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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!

Columbus North Athletics

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



9 months ago by Pat McKee

Columbus North boys place fourth, girls fifth in cross country semi-state; both teams qualify for state meet

                NASHVILLE, Ind. – Senior Charlie Allen and junior Sam Horak each placed in the top 25 individually Saturday (Oct. 21) to lead the Columbus North boys cross country team to a fourth-place finish in the Brown County Semi-State and a berth in next week’s State Finals.

                Sisters Arig and Aric Tong went led the Bull Dogs to a fifth-place effort in the girls’ semi-state, and they also earned a spot in the state meet that begins at 1 p.m. next Saturday (Oct. 28) at the LaVern Gibson Course in Terre Haute.

                In the semi-state, all seven CN boys turned in season bests as the Bull Dogs totaled 152 points. Bloomington South won the title with 86 points. Tell City was second with 122 points followed by Christian Academy of Indiana with 124 and Columbus North. Bloomington North and Jennings County claimed the last two spots for state with respective totals of 153 points and 158 points.

                Allen led the Columbus North group by covering the 5,000-meter course at Eagle Park in 15 minutes, 57.3 seconds for a 19th-place finish. Horak was 23rd in 16:03.5, while junior John Sluys finished 39th in 16:22.9, senior Drew Thompson placed 47th in 16:30.6 and junior Rishi Poludadu was 49th in 16:31.4.

                Seniors Peyton Shelton and Spencer Sherlock rounded out the CN lineup, Shelton placing 51st in 16:33.6 and Sherlock finishing 94th in 17:07.8.

                Christian Academy junior Caleb Futter won the race in 15:08.9, just 0.6 of a second better than Evansville Memorial senior Matthew Schadler. Edgewood junior Austin Haskett was third in 15:22.6 followed by Christian Academy senior Skylar Stidam in 15:30.4 and Evansville Central senior Evan Sorensen in 15:32.7.

                Bloomington South had seven runners in the top 30 to capture the team crown. Junior Ian Shaw led the Panthers by placing ninth in 15:39.7.

                In the girls’ race, senior Arig Tong led the Columbus North girls by placing 15th in a season-best 18:45.8 as the Bull Dogs amassed 153 points.

                Bloomington North, paced by individual champion Grace Williams in 17:53.0, claimed the team title with 63 points. Bloomington South was second with 76 points followed by Floyd Central with 102 points, Evansville Memorial with 144 points and Columbus North. Edgewood took the final spot for state with 178 points.

                Freshman Aric Tong provided support for the Bull Dogs by finishing 26th in a season-best 19:07.2. She was followed by freshman Mackenzie Barnett in 43rd in a season-best 19:35.9, sophomore Olivia Morlok in 49th in 19:45.6 and freshman Ella Anderson in 50th in a season-best 19:49.5.

                Also, junior Emma Smith placed 52nd in a season-best 19:53.0 and senior Kirsten Ballard was 67th in 20:14.2.

                Williams, a senior, was trailed by Edgewood freshman Annalyssa Crain in 17:59.3 for individual honors. Barr-Reeve senior Natalie Graber placed third in 17:59.8 followed by Bloomington South senior Toudora Galuska in 18:24.8 and Bloomington North sophomore Mya Hagerty in 18:30.9.

                The Columbus North boys advanced to the State Finals for the 11th consecutive season and the 27th time in program history. The CN girls also qualified for state for the 11th straight time and the 33rd time in program annals.


At Eagle Park


                Team scores: Bloomington South 86, Tell City 122, Christian Academy 124, Columbus North 152, Bloomington North 153, Jennings County 158, Castle 220, Barr-Reeve 260, Princeton 262, Terre Haute South 270, Evansville Memorial 325, Floyd Central 352, Brown County 352, Heritage Hills 366, Austin 381, Terre Haute North 383, Gibson Southern 391, Seymour 412, Jasper 435, Northview 463. 20 teams.

