CENTENARY, Ohio — The Southeastern Ohio Athletic League made its presence felt Tuesday night as Elyse Black of Jackson won the individual title and the Logan girls came away with the team crown during the fifth annual Coaches Corner Cross Country Invitational held at Gallia Academy High School in Gallia County.
Black, a senior, won the girls race by more than one minute and 40 seconds, finishing the day with a time of 19:28.2. Jessica Price of Fairland was second in the 66-competitor field with a mark of 21:11.1.
The Lady Chieftains landed five top-15 finishes en route to posting a winning team score of 51 points, followed by runner-up Fairland with 67 points. Meigs (85), Gallia Academy (95) and Jackson (128) rounded out the top five spots, while Huntington High (134), River Valley (179) and Rock Hill (185) wrapped up spots six through eight in the team scoring.
Gracie Hoffman led the Lady Marauders with a sixth place finish of 21:58.3, followed by Lara Perrin (23:31.3) and Haley Kennedy (24:11.4) with respective efforts of 12th and 14th.
Madison Stewart was 21st with a time of 25:07.7 and Caitlyn Rest rounded out the team tally with a 34th place finish of 27:19.7. Sadie Fox (28:37.7) and Ariann Sizemore (28:58.7) also finished 39th and 41st overall, respectively.
Mary Watts paced the host Blue Angels with a fifth place time of 21:36.1, followed by Mesa Polcyn in seventh with a mark of 21:59.6. Cassidy Starnes (25:10.6) and Akeisha Saunders (26:51.2) were also 22nd and 31st, respectively.
Hayley Petrie rounded out the GAHS team tally with a 32nd place time of 27:07.9, while Elizabeth Evans (27:46.4) and Aliza Warner (28:27.6) also earned respective finishes of 37th and 38th.
Kenzie Barnes led the Lady Raiders with a 10th place time of 22:44.6, while Leanne Hively (29:02.9) and Hannah Nutter (31:03.5) respectively finished 42nd and 53rd.
Ramsey Warren placed 54th with a mark of 31:03.5, while Natosha Rankin was 65th overall with a time of 33:46.2.
Southern had only two competitors in the girls race, which was three short of enough for a team score. Lauren Lavender was 47th overall with a time of 29:35.7, while Sailor Warden was 50th with a mark of 30:28.2.
Charleston Catholic was the defending champion and did not compete at the event this fall.
Complete results of the 2014 Coaches Corner Invitational at Gallia Academy High School can be found on the web at baumspage.com