freshman Abbi Jacobi placed 178th in 21:27.1 and senior Abbey Landini was 204th in 22:23.3.

                “The girls ran with a good energy,” Bull Dogs girls coach Rick Sluder said. “We improved from last year, and we were one point from a second goal of being top three from our semi-state.”

                Carroll (Fort Wayne), with three runners in the top 10, was the girls’ team winner with 85 points. Zionsville was runner-up with 149 points followed by West Lafayette with 176, Carmel with 235 and Hamilton Southeastern with 235.

                Cathedral senior Cole Hocker and Greencastle senior Emma Wilson were the individual champions. Hocker claimed the boys’ title in 15:25.1, while Wilson took the girls’ crown for the second consecutive season in 17:53.9.

                Wilson and Guerin Catholic senior Quinn Gallagher was honored as winners of the IHSAA Mental Attitude Awards at the conclusion of the meet. Gallagher placed fifth in the boys’ race in 15:45.7.

                The Columbus North boys recorded their 18th top-10 finish while making the program’s 28th appearance in the state meet. The CN girls were in the state meet for the 34th time in program annals.

                Looking ahead, both Fisher and Sluder expressed optimism.

                “The future is bright,” Fisher told the newspaper. “The seniors pulled everybody along and did a great job leading this team. We didn’t just go one step further than what we placed last year (17th). We skipped a couple of steps. We’re on another level now.”

                The CN girls improved from a 24th-place finish in 2017.

                “I’m very proud of our season, my first at CN, and the effort of all 30 girls,” Sluder said. “We have a lot of work to do now to push CN back to reaching our high expectations. I know we have the capability to be back on the podium more years than not, so that is our offseason challenge.”

 

IHSAA STATE FINALS

At LaVern Gibson Course

Boys

                Team scores: Carmel 136, Cathedral 146, Fishers 150, Fort Wayne Concordia 228, Bloomington South 230, Columbus North 234, Zionsville 244, Bloomington North 287, North Central 297, Homestead 300, Franklin 310, Highland 329, Hamilton Southeastern 329, Lowell 329, Valparaiso 332, Westview 332, Crown Point 345, Harrison (West Lafayette) 356, Avon 402, West Noble 434, Floyd Central 478, Tell City 510, West Lafayette 521, Jennings County 549.

 

Individual Leaders

1, Cole Hocker, 12, Cathedral, 15:25.1

2, Gabriel Sanchez, 11, Lowell, 15:41.1

3, Brennan Butche, 12, Mississinewa, 15:42.7

4, Caleb Futter, 12, Christian Academy of Indiana, 15:44.9

5, Quinn Gallagher, 12, Guerin Catholic, 15:45.7

6, Jesse Hamlin, 12, Fort Wayne Snider, 15:47.5

7, Austin Haskett, 12, Edgewood, 15:53.8

8, Reece Gibson, 11, Fort Wayne Concordia, 15:58.6

9, Ethan Meyer, 12, Fishers, 16:00.1

10, Nick Perkins, 12, Roncalli, 16:01.8

11, Lucas Guerra, 10, Highland, 16:04.4

12, Paul Rushton, 11, Bloomington North, 16:04.7

13, Ian Shaw, 12, Bloomington South, 16:07.1

14, Ryan Ruppert, 12, Homestead, 16:07.3

15, Nate Kaiser, 12, Tell City, 16:08.5

16, Mitchell Rans, 12, Caston, 16:09.7

17, Mitchell Gits, 12, LaPorte, 16:10.8

18, Genesio Christofanelli, 11, Crown Point, 16:12.9

19, Calvin Bates, 12, Carmel, 16:14.0

20, Isaiah Hollars, 12, Bloomington North, 16:15.5

21, Travis Hickner, 10, Noblesville, 16:15.9

22, John Sluys, 12, Columbus North, 16:17.1

23, Jesus Garcia, 10, Zionsville, 16:17.5

24, Wilson Whicker, 11, Fort Wayne Concordia, 16:19.7

25, Caleb Williams, 11, Harrison (West Lafayette), 16:19.9

 

Other CN athletes

52, Rishi Poludasu, 12, 16:40.5

69, Sam Horak, 12, 16:51.2

77, Matt Newell, 9, 16:55.5

127, Reese Kilbarger-Stumpff, 9, 17:20.8

136, Collin Pruitt, 10, 17:23.8

141, Evan Carr, 9, 17:26.6

 

Girls

                Team scores: Carroll (Fort Wayne) 85, Zionsville 149, West Lafayette 176, Carmel 235, Hamilton Southeastern 235, Fort Wayne Dwenger 253, Fishers 261, Brebeuf Jesuit 268, Noblesville 307, Chesterton 314, Floyd Central 322, Franklin Central 326, Valparaiso 328, Lowell 353, Homestead 361, Bloomington North 361, Pike 363, Penn 410, Bloomington South 446, Columbus North 447, Warsaw 449, Crown Point 464, Evansville Memorial 496, Edgewood 500.

 

Individual Leaders

1, Emma Wilson, 12, Greencastle, 17:53.9

2, Erin Strzelecki, 11, Fort Wayne Dwenger, 18:00.6

3, Annalyssa Crain, 10, Edgewood, 18:18.6

4, Kayla McCulloch, 12, East Noble, 18:20.8

5, Meagan Hathaway, 12, Carroll (Fort Wayne), 18:30.2

6, Monroe Fruchey, 11, Carroll (Fort Wayne), 18:30.5

7, Morgan Dyer, 11, Elkhart Memorial, 18:32.8

8, Jordyn Boyer, 12, Lowell, 18:34.2

9, Abigail Green, 12, Carroll (Fort Wayne), 18:34.7

10, Lulu Black, 12, Hamilton Southeastern, 18:37.5

11, Mary Anna Wehrle, 11, Indianapolis Ritter, 18:37.9

12, Ellie Tate, 12, West Lafayette, 18:41.9

13, Mya Hagerty, 11, Bloomington North, 18:46.3

14, Sydney Liddle, 11, Floyd Central, 18:49.2

15, Katelyn Wasson, 11, Zionsville, 18:51.2

16, Bailey Ranta, 9, Chesterton, 18:52.0

17, Jaelyn Burgos, 10, Crown Point, 18:52.9

18, Emma Tate, 12, West Lafayette, 18:53.0

19, Mollie Gamble, 11, Oak Hill, 18:53.2

20, Jada Reedus, 12, Franklin Central, 18:53.8

21, Hannah Robbins, 9, Munster, 18:53.9

22, Mary Schultz, 12, West Lafayette, 18:54.0

23, Ava Gilliana, 11, Valparaiso, 18:57.3

24, Gillian Cridge, 11, Cathedral, 19:01.3

25, Zoe Simmons, 11, Brebeuf Jesuit, 19:01.8

 

CN athletes

46, Olivia Morlok, 11, 19:21.6

125, Aric Tong, 10, 20:22.8

139, Emma Smith, 12, 20:33.6

140, Ella Anderson, 10, 20:34.5

164, Sydney Geckler, 12, 21:05.1

178, Abby Jacobi, 9, 21:27.1

204, Abbey Landini, 12, 22:23.3

 


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