Individual Leaders

1, Caleb Futter, Christian Academy, 15:08.9

2, Matthew Schadler, Evansville Memorial, 15:09.5

3, Austin Haskett, Edgewood, 15:22.6

4, Skylar Stidam, Christian Academy, 15:30.4

5, Evan Sorensen, Evansville Central, 15:32.7

6, Nate Kaiser, Tell City, 15:33.5

7, Adam Babillis, Evansville Mater Dei, 15:35.6

8, Noah Hufnagel, Heritage Hills, 15:36.5

9, Ian Shaw, Bloomington South, 15:39.7

10, Andrew Warren, Bloomington South, 15:43.7

11, Justin Goodwin, Barr-Reeve, 15:45.0

12, Dalton Craig, Jennings County, 15:48.1

13, Mitchell Hopf, Heritage Hills, 15:49.2

14, Wil Zinkan, Bloomington South, 15:51.5

15, Isaiah Hollars, Bloomington North, 15:53.5

16, James Turman, Terre Haute South, 15:53.8

17, Wyatt Wyman, Brown County, 15:54.9

18, Bryce Dunn, Christian Academy, 15:56.1

19, Charlie Allen, Columbus North, 15:57.3

20, Leo Simpson, Tell City, 15:58.3

21, Carter Leak, Jennings County, 16:01.0

22, Thomas Simpson, Tell City, 16:03.0

23, Sam Horak, Columbus North, 16:03.5

24, Jack Gillard, Bloomington South, 16:07.1

25, Jackson Kreig, Princeton, 16:08.0

Other CN athletes

39, John Sluys, Columbus North, 16:22.9

47, Drew Thompson, Columbus North, 16:30.6

49, Rishi Poludasu, Columbus North, 16:31.4

51, Peyton Shelton, Columbus North, 16:33.6

94, Spencer Sherlock, Columbus North, 17:07.8



                Team scores: Bloomington North 63, Bloomington South 76, Floyd Central 102, Evansville Memorial 144, Columbus North 153, Edgewood 178, Seymour 220, Barr-Reeve 242, Forest Park 246, Terre Haute North 302, Terre Haute South 336, Jasper 368, Corydon Central 374, South Knox 382, Jennings County 388, Evansville Mater Dei 395, Charlestown 418, Columbus East 452, Heritage Hills 461, North Daviess 500. 20 teams.

Individual Leaders

1, Grace Williams, Bloomington North, 17:53.0

2, Annalysa Crain, Edgewood, 17:59.3

3, Natalie Graber, Barr-Reeve, 17:59.8

4, Toudora Galuska, Bloomington South, 18:24.8

5, Mya Hagerty, Bloomington North, 18:30.9

6, Claire Mehling, Forest Park, 18:34.2

7, Presley Warren, Evansville Memorial, 18:37.3

8, Abbey Armstrong, Bloomington North, 18:39.4

9, Grace McDurmon, Evansville Mater Dei, 18:40.6

10, Haley Barker, Boonville, 18:40.8

11, Marcie Stewart, Corydon Central, 18:40.9

12, Kyley Sorg, Floyd Central, 18:42.0

13, Madison McMullen, Bloomington South, 18:43.2

14, Aviv Hagar, Bloomington South, 18:44.8

15, Arig Tong, Columbus North, 18:45.8

16, McKenna Cavanaugh, Christian Academy, 18:47.3

17, Sarah Foster, Edgewood, 18:47.6

18, Clare Vogel, Evansville Memorial, 18:49.4

19, Sydney Liddle, Floyd Central, 18:52.5

20, Quinn Wilson, Bloomington North, 18:59.5

21, Kaylee Meyer, Edgewood, 18:59.7

22, Katrina Tann, Bloomington South, 19:00.6

23, Ashton Chase, Seymour, 19:01.1

24, Jacy Collins, Shakamak, 19:02.4

25, Leah Anders, Switzerland County, 19:04.9

Other CN athletes

26, Aric Tong, Columbus North, 19:07.2

43, Mackenzie Barnett, Columbus North, 19:35.8

49, Olivia Morlok, Columbus North, 19:45.6

50, Ella Anderson, Columbus North, 19:49.5

52, Emma Smith, Columbus North, 19:53.0

67, Kirsten Ballard, Columbus North, 20:14.2


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