Raiders place 1st, 2nd at URG

By Donald Lambert - [email protected]

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — The River Valley boys and girls cross country teams took first and second place in their respective events during the 2015 Patty Forgey Invitational at the University of Rio Grande on Saturday in Gallia County.

The Raiders paced the field with a team score of 45 points — with two runners finishing in the top-10 — followed by Logan Elm with 50 points and Liberty Union with 61 points. Liberty Union’s Wyatt Gardner paced the field of 64 with a team of 16:53.98.

The Silver and Black were led by a fourth place finish from Jacob Kemper (17:46.78). Nathaniel Abbott (18:58.70) placed 10th, while Chance Gillman (19:17.04) finished in 11th. Garrett Young (20:06.65) placed 17th, followed by George Rickett (20:19.06) in 19th place. Ben Moody (20:58.22) finished 25th and Caleb McKnight (21:26.45) placed 28th for River Valley.

Liberty Union paced the field in the girls race with 21 points — with six racers finishing in the top-10 — 38 points ahead of the Lady Raiders. Manchester finished in third with 73 points. Jenny Seas from Peebles paced the field of 51 with a time of 19:24.83.

River Valley was led by a fourth place finish from Kenzie Baker (22:03.98). Leva Katkauskaite (25:11.56) placed 13th, while Leanne Hively (25:18.90) finished 16th. Julia Nutter (25:31.39) finished 18th, followed by Josie Jones (27:15.09) placed 22nd for the Silver and Black. Hannah Nutter (28:11.82) and Natosha Rankin (34:06.34) finished in 26th and 41st respectively.

Complete results of the Rio Grande Patty Forgey Invitational can be found on the web at

Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Donald Lambert

[email protected]