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RHS girls, Winamac girls, Pioneer frosh Montgomery advance to cross-country semistate

Boys: Steininger edges Caston’s Dague for final semistate spot, will join teammate Hiatt, Valley’s Howes, Winamac’s Wegner at New Prairie


Sports Editor, RTC

LOGANSPORT –- The Rochester and Winamac girls cross-country teams have different histories, but the present has each of them headed to New Prairie for the semistate this Saturday.

That’s because both finished in the top five at the Logansport regional Saturday to earn spots at semistate.

RHS finished fourth in the 10-team field to earn their fourth consecutive semistate trip.

Meanwhile, Winamac finished fifth to earn their first semistate trip in school history.

Pioneer freshman Violet Montgomery also advanced by finishing ninth among individuals on non-advancing teams.

In the boys meet, Rochester finished eighth, but juniors Peyton Hiatt and Dylan Steininger both advanced as individuals to semistate.

Other area semistate qualifiers included Valley’s Matthew Howes and Winamac’s Kolbey Wegner.

The top five teams and top 10 individuals on non-advancing teams in each gender advanced to semistate.


Warsaw won their eighth consecutive regional with 64 points, one fewer than runner-up Culver Academy. Maconaquah was third with 112, RHS had 122, and Winamac had 141.

Winamac, who won their first sectional title in school history one week earlier, beat Western (146) by five points to earn their first semistate spot in school history.

Meanwhile, the diminutive but strong Montgomery chugged home 22nd in the field of 87 runners in 20:58.

RHS survived and advanced despite not having sophomore Araceli Ochoa, who is out for the season with a stress fracture in her leg.

Junior Madilyn Calloway continued as the RHS frontrunner, running a 19:35 and taking fourth overall. Zoe Seward took up some of the slack of Ochoa’s absence and was eighth in 20:10, a personal best. Kendyll Bradley also set a personal best in 21:27, a 55-second improvement from her sectional time at Manchester one week earlier, and finished in 31st. Maddie Heinzmann was 48th in 22:36, Elena Bode was 59th in 23:13, and Elly Fuller was 87th in 27:07.

Winamac had four girls under 22 minutes. That included Kate Collins, who also qualified for semistate as an individual in 2018 and 2019. She ran a 20:51 and finished 16th.

Other Lady Warrior runners included freshman Maggie Smith, who was 25th in 21:07; freshman Kelsey Wegner, who was 27th in 21:15; Alexis Sheets, who was 39th in 21:58; Bethany Poor, who was 67th in 23:49; Kingsley Kroft, who was 70th in 23:56; and Emily Rausch, who was 72nd in 24:06.

Ochoa wasn’t the only area runner who missed the meet due to injury. Valley’s Chesnee Miller missed the meet due to a coronavirus quarantine. Miller’s teammate Ella Myers was 60th in 23:17.

Caston’s quartet of runners saw their seasons end. Delaney Strasser was 63rd in 23:38, Emma Stinson was 78th in 24:56, Stevanna Young was 81st in 25:08.3, and MaKayla Lee was a step behind in 82nd in 25:08.8.

Pioneer’s Kylie Farris was 61st in 23:30, ending her season.

Culver Academy’s Lexi Allen won the individual title in 18:27, 48 seconds faster than runner-up Hannah Moore, a Northwestern freshman.


Warsaw won their ninth consecutive regional title with 38 points. Western (49), Culver Academy (92), Plymouth (107) and Manchester (153) also advanced.

RHS had 198 points.

Running without the injured Lane Shank and limited to five runners, Hiatt stayed just behind the frenetic lead pack and crossed 13th in 17:12. He was the second fastest runner among individuals on non-advancing teams.

Howes cruised home in 17:33, good for 20th place, and made his third straight semistate.

The drama among area runners was behind them. Stalbaum strategized that Steininger needed to run a time around 18 minutes to advance.

Steininger ran an 18:03 and got the 10th individual spot. Caston’s Austin Dague ran an 18:06 and just missed the cut.

Other RHS times included Chris Rohr, who was 49th in 18:36; Wes Steininger, who was 58th in 18:58; and Peyton Brooks, who was 87th in 24:33.

Wes Steininger’s time was a personal best.

Other Valley runners besides Howes included Chase Miller, who ran a 19:43 and took 70th; and Evan Myers, who ran a 20:47 and finished 80th.

In addition to Dague, Caston’s Edison Byrum was 39th in 18:22, and Caleb Stinson was 79th in 20:24.

Winamac’s Cristian Cardenas was 52nd in 18:40.

Pioneer’s Jackson Baker was 66th in 19:34 in his final prep race.

Both Argos runners also finished off their prep cross-country careers. Jack McIntire was 59th in 19:07, and Zak Heiman was 73rd in 19:51.

Western’s Brayden Curnutt was the individual champion in 16:27. Warsaw’s Jacob Kissling, who won last week’s Manchester sectional and last year’s regional, was fourth in 16:42.

