PICKERINGTON, Ohio — An unlucky 13 on Halloween.
Gallia Academy, River Valley and Meigs combined to send 13 athletes to the Division II regional cross country championships held Saturday at Pickerington High School North, but all of that baker’s dozen had their respective seasons come to an end after failing to qualify for the 2015 state meet next weekend at National Trail Raceway in Hebron.
RVHS sent one boys team and a total of eight runners to the regional level, the most of any of the local programs, but the Raiders did not advance after placing 11th overall in the 16-team race with 273 points.
Sheridan won the D-2 boys regional title with 34 points, while Unioto (77), Athens (153) and Indian Valley (166) also advanced to state after finishing in the top four team spots. David Magda of Unioto defeated the 129-competitor field with a winning mark of 16:04.2.
Garrett Young led the Raiders with a 51st place effort of 17:52.8, followed closely by Jacob Kemper in 52nd with a mark of 17:53.1. Nathaniel Abbott (18:18.2) and Chance Gillman (18:19.9) also had respective finishes of 75th and 77th.
George Rickett rounded out the RVHS tally by placing 89th with a time of 18:33.9. Caleb McKnight (19:37.6) and Ben Moody (20:23.8) also finished 121st and 128th, respectively, for the Raiders.
The Blue Devils had two entrants in the regional meet and Meigs had one boy competing. GAHS junior Kaleb Crisenberry led all the local boys by finishing 42nd with a time of 17:41.8, while Marauder senior Jacob Swindell (17:41.9) was 43rd and Gallia Academy sophomore Kyle Greenlee (17:44.3) placed 44th overall.
Only three local girls competed in the D-2 race, with the top two efforts coming from the Blue Angels. Junior Mesa Polcyn was 22nd overall with a time of 20:15.5, while classmate Mary Watts was 29th with a mark of 20:28.8.
RVHS sophomore Kenzie Baker was also 50th out of 122 competitors with a time of 21:12.8.
Unioto won the girls regional crown with 73 points, while Minerva (102), Sheridan (118) and Athens (131) also advanced to state with top four efforts. Michelle Hostettler of West Holmes was the regional champion with a mark of 18:49.5.
It is the second straight postseason in which nobody from the Ohio Valley Publishing area has qualified for the Division II state meet.
Complete results of the 2015 D-2 regional cross country meets at Pickerington are available on the web at baumspage.com
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.