Prairie Heights junior cross country standout Aspen Dirr qualified for the IHSAA state finals meet with her efforts this past Saturday at the New Haven semi-state.
Dirr completed the course on the campus of IPFW in Fort Wayne in a time of 19:21.51, placing her 18th overall and making her the ninth-fastest individual in the race not on a team advancing to the state finals. Grabbing the 10th and final individual berth with a clocking of 19:23.82 was Norwell’s Hannah Asachilman, who finished 19th.
Dirr will be making her first trip to the state finals meet, slated for this Saturday at the Wabash Family Sports Center located just outside Terre Haute. She made it to the semi-state level as a freshman and to the regional as a sophomore.
Topping the list of individuals to earn state finals assignments Saturday in Fort Wayne was Fremont’s Abby Hostetler, who placed third overall in a time of 18:20.25. Others included Sierra Moore (Elkhart Memorial), Jenna Haldeman (Northfield), Samantha Roush (Columbia City), Marina Konow (Fort Wayne Concordia), Michelle Kent (Muncie Burris), Bailey Beery (Bellmont) and Lindsey Marriott (Leo).
Semi-state team champion Carroll (69 points), along with Penn (73), Pendleton Heights (141), Northridge (164), Homestead (168) and Huntington North (213) garnered team berths to the state finals. Huntington won a tie-breaker over Fremont to gain the sixth and final slot.
Maddie Woods of Penn was the girls medalist with a time of 18:10.36.
Carroll also won the boys semi-state team title with a score of 71 points. Finishing 2-6 and advancing to the state finals were Northridge (116), Fort Wayne Dwenger (142), South Bend Riley (149), Homestead (160) and South Adams (169).
Zachary Panning of Fort Wayne Concordia won the boys race in a time of 15:19.36. Joining Panning on the list of individual state qualifiers were Mark Beckman (DeKalb), Josh Niedeck (Eastbrook), Andy Timmons (South Bend Adams), Brandon Arnold (West Noble), Jacob Timmons (South Bend Adams), Charlie Mettler (Huntington North), Christian Noble (Mt. Vernon-Fortville), Aaron Rush (Mt. Vernon-Fortville) and Kris Wickens (Bremen).
The boys state finals race is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. with the girls competition to follow at 1:45 p.m.