Carbaugh honors Concordia Lutheran boys cross country teamís first state title

Carbaugh honors Concordia Lutheran boys cross country teamís first state title

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Wednesday, February 19, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 18, 2020) – State Rep. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) recently honored the Concordia Lutheran High School boys cross country team at the Statehouse. 

The Concordia boys cross country team won the 2019 Indiana High School Athletic Association boys cross country state championship, its first in program history. The team bested Carmel, the defending back-to-back state champions, by 19 points.

“Bringing home the state title in any sport is special, but to be the first team to accomplish that goal for their school in their particular sport is outstanding,” Carbaugh said. “This team worked hard in the offseason after taking fourth the previous year, and overcame the defending state champion in a truly impressive effort.”

Senior Reece Gibson led the squad with a fifth place finish overall, finishing the 5K race in 15:44. Gibson helped the state team of Drake Kropf, Wilson Whicker, Karsten Schlegel and Luke Bentz finish with an average time of 16:08.

Gibson was honored as the Class 3A Runner of the Year for his efforts and Kropf, Whicker and Schlegel were all named IHSAA First Team All-State.

The team swept through the tournament, winning the sectional, regional and semi-state championships before claiming the state title.

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State Rep. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) represents House

District 81, which includes a portion of Allen County.

CAPTION: State Rep. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) talks with the Concordia Lutheran High School boys cross country team about their accomplishments on Monday, Feb. 18, 2020, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. The team won the 2019 IHSAA state championship by holding off Carmel, the defending back-to-back state champions.