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Sweet takes 35th, Vogel 92nd at state meet

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Southwood's Braden Sweet races around a curve in the opening stages of Saturday's state final cross country meet.
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Wabash's Dereck Vogel comes down the home stretch of Saturday's state final cross country meet.

Staff reports

Southwood’s Braden Sweet and Wabash’s Dereck Vogel finished out their 2019 cross country campaigns on Saturday at the state finals at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute.

In a hotly-contested race throughout, both runners found themselves finishing in large packs on the day, Sweet crossing the line in 35th and Vogel in 92nd.

Lowell’s Gabriel Sanchez took first on the day in a time of 15:28.7, over five seconds ahead of Highland’s Lucas Guerra in second in a time of 15:32.9. Luke Combs of Lapel took third in a time of 15:38.4, Jesus Garcia took fourth in a time of 15:41.4 and Reece Gibson of Concordia Lutheran took fifth in a time 15:44.5.

Concordia Lutheran took the team title with 93 points, safely ahead of second-place Carmel with 112 points. Brebeuf Jesuit was third, Columbus North was fourth and Brownsburg fifth.

For Sweet, a strong push in the final stretch helped the Knight jump from 50th to his final spot of 35th in a time of 16:20.9. Five racers finished within nearly a second ahead of Sweet with 32nd-place Trevor Nolan of Brownsburg 16:19.8.

Sweet, a junior. became just the Knight cross country runner to compete at the state meet on Saturday.

Vogel, who was making his second consecutive trip to the state finals, had a similarly crowded finish further back in the pack. While Vogel finished 92nd in a time of 16:50.7, five runners finished just ahead of him between the times of 16:48.2 and 16:49.4.