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Addy Wiley places 10th at State Finals

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MEDAL: Wiley smiles with her medal after finishing in 10th place at the State Finals.
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FINISH: Addy Wiley battles with Zionsville’s Anna Settle in the final meters of the Girls Cross Country State Finals on Saturday.

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

Addy Wiley finished up the fall sports calendar for Huntington North on Saturday, competing in the Girls Cross Country State Finals at the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course at the Wabash Valley Sports Center in Terre Haute, Indiana, and earning a 10th-place finish with a time of 18:28.6.

Wiley got out to a quick start along with the race leaders, establishing herself in third place after the first kilometer.

The sophomore continued her pace to remain in third place after the second kilometer, though the two leaders had opened a gap on Wiley, while WIley had also set herself apart from the rest of the field.

“(The) first (kilometer) was really good,” Wiley said. “(I) felt amazing. Then, the second (kilometer), I could kinda tell the hills were already starting to beat on me a little, and that’s just something I haven’t been training a lot on.”

Wiley held in third place after the three-kilometer mark, but had been caught by the next group of runners and then was passed shortly after. When the group reached four kilometers, Wiley had fallen back to seventh.

With a long straightaway to finish off the race, Wiley found herself in a battle with a pair of runners for ninth place as the trio approached the finish line. Brownsburg’s Brooke Dixon would cross the line first of the three, beating out Wiley by 0.2 seconds. Wiley then grabbed 10th place, edging Zionsville’s Anna Settle by 0.3 seconds.

“It was just rough toward the end,” Wiley said. “I knew I had a gap and so I kind of tried to conserve a little more for the end and it didn’t quite work out. So, it was just a frustrating race, but I gave it all I had and that’s all I could ask for.”

Though Wiley may not have been pleased with her placement, she still recognized the accomplishment of being a top-10 All-State finisher in the State Finals.

“My expectations were actually (to) place better than I was ranked coming into it,” Wiley said. “I was about the same, but I just wanted to medal, obviously top 10, and then really, when I started cross country this year, it was just (to) prepare myself for track season and I think I did that. Now I’m excited to start preparing myself for a better future of cross country seasons because I ended up liking cross country a lot more than I thought I would.”

Bishop Dwenger’s Erin Strzelecki, who was last year’s runner-up, cruised to the individual title with a time of 17:22.9, topping Edgewood’s Annalyssa Crane by over 20 seconds. Crane, who got out to an early lead and was not passed by Strzelecki until the second half of the race, crossed the line in second with a time of 17:44.5.

Carroll won the team championship, finishing with a score of 101 points, besting second-place Zionsville by 42 points.

On the boys side, Gabriel Sanchez claimed the individual crown with a time of 15:28.7, while Concordia Lutheran won the team title with a score of 93 points.