Terre Haute – They left it all on the course.
And that is all head coach Suzanne Rigg could ask of her Zionsville girls cross country team.
So as the team took pictures with their state runner-up trophy at the IHSAA State Finals, she could stand back and talk about how proud she was if her team.
“It’s just been a fantastic year and the girls have worked really, really hard since June,” Rigg said. “To come away with second place, we are really really proud of them and happy they could achieve that.”
Fort Wayne Carroll won the team title with 101 points, with the Eagles scoring 143. Carmel was third with 163.
Rigg said she felt like all her girls ran well.
“They left everything on the course,” Rigg said. “All seven girls said they gave it everything they had and couldn’t run one more step. That’s all you can ask any athlete. To come away with second place in the state is pretty incredible, when it’s a one-class sport.”
Zionsville has two girls finish in the top-11, earning all-state status.
Senior Katelyn Wasson was seventh overall, finishing in 18:19.7.
It was the best finish at the state meet ever for Wasson, and the fourth-straight year Wasson has earned all-state honors.
“She is going to go down as one of the best in school history,” Rigg said. “She has done an amazing job since her freshman year and has been a backbone of our team. It will be sad to see her and all these seniors go.”
Joining her classmate on the podium was Anna Settle, who finished 11th in a time of 18:28.9
Settle had never finished better than 60th in her previous three trips to the State Meet, but capped her fantastic senior year with an all-state finish.
“She has just been progressing the last four years, and I don’t think she ever dreamed that she would get to this point,” Rigg said. “Her rise to this level of achievement is pretty incredible.”
Margaret Allen was 38th in 19:08.1 for the Eagles. Lydia Moore came in 62nd in 19:23.8 and Grace Gongwer was 9th in 19:53.6.
Lauren Rinehart was 105th in 19:58, with Sarah Petersen placing 117th in 20:10.8.
It was the end of the road for the strong senior class of the Eagles, which featured Wasson, Settle, Allen, Rinehart and Petersen.
The group had four-straight podium finishes at State, winning the state title in 2017 and finishing runner-up the last two years.
“This team and these seniors have just been together and such a strong group,” Rigg said. “They came in as freshmen ready to work hard and give their all. Lauren came here last year and we were so blessed to have her the last two years too. They weren’t shy about wanting to do well, they never hung back and they have been a tight-knit group. It is going to be really sad to see them go.”