Seven Hebron runners, five boys and two girls, advanced to the Crown Point Regional with their finishes in Saturday’s Hebron Sectional.
Jonathon Noel led the Hawks boys qualifiers with a 15th-place finish in a time of 17:45. He was followed by Connor Williams (20th, 18:12), Noah Weaver (21st, 18:13), Jacob Stewart (28th, 18:34.1) and Robert Summerville (37th, 19:15). Also running for Hebron were Max Pastrick (42nd, 19:42) and Patrick Adamczyk (51st, 21:32).
“In spite of injuries, illnesses, and a tough sectional draw, we are very proud of our runners who advanced to regionals,” coach Erin Charpentier said. “Cody, Connor, Noah and Jacob all went out aggressive right behind the front pack and battled for positions. Cody and Connor both earned ribbons for being in the top 20, while Noah finished a strong 21st. Additionally, Rober qualified for regionals as well and ran his season-best time in spite of a stress fracture that kept him out for most of July and August.”
On the girls side, Sidney and Madison Elijah advanced, crossing 28th and 30th, respectively, with times of 23:32 and 23:40. The Hawks’ other scorers were Hope Slusser (43rd, 25:07), Zana Minto (44th, 25:08) and Gwen Weaver (47th, 25:33), just ahead of Gabrielle Wagoner. Kylie Cole was 52nd (27:12).
“Sidney and Madison also ran strong races, meeting their goals to qualify for regionals,” Charpentier said. “This is not the first regional qualification for either girl, and I am certain they will run strong on Saturday. Although Lemon Lake is a tough course, the weather looks like it will be cooler, and we anticipate that our runners will continue to work hard as they have all season.”
The Hebron boys finished sixth among seven teams with 121 points, winning a seventh-runner tie-breaker over Merrillville. The top five teams — Crown Point (53), Hanover Central (86), Lowell (88), Illiana Christian (92) and Hobart (100) — advance to the regional next Saturday at Lemon Lake.
The Hawks girls placed seventh among eight teams with 191 points. Crown Point rolled to the team title with 29, half of runner-up Lowell. Hobart (102), Hanover Central (104) and Illiana Christian (112) claimed the other regional berths.
Quinton Bock of Crown Point (16:40) and Karina James of Lowell (18:19) won the races.