Nicholas Lagemann of Prairie Heights ran to a runner-up finish in Saturday’s IHSAA boys cross country semi-state meet held on the campus of IPFW in Fort Wayne.
The Panther senior outkicked Joel Hartman of Elkhart Christian and Jonathan Harper of Carroll in the final few meters to complete the course in a time of 15:58.75. Hartman was third in 15:59.91 and Harper took fourth in 16:00.97.
Zachary Panning of Fort Wayne Concordia won the boys race with a clocking of 15:37.35.
With his finish, Lagemann secured a third trip to the IHSAA state finals meet, set to take place this Saturday at 1:45 p.m. in Terre Haute. As a freshman, Lagemann finished 54th in the state race with a time of 17:15.6. A year ago, the Panther ace placed 95th in 16:51.2.
Panning, Lagemann and Hartman were three of nine runners to procure individual berths to the boys state finals. The others were Caleb Augustus of Northfield (fifth in 16:03.86), Mark Beckman of DeKalb (sixth in 16:04.12), Ryan Smith of Central Noble (seventh in 16:05.71), Luke Runyun of Glenn (ninth in 16:10.18), Joshua Neideck of Eastbrook (11th in 16:11.28) and Brandon Arnold of West Noble (16:11.87).
Carroll cruised to the semi-state team championship with a score of 40. Homestead (110), Fort Wayne Dwenger (129), Northridge (164) and Goshen (175) claimed places 2-5 to garner team slots in the state finals field.
In the girls semi-state race, Mishawaka’s Anna Rohrer set a state record with her winning time of 17:03.96. The effort broke the mark of 17:05 set earlier in the day by Warsaw’s Ashley Erba at the New Prairie semi-state.
Rohrer’s nearest competitor was Anna Aldrich of Fremont, who took second place in 18:19.88. Maddie Woods of Penn was third in 18:27.71 and Abigail Hostetler of Fremont finished fourth in 18:42.37.
Others netting individual bids to the girls state finals with top-15 placings Saturday were Amanda Farrough of South Bend Clay (fifth in 18:43.14), Sierra Moore of Elkhart Memorial (sixth in 18:47.38), Ericka Rinehart of Angola (seventh in 18:47.79), Samantha Roush of Columbia City (ninth in 18:52.25), Jennifer Emery of Leo (11th in 19:05.01) and Jenna Halderman of Northfield (12th in 19:05.82).
Carroll took home the girls team championship as well with a count of 62 points. Grabbing places 2-5 and earning state finals bids were Northridge (117), Fort Wayne Concordia (170), Penn (176) and Homestead (189).