TERRE HAUTE — After a long and trying season for Columbia City stand-out runner Samantha Roush, the harrier made Indiana’s All-State team, placing 24th at Saturday’s state finals in Terre Haute.
A junior this year, this season was Roush’s third year at the state meet.
Last year, Roush came in seventh and she placed 16th as a freshman.
While she may not have placed as well as before, Roush spent much of the 2012 season sidelined due to an injury.
“It was the season that almost wasn’t,” Columbia City Head Coach Bob Fahl said. “Twice.”
“She wasn’t giving up. She had a really good week of practice.”
Roush began the race in 68th place within the first half mile. By the first mile, she worked her way up to 58th.
By the end of the 5K, Roush crossed the line in 24th to take All-State honors as a top 25 finisher.