Northfield's ace won the battle, but Huntington North's whole deck was a little stronger and earned the Vikings the team championship at the Marion Boys' Cross Country Sectional on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Indiana Wesleyan University.
The Vikings had four runners in the top 10 and all five in the top 15 to edge the Norsemen, 39-48, to claim the top spot among the five team qualifiers for the Marion regional on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Northfield's Caleb Augustus won the individual title and Devin Tracy of Northfield took fourth, but the final three Northfield scorers were 12th, 14th and 17th.
Senior Cordell Lewis was top gun for HNHS with third place in 16:35.62, followed by junior Charlie Mettler, senior Jacob Ambriole and sophomore Matt DeWitt in sixth, seventh and eighth places, respectively. Senior Jacob Miller completed the Viking scoring with 15th place.
Oak Hill scored 66 points to place third, Eastbrook was fourth with 99 points and Wabash earned the final qualifying spot with 155 points.
Mettler crossed the finish line in 17:00.50 for his finish, and Ambriole was at 17:08.06. DeWitt finished in 17:18.28 and Miller came home in 17:34.92.
Luke Doughty and Cam DeWitt completed the HNHS team by placing 19th and 20th, respectively, in 17:55.43 and 17:57.52.
Augustus' winning time was 16:07.68 as he beat Eastbrook's Joshua Neidick by more than five seconds.
No individuals whose team did not advance placed among the top 15 runners to advance on without their teams.
Southwood, Southern Wells, Mississinewa, Marion and Madison-Grant placed sixth through 10th, respectively.