PIKETON, Ohio — Indeed, the Piketon Redstreak Invitational had a Silver & Black flavor to it.
That’s because, in one of the largest cross country meets in Southern Ohio this season, the River Valley High School boys and girls acquitted themselves well on Saturday.
The Raider boys finished fourth out of 20 teams which posted team scores, while the Lady Raiders claimed seventh out of 19 total clubs.
Just how large a meet was the Piketon Invitational?
Besides the 20 teams, there were several schools which did not have the minimum five runners to post a team score — resulting in a massive 245 boys runners and 172 girls runners.
All seven of the Raider boys scores placed among the top 66, while River Valley’s girls sported eight runners — with all seven of their counting scores finishing among the top 100.
For the boys, the Raiders racked up 141 points, placing just ahead of Fairland (153) and Alexander (161) — as the seventh thru 20th-place teams all had 253 or more points.
Teays Valley easily swept the team championships, with the boys scoring 52 points — and the girls an even better 38.
Rock Hill’s boys placed second with 109, while Waverly was third with 133.
Nathaniel Abbott paced the Raider men with a 10th-place overall finish, crossing the line in 16 minutes and 53 seconds.
Garrett Young was next for RVHS in 22nd (17:28), while Chance Gillman was 33rd (17:40) and Kyle Coen was 40th (17:58).
Rounding out the Raider scores were George Rickett in 52nd (18:20), Caleb McKnight in 54th (18:21) and Rory Twyman in 66th (18:48).
There were eight other Raiders which also competed, but did not have their times count towards the team total.
Logan Elm’s Kiefer Mosmeier (16:08) and Matthew Agosta (16:11) captured the top two individual places.
The Lady Raiders had a team total of 210, trailing sixth-place Waverly (187) by 23 total points.
Fairland finished as the runner-up at 68 points, followed by Sheridan (94), Zane Trace (146) and Circleville (157) for third, fourth and fifth.
Kenzie Baker led the Lady Raiders with a 25th-place effort, crossing the finish line in 21 minutes and 29 seconds.
The other four runners whose scores counted towards the team total included Leanne Hively (44th in 22:42), Kaylee Gillman (51st in 23:02), Beth Gillman (59th in 23:29) and Josie Jones (71st in 23:46).
River Valley’s other two scores were Sophie Branham in 94th (24:37) and Julia Nutter in 100th (25:13).
Cailey Grier of Teays Valley was the individual race winner in 19 minutes and five seconds.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106