RIO GRANDE, Ohio — A total of 13 runners from the Ohio Valley Publishing area advanced to the Division III regional tournament next weekend following Saturday’s D-3 district cross country championships held at the University of Rio Grande in Gallia County.
All three local programs involved in the D-3 tournament — Eastern, Southern and South Gallia — each had at least one athlete qualify for next Saturday’s regional meet at Pickerington High School North.
The Eastern girls came away with the program’s fifth straight district championship after beating the seven-team field by 52 points. The Lady Eagles had all six team members advance to regionals with a winning mark of 27 points.
South Webster was the overall runner-up and also advanced as a team with 79 points, edging out Eastern Brown (82) by three points for the final regional berth. Jenny Seas of Peebles defeated the 62-competitor field and won the girls race with a time of 18:55.2.
Jessica Cook led EHS with a third place time of 20:04.5, followed by Laura Pullins (20:36.8) and Ally Durst (21:15.6) with respective efforts of fourth and sixth place.
Taylor Parker (21:57.8) was eighth overall and Kaitlyn Hawk (24:05.7) rounded out the winning team tally by finishing 17th. Rhiannon Morris was also 18th with a mark of 24:07.4.
Senior Kelsey Corbin became the first South Gallia female to qualify for regionals in cross country after placing 16th overall with a time of 23:52.3. Corbin joins Steven Call (2007) as the only Rebels to ever advance out of the district CC meet.
Mallory Johnson paced Southern by finishing 31st overall with a time of 25:44.1. Kathryn Matson (25:49.1) and Sailor Warden (26:25.5) also placed 32nd and 39th, respectively, for the Lady Tornadoes.
On the boys side of things, only Southern managed to have anyone advance locally. The Tornadoes advanced as a team after finishing second out of 12 teams with 86 points.
Fairfield won the D-3 boys event by 62 points with a winning tally of 24 points, while Manchester was third with 99 points. SHS sophomore Conner Wolfe defeated the 87-competitor field and won the boys race with a time of 16:44.2.
Larry Dunn followed Wolfe for Southern with an eighth place effort of 17:37.7, followed by Tylar Blevins (18:47.0) and Dimitrius Lamm (19:59.8) with respective finishes of 18th and 31st.
Lucas Hunter rounded out the team score by placing 37th overall with a time of 20:23.1, while Ryan McCabe was 54th with a mark of 21:38.0.
South Gallia did not have a competitor at the event and Eastern’s lone entrant — Caden Goff — was 43rd overall with a time of 20:41.1.
Complete results of the 2015 Division III Southeast District CC championships are available on the web at baumspage.com
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.