INDIANAPOLIS -- Greencastle cross country runner Andy Weatherford is headed back to the IHSAA Cross Country State Finals.
Weatherford posted an 11th-place finish Saturday at the Franklin Central Semistate to advance to the state championships for the second consecutive season.
The Greencastle senior finished with a time of 15 minutes, 45.21 seconds to advance for the second consecutive season.
The top 15 individuals advance to the state championship.
First place overall was claimed be De'Sean Turner of Warren Central, who finished with a time of 15:09.15.
Weatherford edged Turner out by a fraction of a second last spring when he won the IHSAA state track and field championship in the 1,600-meter run.
Weatherford will be in action at the IHSAA Cross Country State Finals Saturday at 1:45 p.m. in Terre Haute.
The race will be run at the Wabash Valley Sports Center on the LaVern Championship Cross Country course.
Weatherford posted a 10th-place finish at last year's state finals, also held in Terre Haute.
At Franklin Central
Cross Country Semistate
Team Scores -- Franklin Central 112, Carmel 123, Warren Central 129, Fishers 142, Hamilton Southeastern 166, Zionsville 207, Plainfield 211, Columbus North 218, North Central (Indpls) 220, Ben Davis 241, Pike 284, Roncallie 292, Cathedral 274, Center Grove 295, Pendleton Heights 366, Lawrence North 374, Rushville 418, East Central 454, South Dearborn 524, Columbus East 525.
Top 15 Individuals -- 1. Turner (WC) 15:09.15, 2. Hardacre (PH) 15:21.8, 3. Green (FC) 15:31.5, 4. Poore (BC) 15:34.15, 5. Helmuth (Pike 15:35.7, 6. Rich (Carmel) 15:37.8, 7. Richardson (WC) 15:38.2, 8. Laird (Rush) 15:39.4, Roeder (HSE) 15:41.75, 10. Shields (Fishers )15:44.44, 11. Weatherford (GHS) 15:45.21, 12. Kremer (Chtrd) 15:49.45, 13. Disher (Sprt) 15:50.9, 14. Wilson (Frnklin) 15:51.25, 15. Allen (Fishers) 15:51.35.
Next Meet -- Weatherford will run at the IHSAA state championship at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at the Wabash Valley Sports Center in Terre Haute Saturday at 1:45 p.m.