Photo by Andy DuvallNoblesville’s Jordan Warne (right) finished 12, just ahead of his teammate Eric Hoffman who finished 14. Hamilton Southeastern’s Kyle Sams finished 13th.
Photo by Andy Duvall

Noblesville’s Jordan Warne (right) finished 12, just ahead of his teammate Eric Hoffman who finished 14. Hamilton Southeastern’s Kyle Sams finished 13th.
The cross country season is just getting underway, but Carmel isn't wasting any time establishing themselves as favorites.

The Greyhounds walked away with both team and individual titles and in the process put the rest of the area and state on notice.

In a girls race that featured four ranked teams, No. 2 Carmel ran away with the title, placing six runners in the top ten. They were led by Haley Harris, who won the overall title in a time of 18:18, surprising even herself.

"The win was pretty unexpected for me, but it felt really good crossing the line," said Harris, "It was definitely better than I expected and a pretty big step forward for me."

Kelsey Harris, Stacy Morozov, and Anna Schmitz joined Harris in the top five as the Greyhounds won with 18 points. Hamilton Southeastern's Rachel Nichwitz finished fourth overall and led the Royals to a second place team finish.

Noblesville put in a strong showing, coming in third. The No. 14 ranked Millers were paced by Abby Crouch, who finished eighth overall.

Rounding out the top five in the team standings were Fishers in fourth and Westfield in fifth.

On the boys side of things, Ben Veatch pulled away about halfway through the race and made the victory look easy, winning in a time of 15:39.

"This course has always been fast," admitted Veatch, "and I felt good today."

After putting forth a great time of his own, Veatch was able to watch as his teammates finished off the team title as well.

"Today is just the first step of many. It is the first time we've raced all together this year," Veatch stated, "This is just the first race in a long journey."

Finishing just behind the state's top ranked team were Hamilton Southeastern, Fishers, and Noblesville. Westfield rounded out the top five.

In addition to Veatch's victory, teammates Zachary Leinheiser, Theodore Browning, and Grayson Jenkins placed in the top five. Joining them was Fishers' Nick Butler placed third.

In the girl's Junior Varsity race, Carmel's Alyssa Easton won in a time of 20:09, while the Greyhound's Jace Wisdorf won the boy's JV race, finishing in 16:49.