As expected, the defending state champion Carmel Greyhounds swept the competition to win both the boys' and the girls' cross country team titles at the Noblesville Sectional this past weekend. However, it was a pair of Westfield Shamrocks that led the pack to finish one-two in the boys' event.

Westfield's Samuel Henthorn turned in a time of 15 minutes, 46.28 seconds to place first in the boys' race. The junior was closely followed by Shamrock teammate Aaron Bennett, a sophomore, who crossed the finish line runner-up at 15:54.44.

Bennett passed four runners in the final 400 meters of the five-kilometer run to surge into second. The No. 13-ranked Shamrocks scored 75 team points and finished third behind top-ranked Carmel (38) and No. 11 Fishers (67), respectively.

Westfield's Desmond Herrell (30th overall) and Ethan Parsley (32nd) both posted personal bests to help slingshot the Shamrocks ahead of No. 10 Hamilton Southeastern and No. 20 Noblesville, which finished fourth and fifth.

The top five teams from sectional automatically advance to Saturday's Noblesville Regional. The race will once again be held at White River Elementary. The top ten individuals without an advancing team also move on to regional.

In the boys' race, Guerin Catholic placed sixth as a team, but all seven of its runners finished good enough to compete at regional. Senior Christopher Bluish led the group with a time of 16:16.86, which placed him 17th overall and first among individuals without an advancing team.

Carmel's top finishers were Teddy Browning in third and Thomas Revard in fourth. Fishers junior Trevor Thompson rounded out the top five with a time of 15:58.36. The Greyhounds have won back-to-back state titles and lead the state with 13 total.

In the girls' race, Carmel's Kelsey Harris set a new sectional record by 0.59 seconds. The event's mark was previously held by Rachel Nichwitz of Hamilton Southeastern with a time of 17.59.98. Harris ran a 17:59.39 to win as top-ranked Carmel claimed the top four spots and five in the top 10.

"The team really put together a strong effort. Among its best this season along with Culver two weeks ago," Carmel coach Mark Ellington said. "The entire team continues to train hard each week and each member is anxious to prove her worth when asked to toe the line for the Greyhounds."

Kelsey's twin sister Haley Harris was third at 18:10.96 while Madelyn Dalton, a freshman, ran to a runner-up placement at 18:03.51. Stacy Morozov was fourth (18:20.85). Carmel scored an impressive 16 team points to win sectional.

The Greyhounds are running toward five consecutive state titles this fall. The last program to win five straight was Carmel from 1984-88.

Hamilton Southeastern's Courtney Pfanstiel and Nichwitz were sixth and fifth, respectively. As a team, the sixth-ranked Royals (65) tied with No. 14 Noblesville (65), but the Millers claimed second place as a team based on their sixth-runner's time.

Noblesville's Abby Crouch and Abigail Little kicked into the top eight in the final mile, placing seventh and eighth. The Millers had five runners in the top 20.

Fishers and Guerin Catholic tied with 114 team points, which solidified the event's top five advancing teams. Fishers was awarded fourth with a 30th placement by its sixth runner.

No. 22 Westfield was sixth, but pushed six runners on to regional, led by Devon Leahy (19:10.17) at 12th.

Kat Williams of Hamilton Heights was the third-highest placing individual without a team. University's Cyan Cosby was the tenth-best individual without a team and will join Williams at regional.