WELLSTON, Ohio — A trio of top-10 finishes lead the Meigs boys cross country team to a second place finish, Saturday at Wellston’s Golden Rocket Invitational in Jackson County.
Athens won the boys team competition with a total of 28, followed by Meigs with 44 and Waverly with 74. Alexander (123) with fourth, Trimble (124) was fifth, Vinton County (128) was sixth and Fairland (218) rounded out the seven team field. Athens junior Walker Hauschild had the low time (17:46.5), followed by Waverly’s Hunter Hoover (17:51.9).
The Marauders were paced by Jacob Swindell, who finished fourth with a time of 18:58.6, followed by sixth place finisher Dillon Mahr (19:54.9) and seventh place finisher Jared Kennedy (19:55.8). The fourth MHS scorer was Nate Hoover (20:25.7), who finished 13th, while Mitchell Howard (20:42.2) was 16th and rounded out the Marauder total. The tiebreaking runners were Tyler Fields (20:46.2), who finished 18th overall, and Tyler Williams (20:55.9), who was 19th overall. A total of 84 runners finished the 5k course.
The girls team competition was won by Athens with a total of 24, followed by Alexander (96), Waverly (107) and Vinton County (108). Meigs (111) was fifth, Oak Hill (155) took sixth, Jackson (163) was seventh, Wellston (189) was eighth and Southeastern (217) rounded out the nine team field. Jackson senior Elyse Black was first of the 90 competitors with a time of 20:10.4, followed by Athens’ Madison Yerke (20:37.7).
Sophomore Gracie Hoffman led Meigs with a 23:44 pace, good enough for 15th place. MHS junior Lara Perrin (23:54.9) was 18th, Haley Kennedy (25:12.1) finished 26th, Madison Stewart (27:11.6) was 38th, and Sadie Fox (29:50.2) came in 55th. The tiebreaking runners for the Lady Marauders were 70th place finisher Caitlyn Rest (32:27.8) and 78th place finisher Haiden English (34:01.2).
Complete results of the Golden Rocket Invitational can be found on the web at www.baumspage.com