When: Today, noon (girls), 12:45 p.m. (boys).
Where: Lavern Gibson Championship Cross County Course, Wabash Valley Sports Center, 599 S. Tabortown Road, Terre Haute.
Participating teams: (By lane assignment) Girls: West Lafayette, Hamilton Southeastern, Valparaiso, Fort Wayne Concordia, Bloomington South, Penn, Carmel, Portage, Eastern (Greentown), Terre Haute North, Columbus North, Avon, Westfield, Northridge, Warsaw, Homestead, Carroll (Fort Wayne), Evansville Reitz, Terre Haute South, Fishers, Bloomington North, Huntington North, Chesterton. Boys: Lawrence Central, Lowell, Northridge, Hamilton Southeastern, Columbus North, Carmel, Bloomington South, Bedford North Lawrence, Goshen, Evansville North, Carroll (Fort Wayne), Valparaiso, Bloomington North, Franklin Central, Fort Wayne Dwenger, McCutcheon, Terre Haute South, Warsaw, Indianapolis Cathedral, West Lafayette, Mishawaka, Hobart, Homestead, Westfield.
Favorites: Carmel girls, Hamilton Southeastern boys.
Darkhorses: West Lafayette girls, Valparaiso boys.
Local individuals: Girls: Taylor Austin, Griffith; Elena Lancioni, LaPorte. Boys: Alex Ray, Crown Point; Anthony Didion, LaPorte; Alec Kostelnik, Morgan Township; Joel O'Shea, Wheeler.
Fast facts: Carmel's girls are two-time defending team champions and have won a state-best 15 titles. Ashley Erba (Warsaw) is defending individual champion. Lancioni (21st) is the top returning local individual, Austin was 24th. Columbus North is the defending boys team champion. Hamilton Southeastern's Troy Reeder is the top returning boy (third). Valparaiso's Ari Coulopoulos (ninth) is the top returning local individual. Kostelnik was 10th. !~ Jim Peters