PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Thirteen entered, but only two advanced.
Six Tornadoes, six Lady Eagles and one Lady Rebel took part in the Division III Regional cross country meet on Saturday at Pickerington High School North, with Southern’s Conner Wolfe and Eastern’s Jessica Cook both qualifying for the state meet.
The girls team competition was won by Garaway with a total of 56, followed by Fredricktown with a 79 and Northmor with a 102. Farifield Christian (130) took the fourth and final qualifying spot, topping Eastern in a tie-breaker. Garaway senior Rachel Wentworth paced the field of 124 with a time of 18:40.3, followed by Peebles freshman Jenny Seas (18:45.0).
Jessica Cook, a sophomore who finished fifth overall, paced the Lady Eagles with a time of 19:45.9, followed by 19th place finisher, junior Laura Pullins (20:52.4). Taylor Parker was 39th with a time of 21:43.2, Ally Durst came in 55th with a time of 27:17.9, while Kaitlyn Hawk (22:20.5) rounded out the EHS team total with a 57th place finish. Eastern’s tie-breaker was posted by Rhiannon Morris, who finished 87th with a time of 23:32.9.
Cook became the first Lady Eagle cross country runner to earn All-Ohio honors last season, finishing 21st at the state meet. She finished eighth in last year’s regional.
South Gallia senior Kelsey Corbin, who qualified for the regional tournament as an individual, finished 80th with a time of 23:13.8.
The boys team competition was won by Fredricktown with a total of 90, followed by Leesburg Fairfield with a 91, Columbus Academy with a 109 and Garaway with a 145. Fisher Catholic senior Aaron Wood paced the field of 125 with a time of 16:10.3, followed by Mount Gilead junior Austin Hallabrin (16:22.5).
Conner Wolfe, a sophomore who finished 15th overall, led the Tornadoes with a time of 16:52.9. Larry Dunn (17:50.5) claimed 37th overall, Tylar Blevins (18:45.2) was 81st, Lucas Hunter (19:39.6) was 99th, while Dimitrius Lamm (20:03.7), a senior, claimed 107th in his final race in the Purple and Gold. Southern’s potential tie-breaking runner was Ryan McCabe, who was 122nd with a time of 21:32.0.
The Tornadoes finished 11th overall with a score of 177. Conner Wolfe is the first SHS runner to qualify for the state meet since his older brother Kody, who made it to state in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Complete results of the Division III Regional cross country meet at Pickerington High School North can be found on the web at www.baumspage.com
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.