RIO GRANDE, Ohio — The Ohio Valley Publishing area had eight runners advance to the Division II regional tournament next weekend following Saturday’s D-2 district cross country championships held at the University of Rio Grande in Gallia County.
All three local programs involved in the D-2 tournament — Gallia Academy, Meigs and River Valley — each had at least one athlete qualify for next Saturday’s regional meet at Pickerington High School North. None of those six teams, however, advanced to regionals as a group.
The Unioto girls won the District 1 race with a tally of 36 points, which was 13 points ahead of Fairfield Union (49) — which also qualified for regionals as a team. Haley Wright of Unioto defeated the 69-participant field with a winning time of 19:05.1.
Gallia Academy was fifth out of nine teams with 147 points, while River Valley (155) placed seventh and Meigs (191) was last. The Lady Marauders were the only locals to not advance an individual to the D-2 regional meet.
Mary Watts (19:49.1) and Mesa Polcyn (19:58.7) both qualified for regionals while leading GAHS with respective finishes of fifth and sixth overall. Sabrina Manygoats was next for the Blue Angels with a 44th place time of 23:55.6.
Abby Cremeans (24:11.0) and Cassidy Starnes (24:17.1) rounded out the team tally with respective efforts of 48th and 49th, while Caitlyn Caldwell (27:41.9) and Elizabeth Evans (27:54.8) also placed 61st and 62nd.
Sophomore Kenzie Baker qualified for regionals and paced RVHS with a 15th place effort of 21:10.5. Ieva Katkauskaite (21:47.5) just missed the cut by finishing 17th overall, while Julia Nutter (23:40.6), Josie Jones (23:41.5) and Bailey Hollingsworth (23:50.8) rounded out the Lady Raider scoring with respective finishes of 41st, 42nd and 43rd.
Hannah Nutter (25:48.0) and Natosha Rankin (28:02.2) also placed 58th and 63rd overall for RVHS.
Lara Perrin paced the Lady Marauders by finishing 24th with a time of 22:28.1, followed by Taylor Swartz (22:41.0) in 29th and Caitlyn Rest (23:36.4) in 40th place. Sadie Fox was also 53rd overall with a mark of 25:18.2.
Ariann Sizemore (25:41.8) rounded out the team score by placing 56th, while Carmen Doherty was 60th with a time of 27:23.5.
Both River Valley and Meigs competed in the boys District 1 race, with the Raiders (111) finishing fourth and the Marauders (155) placing sixth overall. Sheridan (19) and Fairfield Union (91) advanced as groups in the 12-team field, while Joey Palumbo of Sheridan defeated the 82-runner field with a time of 16:13.4.
Jacob Kemper (17:06.6) and Nathaniel Abbott (17:40.3) both qualified for regionals after pacing the Raiders with respective finishes of 11th and 16th overall. Chance Gillman was 21st with a time of 18:03.2, while Garrett Young placed 24th with a mark of 18:12.3.
George Rickett rounded out the Raider tally by finishing 39th with a time of 18:56.7, while Caleb McKnight (19:39.6) and Ben Moody (20:19.1) respectively placed 56th and 61st overall.
Jacob Swindell paced Meigs and qualified for regionals by finishing 13th overall with a time of 17:20.4. James Parsons (18:24.6) was next in 28th place, while Nate Hoover (18:47.4) and Jared Kennedy (18:53.2) respectively finished 36th and 38th.
Cole Betzing rounded out the MHS tally with a 40th place effort of 19:03.6, while Dillon Mahr (19:04.1) and Tyler Fields (21:07.2) were also 41st and 66th.
Gallia Academy competed in the District 2 boys race and came away with fifth place out of 12 teams with 137 points. Unioto (30) and Athens (80) both advanced to regionals as teams, while David Magda of Unioto defeated the 85-runner field with a winning mark of 16:14.5.
Kyle Greenlee (17:19.3) and Kaleb Crisenberry (17:40.4) both advanced to regionals while leading GAHS with respective finishes of ninth and 14th. Caleb Greenlee (17:48.4) was 18th overall, while Devon Barnes placed 46th with a mark of 19:31.5.
Cade Mason (19:46.6) rounded out the Blue Devil tally by finishing 50th, while Kobe Cochrane (20:08.1) and Ethan Rider (21:11.5) respectively placed 56th and 72nd overall.
Complete results of the 2015 Division II Southeast District CC championships are available on the web at baumspage.com
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.