Eckman wins, Jasper sends both to semi-state

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Jasper junior Abe Eckman won Saturday's boys cross country regional at Crawford County. Jasper will have both of its teams compete Oct. 24 at the Brown County Semi-State.

By Herald Staff

Abe Eckman fell just short of winning the sectional race Oct. 10 at the Vincennes University Jasper Campus, but the Wildcats junior came out on top at Saturday's Crawford County Regional. Eckman and his teammates, as well as Jasper's girls, came in second place Saturday to Floyd Central on both sides. The Wildcats will have both teams running Oct. 24 at the Brown County Semi-State. 

Forest Park and Heritage Hills finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to advance to semi-state as teams. Jasper junior Andi VanMeter came in second place, the highest among local runners, with a time of 18:31.9, behind only Floyd Central's Jaydon Cirincione, who won with a time of 18:20.5. Northeast Dubois finished in sixth, and just missed out on qualifying for as a team. The season continues, however, for sophomores Sara Livingston, Jordan Schweikarth and Paige Wildman, who all advanced as individuals. Livingston finished 12th, Schweikarth 25th and Wildman 27th.

Southridge girls finished eighth, but two girls will represent the Raiders at semi-state. Senior Evie Hasenour came in 28th place, while freshman Emma Blessinger finished 34th overall. 

Eckman and fellow junior Spenser Wolf from Forest Park were first and second yet again on Saturday, but the third time was the charm for Eckman this time. Wolf qualified for semi-state as an individual, as did his teammate, fellow junior Bryce Troesch.

Jasper was the only one of the locals to qualify for semi-state as a team, but Southrige, Northeast Dubois and Heritage Hills will also have individual representation. Senior Dylan Bland finished in sixth place and will represent the Raiders at Brown County, while Patriots senior Elliott Buechlein rounded out the top 10. Senior Pierce Brinkman of the Jeeps rounded out the top 15 to advance as an individual. 

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