ERBA, LADY TIGERS HEADED TO STATE!
For the first time in school history, the Warsaw Lady Tigers will be making back-to-back trips to the State Meet as a team! Needing to finish in the Top 6 at the New Prairie Semi-State, Warsaw finished 5th in a close competition for the coveted State Meet berths. Warsaw was led by Ashley Erba (1st) and Sarah Ray (10th), both of whom would have automatically moved on based on their Top 15 individual finishes. However, with Hannah Dawson (30th), Madeline Hooks (79th), Emma Hayward (81st), Claire Kehler (113th) and Cynthia Yoder (126th) competing through the finish, Warsaw narrowly beat 6th place Portage but was only 14 points from finishing 3rd overall.
While the New Prairie course was mostly unaffected by the rains leading up to the race, the steeper downhill and uphill sections caused some issues for runners as traction was at a premium. The slick mud on "Agony Hill" just past the halfway point on the course claimed multiple victims as many runners were reduced to walking to get solid footing or risked falling if they tried to run up.
Ashley Erba's time was a new course and meet record and was the fastest time ever run by an Indiana high school girl, beating her own record of 17:12 set last weekend.