PIKETON, Ohio — The cross country teams at River Valley and Gallia Academy both took part in the 2015 Piketon Invitational held Saturday in Pike County.
River Valley earned third place as a team in the boys competition and the girls finished seventh, while the Gallia Academy girls placed sixth and the boys were seventh in those same events.
Teays Valley won the 23-team boys competition with 41 points, followed by Logan Elm (107) and the Raiders (136). Fairland (144) and Waverly (145) rounded out the top five spots, while Rock Hill (147) also finished ahead of the Blue Devils (202) in the team standings.
Steven Adams of TVHS defeated 236 other competitors en route to the individual boys crown with a time of 16:06.5. Sethh Miller of Rock Hill was the overall runner-up with a mark of 16:26.5.
Jacob Kemper led the Raiders with an 11th place effort of 17:10.2, followed by Nathaniel Abbott (17:26.5) in 18th and Garrett Young (17:48.9) in 27th place. Chance Gillman was also 36th overall with a mark of 18:04.4.
George Rickett (18:22.1) rounded out the RVHS team tally by finishing 45th, while Caleb McKnight (19:00.3) and Ben Moody (20:00.2) respectively placed 65th and 107th.
Kyle Greenlee paced the Blue Devils with a 12th place time of 17:11.1, followed by Kaleb Crisenberry (17:25.3) and Caleb Greenlee (18:30.8) with respective efforts of 16th and 50th. Devon Barnes was also 63rd overall with a time of 18:51.5.
Cade Mason rounded out the GAHS scoring with a 78th place finish of 19:18.2, while Kobe Cochrane (19:23.4) and Ethan Rider (19:31.2) also had respective placements of 82nd and 85th.
The Sheridan girls defeated the 17-team field by posting a winning team score of 46. Teays Valley (108), Zane Trace (117), Waverly (122) and Fairland (159) rounded out the top five spots, followed by the Blue Angels (187) in sixth and the Lady Raiders (198) in seventh overall.
Mackenzie Davis of Sheridan defeated the 155-runner field to win the individual girls title with a mark of 19:08.6.
Mary Watts was the overall runner-up and also led the Blue Angels with a time of 19:35.7, followed by Mesa Polcyn with a third place finish of 19:36.6. Abby Cremeans (23:27.8) and Cassidy Starnes (23:54.3) also earned respective finishes of 54th and 59th.
Caitlyn Caldwell (25:51.4) completed the GAHS tally by finishing 101st, while Hayley Petrie (26:23.1) and Elizabeth Evans (26:57.7) also placed 112th and 117th.
Kenzie Baker led the Lady Raiders with an 11th place effort of 20:26.3, followed by Ieva Katkauskaite (22:37.3) in 41st and Julia Nutter (22:57.7) in 47th. Bailey Hollingsworth also placed 50th overall with a mark of 23:14.1.
Josie Jones (24:18.1) completed the RVHS tally by placing 70th, while Hannah Nutter (24:47.3) and Natosha Rankin (26:21.5) also finished 79th and 111th respectively.
Complete results of the 2015 Piketon CC Invitational are available on the web at baumspage.com
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.