The Mt. Vernon boys and New Palestine girls won the Hoosier Heritage Conference cross country titles Saturday at Pendleton Heights.
In the boys race, MV tallied 46 places to win the title. Pendleton Heights (62) was second and Greenfield-Central (77) third.
Yorktown’s Matthew Mitsch won the individual title with a time of 16:14.79, winning by 28.96 seconds over runner-up Conner Kinnaman of Greenfield-Central. Shelbyville’s Matt Baker was third.
MV’s strength came in its depth – the Marauders had four runners place in the top nine, led by fifth-place Reyce Morgan. Austin Rush, Colin brown and Tyler Strantz took places 7-9.
MV won its sixth HHC title and first since 2014.
In the girls race, New Palestine placed four runners in the top 10 to clinch the title with 36 places. Pendleton Heights (58) was second and Yorktown (85) third.
NP’s Brenna Shaw was the individual champion, running the 5K course in 19:04.97. She won by 11.12 seconds over runner-up Audrey Brinkruff of Greenfield-Central. New Castle’s Lydia Harvey was third.
NP had three other top 10 finishers – Emma Mann was fourth, Kaylin Casner seventh and Kendall Mann 10th – leading it to the title. Runner-up PH had all five scoring runners place between ninth and 15th.
NP won its second straight HHC girls cross country title.