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Roush on to semistate

October 21, 2013

Samantha Roush, of Columbia City High School ran her way to a fifth-place finish at the regional meet Saturday at West Noble. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott

LIGONIER — Columbia City senior Samantha Roush qualified for the semi-state meet for girls cross country Saturday.

Roush came in fifth at the West Noble regional with a time of 19:03.27. Fremont’s Abigail Hostetler won the girls race at 18:41.94.

It will be the fourth consecutive year for Roush to run at semi-state.

The top five teams and the top 10 individuals not on qualifying teams advance to the semi-state race, which will be held at New Haven at 1 p.m. The other regionals, besides West Noble, that feed into the semi-state are: Delta, Elkhart Central and Marion.

Carroll won the girls race with 42 points, and Homestead was second with 94.

Although Roush was the only Whitley County athlete to qualify for semi-state, other runners placed at the regional meet.

Whitko’s Brigit Nemitz was 29th overall with a time of 20:23.61. Brooke Werstler of Columbia City was 36th at 20:41.14, Julia Folland of Churubusco was 66th and Erin Knepple of Columbia City was just behind, coming in at 67th.

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