Local XC runners leave it on the course at state

Photos by Austen Leake/Tribune-Star
Jasper senior Jackson Miller runs down the final straightaway of the boys cross country State Finals at LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course on Saturday afternoon.

From Local Sources

TERRE HAUTE — Dubois County was represented well at the state cross country meet, as 12 local runners took to the La Vern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course on Saturday.

The Jasper boys team finished 17th overall with 377 points, and senior runner Jackson Miller finished 25th overall in 16:15.5 to pace the Wildcats. Miller’s finish earned him All-State recognition. Sophomore Andi VanMeter was the lone representative for the Jasper girls team, and improved on her previous time at state by almost a minute, finishing 50th in a time of 19:13.4.

Wildcats coach Kevin Schipp believed the team ran a complete race from top to bottom, and didn’t get caught up in just being happy to be at state. He thought they seized the moment, and was proud of the fact they outperformed their initial projection of finishing 21st overall.

“We had a great day. All eight runners did a great job on a course that was pretty soggy,” Schipp said. “We hadn’t had great races at regionals and semi-state for different reasons. I felt like Saturday we did. They lived up to the moment.”

Jasper sophomore Abram Eckman (right) competes in the boys cross country State Finals at LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course on Saturday afternoon.

The Jasper boys team featured six other runners at state: Abram Eckman (83rd, 16:46.9), Drew O’Neil (112th, 16:58.2), Jaryn Weinel (143rd, 17:12.8), William Gubbins (155th, 17:18.4), Harrison Hulsman (182nd, 17:45) and Cameron Eckstein (190th, 17:50.8).

Forest Park sophomore Spenser Wolf (43rd, 16:24.6) and Southridge junior Dylan Bland (118th, 17:00.4) also ran at state as individuals.

In addition to VanMeter, Forest Park sophomore Ellie Hall (102nd, 19:56.8) and Northeast Dubois freshman Jordan Schweikarth (139th, 20:34.3) ran in the girls race as individuals.

Jeeps coach Ben Gessner said Schweikarth was pretty nervous going into the meet, but he thought she gave a good accounting of herself, and was proud of the fact that she made it that far in her first year running in high school.

“I think she ran quite well considering her inexperience,” he said. “Coming in at the freshman level, you get to the big stage like that [and] it’s a lot to take in that first year. She still ran a decent time; she held on pretty good.”

Jasper sophomore Andi Vanmeter finishes the final leg of the girls cross country State Finals at LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course on Saturday afternoon.

 




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