CONNORVILLE - The cross country regular season is now a thing of the past.
Area harriers got their final tuneup before the district meet, which is slated for next weekend at Cambridge High School, during Saturday's Ohio Valley Cross Country League Championship Meet under ideal running conditions at Buckeye Local High School.
Similar to last week's OVAC 4A meet, the St. Clairsville Red Devils notched a pair of victories.
ST. CLAIRSVILLE’S Julianna Madzia and Martins Ferry’s Sunshine Wrenn race stride-for-stride during the early part of Saturday’s OVCCL meet at Buckeye Local. Additional images may be found at cu.timesleaderonline.com
Coach Tony Ciroli's boys squad finished with 31 points, which were eight fewer than Indian Creek, which defeated the Devils on this same Panthers' course earlier in the season for the Buckeye 8 crown.
The Lady Red Devils, who were without the services of senior Amy Castle due to sickness, finished with 47 points, which was 18 better than Union Local.
The Red Devils' boys had a strong showing by taking three of the top four spots in the meet.
Senior Drake Walker, who didn't run in the Buckeye 8 meet because of the ACT, captured the OVCCL crown by 20 seconds over his nearest competitor. He crossed the line at 16:34.
Freshman Logan McCort had one of his best runs of the season, posting a third-place finish in a time of 16:54. Junior Alex Timko, who won the Buckeye 8 title, was fourth overall in 16:57.
Senior Joe Davies (8th, 17:26) and sophomore James Davenport (15th, 17:51) rounded out the scoring for the Devils.
Indian Creek had another strong showing as the Redskins' resurgence in CC continues. Junior Tyler Gaydosh finished second in the meet with a time of 16:54.
Senior Frank Kamarec, who doubles as a Redskin wide receiver during the fall, was fifth overall in 17:07. Frosh Allen Keister was sixth in 17:17.
Max Lewis was 12th with a time of 17:46 and freshman Kyle Weaver was 14th in 17:50.
Barnesville's boys finished third. The Shamrocks had two runners reach the top 15. Senior Brandon Stephens was 11th overall in 17:40 and sophomore Mason Moore was 13th in 17:48.
Harrison Central's duo of Robert Tipton and Sebastian Cruz put forth strong runs, finishing seventh and ninth, respectively. Tipton ran a 17:22 and Cruz was eight seconds behind.
Buckeye Local senior Chayse Staten had a strong 10th-place showing in his final home meet. He toured the course in 17:37.
ON THE GIRLS' SIDE, Ciroli had talked after the OVAC about needing to close the gap. Well, his girls produced the meet champion in senior standout Julianna Madzia. They also had places 12-15 to round out their scoring.
Madzia picked up the slack in Castle's absence, posting a solid 19:16 effort.
Freshman Paige Garan was 12th overall in 21:33. Classmate Mikayla Westlake was one spot back in 21:33, while sophomore Joanna Vincenzo was 14th overall in 21:40. Shae Cenkus closed the scoring for the Lady Devils in 15th place with a time of 21:41.
The Lady Jets were led by senior Casey Glenn, who ran a 21:29 for ninth place and sophomore Aubrey Snider, who was 11th in 21:33.
Martins Ferry finished third overall thanks in large part to its big three of Sunshine Wrenn, Jamie Truchan and Lindsay Cunningham.
Wrenn finished second overall with a time of 19:35, while Truchan was fourth in 20:05. Cunningham posted a seventh place finish in 20:51.
Indian Creek was fourth in the team standings. The Lady Redskins were led by sophomore Addie Winland (eighth, 21:08) and senior Zoe Weaver (10th, 21:30).
Shadyside, which was without senior standout Tara Tollett due to sickness, was led by talented freshman McKayla Kinemond. She was third in 20:03.
Bellaire received a strong performance from sophomore Danielle Stoner. She was sixth in 20:36.
Harrison Central was led by junior Taylor Shaw. She finished fifth in 20:25.