TERRE HAUTE – Among the throngs of runners – 205 girls and 214 boys – finishing the LaVern Gibson Championship Course at the Wabash Valley Sports Center, Terre Haute, on Saturday, Nov. 2, three hailed from southeastern Indiana.
Senior Adam Moster and sophomore Lily Pinckley represented the Batesville Bulldogs while Greensburg junior Brenner Hanna was making her third consecutive trip to the IHSAA state finals.
And each ultimately had a good showing, finishing in the top half of their respective races.
Pinckley placed 63rd in the second race of the day, crossing the finish line in 19:24. Several paces ahead of her was the Lady Pirates’ Hanna, who was the 37th girl to record a time (19:07.7). Pinckley’s average mile clocked in at 6:14.6.
In his final prep race, Moster was number 100 overall as the boys got the day’s festivities underway. With an average mile time of 5:26.5, Moster completed the 5K race in 16:54.3.
Winning the boys race was senior Gabriel Sanchez of Lowell High School. He was crowned state champion with a time of 15:28.7. Another senior, Erin Strzelecki of Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger High School, coasted to the title in the girls race. Her winning time of 17:22.9 was nearly a full 22 seconds ahead of the runner-up finisher, the only two sub-18 minute girls.
The boys team championship went to Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran, who scored a total of 93 points. Carmel was runner-up with 112 and Indianapolis Brebeuf Jesuit third at 135.
Another Fort Wayne school, Carroll, claimed the girls team title with 101 markers. Zionsville was a distant runner-up with 143 and Carmel third at 162.