by Gary Andrews
Manchester cross country hosted the Manchester Invite Saturday with Northfield and Southwood competing in the varsity races, while Wabash joined the junior high races.
In the girls varsity race, New Prairie won the team title with Northfield 7th, Southwood 8th and Manchester 16th. Northfield’s Jenna Halderman finished second overall in a time of 19:31. Also running for Northfield was Karla Singer 13th in 21:04, Brittany Sloan 23rd in 21:52, Olivia Thompson 63rd in 24:35, Catherine Tracy 80th in 26:00, Kalanu Watson Dunn 89th in 26:58, Katie Stephan 94th in 28:02.
Southwood was led by Ellie White, placing 11th in 20:58, Emily Lehner 16th in 21:21, Haley Heath 17th in 21:28, Taylor Heath 53rd in 23:58, Kassidy Atwood 91st in 27:22, Emma Peebles 101st in 31:37.
Clara Burdette led Manchester, placing 66th in 24:39, Natasha Niccum 82nd in 26:16, Liza Airgood 88th in 26:57, Alexis Wagoner 92nd in 27:47, Alexis Vernon 97th in 28:29, Molly Woods 100th in 30:37.
Fort Wayne Carroll won the boys race, with Northfield finishing 10th, Southwood 16th, Manchester 17th.
Northfield was led by Joe Burcroff, placing 5th in 17:32, Devin Tracy 6th in 17:32, Austin Frye 63rd in 18:35, Austin Andrews 75th in 19:28, Caleb Coe 84th in 20:13, Noah Augustas 86th in 20:16, Brad Bever 110th in 22:01.
Leading Southwood was Michael Lengel 68th in 19:14, Brenden Schleining 82nd in 20:08, Josiah Friedersdorf 89th in 20:25, Kyle Porter 96th in 20:39, Jonathan Collins 99th in 20:45, Aaron Ross 101st in 20:49, Justin Lawson 119th in 23:36.
For Manchester Matthew Fahs-Brown was 22nd in 17:58, Skyler Burke 97th in 20:39, Tristan Fields 107th in 21:27, Andrew Longanecker 114th in 22:33, Jimmy Curtis 122nd in 25:27, Jeremy Herrmann 124th in 26:43.