Meigs competes at Coach’s Corner Classic

CENTENARY, Ohio — The Fairland girls and the Huntington boys may have claimed the team titles in the 2017 Coach’s Corner Classic, but the individual gold medals stayed a bit closer to home.

Gallia Academy freshman Sara Watts was the fastest girl on the 5K course on Tuesday, while Point Pleasant junior Luke Wilson won the boys race and set a bit of school history in the process.

With a time of 20:49.53, Watts was 38.3 seconds ahead of the second place runner, leading the Blue Angels to a second place finish in the team standings. GAHS had a total of 69, which was 41 points behind the victorious Lady Dragons.

Jackson claimed third in the girls team competition with a score of 81, while Meigs was fourth with 95. The Lady Highlanders were fifth with a total of 115, while Wheelersburg was sixth with 130. Point Pleasant, Coal Grove, Portsmouth and Green also competed but did not have enough runners to record a team total.

The second-fastest Blue Angel was sophomore Brooke Johnson, who was fifth overall with a time of 21:54.28. Abby Johnson was next for the hosts with a time of 24:58.78 and a 17th place finish, while Karsyn Shamblin finished 30th with a time of 27:27.22.

GAHS junior Abby Cremeans was the Blue Angels’ fifth and final counting runner, turning in a time of 27:35.44 for a 31st place finish. Gallia Academy’s potential tie-breaking runners were Cassidy Starnes and Eliza Davies. Starnes finished 32nd overall with a time of 27:42.41, while Davies placed 34th with a time of 28:37.18.

The Lady Marauders were led by senior Caitlyn Rest with a time of 24:28.54, good enough for 14th in the race. Five spots behind Rest, in 19th place, was MHS junior Taylor Swartz — who turned in a time of 25:19.78.

Meigs’ third and fourth runners finished back-to-back, as Madison Cremeans placed 22nd and Ariann Sizemore took 23rd. Cremeans turned in a time of 26:01.87, while Sizemore was less than four seconds back at 26:05.10.

Rounding out the MHS team total with a 36th place finish was Carmen Doherty, who turned in a time of 28:48.60. The Lady Marauders only had five runners compete on Tuesday.

Two Lady Knights represented Point Pleasant in the event, with junior Allison Henderson leading the way with a time of 22:37.50 and a seventh place finish. Fellow PPHS junior Cierra Beatty was 40th in the race with a time of 29:22.82.

In the boys race, Wilson turned in a time of 16:53.77, which was more than 18 seconds faster than the second place finisher — GAHS senior Caleb Greenlee. Wilson — the only Black Knight in school history to record a time under 17 minutes — has now set PPHS school records in each of his last three meets, bettering his previous mark by 15 seconds on Tuesday.

Only three other Black Knights joined Wilson, leaving PPHS one runner shy of the requirements for a team score. PPHS sophomore Isaac Daniels placed 38th overall with a time of 20:56.30, Ethan Scott was 53rd with a time of 22:30.51, and Tanner Durst claimed 64th with a time of 24:47.42.

In the boys team competition, the Highlanders finished with a total of 59, a full 10 points ahead of second place Fairland. After five runners counted, Gallia Academy and Green were tied with 74 apiece, but the hosts earned third place on a tie-breaker, with the Bobcats only having five runners.

Wheelersburg was fifth in the boys standings with a total of 92, Coal Grove was next with a 139, and Meigs rounded out the field with a 179. In addition to Point Pleasant, Portsmouth and Jackson also competed without enough runners to enter the team competition.

The Blue Devils — whose top-five runners were all seniors — were led by Caleb Greenlee with a second place finish and a time of 17:11.85. Next was Kyle Greenlee, who was was fifth in the race with a time of 17:37.84.

The Blue Devils’ third runner was Ezra Blain, who turned in a time of 20:04.66, good enough for 25th overall. Two spots back of Blain, in 27th, was Ethan Rider turned in a time of 20:11.55.

Kobe Cochran was the fifth runner for the hosts, and he finished 33rd with a time of 20:39.87. The GAHS tie-breaking runners were Tristan Crisenbery and Logan Blouir, who finished 34th and 35th respectively. Crisenbery turned in a time of 20:47.67, while Blouir posted a time of 20:49.75.

The Marauders were paced by senior Brad Logan, who finished 44th with a time of 21:28.05. Next for the Maroon and Gold was 48th place Colton Heater, a sophomore who posted a time of 21:50.98.

MHS sophomores Tucker Smith and Christian Jones were the Marauders’ third and fourth runners, placing 55th and 57th respectively. Smith’s time was 23:01.79, while Jones had a time of 23:13.74.

The fifth Marauder to cross the finish line was Joseph Cotterill, who ran the course in 23:13.74. Meigs’ sixth runner was Brandon Justis, who was 72nd overall with a time of 27:02.86.

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Meigs senior Caitlyn Rest (609) leads a Jackson runner during the Coach’s Corner Classic on Tuesday at Gallia Academy. senior Caitlyn Rest (609) leads a Jackson runner during the Coach’s Corner Classic on Tuesday at Gallia Academy. Alex Hawley|OVP Sports

Meigs senior Brad Logan balances on a down slope during the Coach’s Corner Classic on Tuesday in Centenary. senior Brad Logan balances on a down slope during the Coach’s Corner Classic on Tuesday in Centenary. Alex Hawley|OVP Sports

By Alex Hawley

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