LOGAN — More than 270 competitors — boys and girls — took part in the 2009 Logan Cross Country Chase at the Logan Church of the Nazarene Conference Center on Saturday.
Although Athens came away with both team titles in the boys and girls varsity divisions, the individual champions from those same two races came from Meigs County.
Southern freshman Kody Wolfe won the 89-participant boys race with a mark of 17:12, while Eastern junior Emeri Connery came away with the girls championship in the 67-competitor race with a time of 21:00.
The top 21 runners in the varsity divisions each received medals for their efforts.
On the boys side, Dylan Roush (18:14) of Southern was seventh overall and Cody Hanning (18:53) of Meigs was 13th. SHS finished third overall with 142 points, while MHS was seventh with 230 points.
On the girls side, Shawnella Patterson (23:13) of Meigs was eighth, while Jennifer Maloy (23:17) of Southern was ninth. Eastern’s Nikki Gilbride (24:01) placed 17th and Dani Cullums (24:15) was 20th overall.
Meigs lost a tiebreaker with Marietta, finishing third as a girls’ team with 78 points.
Results of only the top-21 finishers were available at presstime.
Blue Angels win Run by the River
MILTON — The Gallia Academy Blue Angels cross country team was victorious on Saturday at the Dragons 6th Annual Run by the River. The Blue Angels won with a team score of 20 beating second place Cabell Midland by 42 points.
Leading the way for Gallia Academy was Peyton Adkins, who finished in first with a time of 19:13.79, giving her the victory by more than one minute forty seconds over second place Taylor Hacker of Ironton.
Other Gallia Academy finishers were Samantha Barnes (21:47.39) in 5th, McKenna Warner (21:47.95) in 6th, Gena Barker (22:11.32) in 8th, and rounding out the team scoring was Katlin Ruby (22:36.95) in 10th.
Other participants for Gallia Academy were Kara Jackson (25:45.11) in 27th, Brea Close (26:47.62) in 32nd, Katie Dunlap (26:47.98) in 33rd, Mattlyn Dennison (30:01.85) in 49th, and Kimme Faro (30:30.81) in 51st.
River Valley’s Katie Blodget lead the way for the Lady Raider’s finishing in fourth with a time of 21:18.45. Other Lady Raider runners were Jessi Hager (23:12.57) in 13th, Carissa Wolfe (24:54.32) in 23rd, Sarah Mares (28:06.55) in 41st, and Chloe Houck (29:26.26) in 48th.
The River Valley Lady Raiders finishes fourth of the six teams competing.
The Gallia Academy and River Valley boys teams also competed at the event.
On the boys side, the top local finisher was Jamil Stepney (20:07.46) of River Valley placing 41st of the 105 runners. Other River Valley runners were Jarrod Hollingsworth (20:17.19) in 44th, Jon Porter (22:08.58) in 74th, Patrick Stanley (22:31.51) in 80th, and Luke Elmore (24:49.77) in 96th.
Gallia Academy’s top finisher in the boys race was Seth Amos (20:09.82) in 42nd. Additional Blue Devil’s runners were Ben Bush (21:51.50) in 69th, Morgan McKinniss (22:05.48) in 72nd, Brady Curry (22:08.31) in 73rd, and Kyle Bayes (22:36.56) rounded out the team scoring finishing in 82nd.
Other runners participating for Gallia Academy were Casey Lawerance (24:07.32) in 93rd and Logan Greenlee (27:36.54) in 101st.
As a team, Gallia Academy placed seventh out of nine with a score of 208, while River Valley placed eighth with a team total of 213 for the event.
Point CC competes at Ripley
RIPLEY — The Point Pleasant cross country team continued making strides this past Saturday at the 2009 Ripley Invitational.
There were a total of 213 competitors and 20 teams at the event, with PPHS having enough competitors to compete as a team in the boys race. The Lady Knights had only one runner in the girls competition.
The Black Knights — who were 10th as a team with 281 points — were led by John Kinnard, who placed 28th overall with a time 19:25 in the 112-competitor boys’ race. Riken Nowlin was next for PPHS (20:45) in 60th, followed by Ryan Bonecutter (24:01) in 91st and Andrew Frank (24:51) in 97th.
Clinton Carr (25:46) rounded out the team scoring by placing 101st. Craig Terre-Blanche (29:22) and Todd Bledsoe (35:32) were also 109th and 112th, respectively.
Jack Preston of Ripley won the boys race with an individual mark of 17:27. Parkersburg South won the team title with a score of 68.
Point’s lone female competitor, Amanda Neal, finished 56th overall with a time of 26:30. Maggie Drazba of St. Mary’s won the 101-participant race with a time of 20:02. St. Mary’s also won the team title with 57 points.
Complete results of the 2009 Ripley Invitational are available on the web at www.runwv.com