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SEELEYVILLE -- Northview's girls cross-country team just keeps getting stronger this season and Saturday was no exception.
The Knights placed second as a team, 27 points behind 18th-ranked Bloomington South, to move on to the Indiana High School State Cross-country meet on Saturday at Indiana University's Cross-country course in Bloomington.
Along with the girls' squad, Justin Scherb will also move on from the boys' team after placing ninth overall in his race.
Every Northview girl ran a considerably better time in Saturday's Semi-State race at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course than they did two weeks ago on the same course in the Terre Haute North Sectional.
Leading the way for the Knights was Emily Pugh who placed 12th for Northview with her time of 15:16.
Heather Stembridge of Evansville Central was the individual winner of the girls race. Stembridge crossed the line in 14:28 to defeat Patience Meyer of Switzerland County by 20 seconds.
Pugh led the Knights girls to their best performance of the season by dropping a remarkable 42 seconds off her time from a sectional race that was run in windy, chilly conditions. Shandra Kirby placed 28th for Northview with a time of 15:46, a minute and 11 seconds better than her previous time on the course. Mary Pugh was just behind Kirby with a time of 15:47 for 29th place. Her Semistate time was a minute better than two weeks ago and Nikki Royer was 64th in 16:31 while Kim Deakins was 100th in 17:01. Brit Hoffman dropped a minute and 40 seconds to place 157th and Emily Lutes was 152nd.
In the boys race, Justin Scherb led the way with his ninth place finish in 16:30 followed by Josh Timm in 32nd place with his time of 16:58.
The Knights placed eighth as a team as Mount Vernon ran away with the team title with just 68 points, placing three runners in the top 15 overall.
Bloomington North's Max Gustanitis ran a 15:49 to defeat Chris McGrew of Martinsville by 10 seconds.
Matt Brand was 64th in 17:28 while Cam King was 90th, Ryan Thompson was 96th, Jarrod Reece was 126th and Hunter Reberger was 141st.
Scherb will be making his third trip to the state finals in three years for the Knights after missing last year's season with a leg injury.
Terre Haute North's boys team will also advance with their fifth place finish.
The Indiana High School Cross-Country State Championships will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.
IHSAA Cross-Country Semistate
At LaVern Gibson Championship Course
Girls Team Scores (Top-five teams advance to state meet)
Bloomington South 139, Northview 166, Silver Creek 167, Jasper 189, Heritage Hills 191, Bloomington North 193, Vincennes Lincoln 210, Floyd Central 213, Tell City 227, Terre Haute South 241, Terre Haute North 292, Evansville Mater Dei 335, Castle 339, Evansville Central 339, Evansville Memorial 341, Bedford North Lawrence 347, Forest Park 347, Clarksville 359, Crawford County 411, Southwestern 419
Individual Top-15 (All Advance to State Meet)
1. Heather Stembridge (EC) 14:28, 2. Patience Meyer (Switzerland County) 14:48, 3. Angie Sells (Eastern) 14:55, 4. Kelsey Page (SC) 15:01, 5. Kayla Alexander (THN) 15:06, 6. Katie Mckinney (EMD) 15:07, 7. Katelyn Jones (S.Spencer) 15:08, 8. Maura Ratcliff (BS) 15:09, 9. Lyndsay Overton (New Albany) 15:11, 10. Brittany Book (SC) 15:13, 11. Andrea Goldman (S.Spencer) 15:14, 12. Emily Pugh (NV) 15:16, 13. Jessica Fenn (TC) 15:16, 14. Sabba Berhanu (Castle) 15:16, 15. Sarah Pease (S.Central).
Other Northview: 28. Shandra Kirby, 15:46, 29. Mary Pugh 15:47, 64. Nikki Royer, 16:13, 100. Kim Deakins, 17:01, 152, Emily Lutes, 18:45, 157. Brit Hoffman, 19:20.
Other Terre Haute South: 24. Ariel Hall, 15:36, 26. Meagan Scheidler, 15:44, 79. Brittany Fuhrmeister, 16:33, 94. Kate Goeller, 16:58, 102. Adriane Wunderlich, 17:04, 111. Megan Carter, 17;13, 141. Christina Carrick, 18:01.
Other Terre Haute North: 23. Kathleen Smith, 15:36, 112. Ashley Huey, 17;17, 113. Anna Claretto, 17:17, 119. Megan Hamilton, 17:23, 130. Sarah Thomas, 17;43, 132. Cassandra Mascari, 17:46.
Boys Team Scores (Top-five teams advance to state meet)
Mount Vernon 68, Bloomington North 80, Floyd Central 141, Evansville Mater Dei 162, Terre Haute North 192, Edgewood 212, North Harrison 227, Northview 246, Silver Creek 251, South Knox 275, Bloomington South 286, Heritage Hills 291, Princeton 348, Forest Park 349, Bedford North Lawrence 349, Castle 351, New Albany 386, Northeast Dubois 400, Austin 424, South Spencer 504
Individual Top-15 (All Advance to State Meet)
1. Max Gustanitis (BN) 15:49, 2. Chris McGrew (Martinsville) 15:59, 3. Ryan Berne (NH) 16:03, 4. Carl Roberts (Austin) 16:13, 5. Sean Jennings (Seymour) 16:20, 6. Seth Hildenrand (MV) 16:22, 7. Jacob Benson (BN) 16:26, 8. Scott Koressel (EMD) 16:28, 9. Justin Scherb (NV) 16:30, 10. Brian Kay (MV) 16:32, 11. Ethan Merkel (ND) 16:33, 12. Nick Miers (FC) 16:35, 13. John Lambertus (THS) 16:37, 14. Brent Renshaw (MV) 16:38, 15. Eric Schulz (NA) 16:42.