New Prairie Regional
When: 10 a.m. (boys), 10:45 (girls) today.
Where: New Prairie High School.
Advancement: The top five teams and the top 10 individuals not on qualifying teams advance to the Oct. 26 New Prairie Semistate.
Participating schools: (Boys) Chesterton, Kankakee Valley, LaCrosse, LaPorte, Morgan Township, New Prairie, North Newton, Portage, Rensselaer, Valparaiso. (Girls) Chesterton, Kankakee Valley, LaPorte, New Prairie, North Judson, North Newton, Portage, Rensselaer, Valparaiso, West Central.
Favorites: LaPorte girls, Valparaiso boys.
Darkhorses: Portage girls, LaPorte boys.
Runners to watch: (Boys) Boone Grove -- Jon Hogg; Chesterton -- Kevin Kenney, Mitch Wilborn; Kankakee Valley -- Travis Conley, Bryce Gawronski; Kouts -- Mike Ferrell; LaCrosse -- Nate Rhodes; LaPorte -- Anthony Didion, Sam Miller, Braden Griffin; Michigan City -- Gavin Gresham; Morgan Township -- Ben Savage, Logan Redmon; New Prairie -- David Kampf; North Newton -- Leo Espino; Portage -- Nick Heimberg; South Central -- Bryan Flannery; Valparaiso -- Andrew Jankowski, Ari Coulopoulos, Kevin Hickey, Daniel Dalton, Corey Alfredson; Wheeler -- Joel O'Shea. (Girls) Chesterton -- Lindsey Nielsen; Kankakee Valley -- Alison Rockley, Kaylin Orsburn; LaPorte -- Elena Lancioni, Kailee Schoof, Kristin Cave; Morgan Township -- Hailey Haveck; New Prairie -- Rachel Thompson, Kelsey Tyler, Hope Myroup; Portage -- Kyra Ball, Paige Pizer, Rebecca Timm; Rensselaer -- Riley Hickman; South Central -- Kyleigh Werner; Valparaiso -- Alison Mundell, Michaela Gazdich, Aurora Bonner; West Central -- Micayla Wenzel; Wheeler -- Kelly O'Shea.
Fast facts: Valparaiso is the defending boys champion and has won three titles in a row. Coulopoulos (third) is the highest returning boys runner. The top five girls finishers return, led by Lancioni. Chesterton is defending girls champion. LaPorte has never won a girls regional.
Crown Point Regional
When: 11 a.m. today (boys), 11:30 (girls)
Where: Lemon Lake County Park.
Advancement: The top 10 individuals from non-advancing teams and the first five qualifying teams from each regional shall advance to the New Prairie Semistate Oct. 26.
Participating schools: Andrean (girls), Bishop Noll (boys), Calumet (boys), Crown Point (boys and girls), E.C. Central (girls), Griffith (girls), Hanover Central (girls), Hebron (boys and girls), Highland (boys and girls), Hobart (boys and girls), Lake Central (boys and girls), Lowell (boys), Merrillville (boys), Munster (boys and girls),
Favorites: Crown Point boys, Lake Central girls.
Darkhorses: Munster boys, Crown Point girls.
Runners to watch: (Boys) Bishop Noll -- Sal Cordova; Calumet -- Andrew Huff; Crown Point -- Tyler Gray, Ryan Kepshire, Jacob Langbehn, Matthew Mosak; Gavit -- Zach Schreiber; Hebron -- Scott Crawley, Erik Brebner; Highland -- Michael Kristy, Dylan Liniewicz; Hobart -- Brent Dunn, John Petroskey, Collin Allen, Alek Seeley; Lake Central -- Zach Hupp, Tyler Kramer-Stephens, Casey Garvey, Kameron Konopasek; Lowell -- Brian Blaylock, Ethan Huseman; Merrillville -- Conor Hill; Munster -- Ryan Kritzer, Tom Bolanowski, Scott Farley, Jimmy Murphy. (Girls) Andrean -- Kellyn Vale; Crown Point -- Kayla McGurk, Jill Zimmerman, Lyndie Pierce; Hanover Central -- Lindsey Kolanowski, Olivia Umlauf; Hebron -- Payton Schatz, Abigail Getautas, Sarah Benjamin; Highland -- Reilly Panozzo, Clarissa Magley; Hobart -- Celena Guerrero, Mindy Whidden, Marina Ahner; Lake Central -- Sarah Hunsley, Megan Zajac, Jade Tazbir, Sydney Vandersteeg, Jennifer Crague; Lowell -- Sarah Wieser; Merrillville -- Tamera Julkes; Munster -- Emily McNicholas, Rebecca Karnezis, Mallory Grim; Whiting -- Citlali Lopez.
Fast facts: Crown Point’s boys are the defending champs. Lake Central’s girls have won the last two, eight of the last nine and 13 overall regional titles.
-- compiled by Jim Peters and Paul Trembacki