File photos DeKalb senior Tyler Schwartz is the defending state champion in girls cross country.
Carroll junior Abigail Green finished runner-up at last year’s state meet and helped the Chargers finish second in team standings.
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Girls cross country
AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette
Last year was successful for area girls cross country teams.
DeKalb's Tyler Schwartz was state champion. Carroll's Abigail Green was runner-up and teammate Meagan Hathaway was seventh, while Homestead went ninth and 10th with Madison Distelrath and Katherine Walther.
The Chargers were team runners-up, while the Spartans were third.
This year, with Schwartz returning and the vast majority of last year's top runners, northeast Indiana could be a powerhouse when it comes to the state tournament.
Tyler Schwartz, DeKalb: The senior finished last season undefeated in postseason competition as sectional, regional, semistate and state champion and qualified for the Nike Cross Nationals.
Abigail Green, Carroll: The junior was the Northrop Sectional champion and finished runner-up at state, regional and semistate last year.
Kayla McCulloch, East Noble: The junior finished 12th at state last year and had top-5 finishes throughout the postseason.
Mia Beckham, Warsaw: The senior finished just outside of all-state honors by finishing 26th overall.
Erin Strzelecki, Bishop Dwenger: The sophomore finished eighth at the New Haven semistate and 27th at last year's state meet.
Carroll: The Chargers finished as runners-up to Carmel at state for the second straight year and extended its state record regional championship streak with its 16th straight title.
Homestead: The Spartans return three from last year's team that finished third at state: Julia Eifert, Saige Norris and Julia Dvorak.
Warsaw: The Tigers return Beckham, juniors Angie Sanchez-Vijil and Remi Beckham and sophomore Megan Metzger from last year's team that finished 13th at state.
East Noble: The Knights return everyone from the team that finished 18th at the state finals.
Bishop Dwenger: The Saints were one spot out of qualifying for state and return individual state qualifier Strzelecki, classmates Susie Beeber, Katie Nix and Anna Morris and junior Alexandria Ebetino.
Freshman phenom: Carroll's Zoe Duffus enters the Charger program after dominating the local middle school circuit. She won the 1,500- and 3,000-meter titles at the Hershey National Youth Indoor Championships in New York in March.
On a mission: After missing most of last season with an emergency appendectomy, Snider senior Ashtyn Robertson is back after missing qualifying for semistate by one place as a sophomore and junior.
Solid start: Norwell sophomore Sydney Lambert posted a season-best time of 18:18.2 at the Marion Invitational. That time was the second-best by a freshman in the state (Phoebe Bates of Carmel was fastest at 17:45.2 at Shelbyville Semistate).
Streaking: Carmel is looking for its state record-extending eighth straight state championship.
Drought: Concordia is the only area school with a team state championship in girls cross country. The Cadets won in 1983.