NASHVILLE -- For the second straight weekend, the Princeton Community girls cross country team made some history.

By advancing to the Brown County Semistate, the Lady Tigers became the first PCHS team to accomplish this feat since 1995.

On Saturday, it was a Lady Tiger individual who made headlines.

Freshman Heidi Meade placed 13th overall to advance to the IHSAA State Championships becoming the first Lady Tiger to do so since Heather Hartshhorne was a state finalist in back-to-back seasons in 1996 and '97.

Hartshorne placed seventh in the state meet in '96 and 11th in her senior season.

"I think it's pretty exciting," the soft-spoken Meade said of being the first PCHS runner in more than 20 years to advance to the state meet. "I think I ran pretty good, but it was just really cold and awful conditions."

Meade covered the muddy course at Eagle Park with a time of 19 minutes, 35.3 seconds.

The Lady Tigers finished 14th in the team standings.

The top six teams advance to the state finals in addition to the top 10 individuals not on a qualifying team -- Meade was the fourth individual.

"We are thrilled about Heidi," first-year Lady Tigers coach Will Niederhaus said of his freshman. "For her to make it out is a great accomplishment, but I don't think we have seen her ceiling yet. As the years go on this will not be the goal. She will have higher goals such as making all-state and even making the national meet."

Meade's twin sister, Haley, missed advancing by 10 places. Haley finished 30th overall with a time of 19:59.1.

Haley had the misfortune of taking a fall early in the race and could not fully recover.

"Another girl ran into me and we tripped over each other," Haley said of the early fall. "I was just trying to get to the best spot I could (after that) but I kept getting boxed in the whole race...maybe if I didn't (fall) I would have made it. But good job for Heidi."

Niederhaus mentioned the fall was a little bittersweet on an otherwise great day.

"We are a little bummed that Haley did not get out, but she should still enjoy being here," the Lady Tigers coach said. "Our goal back in June was to get here, and she was able to accomplish that."

Columbus North placed four runners in the Top 10 to come away as the team champions over Bloomington North by 19 points.

Floyd Central, Northview, Bloomington South and Edgewood also advanced.

Edgewood junior Annalyssa Crain was the individual winner as she dominated the field with a winning time of 18:02.6 -- nearly 54 seconds ahead of the second-place runner.

Sophomore Laci Spore finished as the Lady Tigers' No. 3 runner with a 108th-place finish in a time of 21:56.3.

Freshmen Kyndall Anthis (140) and Delanie Phillips (164) rounded out the scoring for PCHS.

Lexi Brown, another freshman, placed 172nd for the Tigers.

With a team full of freshmen and a sophomore, Niederhaus is excited about the future of the team.

"Hopefully this is just the beginning for us," the coach said. "With Heidi making it to state and us getting this far as a team, we are hoping it gets everyone fired up and we can continue to make big improvements."

Saturday's state championships will be at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at the Wabash Valley Sports Center in Terre Haute.

The boys' race will commence at 1 p.m. ET, with the girls to follow at 1:45 p.m.

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