Boys Varsity Cross Country · Sweet competes in Cross Country State Finals

  Place Points
Concordia Lutheran High School 1st 93
Carmel High School 2nd 112
Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School 3rd 135
Columbus North High School 4th 161
Brownsburg High School 5th 214
Homestead High School 6th 215
Crown Point High School 7th 243
Fishers High School 8th 262
Bloomington High School South 9th 284
Hamilton Southeastern High School 10th 320
Valparaiso High School 11th 331
Zionsville High School 12th 332
Noblesville High School 13th 352
Center Grove High School 14th 357
Harrison High School 15th 374
Chesterton High School 16th 377
Jasper High School 17th 377
Bloomington High School North 18th 414
Floyd Central High School 19th 432
West Lafayette High School 20th 455
West Noble High School 21st 456
New Prairie High School 22nd 462
Columbia City High School 23rd 464
Northview High School 24th 589
Lake Central High School 25th 608
Southwood High School 0th 0

In yet another excellent performance, Braden Sweet “drained the well” a second time in back-to-back weekends as he found himself among the most elite high school runners in the state of Indiana. On Saturday, November 2nd, Sweet became the second cross country runner in Southwood history to compete in the State Finals held in Terre Haute, also known as Cross Country Town USA.

With adrenaline and nerves at their peak, the cannon fired at 1:00 sharp sending 214 harriers off in a mass of color. Caught up in the mob, Sweet was unable to jump out to the start that he had strategically planned for. As the lead pack of 40+ runners ran in cadence through the first 2000 meters, Sweet found himself in 50th place with limited mobility to press through the crowd. At the 3000 mark, the race shifted gears. Remaining focused and undaunted, Sweet responded to the shift and began to push forward, passing one runner after another as he fought to gain position over those around him unable to hold the pace. In a fight to the finish, he crossed the line simultaneously with only 10th’s of seconds separating the exhausted competitors. In his first year as a state finalist, Sweet finished 35th overall in a time of 16:20. His performance at this elite level was a reflection of his mental and physical fortitude throughout the season, solidifying his position among the best of the best in the state of Indiana.

Congratulations on an outstanding season, Braden Sweet!