Boys Varsity Cross Country · New Prairie Boys Cross Country Finishes an Agonizing 7th After Tie for 6th Spot yet Tim O’Laughlin Qualifies for the State Finals Next Week


  Place Points
Crown Point High School 1st 93
Valparaiso High School 2nd 107
Chesterton High School 3rd 112
West Lafayette High School 4th 140
Harrison High School 5th 165
Lake Central High School 6th 195
New Prairie High School 7th 195

The New Prairie Boys Cross Country Team finished 7th place after a tie for the 6th and final spot to qualify for the state finals. Lake Central edged NP for the final spot after the top 5 totals of both teams tied at 195 pts and won by virtue of their 6th man being slightly better than NP’s 6th man. New Prairie, ranked 15th for the semi state in the preseason moved up the ranks to rank 8th going into the semi state this week, yet that gap was to be quite distant by the prognosticators. Tim O’Laughlin, ranked 6th, ran the race of his life and finished 5th just behind runners considers to finish in the top 20 next week at the state finals. Josh Baltes finished 2nd for NP holding a key spot at 32nd. Quinn Beall, ranked 50th, finished 43rd to finish his career as one of NPs finest racers this season. Tom Wykoff, ranked 115th, made the hugest leap to give NP their chance to go to state. The senior moved consistently thru the race finished an astonishing 67th! Alex Cicero also raced a personal best by hitting 98th after being ranked 131st. Brenden Oden ran over a 30 second best home time and was ranked 142nd but finished 110th. Ethan Walden was 7th man running a 16 second personal best and earning 127th. New Prairie ran an amazing race and finished their best performances for the playoffs in 2019. We will travel down to Terre Haute, Cross Country Town USA, next Saturday to witness Tim racing in the State Finals.

Varsity Semi State Race = 180 runners
Tim O’Laughlin 16:02 5th = All Semi State
Josh Baltes 16:46 32nd
Quinn Beall 16:54 43rd
Tom Wykoff 17:17 67th
Ethan Walden 17:37 98th
Alex Cicero 17:44 110th
Brenden Oden 18:01 127th