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Hanna, Pinckley and Moster finish 2019 at State

Varsity Cross Country, State Finals at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, Wabash Valley Sports Center in Terre Haute- Saturday, November 2

Congratulations to our three local runners who competed at the state’s highest level of competition, the IHSAA State Finals in Terre Haute.

Greensburg junior Brenner Hanna finished 37th out of 205 state qualifiers in a time of 19:07 while Batesville sophomore Lily Pinckley placed 63rd with a mark of 19:24.

For the boys, Batesville senior Adam Moster finished 100th out of 214 state finalists crossing the line in 16:54.

Fort Wayne Dwenger senior Erin Strzelecki won the girls’ individual state title in a time of 17:22.  Edgewood’s Annalyssa Crain was second in 17:44.  Carroll of Fort Wayne was the girls’ team champion with 101 points.  Zionsville came in second with 143 points.

Lowell senior Gabriel Sanchez was the boys’ individual state champion with a winning time of 15:28, edging Lucas Guerra of Highland with a time of 15:32.  Fort Wayne Concordia won the boys’ team title with 93 points, 19 points better than runner up Carmel with 112.

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Unedited reports from local coaches…

Batesville’s Lisa Gausman: The 2019 XC season came to an end Saturday as we cheered on senior Adam Moster and sophomore Lily Pinckley as they competed at the Lavern Gibson Championship Cross Country course in Terre Haute for the State competition. Although we can say the weather was MUCH better than last weekend, it was still a bit chilly and windy.

Adam stepped up to the line first at 1pm with 24 other teams and individuals joining him. (214 in all). Adam was among some incredible competition and finished in the top half of the race, right at the 100th spot with a time of 16:54. 45 minutes later, it was Lily’s turn. 205 ladies were ready to start the race when the connon went off. Lily fought all the way through the finish line and placed 63rd with a time of 19:24.

Very proud of these two and thank all the teammates and fans that were able to make the trip to Terre Haute to cheer them on. It was an amazing 2019 XC season and I am sad to see it come to an end, but it was exciting yesterday to hear the underclassmen already talk about their goals for next season. Thanks to everyone for all their support throughout the season.

Greensburg’s Troy Davis:  The LaVerne Gibson Championship Cross Country Course hosted the 39th Annual Girls IHSAA State Finals on Saturday afternoon. In the girls’ competition, senior Erin Strzelecki of Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger battled Edgewood’s Annalyssa Crain over the first half of the race. Strzelecki ran well over the last 2 km, and she was the individual champion covering the 5000m course in 17:23. The Fort Wayne Carroll Chargers defended their team title winning with 101 pts. Other schools in the top five included Zionsville, Carmel, Fishers, and Columbus North.

Greensburg junior Brenner Hanna represented the Pirates at the IHSAA State Championship in Terre Haute for the third consecutive season. Brenner used a strong finish over the last 400m to earn 37th place out of over 200 individuals running a time of 19:07.7. Throughout the season, she won nine of the 14 races including her third conference, sectional, and regional titles. Brenner also broke the school record for 5 km twice lowering it to 18:27 at the South Dearborn Sectional.

We thank the IHSAA for the state finals information and coaches Gausman and Davis for their reports.

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