Spahr leads Viking harriers to regional championship

Huntington North High School sophomore Wilson Whicker competes Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Marion Boys' Cross Country Regional. Whicker placed third for the Vikings as Huntington North took home the regional crown.
Huntington North High School sophomore Wilson Whicker competes Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Marion Boys' Cross Country Regional. Whicker placed third for the Vikings as Huntington North took home the regional crown. Photo by Steve Clark.

Junior Brock Spahr placed second overall to lead Huntington North High School to the Marion Boys’ Cross Country Regional Championship on Saturday, Oct. 14, at Indiana Wesleyan University.

The Vikings beat runner-up Bellmont by 15 points with a score of 46 to earn one of five spots at next week’s New Haven Semi-state, to be held Saturday, Oct. 14, at The Plex in Fort Wayne.

Spahr was the top team runner in the competition, crossing the finish line in 16:28.4 to place second behind Brennan Butche, of Mississinewa, who was competing as an individual. The top 10 individuals whose teams did not advance also earn spots at the semi-state.

Jacob Wust, also a junior, also cracked the top 10 overall for HNHS, placing ninth overall and seventh among team runners in 16:41.9.

Sophomore Wilson Whicker was third for HNHS and 11th among team runners with a 17:05.1 clocking. Senior Aaron Hendry took 13th overall in 17:10.6 and sophomore JJ Whicker was the fifth Viking with a time of 17:12.5 for 14th among team scorers.

Junior Drew Davis and senior Nolan Young completed the HNHS quad by placing 19th and 22nd among team competitors. Davis stepped over the end line in 17:30.2 and Young came home in 17:43.1.

Sophomore Kyle Lawson led Bellmont with second place in the team chase in a time of 16:31.0. Bellmont also had a second top-five finisher in senior Justin Gephart, but its final three scoring runners placed 15th, 16th and 23rd to finish behind the Vikings.

Wabash had the third and fourth runners on the way to a third place finish with 79 points. Oak Hill was fourth among the 10 schools competing with 130 points and New Haven got the final qualifying spot with a score of 150.

Butche’s winning time was 15:59.9.