VINCENT, Ohio — The Athens girls and Warren boys took the team titles Saturday at the Scenic Hills Lions Cross Country Invitational in Washington County. Local runners certainly made an impact on the day, with Southern’s Kody Wolfe taking the boys title and Eastern’s Taylor Palmer and Southern’s Jennifer McCoy both finishing in the top five on the girls side.
Wolfe posted a time of 16:44.3, which was 46 seconds faster than the nearest competitor, Waterford’s Eli Strahler. There were 72 boys that competed win the event.
Palmer took runner-up in the girls competition and finished with a time of 20:38.8, just eight seconds off the pace set by Athens’ Emily Cass. McCoy finished fourth with a time of 21:08.5.
Athens recorded 22 points on the day to take first in the girls competition followed by Fort Frye with 69 and Warren with 75. River Valley took sixth while neither Eastern or Southern posted a team score.
All three Lady Eagles runners finished in the top 20 on the day. Following Palmer was Keri Lawrence, who finished eighth, with a time of 21:53.6. Savannah Hawley took 19th place with a time of 23:25.7.
Aside from McCoy the Lady Tornadoes received a 30th place finish from Joyce Weddle (24:40.2).
The Lady Raiders were led by Ramsey Warren with a 58th place finish (29:52.8). Kasey Eblin (30:20.0) finished 60th, Morgan Greenlee (30:33.6) finished 61st, Kristen Saber (30:53.1) finished 62nd, Kayla Browning (31:48.4) finished 64th, and Abby Atkins (34:46.1) finished 71st rounding out the RVHS scoring.
Warren posted the best boys score on the day with a 62, followed by Fort Frye and Belpre, which each finished with 72. Athens posted 92 points on the day. Southern took sixth place in the team score, followed by River Valley. Eastern only had three runners and did not post a team score.
Following Wolfe, Justin Hettinger finished 20th for SHS with a time of 19:03.2, and Bradley McCoy finished 36th with a time of 20:46.4. Chris Yeater (21:27.7) finished 46th, Joseph Morris (23:18.0) finished 59th, and Dimitris Lamm (24:37.8) finished 67th to round out the SHS total.
River Valley was led on the day by Aaron Oehler, who finished 21st with a time of 19:12.7 and James Jackson, who finished 27th with a time of 20:07.0. Ethan Hersman (20:39.9) finished 34th, Kyle Randolph (21:03.8) finished 40th, Austin Hamilton (21:13.1) finished 43rd, Andrew Brown (22:05.3) finished 48th. and finishing out the Raiders was John Oehler at 68th with a time of 25:09.7.
Eastern was led by Tyson Long with a time of 19:57.4, which was good enough for 24th, followed by Brock Smith (22:09.6) and Johann Wolfe (22:35.4) who finished 49th and 53rd respectively.
Complete results can be found on the web at baumspage.com