Area cross country runners advance to regional meetPublished 12:48am Monday, October 21, 2013
RIO GRANDE — They can just keep on running.
Area cross country runners competed Saturday in the district meet and several qualified for next week’s regional meet in Pickerington. The top four teams and any individuals not on a qualifying team among the top 16 finishers advance.
Coal Grove finished third and qualified as a team in Division III, the first time the Hornets have advanced as a team.
Belpre won the meet with 42 points followed by Lynchburg Clay with 89, Coal Grove 98, Wheelersburg 102, Trimble 106, Ironton 108, Manchester 136 and Paint Valley 166.
Ironton’s Chad Garris qualified for the regional meet with a 12th-place finish. Garris ran a 19:19.29 time.
Ironton’s Tim Maynard was No. 23 with a 20:21.81 time, Isaiah Long ran a 20:43.79 to place No. 28, Luke Diamond was No. 35 with a 21:10.99 clocking, Andy Bruce was No. 45 with a time of 21:46.60 and Dillon Hinman was 57th with a 24:45.35.
Coal Grove’s top time was Jonathan Joseph with a 19:49.34 to finish No. 16. Josh Pierce and Brandon Adkins were Nos. 18 and 19, with times of 19:59.69 and 19:59.94, respectively.
Wyatt Schultz was No. 31 with a 20:57.06 time, Michael Knuckles was 43rd at 21:43.64, Michael Kearns No. 51 at 22:43.92, and James Webb’s 24:36.01 placed him at No. 56.
In the girls’ Division III meet, Coal Grove’s Sami Stormes was No. 18 with a 24:17.33 time, Tori Holmes No. 22 at 24:35.07 and Chesie Curry 24th at 24:54.75.
In the girls’ Division II meet, Fairland had 114 points to finish fourth overall. Zane Trace won with 44 points followed by Unioto with 58 and Fairfield Union with 112. Hillsboro was fifth with 124 points, Warren 140, Vinton County 163, Meigs 169 and New Lexington 208.
Leading the Lady Dragons were Jessica Price (20:14.27) and Shanan Ashton (20:22.17) who placed fourth and fifth, respectively.
Also running for Fairland were No. 30 Abby Hankins at 22:55.82, No. 38 Emmy Fulks at 23:29.73, Kaylan Hager No. 43 with a 23:57.98 time, Faith Hurula No. 49 at 25:03.72 and Sarah Warnock No. 50 at 25:05.75.
Individually, Rock Hill’s Sarah McFann was No. 35 with a 23:16.57 time, Abbie Marshall No. 53 with at 25:25.27, Shelby Dalton was No. 61 with a 26:35.59 clocking and Lily McGinnis was No.71 at 33:56.65.
South Point’s Courtney Lewis was No. 55 with a 25:40.68 time.
In the boys’ Division II meet, Athens and Unioto both had 74 points but Athens won on the tiebreaker.
Warren had 82 points, Vinton County 97, Fairland 108, Westfall 151, River Valley 173, Logan Elm 195, Minford 211 and Rock Hill 216.
Rock Hill’s Seth Miller advanced to the regional meet with a time of 17:04.64 to grab a fifth place finish. Fairland’s Josh Sifford also qualified for the regional as he finished 11th with a 17:26.99 time.
Also for Fairland, Bryson Bias was No. 20 with an 18:15.87 time, Adam Taylor No. 22 with an 18:24.68 time, Bryce Day No. 25 at 18:30.24, Conner Flynn (18:56.37) and Timmy Emery (18:58.08) were Nos. 37 and 38, respectively, and No. 41 Tristen Wilson with a 19:05.18 time.
Rock Hill runners were No. 50 Brendon McCormick at 20:09.96, No. 54 Alston Haas at 20:51.50, No. 58 Nathan Turvey with a 21:01.39 time and No. 61 Tim Secoy at 21:13.26.
In the other boys’ Division II meet, South Point finished seventh as a team by Tyler Mathes qualified for the regional meet by placing ninth with a time of 17:23.52.
Twin brother Tanner Mathes was 26th with an 18:35.12 time. The Pointers’ Micah Harris (19:27.04) was No. 38, Zach Samples (20:34.49) and Brandon Barnes (20:34.95) went 58 and 59, respectively, Nick Burge was No. 79 at 23:11.50 and Seth Marlowe was No. 86 with a 25:56.87 time.
Sheridan won the district with just 26 points. Piketon was second with 85 followed by Fairfield Union with 89, Zane Trace 106, Hillsboro 114, Meigs 171, South Point 190, Waverly 227, Gallipolis 231, Washington Court House 272, Jackson 309, Alexander 317 and New Lexington 321.