Area runners enjoy strong showing at District CC meet

By T-L?Sports Staff

CAMBRIDGE – Two area teams and seven individuals are headed for the regional cross country meet at Pickerington North this coming Saturday.

Local harriers earned the right to compete this week by virtue of district action, which was held Saturday at Cambridge High School.

The Bellaire girls, who have been one of the top local teams all season, finished with 94 points and on the strength of a tie breaker edged out cross-street competitor St. John Central for the final qualifying spot in Division III.

The Lady Reds of Coach Chris Arno were led by freshman Taylor Stoner, who was ninth overall in 20:33. Her older sister, Danielle, was 14th in 20:52.

Frosh Shaye Beckett (19th) and Rylie Purtiman (24th) along with junior junior Dallas Messenger (39th) rounded out the scorers. The difference was sixth runner Sarah McAninch, who finished one spot ahead of the Lady Irish sixth runner.

St. John Central junior Fallon Doyle, who is seeking her third consecutive all-Ohio finish, will be amongst the favorites in the regional meet this weekend. She finished second in 19:15, which was 39 seconds behind Garaway’s Rachel Wentworth.

Also advancing in Division III was Shadyside sophomore McKayla Kinemond. She was the final qualifier, finishing 16th overall in 21:09.

St. John Central will carry the local banner in Division III as the lone team and nary an area individual qualified.

The Irish took the fourth spot with 142 points, which was seven ahead of fifth-place Newcomerstown.

The Irish’s five scoring runners included seniors: Aaron Ebbert (23rd), Garrett Holubeck (24th) and David Goclan (25th). Junior Sean Clemons (40th) and sophomore Austin Norris (45th) rounded out the scoring for the Irish.

IN DIVISION II, just five individuals will make the trek to Fairfield County this weekend.

The lone female is Martins Ferry junior Jamie Truchan. She was ninth overall in 20:16.

On the boys’ side, St. Clairsville narrowly missed qualifying as a team, but three Red Devils earned a berth.

Sophomore Logan McCort was fifth overall in 17:15. Senior Alex Timko was ninth overall in 17:22, while frosh Kevin Simpson was 11th in 17:25.

Martins Ferry’s talented freshman Jacob Bishop finished third overall, posting a 17:14.