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NORTHRIDGE WINS FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP; ROEDER TAKES TOP SPOT
Southeastern junior Justin Roeder and the Northridge boys
team proved to be the class of this year’s field at the IHSAA Boys Cross
Country State Finals on Saturday in
control of the race just before reaching the 4,000 mark of the 5,000 meter race
and ran away from a pair of challengers in the late going finishing in 16:06.9.
Senior Ryan Byrne of
For Northridge, it marked the second state championship in school history and the first in boys cross country. The school captured the 1987 crown in girls softball.
Josh Fletcher, the Raiders made a quantum leap from last year’s ninth place
finish at the state meet accumulating 104 points and outmanning
Rounding out the top teams, Franklin Central placed third with 144 points, Fort Wayne Snider ended fourth with 147 and two-time defending state champion Columbus North captured fifth with 152.
This year’s meet, the 59th annual gathering for boys, was contested for the first time at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course with Terre Haute North acting as the host school for the event. The event was run under a bright, sunny sky with temperatures in the mid-70s although strong wind gusts wreaked havoc on the runners. The NCAA Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships will be held on this same course November 22.
Byrne Named Winner Of
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.
Byrne ranks in the top five of his senior class academically and plans to study computer programming at the collegiate level. During his high school career, he has been a four-year member of the student council, served twice as secretary in his three years with the National Honor Society and also was elected president of the French Club.
Byrne raced to a second place overall finish in this year’s meet which helped solidify his selection for this year’s award. In addition to cross country, he has also participated in swimming and ran in last spring’s 1600 meter run at the state track meet.
He is the
son of Gary and Angie Byrne of
Insurance, the IHSAA’s corporate partner, presented a
$1,000 scholarship to
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