New Palestine sophomore Brenna Shaw has clinched a spot in the IHSAA cross country State Finals, finishing 15th at Saturday’s Shelbyville semistate.
The top six teams and top 10 individuals from non-advancing teams from each semistate move on to the State Finals, which will be held next Saturday at LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute.
The Dragon girls finished seventh with 186 places, 18 places shy of advancing to the State Finals as a team. NP tallied 186 places and won a tiebreaker with Ritter for seventh place in the 20-team event.
Shaw finished 15th in 18:49.3. She was the seventh of the 10 runners on non-advancing teams to clinch a state berth.
Kendall Mann was 30th (19:08.0), Victoria Crowder 46th (19:41.8), Kaylin Casner 65th (20:11.5) and Emily Adam 57th (20:16.7). Sixth and seventh runners Grace Voelz and Sophia Taylor helped NP win the tiebreaker to place seventh.
The Dragon boys placed 10th with 318 places. Drew Austin led the way with a 37th-place finish in 16:34.5. Josh Collins was 47th (16:42.4), Kyler Harrison 61st (16:50.8), Devon Whitaker 128th (17:45.0) and Caleb Stirm 133rd (17:51.9).
NP’s teams capped a strong season. Both teams won county, conference and regional championships, while the boys also won a sectional championship.