Marauders compete at Jackson Invite

By Paul Boggs -

JACKSON, Ohio — The Meigs Marauder men placed second and the ladies took third on Thursday — as part of the annual Jackson Apple Festival Cross Country Invitational held at Jackson High School.

The Meigs boys, of the six boys clubs to post team scores, were the runner-up with 62 points — as Waverly won the team championship with a low score of 25.

All five of Waverly’s five counting scores placed among the top eight.

The Marauders edged out Huntington — which had 69 points — for second, as Logan finished fourth with 78.

Adena amounted 119 and Paint Valley 165 for the other two team totals.

On the girls side, the Lady Marauders mustered 57 points — as Logan was the team champion with 33, while Waverly was next with 46.

Adena (92 points) and Huntington (127 points), both from the Scioto Valley Conference along with Paint Valley, finished fourth and fifth.

For the boys, Meigs senior James Parsons was the race runner-up, clocking in at 18 minutes and 11 seconds — and only 18 seconds shy of race winner Hunter Hoover.

Hoover, of Waverly, was the only male runner in under 18 minutes by exactly seven seconds (17:53).

Meigs sophomore Cole Betzing was fifth in 18:20, as Waverly’s Aiden Judd was third (18:13) and Adena’s Emmitt Cunningham was fourth (18:17).

Three Marauder freshmen — Landon Davis (16th in 19:59), Colton Heater (24th in 20:38) and Eli Leigh (25th in 20:41) — rounded out their top five, while two sophomores — Joseph Cotterill (36th in 21:25) and Andrew Monroe (38th in 22:06) — were scores six and seven.

There were 71 runners in the boys high school race, as the Marauders’ Brady Smith completed the course in 28:23.

For the girls, the top four Meigs runners all placed from eighth thru 13th, as their other three scores crossed in 30th, 33rd and 44th.

Caitlyn Rest was eighth in exactly 23 minutes, Taylor Swartz was 10th in 23:42, Madison Cremeans crossed 12th in 24:01, and Marissa Noble placed 13th in 24:13.

Ariann Sizemore was 30th in 26:49, Carmen Doherty was 33rd in 27:07, and senior Sky Brown was 44th in 10 seconds shy of 29 minutes.

There were 65 runners in the girls high school race, which was won by Marissa Smith of Logan in 21 minutes and seven seconds.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs