Tornadoes compete at Warren Invite

VINCENT, Ohio — A trio of Tornadoes near the top of the field.

The Southern cross country teams had three athletes turn in top-5 finishes at the Scenic Hills Lions Club Invitation, hosted by Warren on Wednesday.

The host Lady Warriors won the girls team competition with a total of 22 points. Southern was second with a total of 66, while Belpre took third with 71. Meadowbrook and Fort Frye also competed but did not have enough runners for a team score.

Leading the field of 27, the girls champion was Warren’s Devanne Reynolds with a time of 20:51.68. Reynolds’ time was 29.34 seconds ahead of the second place finisher, fellow Lady Warrior Casey Brague.

The Lady Tornadoes were led by sophomore Syndey Roush, who posted the third fastest time of race, 22:03.01. Southern’s next runner to cross the finish line was Mallory Johnson, who finished 10th with a time of 24:58.71.

The third Lady Tornado to finish the 5K course was Madison Lisle with a time of 27:47.00, good enough for 16th place. Two spots behind Lisle was Southern’s Kathryn Matson, who turned in a time of 27:54.14 for 18th place. Addalynne Matson rounded out the SHS total, finishing 26th with a time of 33:15.79.

The boys team competition was won by Belpre, with a total of 37. Warren was next with 49, followed by Fort Frye with 85. Tri-Valley took fourth with a team score of 90, while Meadowbrook marked a 103 to round out the standings. Southern and Waterford both competed, but did not have enough runners for a team score.

Fort Frye’s Justin Anderson won the boys race with a time of 16:37.50, just .36 seconds ahead of the second place runner, Warren’s Trent Sayre.

SHS seniors Conner Wolfe and Larry Dunn led the Purple and Gold with third and fifth place finishes respectively. Wolfe turned in a time of 17:12.48, while Dunn ran the course in 18:23.31.

The third Tornado to cross the finish line was Dakota Kowell, who was 36th overall with a time of 22:29.17. Just behind Kowell, in 37th, was Southern freshman Jarod Koenig with a time of 22:30.46.

Visit for complete results of the 2017 Scenic Hills Lions Club Invitational.

By Alex Hawley

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Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.