Lady Vikings 20th at state cross country finals


Kayla Patrick (left), a senior on the Huntington North High School girls’ cross country team, runs with Portage’s Kyra Ball in the IHSAA Girls’ Cross Country State Finals in Terre Haute on Saturday, Oct. 27. Photo provided by Jim Ditzler.

The Huntington North High School girls' cross country team finished 20th out of 24 teams at the IHSAA Girls' Cross Country State Finals in Terre Haute on Saturday, Oct. 27.

The scoring was close as the Lady Vikings' tally of 422 was just 18 points off the 15th place finisher's mark.

The top three finishers for Huntington North were seniors, led by Kayla Patrick, who finished 46th among scoring runners in 19:46. Next was Robyn Karst, who placed 59th in 19:57. Marie Ditzler took 78th place in 20:12 to complete the senior trio.

Freshmen rounded out the scoring for the Lady Vikings as Hannah Stoffel grabbed 104th in 20:36, and Marissa Jamison placed 135th in 21:14.

Senior Karson Rowe was sixth for the Lady Vikings in 21:19 for 137th and sophomore Stephanie McElhaney was seventh in 21:25 for 143rd to complete the team.

Carmel won the team state title with a score of 66. Anna Rohrer, of Mishawaka, won the individual state title, finishing in 17:13.2, a girls' state finals record.

Huntington North will lose nine runners to graduation.