Along with the district champions from Owensville, runners from five other area schools made the cut for the cross country state meet in Class 3 girls.
The Dutchgirls placed sixth in the team scores with 170 points and one individual medalist, Sophia Ashner, who placed fourth in 19:37.88. Maggie Jones, a freshman runner from Sullivan, also earned an individual medal, finishing 15th in 20:09.45.
Festus secured the team championship with a score of 108, edging out the runners-up, Herculaneum, by just two points.
Pacific had a pair of senior runners qualify for a return trip to the state competition, Faith Gerling and Sarah Aehle. Both Gerling and Aehle finished higher in the standings this season than they had in the 2016 race.
Gerling ran 68th with her best time of the season in 21:31.53. Aehle was 82nd in 21:47.48. The two had been 87th and 99th, respectively, the previous year.
“Faith Gerling being a three-time individual qualifier and Sarah Aehle a two-time qualifier was very helpful to their comfort level at the meet,” Pacific Head Coach Justin Perriguey said. “They went in knowing exactly what to expect. Their starting box was even really close to where it was last year.”
St. Clair’s freshman Arin Halmich ran 133rd in 23:03.65.
“Arin got to see the course and feel that state atmosphere and I am excited to hopefully see her get another chance to go back,” Head Coach Ben Martin said.
Gretchen Overman, a freshman from Borgia, also qualified for the race, but did not run due to an ankle fracture.
The other Dutchgirls to run in the competition included Kendra Hults (29th, 20:41.22), Paige Heckelmann (41st, 21:01.03), Katherine Candrl (84th, 21:50.65), Alesha Shockley (119th, 22:35.52), Adriene Aubuchon (132nd, 23:01.82) and Abigail Koepke (146th, 23:37.00).