With the realignment of the cross country semi-state last season, the field of teams feeding into the New Haven Semi-State has created an increased level of intensity and competition. After capturing the Regional Championship, Braden Sweet entered Semi-State focused on achieving his ultimate season goal; qualifying for state in a non-class system.
On a cold, rainy day the task of qualifying for state was intensified due to less than ideal weather conditions. Fighting through the elements against a highly competitive group of runners, Braden ran a strategically sound first 2 miles, putting himself in a position to work his way through the mass to finish in 8th place overall. Running his 2nd fastest time of the season (15:54) along with his 8th place finish allowed Braden to be the 4th individual out of 10 who qualify to compete at the state finals next weekend at Terre Haute.
Braden is only the 2nd runner in the history of Southwood Cross Country to advance to the State Finals. The gun will fire next Saturday, November 2nd at 1:00 in the afternoon. The race can be followed live through the IHSAA website.