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Pannell leads area runners at state XC meet

Fairland Lady Dragons’ McKenna Pannell was 55th overall in the girls’ D2 state cross country meet. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker

HEBRON — They made not have been champions, but they ran like one.
Area runners gave strong performances in a strong field of runners during Saturday’s Ohio High School Athletic Association state cross country meet held at National Trail Raceway.
Leading the way was Fairland Lady Dragons’ senior McKenna Pannell who posted a 20:17.8 time and finished No. 55 overall in the Div. II field that had 177 runners.
The Rock Hill Redmen were No. 20 as a team with 495 points. There were a total of 181 runners in the Div. III field.
Senior Ethan Miller led the Redmen individually with a time of 17:51.9 to place No. 90 overall.
Junior Eli Baker was next for the Redmen with an 18:35.4 time followed closely by sophomore Noah Wood at 18:46.7 and junior Jasson Aguilera with an 18:47.0 clocking.
Rounding out the Redmen finishers were senior Logan Boggs at 18:49.3, junior Nick Blankenship 19:02.0 and junior Brady Floyd with a 19:09.2 time.
In the girls’ Div. III meet, Rock Hill Redwomen sophomore Camryn Miller ran a 21:16.4 time to finish No. 74 overall in the field of 179 runners.
Fort Loramie won the boys’ Division III meet with 127 points. Summit Country Day was second with 145 points.
In girls’ Division III, Minster won with just 46 points and Fort Loramie was second with 134.
In Div. II, Woodridge won the boys’ meet with 109 points while Lexington had 72 points to claim the girls’ title.
Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s was runner-up with in the boys’ meet with 118 points and the girls were second with 142 points.
In Div. I, Hudson had 107 points and Hilliard Davidson 153 to go 1-2 in the boys’ meet. Beavercreek had 118 points to win the girls’ title while Centerville was runners-up with 141 points.