Jasper boys, county individuals head to state

From local sources

The Jasper boys team as well as individuals from Jasper, Forest Park and Southridge will compete Saturday afternoon in the cross country state finals. The final hurdle to a state championship begins at 1 p.m. for the boys and 1:45 p.m. for the girls at LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute.

The Wildcats finished fifth at the semi-state meet in Nashville to become the first Jasper boys team to qualify for the state finals since 1952.

In addition, Dylan Bland of Southridge became the first Raider to make the state finals since Chris Lanman was there in 1988.

The Jasper boys were paced at the semi-state meet by Jackson Miller, who finished fourth in a time of 16:06.3. Also finishing at semi-state were Drew O’Neil (41, 16:53.8), Abram Eckman (43, 16:57.0), Jaryn Weinel (55, 17:07.1), William Gubbins (67, 17:18.2), Cameron Eckstein (109, 17:51.7) and Harrison Hulsman (118, 17:58.4). Other team members headed to the state’s biggest stage are Blake Danzer, Seth Eckert, Cam Kilian, Kyler Wehr and Evan Wood.

In addition to Bland, who finished 18th at semi-state in a time of 16:30.8 and was named to the All-Semi-State team, Spenser Wolf of Forest Park will compete Saturday. Wolf finished 14th at the Nashville meet in a time of 16:23.7.

On the girls side, Andi VanMeter of Jasper, Ellie Hall of Forest Park and Jordan Schweikarth of Northeast Dubois will represent their schools at the state finals. VanMeter finished fifth at semi-state with a time of 19:24.6, Hall came in 15th with a time of 19:35.8 and Schweikarth finished 19th in a time of 19:44.3.

The Forest Park (274) and Jasper (279) girls teams finished eighth and 10th, respectively, while Northeast Dubois finished 13th with 344 points.

Saturday’s race in Nashville was run in less-than-ideal conditions — wet, sloppy and cold, and at least one runner (Cameron Giles of Southridge, who finished 160th in a time of 18:44) lost a shoe.

Other finishers for the boys were Bryce Troesch of Forest Park (86, 17:33.9) and Pierce Brinkman of Northeast Dubois (117, 17:57.9).

Other local finishers for the girls were Josie Berg of Forest Park (54, 20:44.9), Sara Livingston of Northeast Dubois (62, 21:01.9), Danielle Eckert of Forest Park (63, 21:02.6), Brooklyn Tretter of Southridge (65, 21:05.9), Kelsea Skorge of Jasper (69, 21:19.7), Amanda Schnell of Jasper (70, 21:20.7), Katie Winkler of Heritage Hills (74, 21:25.7), Karli Kitten of Forest Park (86, 21:36.5), Paige Wildman of Northeast Dubois (97, 21:51.0), Kathryn McCoy of Jasper (100, 21:52.2), Mayson VanMeter of Jasper (112, 22:08.3), Shelby Livingston of Northeast Dubois (113, 22:10.0), Alexis Christiansen of Jasper (121, 22:22.5), Abby Hauser of Forest Park (126, 22:27.8), Sara Kitten of Forest Park (145, 23:20.0), Niya Zazzetti of Jasper (149, 23:39.9), Morgan Schepers of Northeast Dubois (156, 24:17.6), Amber Theising of Forest Park (161, 24:40.7) and Frida Hansson of Northeast Dubois (169, 27:01.4).

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