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Cross country: Munster boys edge Indians; LC girls cruise at Gavit Sectional

Updated: November 11, 2012 6:31AM



HAMMOND — Munster’s Tom Bolanowski did his job. He was first to cross the finish line in the Gavit boys sectional, but there was still a concerned look on his face.

“I felt pretty good with the course being slow today but I think I had a pretty good race,” Bolanowski said after his victory in 16:34. “But I wonder if we edged out Lake Central or if they got us.”

The Mustangs got the Indians. Barely.

Munster edged defending champion Lake Central 38-39 with Highland coming in third with 83 points and Noll finishing fourth with 144.

The girls meet was not so close as seven Indians finished in the top 10 in their ninth straight sectional-winning performance. Lake Central led the pack with 21 points, with Munster second with 47, followed by Highland (80), Calumet (116), and West Side (150).

“It’s awesome. The kids ran well today,” first-year LC coach Anne Downey said. “I’m impressed with the way they worked so hard during the week.”

Not surprisingly, what won it for the Indians was depth. Megan Zajac led the top 10 domination with a third-place finish in a time of 20:24, with Sarah Hudi coming in fourth at 20:34. But the ninth-place Indians runner got praise from her head coach.

“Alaina Willis has been a great leader for the girls and she’s not our No. 1 runner,” Downey said. “She didn’t run last year but she came back this year and has been a great leader for the girls. At the beginning she showed the girls what needed to be done all the time.”

While Downey visited the winner’s circle for the first time, Griffith’s Taylor Austin won the individual sectional title for the second straight year with a time of 19:08.

“I felt pretty strong today and felt good throughout the entire race,” Austin said. “I’m excited that I ran my race and came out here and did what I had to do.”

There was a scary moment when West Side’s Leonard Jeffries passed out during the boys race. He had to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance, but apparently regained consciousness before entering the ambulance.



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