PIKETON, Ohio — A total of 324 competitors and 33 varsity teams — including both programs from Gallia Academy and River Valley — took part in Saturday’s Piketon Cross Country Invitational held at Piketon High School in Pike County.
Three of the top five finishers on the girls side were from Gallia County, including the race champion. The boys, however, had only two Gallia natives finish in the top 75 overall.
Peyton Adkins won the girls title with a winning time of 18:19, finishing well ahead of runner-up Taylor Hatfield (18:46) of Zane Trace and the rest of the 145-competitor field. Katie Blodgett of RVHS was third with a time of 19:29.
ZTHS, however, won the team title with a score of 48, finishing well ahead of the runner-up Blue Angels’ tally of 83. River Valley finished 10th in the 14-team field with a score of 235.
Mckenna Warner followed Adkins for GAHS by finishing fifth overall with a time of 19:45, while Samantha Barnes was 15th with a mark of 21:17. Madison Holley (21:50) and Hannah Watts (22:35) rounded out the team score with respective finishes of 27th and 37th.
Other GAHS efforts came from Elizabeth Holley (23:10) in 46th, Taylor Queen (25:16) in 86th, Lexi Henry (27:41) in 112th and Katie Dunlap (28:00) in 116th.
Jessica Hager followed Blodgett for the Lady Raiders by finishing 20th overall with a time of 21:34, while Carissa Wolfe (26:21) was 93rd. Jessica Halley (28:43) and Sonja Rankin (29:51) rounded out the team score with respective efforts of 123rd and 128th.
There were a total of 179 runners and 19 teams in the boys competition, with Fairland winning the team title with 48 points while Paint Valley was the runner-up with 84 points. River Valley was 15th with a 342, while Gallia Academy ended the day 17th with 364 points.
Tanner Mattie of Fairland won the individual title with a mark of 15:58, while John McDonald of Greenfield-McClain was the runner-up with a time of 16:18.
Matt Watts led the Blue Devils and all locals by placing sixth overall with a time of 16:42, while the Raiders were led by Trent Wolfe in 25th with a mark of 18:23.
Chris Goodrich followed Wolfe for RVHS in 80th place with a time of 19:53, while Richie Jackson was 89th with a mark of 20:13. Jamil Stepney (20:14) and Aaron Harrison (21:34) completed the team scoring with respective efforts of 90th amd 116th.
Other RVHS efforts came from Chey Eblin (24:42) in 159th and Nate Shuler (24:49) in 161st.
Quenton McKinniss followed Watts for GAHS by finishing 78th overall with a time of 19:51, while Tim Warner was 96th with a mark of 20:33. Logan Greenlee (21:30) and Casey Lawrance (23:02) completed the team tally with respective finishes of 114th and 145th.
Ben Roach also finished 175th for Gallia Academy with a time of 30:33.
Complete results of the 2010 Piketon Invitational are available on the web at www.baumspage.com
Lady Eagles compete at Panther Invite
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The Eastern cross country team took part in Saturday’s Pickerington North Panther Invitational held on the campus of Pickerington High School North in Fairfield County.
There were a total of 407 competitors and 58 varsity teams present at the event, which included only three girls for the EHS program.
Emeri Connery led the Lady Eagles by finishing 23rd overall with a time of 20:39, while Shelby Smith was 153rd with a mark of 25:03. Nikki Gilbride was also 167th with a time of 25:38.
There were 195 runners and 27 teams in the girls event. Upper Arlington won the team title with 77 points, while Jamie Perzanowski of St. Clairsville won the individual race with a mark of 18:31.
There were 212 runners and 31 teams in the boys event. Cincinnati Moeller won the team crown with a score of 116, while Andy Thornburg of St. Clairsville won the individual race with a mark of 16:35.
Complete results of the 2010 Pickerington North Panther Invitational are available on the web at www.baumspage.com