Locals fare well at Scenic Hills race

By Bryan Walters - [email protected]

VINCENT, Ohio — Three local cross country programs came away with various results Saturday at the 2015 Scenic Hills Invitational hosted by Warren High School in Washington County.

River Valley, Southern and South Gallia were all present at the event, with each school competing in both the boys and girls races. RVHS, however, was the only program that had enough runners for a team score in each of the varsity competitions.

The Lady Raiders placed third out of four teams with 62 points, finishing ahead of only Meadowbrook (99). Marietta (36) edged the host Lady Warriors (39) by three points for the girls team championship.

RVHS sophomore Kenzie Baker defeated 40 other competitors by finishing first with a winning time of 21:56.6, posting the only sub-22-minute mark in the girls race.

Leanne Hively (25:43.4) was next for the Lady Raiders in 17th place, while Bailey Hollingsworth (26:37.5) and Julia Nutter (26:54.7) respectively finished 20th and 23rd.

Hannah Nutter rounded out the team tally by finishing 25th with a mark of 27:24.3. Josie Jones (28:08.7) and Natosha Ranking (29:50.8) were also 28th and 34th for the Lady Raiders.

Kelsey Corbin — the Lady Rebels’ lone competitor — placed 12th overall with a time of 24:47.4.

Mallory Johnson (29:04.6), Kathryn Matson (29:07.3) and Sailer Warden (32:15.8) respectively placed 30th, 31st and 37th for the Lady Tornadoes.

Warren won the boys team title with 45 points, edging the runner-up Raiders (47) by two spots. Marietta (69), Southern (79) and Trimble (106) rounded out the five-team field. Cray Sistrunk of Belpre beat 71 other runners to win the individual title with a time of 16:51.1.

Jacob Kemper paced RVHS with a fifth place finish of 18:11.4, followed by Chance Gillman (18:53.8) and Nathaniel Abbott (19:04.2) with respective efforts of ninth and 12th. Garrett Young (19:12.1) and George Rickett (19:59.1) rounded out the Raider tally by placing 13th and 17th.

Caleb McKnight (20:37.0) and Ben Moody (21:29.9) also had respective efforts of 23rd and 30th for the Silver and Black.

Conner Wolfe led the Tornadoes by finishing fourth overall with a mark of 17:47.8. Larry Dunn (18:24.5) was seventh, while Tylar Blevens (20:10.5) and Lucas Hunter (21:19.6) respectively placed 21st and 28th.

Dimitrius Lamm (21:21.6) rounded out the SHS team score by finishing 29th. Ryan McCabe was also 34th with a mark of 22:13.0.

Joseph Ehman — the Rebels’ lone competitor — placed 37th overall with a time of 22:20.0.

Complete results of the 2015 Scenic Hills Invitational are available on the web at baumspage.com

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

By Bryan Walters

[email protected]