Meigs County sends 8 to D-3 regional meet

Last updated: October 21. 2013 5:05PM - 1322 Views
By - bwalters@civitasmedia.com



Members of the Eastern girls cross country team pose for a picture after winning the Division III district championship Saturday morning at the University of Rio Grande. Standing from left are Asia Michael, Laura Pullins, Keri Lawrence, Taylor Palmer and Kourtney Lawrence.
Members of the Eastern girls cross country team pose for a picture after winning the Division III district championship Saturday morning at the University of Rio Grande. Standing from left are Asia Michael, Laura Pullins, Keri Lawrence, Taylor Palmer and Kourtney Lawrence.
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RIO GRANDE, Ohio — The third time was a charm indeed.


The Eastern girls cross country team came away with their third consecutive team championship Saturday at the Division III District cross country championships held at the University of Rio Grande in Gallia County.


The Lady Eagles missed a perfect score by six spots after posting a winning tally of 21 points, which was 16 points better than the rest of the five-team field in the second of two D-3 district races. EHS had all five of its runners finish in the top-12, which helped the Lady Eagles finish well ahead of runner-up Manchester (37) en route to advancing to regionals.


Taylor Palmer (20:19.26) and Asia Michael (20:28.47) gave Eastern a solid one-two combination, as the juniors came away with individual champion and runner-up honors. Laura Pullins (21:13.08) was fourth out of 50 competitors, while Keri Lawrence (21:28.60) and Kourtney Lawrence (23:06.85) rounded out the team scoring by placing sixth and 12th respectively.


In the first Division III girls race, Southern’s lone participant — Joyce Weddle — advanced to regionals with an 11th place time of 22:46.80. Rachel Ball of Southeastern won the individual title with a mark of 20:29.43, while Trimble came away with the girls team crown with 53 points.


In the first D-3 boys race, Southern’s Bradley McCoy qualified for regionals after placing seventh overall with a mark of 18:20.72. The rest of the Tornadoes, however, had their season come to an end after finishing fifth out of eight teams with 116 points.


Michael Mangus of Fairfield won the individual title with a mark of 16:52.57. Fairfield also won the team title with 28 points.


In the final D-3 boys race, Eastern’s Tyson Long qualified for regionals after placing 13th overall with a mark of 19:18.43. Belpre won the team title with 42 points, with Cray Sistrunk of BHS winning the individual crown with a mark of 17:23.50.


The top four teams and top 16 finishers not on an advancing team qualify for regionals in each race. The Division III regional meet will be held Saturday at Pickerington High School North.


Division III Results


GIRLS


Race 1


Team Scores: 1. Trimble 53, 2. Adena 56, 3. South Webster 61, 4. Eastern Brown 88, 5. Wheelersburg 103, 6. Valley 147.


Top-2: 1. Rachel Ball (Southeastern) 20:29.43, 2. Taylor Clarkson (Adena) 20:31.73.


Southern: 11. Joyce Weddle 22:46.80.


Race 2


Team Scores: 1. Eastern 21, 2. Manchester 37, 3. Whiteoak 83, 4. Paint Valley 87, 5. Oak Hill 118.


Top-2: 1. Taylor Palmer (Eastern) 20:19.26, 2. Asia Michael (Eastern) 20:28.47.


Eastern: 1. Taylor Palmer 20:19.26, 2. Asia Michael 20:28.47, 4. Laura Pullins 21:13.08, 6. Keri Lawrence 21:28.60, 12. Kourtney Lawrence 23:06.85.


BOYS


Race 3


Team Scores: 1. Fairfield 28, 2. Eastern Brown 70, 3. West Union 76, 4. Crooksville 97, 5. Southern 116, 6. Portsmouth Clay 147, 7. South Webster 167, 8. Nelsonville-York 178.


Top-2: 1. Michael Mangus (Fairfield) 16:52.57, 2. Layne Pickerill (Eastern Brown) 17:40.14.


Southern: 7. Bradley McCoy 18:20.72, 20. Joseph Morris 20:07.38, 30. Dimitrius Lamm 21:08.39, 38. Austin Wolfe 21:51.97, 44. Lucas Hunter 22:40.03.


Race 4


Team Scores: 1. Belpre 42, 2. Lynchburg-Clay 89, 3. Coal Grove 98, 4. Wheelersburg 102, 5. Trimble 106, 6. Ironton 108, 7. Manchester 136, 8. Paint Valley 166.


Top-2: 1. Cray Sistrunk (Belpre) 17:23.50, 2. Eli Strahler (Waterford) 17:33.18.


Eastern: 13. Tyson Long 19:18.43, 24. Brock Smith 20:22.64.


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