Lady Indians take first place in own invitational
The Mount Gilead girls’ cross country team claimed the team title at their own invitational, held Saturday.
In the four-team meet, Mount Gilead scored 24 points to edge Columbus Academy by seven. River View and Cardington followed.
Bryanna Bolha paced the Lady Indians by finishing second in 20:43.47. Raychel Gress followed in third place with a time of 20:44.84. Jenna Shipman followed in fifth place in 20:55.17 and Rachel Bush was sixth in 21:01.65.
Taryn Chapman placed 11th in 21:46.59, while Makenzie McKirgan ran 16th in 22:26.6 and Sophia Friesen took 17th in 22:39.15.
Also, Emma Weiss was 41st, Lexis Hinkle finished 44th, Kendra Hartman ran 46th and Taylor Clark placed 50th.
For the fourth-place Pirates, McKenzie Smith placed 18th in 23:23.58 and Jaelyn Ballard claimed 21st in 23:53.2.
Sami Bennett took 29th in 25:09.37, while MaKenzie Coulter took 38th in 26:18.87 and Shaina Kern placed 55th in 37:25.
In the boys’ race, Mount Gilead’s score of 47 was second to River View’s 43, as the Indians took second place.
Tyler Beck placed third in 17:09.27 to lead the Indians, while Jason Heacock ran fifth in 17:38.15. Josh Wooddell claimed 10th in 18:03.36 and Nic Pomeroy finished 14th in 18:46.87.
Grant Picker was 17th in 19:00.34, while Kyle Ciballi took 18th in 19:02.76. Rounding out the varsity was John Wallis, who finished 24th in 19:12.94.
Also, Ethan Hatfield was 27th, Camden West took 31st, Tim Williamson ran 32nd, Logan Chapman placed 34th, Kenton Picker was 35th, Branson West was 40th, Nicholas Middaugh ran 41st, Michael Lashley took 52nd and Wade Hawk was 54th.
For the Cardington boys, who took fourth of five teams, Jacob Long finished second overall in 16:57.9 to lead the team. Mitch Yake placed eighth in 17:59.89 and Mike Queener was 13th in 18:34.95.
Josh Queener took 28th in 19:18.08, while Seith Vaught was 38th in 20:13.71 and Jared Gandelot finished 39th in 20:15.5. Matt Queener was 51st in 21:35.66.
Also, Alex Elam was 67th, Clayton Cain took 68th and Ian Snyder ran 70th.
River View won both middle school races, while Mount Gilead took second and Cardington was third.
In the boys’ race, Mount Gilead was led by Jason Bolha, who was fourth in 12:50.62. Matt Robinson was ninth, Josh Conaway took 10th, Jonathon DePhillips ran 19th, Tyler Clark took 21st and Josh Molitor was 24th.
For Cardington, Quinn Maceyko placed third in 12:30.83. Caleb White was 16th, Spencer Benson took 18th, Dallas Crum took 20th, Ethan Racer placed 22nd and Toby Beveridge claimed 26th.
Mount Gilead’s girls were paced by Hannah Bush, who took second place in 14:20.18. Addy Chapman finished ninth, Darcy Picker took 10th, Kayla Barker was 13th and Dani Harter ran 15th.
The middle school Pirates had Jordan Deskins finish fifth in 14:44.59, while Kyndall Spires finished sixth, Sage Brannon was eighth, Caitlyn Lee-Rosch placed 14th, Cortney Chaney took 19th, Hannah Finical was 25th and Shelby Kyrk ran 26th.