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Athletic Association, Inc.
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Phone: 317-846-6601 Fax: 317-575-4244 Website: www.ihsaa.org
WESTFIELD GIRLS, CULVER ACADEMIES’ BANFICH BOTH REPEAT
Westfield’s girls’ team and
Culver Academies’ Alexandra Banfich both successfully repeated as state
champions in the 26th Annual IHSAA Cross Country State Finals on
Saturday in Terre Haute.
Banfich, a junior, finished the 4,000 meter race in 14:20.9
to follow up on her state championship a year ago. She becomes the first girl
to repeat as winner since 1992 and 1993 when Courtney Adams of Brebeuf won the
first two of her three individual titles. A year ago, Banfich covered the
LaVern Gibson Championship Course in 14:05.1, but strong winds offered a stern
test to all the runners on this day.
Westfield junior Margaret
Bingham (14:38.5) beat out Richmond
sophomore Sara Terashima (14:38.7) in the final 50 yards of the race to take
runner-up honors. Bingham was the first of three Westfield runners to finish in the top 12
overall and the top eight among competitors for the team title. Sophomore Kaitlyn
Love (14:55.3) and senior Kristina Krasich (15:01.9) placed eighth and 12th
overall, respectively, for the champion Shamrocks. Junior Breanne Ehrman (39th
overall) and freshman Dana Christie (104th overall) rounded out the
five scoring runners for Westfield
which accumulated 114 points in the race. Westfield,
which also won the team title in 1998, was coached by Scott Lidskin.
and Noblesville both totaled 129 points in the team competition but Valpo got
the nod for second place on account of their sixth place runner finishing 50th
as opposed to Noblesville’s 97th place runner. It was second
straight runner-up finish for the Vikings. Center Grove placed fourth with 144
and Carmel was
fifth at 152.
Carroll (Fort Wayne) junior
Chelsea Blanchard placed fourth overall in 14:43.7 and Valparaiso senior Amanda Hardesty took fifth
in 14:44.9 among all individuals.
ERICA WATSON NAMED MENTAL ATTITUDE WINNER
Following the race, Erica Watson
of Noblesville High School was named winner of the 2006
Mental Attitude Award for Girls Cross Country by members of the IHSAA Executive
Watson finished 21st overall
during today’s state finals race in a time of 15:17.2. She’s been a four-year
participant in cross country having served as her team’s co-captain the last
two seasons and plans to participate in track for a fourth year this spring.
Academically, she ranks a top her
senior class of 512 students and is a National Merit Semi-Finalist. She serves
as President of the National Honor Society and is a member of the Student
Athletic Board. She is undecided on her college plans but is considering
business at the University of Notre Dame.
Erica is the daughter of Jeff and
Laura Watson of Noblesville.
Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, the
IHSAA’s corporate partner, presented a scholarship check for $1,000.00 to Noblesville High School in the name of Watson. Since 1989, more than $551,000 in college
scholarships has been presented by Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance to deserving
high school students in Indiana.
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 both days, has captured
thousands of images from this year’s State Finals and will have them ready for
viewing within a couple days of the state finals.
Couldn’t be at 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, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.