Jordan Timmons had a plan going into Saturday’s Girls Cross-Country State Finals.
“Definitely, don’t go out with everybody the first K because everybody always kills themsleves, and then just try to pick off people as I went,” Timmons said.
The plan worked early in the race at the Lavern Gibson Championship Cross-Country Course, but by the midway point, the Center Grove senior was having trouble picking off people. She ended up finishing 55th in 19 minutes, 24.3 seconds.
The top 25 earn all-state honors.
“I wish I was a little better,” Timmons said. “I was expecting to get top 25, so I’m definitely disappointed. “I had a good season. I got all of my goals but one.”
Mishawaka sophomore Anna Rohrer won the girls race in a state-record time of 17:13.2. Defending champion Ashley Erba of Warsaw finished second in 17:29.2, followed by West Lafayette’s Bobbie Burgess in 17:51.6, Columbus North’s Mackenzie Caldwell in 17:55.8 and Eastern (Greentown)’s Bethany Neeley in 18:04.2.
Carmel swept the boys and girls championships, with the girls winning their third consecutive title. West Lafayette took second in the girls meet, while Columbus North was third.
Timmons was competing as an individual after the Trojans finished a heartbreaking seventh in the Carmel Semi-State, missing the sixth and final qualifying spot on the sixth-runner tiebreaker.
Center Grove was without its top runner, Tori Schoettmer, because of a leg injury.
“Even without her, we were expecting to get here, but it just didn’t happen,” Timmons said. “I really wish the team would have been here.”
Saturday likely didn’t mark the end of Timmons’ cross-country career. She plans to run in college and visited Bellarmine University right after the race. She also has visited Ball State and is weighing several options.