Gorch on the Porch: Nifty 50 for New Prairie Invite

Photo by Steve T. GorchesDuring the 50th annual New Prairie Invite cross country races on Saturday, 11 former participants in the event were honored. The group included (front row middle) New Prairie High graduate Amanda VanWanzeele and (to the left of her in front row) Carey Pinkowski, who has been the director of the Chicago Marathon for 28 years. VanWanzeele won the Indiana state title as a freshman in 2000, but never won the NP Invite, while Pinkowski won the NP Invite in 1974 and won back-to-back state titles in 1973-74 for Hammond High.

NEW CARLISLE — You know an event is a big deal when you have an airplane with a banner behind it flying above in honor of the occasion.

That’s what happened on Saturday morning during the 50th running of the New Prairie Invitational cross country meet.

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