Huntington North junior Addison Wiley represented the Vikes on Saturday at the IHSAA Girls Cross Country State Finals at the LaVerne Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Indiana. Wiley finished sixth with a time of 18:25.9 to earn IHSAA All-State honors.
“I feel like I ran great,” Wiley said. “I felt good almost the entire race. I felt like I really gave it all I had, but was smart about how I ran.”
The march to the State Finals began for Wiley when she posted impressive sectional and regional times clocking in at 17:56.8 and 18:22.7, respectively. Wiley placed first in both events, and placed fourth with her semi-state time of 18:26.1.
Wiley was pleased about how her gameplan played out during Saturday’s race. After sitting back for the first part of the race, she was able to pull close to the front in the latter part of the course and achieve her sixth-place finish.
“It kinda worked out perfectly,” Wiley said. “I expected everybody to go out really fast. That’s what they’ve done in other sectionals and regionals and semi-states. The first mile being downhill, I knew I just needed to sit back and pick them off as the race went on.”
Wiley missed having teammates for the race, and hopes her performance will inspire her team to make a push for the State Finals next year. The Vikings were kept out of the race by two points, falling just behind Homestead at the semi-state meet.
After a season without spectators at the meets, Wiley expressed her appreciation for the atmosphere at the event.
“It’s an amazing experience, especially since we haven’t been able to really have fans at meets all year. To come out to a big meet like this where everybody’s lining the course every second of the race, that was just amazing.”
Karina James of Lowell posted the best individual time of the girls race with an 18:00.1 performance, followed by Zoe Duffus of Carroll who ran the course in 18:02.2. The Carmel high school team brought home the gold with a score of 52, and Carroll was runner-up with 77 points.
For the boys race, Izaiah Steury of Angola placed first with a time of 15:23.7, followed by Lucas Guerra of Highland who posted a time of 15:34.4. Columbus North topped the podium with 63 points, followed by Carmel with 112 points, and Brebeuf Jesuit with 126 points.