INDIANAPOLIS — Both Ben Davis cross country teams competed at the Ben Davis regional Saturday with the boys finishing fourth, advancing to semi-state, and the girls placing seventh.
The boys’ strong 1-2 punch of David Behrmann and Robert Sharkey helped place the Giants in fourth with a score of 109. Behrmann placed sixth with a time of 16:26 and Sharkey finished eighth with a time of 16:29.
“They’ve worked well together all year,” Ben Davis boys’ cross country coach Nick Balbach said. “Behrmann is a little dinged up, but he still gives us his all in the races. Sharkey has been very consistent all year and, really, that senior leader we needed. They both come through when they need to.”
Josh Bishop placed 17th, Cameron Peck finished 33rd, and Brandon Richey came in 45th for the Giants.
“Coming into the season we knew we were experienced with Sharkey and Behrmann being the leaders and having the most experience,” Balbach said. “We had quite a few guys who are young and experienced, they just keep getting better through the season and our top four all set our season bests today and our fifth runner was right at his PR.”
Brownsburg placed first, Zionsville finished second, and Avon came in third. Plainfield rounds out the top five teams that advance to the Carmel semi-state.
The Giants really only have one focus as they continue on through the tournament.
“Run faster next week,” Balbach said. “This is the part of the season you work for since June. We just hope to maintain or get better. If you’re in the race, there’s always a chance.”
Covenant Christian finished 10th and their best finishers were Benjamin Tucker in 37th and Trevor Johnson in 42nd.
The Giants girls’ cross country team finished seventh with Alis Marrero leading the way with a ninth-place finish.