Rising Sun senior Trevor Levi closed out his high school cross country season with a 91st place finish in the Shelbyville Semi-State on Saturday, Oct. 21st.
Levi qualified for the semi-state for the second straight year. Last season he placed 111th and improved by 20 places this year. His time of 16:56.7 was 16 seconds better than a week earlier on the same course.
As a senior, Levi won the Ohio River Valley Conference title and was South Dearborn Sectional championship, leading the Rising Sun boys team to the regional for the first time in several years.
The Shelbyville Semi-State was considered the toughest of the four state semi-states with perennial power Carmel taking the team title with 46 points. The top six teams advanced to the state finals. Runner up was Indianapolis Cathedral with 64 followed by Fishers 102, North Central 121, Avon 160 and Zionsville 170. Rounding out the top 10 teams were Westfield 227, Franklin 228, Center Grove 287 and Southport 344.
The best area finisher was East Central’s Andrew White. He continued to improve through the tourney series to finish 51st in 16:31.2. White was 22nd among individuals not on one of the top six teams. South Dearborn’s Sam Gabbard finished one place behind Levi.
“I felt better today,” Trevor compared to his 18th place regional finish a week earlier. “I don’t feel I ran the best I could but I’m happy.”
With 178 runners in the race, Levi found himself in middle of different packs during the race. “I did pick up some spots in the last part.”
The girls competition was won by Indianapolis Brebeuf with 70 points. Joining them in the state meet will be Zionsville 95, Carmel 102, Hamilton Southeastern 113, Fishers 116 and Brownstown Central 127. Greensburg placed ninth with 319 and East Central scored 403 for 14th place.
Emma Wilson of Greencastle led from start to finish with a time of 17:41.4 and 11 seconds ahead of second place.
South Ripley’s Megan Cole placed 79th with a time of 20:07.1
The state meet will be at LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, Wabash Valley Sports Center, 599 S. Tabortown Road, Terre Haute. The boys meet will be at 1 p.m. ET and the girls at 1:45 p.m. ET.