Boys Cross Country
2018 Boys Cross County Review
The boys cross country team won at a 68-percent clip, defeating 79 of 117 opponents. The wins included the first win over Southport in five years and a second-straight Greenfield-Central Invite title. At the Bedford North Lawrence Invite, the team posted 31 career-bests among the 43 runners who raced that day. In the postseason, the Rebels bounced back from a fifth-place sectional finish to finish third in the regional. The five scoring runners in the regional posted an average time of 17:05.7, which was the best top-five average of the season. The third-place regional finish tied for the second-best regional finish in program history. The season concluded with a 15th-place finish in the semi-state, which matched the program’s third-best semi-state finish. The Rebels ran eight different runners in the postseason: senior Nick Perkins, juniors Sam George, Owen Herndon, Liam Irwin, Ryan Flick, Logan Wong, sophomore Matthew Croddy and freshman Jean-Luc Euzen.
Nick Perkins closed out his high school cross country career with the best individual season in program history. In 12 races, he won seven times, including a stretch in October where in consecutive weeks he won the Marion County title, the sectional and the regional. He is the first Marion County champion in program history and he defended his sectional and regional titles from last season. He logged the four-fastest times in program history, including a school-record 15:45.48 at Bedford. After setting a regional course record at Rushville with a time of 15:53.4, he ran a 15:48.7 at semi-state, which was good for a third-place finish. For the second straight season, he qualified for the state meet. Lifted by a fast start in the state meet, he caught six runners in the final mile to finish 10th, becoming the first all-state runner in program history. Over the season’s 12 races, Perkins compiled a record of 1,345 wins and 14 losses. For more on Perkins’ cross-country career, see the accompanying article.
Perkins was named the team’s MVP. He was All-Circle City Conference, All-Marion County, all-sectional, all-regional, all-semi-state and all-state. Sam George earned all-conference honors and finished in the top 20 at sectional (11th) and regional (19th), to grab all-sectional and all-regional honors. Owen Herndon (15th) was all-regional and Liam Irwin (20th) was all-sectional. Senior Gabe Buening won the team’s mental attitude award. Matthew Croddy, junior Michael Feltz and sophomore Ryan Haggenjos all won the team’s tremendous improvement award, which is given to any runner who cuts at least one minute off of his career best. The Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches (IATCCC) selected seniors Michael Runholt, juniors Ryan Flick, Liam Irwin, Clark Chapman and Chris Figueroa to the Academic All-State team. Junior Sam George was picked to the honorable mention Academic All-State team by the IATCCC.