PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Out of the 17 local runners at Saturday’s regional cross country meet at Pickerington High School North, only Southerns Kody Wolfe will be advancing to the state competition. The top four teams and the top 16 runners in each race advance to State competition.
Wolfe finished second overall in the boys Division III race with a time of 16:34.59, which earned him a spot in the state championships for the third consecutive year. Logan Kettlewell was the only runner to better Wolfe, running a 16:20.31 to win the race and push Garaway to the regional championship.Fort Frye finished second in the team score.
The Tornadoes finished 15th as a team after losing the tie breaker Rock Hill. Following Kody Wolfe for SHS was 78th Bradley McCoy (19:07.90), 92nd Austin Wolfe (19:36.63), 107th Joseph Morris (20:30.49), 111th Dimitris Lamm (21:13.04) and 115th Chris Yeater (21:48.85).
Eastern’s Tyson Long finished with a time of 18:59.29 to take 73rd in the event. There were 119 runners and 15 teams in the Division III boys race.
The Eastern girls team finished sixth overall in the Division III race led by 18th place finisher Taylor Palmer with a time of 20:22.52. Chantel Barnhart finished 27th with a time of 20:42.75, Keri Lawrence finished 43rd with a time of 21:38.98, Asia Michael took 70th with a time of 22:29.29, Kourtney Lawrence finished 75th with a 22:42.70, and Savannah Hawley finished 81st with a 22:58.93 to round out the EHS runners.
Southern’s Jennifer McCoy finished 24th on the day with a time of 20:35.92. The Division III girls competition was won by Tara Tollett of Shadyside with a time of 19:08.31 followed by Dani Blum of Northmor with a 19:10.64. Mount Gilead won the team competition followed by Garaway. There were 124 runners and 15 teams in the Division III girls race.
Gallia Acadmey’s Michael Edelmann finished 34th in the boys Division II race with a 17:42.15. Sheridan’s Matt Bromley won the race with a time of 16:15.70, followed by Raine Wireman of Fairland with a time of 16:31.24. There were 131 runners and 16 teams in the Division II boys race.
53rd Madison Holley finished with a time 21:10.87 to lead Blue Angels followed by 63rd Hannah Watts with a time of 21:27.41. Sarra Taylor of London took first place with a time of 18:50.55, followed by Emily Cass of Athens with a time of 18:51.60. Fairland took the top team spot, followed by by Granville. There were 16 teams and 128 runners in the girls Division II race.
The state championships will be held Saturday at National Trail Raceway in Hebron Ohio beginning with the boys Division III race at 11 a.m.
Complete results can be found at www.ohsaa.org