WESTFIELD, CULVER ACADEMIES’
BANFICH ARE 2005 STATE CHAMPIONS
Westfield had two runners among the top four to earn the team
crown while sophomore Alexandra Banfich of the Culver
Academies ran away with the individual title during the Silver Anniversary of
the IHSAA Girls Cross Country State Finals on Saturday in Terre Haute.
Westfield sophomore Maggie Bingham (14:18.4) and junior
Kristina Krasich (14:18.6) finished three-four,
respectively, to help the Shamrocks to the school’s second state title (1998). In
the process, Westfield, with 88 points, unseated
three-time defending state champion Valparaiso
which finished second with 126. They had finished as the runner-up to Valpo in 2004.
Rounding out the champs’
five were sophomore Breanne Ehrman in 22nd
(14:34.8), freshman Kaitlyn Love in 24th (14:39.1)
and senior KatlinLuter who
was key with her 65th place overall finish in 15:15.0. Westfield was coached by
Carmel (128 points), Northridge (136) and Lawrence North
(163) closed out this year’s top five teams.
Banfich grabbed the lead between the 2,500 and 3,000 meter
mark and built a margin she wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the way finishing
in a time of 14:05.1. The sophomore was the top returning finisher from a year
ago after a third place run as a frosh and became her school’s
first cross country state champion. She beat out Chesterton senior Sarah Kehe in second place (14:15.7), Bingham, Krasich and Valparaiso
junior Amanda Hardesty (14:20.0) was the fifth place finisher.
This year’s 4,000 meter event
was contested for the second year at the LaVern
Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute
and was hosted by Terre HauteNorthHigh
BROWNCOUNTY’S KULOW NAMED MENTAL ATTITUDE
BrownCounty senior Jennifer Kulow,
who finished 10th overall, was announced as the winner of the Mental
Attitude Award following the race.
Executive Committee presents the award annually to the senior who best
demonstrates excellence in the areas of mental attitude, scholarship,
leadership and athletic ability and is nominated by her principal and coach.
involved in several activities both in and out of school including serving as National
Honor Society President, Spanish Club Vice President, Key Club Treasurer and
the school yearbook. She also has been active in her church youth group and the
Indiana Track Club. She has participated as a member of her school’s track team
competing in the 800, 1600, 3200 and 3200 relay events.
Academically, Kulow ranks a top her senior class of 164 students and is a
Wendy’s High School Heisman nominee for the state of Indiana. She intends to
study biology at Indiana University of DePauw University and is the daughter of
Carl Kulow and RuellenFessenbecker of Nashville.
Bureau Insurance, the IHSAA’s corporate partner,
presented a scholarship check for $1,000.00 to BrownCountyHigh School in the name
VSN MEANS ACTION PHOTOGRAPHY
Visit our friends at Visual Sports Network, the IHSAA’s official photographer for all state championship
events and one of the leading action photographers in the Midwest.
VSN, which was on site on Saturday, has captured hundreds of images from this
year’s Cross Country State Finals and will have them ready for viewing and
purchase beginning Tuesday.
STATE FINALS PROGRAMS AVAILABLE
Couldn’t be in Terre Haute for the state
finals? You can still purchase a copy of the official souvenir program while
supplies last! Programs are $3.00 if you purchase in person at the IHSAA Office
(9150 N. Meridian
Street in Indianapolis) or $5.00 by mail (postage
included). To order, have your Visa or MasterCard ready and call us at
317-846-6601 during business hours (Monday-Friday, ).