Five area runners advance to state finals

From Herald Staff Reports

Several area cross country teams traveled up to Brown County on Saturday to compete in the IHSAA semistate cross country meet with a goal of making it to the state finals.

While no teams qualified for Saturday’s state finals at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, five individual runners advanced themselves to the state finals thanks to their solid times at the semistate meet — Jasper’s Jackson Miller, Andi VanMeter and Alyssa Skorge, Forest Park’s Ellie Hall and Heritage Hills’ Mitchell Hopf.


On the boys side, Jasper was the only team to post a complete team score as they finished 13th overall with a score of 318. Miller advanced to the state finals by placing 16th overall with a time of 16:21. Hopf placed 11th overall with a time of 16:13 as he also advanced to the state finals — his second straight appearance.

Forest Park’s Spenser Wolf nearly advanced as he placed 20th overall with a time of 16:23.0 but the final individual spot went to Dean Schmidt of Evansville North who finished with a 16:22.6. Bloomington South won the overall semistate meet with a score of 81.

On the girls side, Jasper and Forest Park both just nearly missed the team cut off line as they placed seventh and eighth overall respectively as the top six teams advance to state. Heritage Hills placed 18th overall. Bloomington North won the overall semistate meet with a score of 94. 

However, three area girls were able to advance individually as Jasper’s Alyssa Skorge placed 13th (19:13), Andi VanMeter placed 14th (19:13) and Forest Park’s Ellie Hall placed 16th (19:15).

A. VanMeter

Fellow Ranger Claire Mehling, who advanced to state individually last year, placed 38th overall with a 19:56.

A. Skorge

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