The New Prairie semistate begins at 11:30 a.m. Eastern this Saturday.

LOGANSPORT REGIONAL GIRLS RESULTS (POINTS IN PARENTHESES; TOP FIVE TEAMS ADVANCE TO SEMISTATE): Warsaw 64, Culver Academy 65, Maconaquah 112, Rochester 122, Winamac 141, Western 146, Lewis Cass 151, Carroll (Flora) 155, Plymouth 212, Manchester 212

Rochester results (122 points, fourth place)

4. Madilyn Calloway - 19:35 (2), 8. Zoe Seward - 20:10 (6), 31. Kendyll Bradley - 21:27 (27), 48. Maddie Heinzmann - 22:36 (40), 59. Elena Bode - 23:13 (47), 87. Elly Fuller - 27:07

Winamac results (141 points, fifth place)

16. Kate Collins - 20:51 (14), 25. Maggie Smith - 21:07 (21), 27. Kelsey Wegner - 21:15 (23), 39. Alexis Sheets - 21:58 (32), 67. Bethany Poor - 23:49 (51), 70. Kingsley Kroft - 23:56, 72. Emily Rausch - 24:06

Caston results

63. Delaney Strasser - 23:38, 78. Emma Stinson - 24:56, 81. Stevanna Young - 25:08.3, 82. MaKayla Lee - 25:08.8

Tippecanoe Valley results

60. Ella Myers - 23:17

Pioneer results

22. Violet Montgomery - 20:58, 61. Kylie Farris - 23:30

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS ON NON-ADVANCING TEAMS: 1. Hannah Moore (Northwestern) - 19:15, 2. Julynne Spidell (Kokomo) - 19:29, 3. Chloe Goodrich (Carroll (Flora)) - 20:13, 4. Makenna Leicht (Lewis Cass) - 20:26, 5. Liberty Scott (Lewis Cass) - 20:35, 6. Jocelynn Faulkner (Triton) - 20:51, 7. Isabelle Altic (Carroll (Flora)) - 20:52, 8. Sophie Wray (Plymouth) - 20:55, 9. Violet Montgomery (Pioneer) - 20:58, 10. Josie Briner (Manchester) - 21:10

Individual champion: Lexi Allen (Culver Academy) - 18:27

GIRLS TEAMS ADVANCING TO NEW PRAIRIE SEMISTATE: Warsaw, Culver Academy, Maconaquah, Rochester, Winamac, Lake Central, Crown Point, Lowell, Highland, Hanover Central, Chesterton, Wheeler, Valparaiso, LaPorte, Portage, Seeger, West Lafayette, Harrison (West Lafayette), McCutcheon, Benton Central

LOGANSPORT REGIONAL BOYS RESULTS (POINTS IN PARENTHESES; TOP FIVE TEAMS ADVANCE TO SEMISTATE): Warsaw 38, Western 49, Culver Academy 92, Plymouth 107, Manchester 153, Eastern (Greentown) 168, Carroll (Flora) 192, Rochester 198, Northwestern 213, Peru 249

Rochester results (198 points, eighth place)

13. Peyton Hiatt - 17:12 (13), 34. Dylan Steininger - 18:03 (30), 49. Chris Rohr - 18:36 (41), 58. Wes Steininger - 18:58 (47), 87. Peyton Brooks - 24:33 (67)

Tippecanoe Valley results

20. Matthew Howes - 17:33, 70. Chase Miller - 19:43, 80. Evan Myers - 20:47

Caston results

35. Austin Dague - 18:06, 39. Edison Byrum - 18:22, 79. Caleb Stinson - 20:24

Winamac results

29. Kolbey Wegner - 17:56, 52. Cristian Cardenas - 18:40

Pioneer results

66. Jackson Baker - 19:34

Argos results

59. Jack McIntire - 19:07, 73. Zak Heiman - 19:51

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS ON NON-ADVANCING TEAMS: 1. Brayden Richmond (Eastern (Greentown)) - 16:57, 2. Peyton Hiatt (Rochester) - 17:12, 3. Isaiah Wittenberg (Maconaquah) - 17:24, 4, Caleb Vogl (Eastern (Greentown)) - 17:30, 5. Matthew Howes (Valley) - 17:33, 6. Mason Ray (Carroll (Flora)) - 17:33, 7. Caleb Champion (Northwestern) - 17:45, 8. Ben Favors (Logansport) - 17:50, 9. Kolbey Wegner (Winamac) - 17:56, 10. Dylan Steininger (Rochester) - 18:03

Individual champion: Brayden Curnutt (Western) - 16:27

Boys teams advancing to New Prairie semistate: Warsaw, Western, Culver Academy, Plymouth, Manchester, Crown Point, Lake Central, Munster, Hanover Central, Illiana Christian, Chesterton, LaPorte, Morgan Township, Valparaiso, New Prairie, West Lafayette, Harrison (West Lafayette), Lafayette Jeff, McCutcheon, Rossville

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