There is a whole lot of hype surrounding New London sports this week, as the Tiger football and volleyball teams continue their deep runs into postseason play, but perhaps nobody has more potential than the Danville-New London cross-country teams, which is among the top squads in the Class 2A field.
Last week at the qualifying meet in Williamsburg, both the D-NL girls and boys’ teams qualified for the state meet. The top-ranked boys cruised to victory with 36 points, 23 ahead of second-place Mid-Prairie. The 15th-ranked girls sneaked in with a third-place finish and 104 points, besting fourth-place Prairie City Monroe by nine points for the final qualifying spot.
The boys are led by two juniors who are both in the Top-10. Ty Carr is ranked fifth, and Alexander Julian is ninth. Sophomore Oliver Sowell is currently ranked No. 23 in the individual rankings, and the team often gets plenty of support finishing just behind its top three.
Julian and Carr finished 47th and 65th respectively in their first state meet, as freshmen. The Bears qualified as a team in 2019 and took sixth in the 2A standings, led again by Carr (24th) and Julian (29th).
D-NL will have plenty of competition for the boys championship. Among the top potential spoilers is No. 2 Tipton, who comes in as the defending state champions. Tipton lost three of its five scorers to graduation last year but brings plenty to the table in 2020.
In a sea of Mid-Prairie runners, D-NL’s Addison Parrott could be the one to spoil the Golden Hawks’ fun. Parrott is ranked No. 2 in the Class 2A individual rankings, and has quite the state resume. The senior finished 48th in 2017, 10th in 2018 and sixth in 2019. She looks like the number one contender to challenge the Hostetler families’ reign at the top of the Class 2A standings.
Parrott is the only D-NL girl currently ranked, but she has a strong team behind her, including junior Carissa Mackey, who took 19th at the Williamsburg qualifier, freshman Kamryn Sherwood, who took 21st, and junior Cassidy Yaley, who finished 28th.