PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The Gallia Academy Blue Devils and Blue Angels competed as teams, and both River Valley and Meigs were represented by an individual boys runner, as part of Saturday’s Division II regional cross country meet at Pickerington North High School.
With the top six teams in both boys and girls, and the top 24 finishers in both races advancing to the state meet, neither Gallia Academy club — featuring seven runners on each — qualified as a team or advanced any individuals.
The Blue Devils finished 17th out of 20 total teams, earning a team score of 346 — and edging out John Glenn (347) by a single point.
Marietta was 19th with a 389, followed by North Union with a 403.
Heath, with a team score of 103, was the boys squad champion — as there were 161 runners in the Division II race.
Three Blue Devils — senior Kaleb Crisenbery (40th in 17:36), junior Caleb Greenlee (44th in 17:38) and junior Kyle Greenlee (62nd in 17:52) — all finished from 40th thru 62nd, while the other four runners all crossed between 124th and 161st.
Rounding out the Blue and White were senior Devon Barnes (124th in 19:04), junior Ezra Blain (144th in 19:35), junior Kobe Cochran (157th in 20:29) and junior Ethan Rider (161st in 21:23).
Individually, River Valley junior Nathaniel Abbott almost qualified for the state — as he placed 27th in 17 minutes and 16 seconds.
Abbott only missed making it by three single spots, as the 24th-fastest time belonged to Sheridan junior Kyle Clellan (17:08).
Meigs senior James Parsons also competed as an individual, and completed the 5K course in 17:58 (74th overall).
Zach Kreft of Buckeye Valley, in a fast 15 minutes and 29 seconds, was the individual race winner.
On the girls side, the Blue Angels were 18th out of 18 teams — with a team score of 408.
Granville easily won the team championship, posting a team score of 82.
Three Blue Angels — senior Mary Watts (74th in 21:58), senior Mesa Polcyn (79th in 22:11) and freshman Brooke Johnson (94th in 22:53) — all finished from 74th thru 94th, while the other four runners all crossed between 111th and 141st.
The final four Blue Angels featured freshman Abby Johnson (111th in 23:52), junior Cassidy Starnes (134th in 27:46), sophomore Abby Cremeans (138th in 28:32) and senior Caitlin Caldwell (141st in 29:47).
There were 142 runners in the girls Division II race, which was won by West Holmes’ Michelle Hostettler in 18 minutes and 42 seconds.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106