The Pennant

XC: Kingsmen pursue State Finals berths at the Semi-State Championships in Fort Wayne

The Penn Boys and Girls Cross Country teams are pursuing another trip to the State Championship races in Terre Haute this season. In order to get there, they must qualify at the Semi-State Cross Country Championships in Fort Wayne at the IPFW ‘Plex’ on Saturday, October 21. Both the Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams are coming off of Regional Championships.

The season all comes down to this race as it decides whether both the Boys and Girls teams will make consecutive appearances at the State Championship. Both cross country teams hope to continue their long journey to the big race by earning a top-six spot overall at Semi-state.

The Kingsmen will be looking to make consecutive appearances to the State Championship by competing at the Semi-State race. The boys have already raced at New Haven this year in order to gain experience on the course. They now hope that the past experience will pay off and they can earn a top spot in the race. The Kingsmen will be running Curtis Cornell, Colton Shail, Matt Long, Chandler Neal, Chad Piatt, Noah Cocquyt, and Nick Sergeant in this weekend’s race. If the Kingsmen want to keep their season alive, they will need to earn a spot in the top six overall. Five of the top seven runners for Penn are seniors, and they already know that their high school cross country careers are on the line.

The Kingsmen will also look to make consecutive appearances to the State Championship after this weekend. The Girls will be running Dani Spring, Lauren Frank, Brooke Neal, Ellie Jankowski, Riley Keppler, Reagan Hoke, and Aislynn Alkire at this weekend’s Semi-State Championship. The two seniors in this lineup will look to make it to state one last time. The Kingsmen will try to keep their season alive with elite performances at the Semi-State Championship.

So far this season, the Penn Boys and Girls Cross Country teams have won Northern Indiana Conference, Sectional and Regional Championships.