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CROSS COUNTRY: Run ends in regional for Stars

BNL's Zoe Zollman and Danielle Kittaka run together during the opening section of the regional race at BNL on Saturday morning. The Stars finished 10th in the field.

BNL’s Zoe Zollman and Danielle Kittaka run together during the opening section of the regional race at BNL on Saturday morning. The Stars finished 10th in the field.

BNL girls finish 10th,

Stars fail to advance

individuals to semistate

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence’s postseason run ended without team or personal glory during Saturday’s regional races.

The Stars finished 10th in the field during the girls race, and couldn’t land any individuals on the qualifying list for next week’s semistate at Brown County. The BNL boys, with four runners competing as individuals, also failed to advance to the third round of the state tournament series.

Boys regional results

Girls regional results

In the girls meet, BNL scored 246 points. No.7 Bloomington North won the team title with 33 points while No.21 Bloomington South was second with 49. The top five teams among the 10 in the meet, plus the top 15 individuals who were not members of advancing teams, qualified for the semistate.

The Stars, who pointed their training toward last week’s sectional race, couldn’t come back with much energy against higher-level competition.

“We tapered really heavily for the sectional, to get out of that,” BNL coach Jill Vance said. “It’s very difficult to hold on, once you taper to your base. The competition was definitely significant.”

BNL's Payton Flynn maneuvers through a water hazard during the 5K race.

BNL’s Payton Flynn maneuvers across a water hazard during the 5K race.

Danielle Kittaka paced the Stars, finishing 40th overall in 22:05.8. She missed the final individual qualifying spot by six spots (21:42.1).

“I finished a little slower than I wanted,” Kittaka said. “It was just a rough race. I just didn’t feel as good as some other weeks. It was some fast competition out there.”

Zoe Zollman crossed in 57th in 22:56.3 while Payton Flynn was 59th in 23:03.2. Bloomington North’s Grace Williams was the champion in 18:36.9.

In the boys meet, BNL’s Trey Pemberton was 47th overall in 18:21.3. He came up 9 finishers short of the final qualifying spot (17:56.4). BNL’s other competitors included Chance Pemberton (53rd in 18:33.9), Isaak Gilbert (71st in 19:15.5) and Derek Gross (76th in 19:27.4).

No.20 Terre Haute South won the team crown with 35 points. Bloomington North’s Andrew Warren was the champion in 16:09.1.