The second season of cross country is just six days away.
On Saturday morning at Buckeye Local High School, area harriers got their final tuneup for the OHSAA district meet as the regular season concluded with the Ohio Valley Cross Country League Championship Meet was held.
A pair of teams that have been running well all season and will now look to carry that momentum to Cambridge High School this weekend captured the team titles.
MARTINS FERRY’S Jamie Truchan and Bellaire’s Danielle Stoner race stride for stride early in the girls race at the OVCCL?Championship held Saturday morning at Buckeye Local High School.
The Bellaire girls, who have had an impressive season, finished with 62 points, which was 10 fewer than both Shadyside and Martins Ferry. The Lady Tigers were awarded second based on the tie-breaker format of using the sixth runner.
Meanwhile, the St. Clairsville boys will be making room for yet another title on their list of accomplishments. The Red Devils, who won the OVAC last weekend and the Buckeye 8 on this same course last month, finished with 45 points, which was nine fewer than Martins Ferry.
The Lady Big Reds were fueled by the Sisters Stoner once again. Danielle, who is a junior, continued her fine campaign, turning in a 20:35, which was good enough for second. Her sister, Taylor, finished fifth in 21:07.
Frosh Shaye Beckett was third for Bellaire and 10th overall in 21:41. Another ninth grader, Rylie Purtiman was 12th overall in 21:53 and junior Dallas Messenger rounded out the scorers in 36th place overall.
Shadyside had a strong meet, placing all five of its runners inside the overall top 25. Leading the way was frosh Madison Miller in a time of 21:01. She was fourth overall.
Sophomore McKayla Kinemond was ninth in 21:38 and frosh Alexa Coggins was 15th overall in 22:15.
Martins Ferry was once again led by junior Jamie Truchan, who has been one of the area's most steady performers this fall. She toured the 3.1 mile course in a time of 20:19 for the victory. She won the Buckeye 8 title last month.
Freshman Madison Lyle was eighth in 21:33.
Union Local had a strong meet and was led by freshman Megan Bateman, who was third overall in 21 minutes. Junior Aubrey Snider was seventh in 21:32.
Anna Frazier was the first senior to cross the line in the entire competition. She was 13th overall in 22:09.
St. Clairsville, which finished fourth as a team, was led once again by Joanna Vincenzo. She was 11th overall in 21:43. Sam Harrison was 14th in 22:14.
Linsly's Hannah Nagy was sixth overall in 21:20.
ON THE BOYS' SIDE, the Red Devils have asserted themselves all season and it's behind thanks to the solid work of senior Alex Timko. He turned in an impressive 16:56 en route to the gold medal.
Freshman Kevin Simpson was fourth overall and second for the Devils in 17:20. One spot behind him was Logan McCort in 17:26. Alexander Trouten was fourth on the team and 15th overall in 18:54. Rounding out the St. C. scoring was junior James Davenport.
Martins Ferry's boys have been one of the more impressive teams this fall and it's been thanks to a youth movement. Freshman Jacob Bishop has been solid and ran well again on Saturday, posting a 17:07 to finish second. Frosh Terrell Tuttle and Jeffery Lucas were eighth and 10th overall in 18:02 and 18:15, respectively.
Union Local had two runners inside the overall top 15. Those were senior Caleb Hayes, who was 11th in 18:15 and sophomore Justin Bolt, who was 14th in 18:53.
Barnesville was led by Mason Moore, who was seventh overall in 17:58. Senior Ryan Lewton was 13th in 18:52 to lead the host Panthers.