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CROSS COUNTRY: BNL girls team advances to regional

Payton Flynn mug

Payton Flynn

Danielle Kittaka

Danielle Kittaka

BNL boys send four

individuals to regional

Bedford North Lawrence earned one of the five team spots in the IHSAA regional during Saturday morning’s sectional race on the BNL course.

The Stars totaled 152 points to finish fifth in the 10-team field. The top five teams, plus the top 10 individuals who are not members of qualifying teams, advanced to the second round of the state tournament series.

Girls sectional results

Boys sectional results

Bloomington North defended its team title with 23 points while Bloomington South was second with 35. Those two teams dominated the race, claiming the top 14 spots between them. North’s Grace Williams was the individual winner in the 5K event in 18:41.9.

Danielle Kittaka paced the Stars, finishing 22nd overall in 21:51.3. BNL’s Payton Flynn was 24th (22:05.7) and Zoe Zollman was 30th (22:37.7).

In the boys race, BNL finished 6th among 11 teams with 152 points. Bloomington South won the meet (for the second consecutive year) with 23 points while Bloomington North totaled 43.

Edgewood’s Austin Haskett was the individual winner in 15:44.1.

While the Stars failed to qualify as a team, they did send four individual runners to the next level. Trey Pemberton was 16th overall in 17:27.5, Isaak Gilbert was 21st in 17:47.9, Chance Pemberton crossed in 29th in 18:08.4, and Derek Gross was 39th in 18:54.2.

BNL will host the regional race on Oct. 15, with the top five teams (and top 10 individuals who are not members of qualifying teams) among the 10 in that field moving on to the semistate at Brown County.