Updated: November 10, 2012 6:26AM
When: 4:30 p.m. today
Where: Dowling Park, Hammond
Schools: Bishop Noll; Calumet, Clark, E.C. Central, Gavit, Griffith, Hammond, Highland, Lake Central, Morton, Munster, West Side, Whiting.
Runners to watch: Bishop Noll: Nancy Medrano; Calumet: Danielle Smar, Ashley Redd; Hammond Clark: Camyrria Baggett; Gavit: Alexandria James, Kristina Palmerin; Griffith: Taylor Austin, Brittany Burbridge; Hammond: Vanessa Weaver; Highland: Fanny Davalos, Amber Przyborski; Lake Central: Megan Zajac; Sarah Hudi, Josie Polaski, Zoe Carroll; Morton: Luna Mireles, Celeste Rosillo; Munster: Emily McNicholas, Colleen Ogren, Rebecca Kamezis; Whiting: Citlali Lopez, Abby Bondi.
The skinny: Lake Central has too much depth and should win its ninth straight title, but beware of Munster if the Indians falter.
Crown Point Sectional
When: 4:30 p.m. today
Where: Lemon Lake County Park
Schools: Gary 21st Century, Andrean, Bowman Academy, Crown Point, Gary Lighthouse, Roosevelt, Lew Wallace, Hanover Central, Hebron, Hobart, Lake Station, Lowell, Merrillville,River Forest.
Runners to watch: Andrean: Becca Conley; Crown Point: Allison Wortel, Kayla McGurk, Lyndie Pierce; Hanover Central: Lindsey Kolanowski, Samantha Hunt; Hebron: Emily DeFries, Abby Getautas, Lexie Schatz, Payton Schatz, Liz Fox; Hobart: Celena Guerrero, Mindy Whidden; Lowell: Sarah Wieser; Sarah Edwards; Merrillville: Tori Collins; River Forest: Caridad Ramos.
The skinny: Hobart has a strong one-two punch with Celena Guerrero and Mindy Whidden and should win the team title.
When: 4:45 p.m. today
Where: Sunset Hill Farm County Park
Schools: Boone Grove, Chesterton, LaPorte, Marquette, Michigan City, New Prairie, Portage, South Central, Valparaiso, Washington Twp., Westville, Wheeler.
Runners to watch: Boone Grove: Sarah Steinhilber, Megan Jordan; Chesterton: Melanie Buckmaster, Hannah Hoffman, Haley Cushway. LaPorte: Elena Lancioni, Kaylee Schoof; Portage: Kyra Ball, Paige Pizer; South Central: Kyleigh Werner, Hope Myroup; Valparaiso: Alison Mundell, Ellie Joll, Aurora Bonner, Sydnye Nosbusch; Washington Twp.: Liz Masson; Wheeler: Kelly O’Shea, Alex Mendoza.
The skinny: Even though it lost three of its best runners off last year’s sectional championship team, Valparaiso should successfully defend its title.
When: 5 p.m. today
Where: Rensselaer High School
Schools: Kankakee Valley, Knox, Kouts, LaCrosse, Morgan Twp., North Judson, North Newton, Oregon-Davis, Rensselaer, South Newton, West Central.
Runners to watch: Kankakee Valley: Michelle Kent, Allison Rockley,Kaylin Orsburn, Brittany Stepp; Kouts: Kylie Kuebler; LaCrosse: Taylor Guse; Morgan Twp.: Elly Johansen; North Newton: Kaila Mosckalick, Alyce Kessler; West Central: Mickayla Wenzel.
The skinny: Look for Kankakee Valley to win the team title, specially with Hebron now in the CP Sectional.
Note: The top 15 individuals and the top five teams advance to regionals.
— John O’Malley,