When: Noon today.
Where: Lavern Gibson Championship Course, Wabash Valley Family Sports Center, 599 S. Tabortown Rd., Terre Haute.
Participating teams: (Boys) Bloomington North, Bloomington South, Carmel, Carroll (Fort Wayne), Columbus North, Crown Point, Evansville North, Fort Wayne Dwenger, Homestead, Indianapolis Brebeuf, Indianapolis North Central, Lake Central, Lawrence North, Munster, Northridge, South Adams, South Bend Riley, South Knox, Terre Haute North, Valparaiso, Warsaw, Westfield, West Lafayette, Zionsville. (Girls) Avon, Bloomington North, Bloomington South, Carmel, Carroll (Fort Wayne), Columbus North, Floyd Central, Franklin Central, Homestead, Huntington North, Jasper, Lake Central, LaPorte, Lawrence North, Northridge, Pendleton Heights, Penn, Portage, Terre Haute North, Twin Lakes, Warsaw, Westfield, West Lafayette, Zionsville,
Favorites: Carmel boys and Carmel girls.
Darkhorses: Columbus North boys and West Lafayette girls.
Local runners to watch: (Boys) Bishop Noll -- Sal Cordova; Crown Point -- Tyler Gray, Ryan Kepshire; Hobart -- Brent Dunn; Lake Central -- Zach Hupp, Tyler Kramer-Stephens; LaPorte -- Anthony Didion; Lowell -- Brian Blaylock; Munster -- Ryan Kritzer, Tommy Bolanowski; Valparaiso -- Ari Coulopoulos, Andrew Jankowski. (Girls) Hobart -- Celena Guerrero, Mindy Whidden; Lake Central -- Megan Zajac, Sarah Hunsley; LaPorte -- Elena Lancioni, Kailee Schoof; Portage -- Rebecca Timm; South Central -- Kyleigh Werner; Valparaiso -- Michaela Gazdich, Alison Mundell.
Fast facts: Zachery Panning of Fort Wayne Concordia is the top returning boy, finishing second last year; Coulopoulos (15th) is the top returning local runner; Valparaiso's boys finished third last year; Mackenzie Caldwell of Columbus North is the top returning girl, finishing fourth last year; Lancioni (16th) is the top returning local runner; Portage (21st) is the top returning local team; Carmel is defending champion in both races; Carmel's girls have won three titles in a row.
-- Jim Peters