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Randolph Southern junior Olivia Keesling and Monroe Central freshmen Katie Osborne and Addison Coe earned invitations to the IHSAA New Haven Semi-State Cross Country held on Saturday at Huntington University. 

The regional run, hosted by Delta at the Muncie Sportsplex on Saturday, featured a full Monroe Central team, Keesling, and Winchester’s Ella Baldwin. 

Just when it seems as though Olivia Keesling has peaked, she pushes the accelerator just a little bit harder and proves to be even better than she was the week before. 

As a freshman, Keesling seemed to be intent on improving throughout the season. She struggled to finish her first race in 32 minutes but by the end of the season finished the sectional in a time of 25:09. 

Last year, she consistently ran better in each race but one. By the end of the season she was under 23 minutes. 

Keesling continued that incredible growth this year as she earned PRs in her first four races as well as in Saturday’s regional. She finished in the top 10 in every competition this season, and she earned all-county and all-conference honors by finishing fourth in both of those meets. 

When Keesling finished eighth in the IHSAA Delta Sectional, the first individual finisher on a non-qualifying team, it seemed as though this race would definitely be the highlight of her junior cross country season. 

But once again she pushed herself to be better than the week before. Keesling finished ninth in the highly competitive regional, again the top individual finisher on a non-qualifying team. Her PR time of 20:34 was over a minute faster than her time in the sectional, and 34 seconds better than her previous PR. 

Keesling will be making her first appearance in the semi-state and will be joined by freshmen Osborne and Coe from Monroe Central. 

Katie Osborne and Addison Coe have been leading a successful Monroe Central cross country team all season. The Lady Bears were county champs, conference champs, and regional qualifiers this season. 

Osborne earned a PR in Saturday’s regional. Her time of 21:12 put her in 20th place overall and fifth as an individual on a non-qualifying team. 

Osborne has had an impressive freshman cross country season earning all-county honors (3rd place), all-conference honors (5th place), and a top 10 finish in the IHSAA Delta Sectional. 

Teammate and classmate Addison Coe has also had an incredible freshman season. Coe also enjoyed all-county and all-conference honors finishing second in both of those events. 

Her time of 21:16 earned her a spot in the semi-state and put her in 22nd place overall in the regional. 

Osborne and Coe were part of a young, talented MC team. Freshman Gracie Baker has come on strong this season. She finished sixth in the county meet, 34th at the sectional, and 38th at the regional. Her regional time of 22:15 was a PR.

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