TO THE LIMIT

Boyer places 8th at state; Ch­ester­ton takes 10th as team

Post Tribune (Sunday) - - Sports - By Dave Mel­ton Post-Tri­bune

TERRE HAUTE — Low­ell se­nior Jor­dyn Boyer reached the fin­ish line at Sat­ur­day’s girls cross coun­try state meet and col­lapsed from ex­haus­tion.

Ju st l i ke she had planned.

“I kept telling my­self that this was my last high school race,” she said. “And that no mat­ter how I felt, I’m giv­ing it every­thing I have. I usu­ally do that. But for this one, I was push­ing it to the limit.”

Boyer fin­ished eighth with a time of 18 min­utes, 34 sec­onds as the top lo­cal fin­isher at the state meet, held on the Gib­son Cham­pi­onship Cross Coun­try Course.

Down the fi­nal straight­away of about 400 me­ters, Boyer said she passed about 10 run­ners, sum­mon­ing ev­ery last ounce of en­ergy avail­able. That fi­nal burst left her in a daze af­ter she fin­ished.

“I couldn’t walk and I was feel­ing dizzy,” Boyer said. “But I knew I left every­thing I had out there.”

Green­cas­tle se­nior Emma Wil­son won in 17:53, while Fort Wayne Car­roll took the team ti­tle with 85 points.

Ch­ester­ton was the top lo­cal team, fin­ish­ing 10th with 314 points. Fresh­man Bai­ley Ranta led the Tro­jans, plac­ing 16th in 18:52.

Ranta was also the first fresh­man to fin­ish, a spe­cific goal she had set be­fore the race.

“I just knew that I had to get out fast,” she said. “And then I kept pick­ing off run­ners.”

Se­nior Shelby Bul­lock fin­ished 48th over­all in 19:22 for Ch­ester­ton. That was well shy of her re­gional cham­pi­onship time of 18:49, which was Bul­lock’s last healthy race.

For the last two weeks, the Pur­due com­mit has been ham­pered by pain from the sacroil­iac joint in her lower back. The in­jury has lim­ited her prac­tice time and af­fected her per­for­mance at last week’s semis­tate and Sat­ur­day’s state meet.

“Men­tally, it’s been dif­fi­cult,” Bul­lock said. “I’m ob­vi­ously not happy with the out­come, but I gave it every­thing I had.”

Crown Point sopho­more Jae­lyn Bur­gos fin- ished 17th in 18:52 and Mun­ster fresh­man Han­nah Rob­bins fin­ished 21st in 18:53, each earn­ing all­state hon­ors by crack­ing the top 25.

Val­paraiso ju­nior Ava Gil­liana was the fifth Re­gion run­ner in the top 25, over­com­ing an equip­ment mal­func­tion to fin­ish 23rd in 18:57.

Dur­ing the 500-me­ter straight­away at the start of the race, an op­po­nent stepped on Gil­liana’s heel, leav­ing her shoe half on.

“There was no way to stop and put it back on,” Gil­liana said. “I ended up kick­ing it off rather than hav­ing it half on, half off and be­ing un­com­fort­able.”

Other than tak­ing ex­tra cau­tion near the mud­dier sec­tions of the course, Gil­liana said the miss­ing shoe didn’t af­fect her.

Af­ter frus­trat­ing per­for­mances at her pre­vi­ous two state meet ap­pear­ances, Gil­liana was thrilled af­ter her third go-round.

“This course has al­ways been a pain in my side,” she said. “I just kept think­ing that I be­long here. I be­long in the top 25 with those girls.”

Dave Mel­ton is a free­lance re­porter for the Post-Tri­bune.

DAVE MEL­TON/POST-TRI­BUNE

Low­ell se­nior Jor­dyn Boyer, right, passes Fort Wayne Car­roll’s Abi­gail Green to place eighth at the girls cross coun­try state meet on Sat­ur­day in Terre Haute.

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