With one of
the lowest point totals by a team in state meet history, Columbus North easily
outdistanced the rest of the field and captured its second straight state
championship in the 58th Annual Boys Cross Country State Meet at the
Indiana University Cross Country Course in
The Bull Dogs, behind overall state champion Christian Wagner, placed four runners in the top 21 to accumulate just 43 points, the sixth lowest total in 58 years and the best since 1980 when Bloomington North tallied just 34 at South Grove Golf Course in Indianapolis. It was also the widest margin of victory between the top two teams since that 1980 meet.
senior and last year’s runner-up in this race, turned in a time of 15:37.4 to
lead a pack of Columbus North runners that included senior Ryan Dixon in 11th
(16:01.7), junior Aaron Smith in 19th (16:14.0), senior Ben Milroy
in 21st (16:15.6) and sophomore
top five teams, Fort Wayne Northrop finished as the runner-up with 146 points and
were followed by last year’s runner-up
in Wagner’s footsteps among the top five individuals were Batesville senior Rob
Grote in second (15:44.1),
Batesville’s Rob Grote Named Winner Of Maas Mental Attitude Award
The award goes to the senior in the state finals meet that best demonstrates mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability during the four years of high school. It is named in honor the late Charles F. Maas who served as IHSAA Assistant Commissioner from 1973 to 1984.
Grote finished second this year’s state meet after a 19th place finish a year ago and owns the school record for 5,000 meters. He earned All-State honors for the second straight year and previously has been selected to the All-State Track Team as a sophomore and junior.
school, he has served as Class Vice President the last two years, served as
Newspaper Editor for three years and been on the Yearbook staff for two years.
He is a member of the National Honor Society, Students Against Drunk Driving
(SADD) and taken part in the
second in his senior class of 146 students and plans to attend
Insurance, the IHSAA’s corporate partner, presented a $1,000 scholarship to
Team Posters And Individual Action Photographs Available
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photographer and the
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State Finals Programs Available