Boys cross country: Sectional outlook
October 8, 2012 11:26PM
Updated: November 10, 2012 6:21AM
When: 4:30 p.m. today
Teams: Calumet, East Chicago Central, West Side, Griffith, Hammond, Bishop Noll, Clark, Gavit, Morton, Highland, Lake Central, Munster, Whiting.
Runners to watch: Salvador Cordova, Bishop Noll; Zach Glick, Highland; Zach Bencur, Zach Hupp, Lake Central; Tom Bolanowski, Ryan Kritzer, Manny Lopez, Steven Burgwald, Munster.
The skinny: Lake Central is the defending sectional champion, while Munster’s Tom Bolanowski is the top returning runner from last year’s race.
Crown Point Sectional
When: 4:30 p.m. today
Teams: Gary 21st Century, Andrean, Bowman Academy, Crown Point, Gary Lighthouse, Roosevelt, Lew Wallace, Hanover Central, Hebron, Hobart, Lowell, Merrillville, River Forest.
Runners to Watch: Lucas Kalbfell, Andrean; Alex Ray, Daniel Walters, Tom Cierniak, Crown Point; Nick Zak, Hanover Central; Bryce Hanaway, Giovanni Phan, Hebron; John Petroskey, Alex Cordova, Brent Dunn, Zach Spain, Alek Seeley, Hobart; Kyle Eller, Brian Blaylock, Jeff Potat, Lowell; Tyler Gray, Merrillville; Chris Ramos, River Forest.
The skinny: Lowell’s Kyle Eller is the reigning champion with a time of 16:43 and Andrean is the defending team champion.
When: 4:45 p.m. today
Teams: Boone Grove, Chesterton, Lake Station, LaPorte, Michigan City, New Prairie, Portage, South Central, Valparaiso, Washington Township, Westville, Wheeler.
Runners to watch: Jon Hogg, Boone Grove; Kevin Kenney, Mitch Wilborn, Chesterton; Anthony Didion, Kevin Hucksted, LaPorte; Anthony Best, David Clegg, Dustin Balboa, Portage; Taylor Bissachi, Ari Coulopoulos, Peyton Reed, Xavier Reed, Andrew Lyp, Landon Davison, Pat Dalton, Valparaiso; Joel O’Shea, Alex Nader, Nick Cinko, Wheeler.
The skinny: Defending champion Valparaiso boasts the best returning runner in Coulopoulos, who finished second to the graduated Mitchell Hubner from LaPorte.
When: 5 p.m. today
Teams: Kankakee Valley, Knox, Kouts, LaCrosse, Morgan Township, North Judson, North Newton, Oregon-Davis, Rensselaer, South Newton, West Central.
Runners to watch: Brandon Hazlett, Kankakee Valley; Nate Rhodes, LaCrosse; Alec Kostelnik, Ben Savage, Morgan Twp.
The skinny: Kankakee Valley won this sectional in 2011, but it should expect strong competition from Morgan Township, which features the defending individual champion (Kostelnik) and an impressive newcomer (Savage).
Note: The top 15 individuals and the top five teams advance to regionals.
— Dave Melton, correspondent