SHELBYVILLE – For the fourth-straight season, the Zionsville boys cross country team is heading to Terre Haute to compete in the State Meet.

The Eagles placed sixth at the Shelbyville Semi-State to advance and keep their season alive for the second week.

“It’s always good to advance to the next level,” Zionsville head coach Gabe Porras said. “We had a couple of kids run really well today and that was great to see. It was good for us to advance for the fourth year in a row and we are trying to establish that this is the expectation for our program and it’s great for our seniors to go to state all four years.”

Porras said the team knew they were going to have to grind out races in the less than ideal running conditions Saturday morning.

He said that the team knows that no matter what pops up next weekend, the Eagles will be ready to race.

“We try to prepare for all kind of situations,” Porras said. “Being able to compete in this and do fairly well, they will be prepared for anything they see next week.”

Jesus Garcia was second overall in the race, finishing in 15:37.14.

Robby Pratt was 17th in 16:06.35, with Logan Cole coming in 52nd in a time of 16:41.28.

“Logan moved up a lot in the second half of the race,” Porras said. “He probably moved up 20 places, which we were really happy to see. Really all our guys, they are going to have something about their specific race that they are going to feel good about.”

Jack Sampson was 72nd for the Eagles in a time of 16:56.11, with Will Pitts rounding out the scorers in 82nd in a time of 17:03.07.

Matthew Helton was 101st in a time of 17:13.42 and Decatur Dell was 104th in a time of 17:15.63.

The boys race is at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Lavern A. Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute.

Four of the seven Eagles got experience last year in the State Meet, where the Eagles placed seventh.

Porras said that with that experience, the Eagles just have to continue to do what has gotten them to this point.

“It’s all about maintenance and focus,” Porras said. “We are going to do a lot of mental preparation this week.”

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Zionsville Times Sentinel and Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.

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