OVP area lands 12 on district CC teams

Bryan Walters

November 12, 2013

Meigs and Gallia counties landed a total of 10 people on the All-Southeast District Cross Country squads for the 2013 campaign, as determined by the results from the Division II and III district competitions held at the University of Rio Grande.

Eastern led the way with an area-best seven recipients, while Gallia Academy earned three spots and Southern came away with two honorees. Neither River Valley nor Meigs had an all-district honoree, and South Gallia does not participate in cross country.

The top 16 finishers in each of the two district races earn all-district honors in their respective divisions, and coach of the year honors go to the coaches whose teams win the district title in each race. There are two runners of the year in each division, which is the individual champion from each of the two races.

The Lady Eagles had six honorees after winning their third consecutive Division III district title, which allowed EHS frontman Josh Fogle to earn coach of the year honors along with Rocky Exline from Trimble. EHS junior Taylor Palmer won her third straight district crown and joined Rachel Ball of Southeastern as the D-3 runners of the year.

Senior Keri Lawrence, junior Asia Michael, sophomore Kourtney Lawrence and freshman Laura Pullins also earned spots on the D-3 girls squad. Southern senior Joyce Weddle was also an all-district recipient in Division III after placing in the top-16.

Eastern junior Tyson Long and Southern junior Bradley McCoy both earned all-district honors in Division III boys. Cray Sistrunk of Belpre and Michael Mangus of Leesburg Fairfield were the D-3 runners of the year, while James Cunningham of Belpre and Raymond Friend of Leesburg Fairfield were the D-3 coach of the year recipients.

Gallia Academy seniors Madison Holley and Hannah Watts were the only girls from the area to qualify for the D-2 squad. Allyson Malone of Alexander and Kimmy Wolfe of Zane Trace were the runners of the year, while Fitz Read of Athens and John Williams of Zane Trace were the D-2 girls coaches of the year.

GAHS junior Michael Edelmann was the lone all-district recipient in D-2 boys. Sam Stevens-Jones of Athens and Matt Bromley of Sheridan were the D-2 runners of the year, while Fitz Read of Athens and J.D. Walters of Sheridan earned coach of the year accolades.