Local runners off to regionals
By ROB HAMILTON
A lot of Morrow County distance runners will be competing in regional cross country meets this Saturday — both in Pickerington and Troy.
Runners on the Cardington and Highland boys’ cross country teams will be traveling to Troy for their regional meet, while all the qualifiers from Mount Gilead, Northmor and Gilead Christian will stay in central Ohio for the Pickerington regional.
In the latter group are the Division III district champion girls’ team from Mount Gilead. The Lady Indians finished with 44 points to edge Fredericktown’s total of 51 in the first of two Division III races.
Raychel Gress finished fourth in 20:46.29, while Bryanna Bolha took seventh in 21:12.99 and Rachel Bush ran eighth in 21:18.47. Jenna Shipman placed 10th in 21:36.58 and Taryn Chapman ran 15th in 22:01.56 to give the team five runners in the race’s top 15.
Also, Sophia Friesen was 27th in 23:23.86 and Makenzie McKirgan placed 29th in 23:32.13.
Competing in the same race was Cardington. The Pirates didn’t have a full team and no individuals advanced to the regional meet.
Shelby Brady led the squad by finishing 25th in 23:12.75, while McKenzie Smith took 31st in 23:51.95. Sami Bennett ran 43rd in 25:30.07 and MaKenzie Coulter placed 47th in 26:28.81.
In the second Division III girls’ race, Northmor claimed second place to earn a trip to regionals. They were paced by district champion Dani Blum, who won with a time of 19:51.62.
Kayla Duryea took seventh in 21:12 and Isabelle Ditullio ran eighth in 21:16.22. Kendall Fout finished 20th in 22:24.72, Kelly Pope was 22nd in 22:31.34, Brianna Heminger placed 26th in 22:50.86 and Katie Burson was 43rd in 24:59.81.
Gilead Christian’s one runner also was in this race, as Kristen Mohre placed 50th in 25:43.69.
Also seeing their season resume at the Pickerington regional are the Mount Gilead boys’ team and Gilead Christian runner Caleb Mosher. They competed in the first Division III boys’ race.
The Indians finished fourth with 112 points to take the final team qualifying spot by 10 points over Columbus Academy.
Tyler Beck took eighth in the race with a time of 17:33.11 and Jason Heacock was eighth in 17:34.8. Grant Picker was next for the team, placing 26th in 18:29.26.
Also, Josh Wooddell took 34th in 18:57.19, Nic Pomeroy ran 35th in 18:58.01, Logan Chapman placed 36th in 18:59.37 and Camden West was 48th in 19:38.48.
Gilead Christian finished 10th as a team, but Caleb Mosher qualified for regionals by placing 13th in 17:41.83.
Danny Bruce finished 56th in 20:22.71 and Aaron Martin was 59th in 20:39.38. Also, Brad Mohre ran 64th in 21:07.21, Lucas Standley took 72nd in 21:47.62.
Northmor’s boys took seventh in the race. Jacob Hill missed regional qualification by three spots, as he was 19th in 18:08.36. Andrew Stiver followed, as he placed 29th in 18:42.17.
Joe Vitte was 47th in 19:36.21 and Chris Stiver placed 50th in 19:43.33. Also, Clint Crose took 68th in 21:31.24, Matthew Kimes finished 78th in 23:06.98 and John Pfister ran 79th in 23:24.36.
The Division II girls’ race also fed into the Pickerington regional, but no one from the 12th place Highland girls’ team was able to qualify.
Kayla Davies led the way, taking 45th place in 23:14.13. Jena Buchholz ran 47th in 23:27.73 and Samantha Thompson took 54th in 23:46.02.
Angelica Presley ran 62nd in 24:09.93 to be next across the finish line for the Scots. Also, Katie McClung took 68th in 24:16.73, Lydia Hockenberry ran 69th in 24:25.64 and Nichole Carter placed 70th in 24:27.83.
The Highland boys finished third in the second Division II boys’ race to qualify for Troy’s regional.
Logan Ebersole was second overall in 17:36.74, while Kevin Jones was ninth in 18:03.14. Josh Irvin took 15th place in 18:29.02 and Devin Johnson placed 17th in 18:37.24.
Also, Layne Burson ran 32nd in 20:06.75, Nick Parks was 42nd in 21:41.61 and Jonah Maggs took 52nd in 24:26.89.
In the second Division III boys’ race, both Cardington and Newark Catholic tied for first place with 64 points. However, the Green Wave’s sixth runner placed higher than Cardington’s, which gave them the championship, while the Pirates took second place.
Jacob Long was a district champion in 17:00.66, while Mitch Yake took fourth in 18:06.82 and Mike Queener was 10th in 18:29.93.
Josh Queener ran 25th in 19:39.46 and Seth Vaught took 30th in 20:01.86. Also, Jared Gandelot was 33rd in 20:08.61 and Matt Queener placed 46th in 21:36.93.