Vikes' cross country season ends at semi-state

Mettler advances to state as individual

Luke Doughty (second from left), a senior on the Huntington North boys’ cross country team, runs alongside teammate Austin Lange (third from left) and West Noble’s Brad Pyle (fourth from left) at the New Haven Semi-State, in Fort Wayne, on Saturday. Photo by Steve Clark.

The season came to an end for the Huntington North High School boys' cross country team at the New Haven Semi-State, held at The Plex, in Fort Wayne, on Saturday, Oct. 26.

The Vikings finished eighth with a register of 211, 42 points shy of the meet's sixth and final qualifying spot for the state finals on Saturday, Nov. 2, in Terre Haute.

Huntington North will be represented at the state meet, however, as senior Charles Mettler finished 12th in 16:26.83 to claim one of 10 state-qualifying spots for runners from non-advancing teams.

After Mettler, senior Luke Doughty finished 29th in 16:53.39. Junior Austin Lange was next, taking 38th in 16:58.70, followed by junior Matt DeWitt, 48th in 17:08.97, and junior Cam DeWitt, 84th in 17:44.74, rounding out the Vikings' top five.

Carroll claimed the semi-state crown with 71 points. Northridge was a distant second, tallying 116, followed by Bishop Dwenger, third with 142, South Bend Riley, fourth with 149, Homestead, fifth with 160 and South Adams, sixth with 169.

Concordia Lutheran senior Zachery Panning was the individual champion, blowing away the field with a time of 15:19.36, over a half-minute better than the second place finisher.

Also competing for Huntington North were juniors Skyler McVoy, 99th in 17:57.47 and Logan Worsham, 124th in 18:49.50.