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SHS senior qualifies for cross country semistate race at Blue River Memorial Park

Shelbyville senior Stefanie Howard earned at least one more cross country run – and it will come on her home course.

Howard finished 20th Saturday in the Franklin Regional in a time of 21 minutes, 39 seconds to qualify for the Shelbyville Semistate.

The top five finishing teams at Franklin and the top 10 individuals not on an advancing team earned semistate berths.

Batesville won the girls regional team title by one point over Franklin, 58-59. East Central (89), Center Grove (103) and Whiteland (111) also advanced.

Howard will compete Saturday morning at Blue River Memorial Park in Shelbyville with a berth in the State Finals at stake.

Shelbyville junior Kaila Brattain (22:51) (photo) and sophomore Hannah Wright (23:42) also ran at the Franklin Regional.

Center Grove captured the boys team title at Franklin with 51 points. Whiteland (75), Batesville (79), Mooresville (80) and Indian Creek (100) also advanced to the Shelbyville Semistate.

Shelbyville had two regional qualifiers running at Franklin.

Senior Michael Fox completed the course in 19:18 while junior Elijah Von Werder finished in 19:49.

Columbus North Regional

Five Southwestern runners competed Saturday in Columbus.

Columbus North dominated the boys race and won the regional title with 15 points. Austin (61), Jennings County (90), Brown County (119) and Seymour (127) also advanced.

For Southwestern, junior Dane Kissell ran the course in 19:22. Sophomore Koty Claiborne was close behind in 19:38.

Columbus North also won the girls team title with 15 points. Seymour (89), Columbus East (132), Austin (136) and Jennings County (138) also qualified for semistate competition.

Southwestern junior Lilly Rooks finished the course in 22:11. Seniors Gracie Schlabach (22:51) and Jenna Drake (26:17) completed the careers with solid performances.