The last few weeks as Cross-Country season was winding down, I was thinking of what I could write about. Today, as I was watching and photographing the State Cross Country meet, I realized that the meet itself was what I should write about. Not about what the results were and who were the individual winners, the times and the team champions, but just about what I saw, and what I saw is the reason that those of us that are involved with the sport have come to love it. While most of the State was getting ready for the Ohio State football game against Indiana and for the State High School football playoffs, some 850 State qualifying runners prepared to run six divisional 5K races to determine individual State champions and team State champions. The race was being run for the first time on a new course at the National Trails Raceway in Kirkersville.
Five teams and one individual will look to defend their State Championships from last year. Versailles senior, Tammy Berger, will be looking for her third straight individual Cross Country title in the Division III Girls race. One thing that is for sure is that there will be new course records established in all three divisions for both the males and the females. This year will mark the first year in which the State Cross Country Meet will be held at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio.
See the new OHSAA Championship Cross Country course at National Trail Raceways.
- 5000 Meter Run - Claudia Saunders (Princeton) 18:04.50 SB; Sarra Taylor (London) 18:19.14 SB; Brittany Atkinson (Liberty Center) 18:27.51; Elyse Bierut (Rocky River) 18:08.46 SB; Sammy Bockoven (Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) 18:28.50 SB; Christina Seas (Coldwater) 18:29.92 SB; Sydney Leiher (Beavercreek) 18:10.21; Taylor Hatfield (Zane Trace) 18:30.15 SB; Fallon Doyle (St. John Central) 18:35.81 SB; Anna Boyert (Medina) 18:12.49 SB; Hannah Fleck (Celina) 18:31.23 SB; Emily Roberts (Fredericktown) 18:46.75 SB; Therese Haiss (Solon) 18:18.27 SB; Olivia Albers (Archbishop Alter) 18:31.85 SB; Tammy Berger (Versailles) 18:51.50; Monica Lake (Mason) 18:18.37; Emily Stites (Wyoming) 18:31.91; Meghan Vogel (West Liberty-Salem) 18:58.55 SB; Kayla Scott (Canal Winchester) 18:20.77; Elizabeth Heinbach (Indian Hill) 18:32.41; Victoria Laubacher (St. Thomas Aquinas) 19:02.07 SB; Jacquelyn Crow (Lebanon) 18:23.77; Marissa Rosetti (St. Vincent-St. Mary) 18:33.49 SB; Jessica Doepker (Kalida) 19:06.51 SB; Rachel Bosworth (Dublin Coffman) 18:26.42 SB; Stephanie Loshbough (Johnstown-Monroe) 18:39.75; Sarah Kanney (Coldwater) 19:10.56; Hayley Stegemiller (Lebanon) 18:26.67 SB; Peyton Adkins (Gallia Academy) 18:44.14; Allison Roeth (Houston) 19:14.91; Carissa Jenkins (Austintown Fitch) 18:28.13 SB; Hannah Campbell (River Valley-Caledonia) 18:45.02 SB; Kelly Haubert (Liberty Center) 19:15.96 SB; Kristen Seiler (Colerain) 18:29.99 SB; Taylor Vernot (Wauseon) 18:49.17; Mikaela Bush (Mount Gilead) 19:16.04 SB; Leah Wallace (Reynoldsburg) 18:35.76 SB; Lauren Paul (West Muskingum) 19:03.05 SB; Sophie Chatas (Columbus School for Girls) 19:16.78 SB; Samantha Siler (Sycamore) 18:35.98; Mckenna Warner (Gallia Academy) 19:04.58 SB; Amanda Miller (Western Reserve-Collins) 19:17.90 SB; Alexandra Aughenbaugh (Notre Dame Academy) 18:36.75; Jessie Proehl (Zane Trace) 19:08.61; Lauren Francis (Russia) 19:18.57; Erin Gyurke (Clay-Oregon) 18:36.79 SB; Kaele Lightfoot (Minerva) 19:09.57; Jill Kanney (Coldwater) 19:18.59; Shakita Kabicek (Midpark) 18:39.96 SB; Alex Groene (Archbishop Alter) 19:12.42 SB; Meg Westerheide (Fort Loramie) 19:19.22; Clarissa Bons (Dublin Coffman) 18:41.31 SB; Tessa Weigand (St. Vincent-St. Mary) 19:13.91 SB; Paige Chamberlain (Liberty Center) 19:23.39 SB; Rachel Mahle (Springboro) 18:41.88 SB; Elena Horton (Indian Hill) 19:15.34 SB; Alanna Shamrock (Maplewood) 19:23.42 SB; Kaitlyn Willette (Dublin Jerome) 18:44.10 SB; Mallory Myers (Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) 19:16.93 SB; Kenzie Widder (Garaway) 19:24.47 SB; Krista Roehlig (Green) 18:46.48 SB; Kelsey Cogan (Carrollton) 19:17.00 SB; Erin Moomaw (Smithville) 19:29.07 SB; Paige Szabat (Wadsworth) 18:46.70; Maddie Grooms (Napoleon) 19:19.73 SB; Shawnda Henault (West Liberty-Salem) 19:29.22; Loren Mcdaniel (Brunswick) 18:47.66 SB; Sarah MacIntosh (Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) 19:22.48; Cassie Boyle (New Knoxville) 19:30.10; Sarah Meek (Firestone) 18:49.11 SB; Erin Kennedy (Oakwood) 19:23.52; Halle Markel (Gilmour Academy) 19:32.50; Alison Work (Sylvania Northview) 18:49.87; Mckinsie Klim (Poland Seminary) 19:24.08 SB; Emily Trent (Crestview-Ashland) 19:35.43 SB; Abbie Marquard (Magnificat High School) 18:50.88 SB; Julia Mendiola (St. Vincent-St. Mary) 19:25.70 SB; Chelsea Knapp (Liberty Center) 19:38.06 SB; Hannah Bailey (Beavercreek) 18:52.02; Rachel Slingluff (Beaumont School) 19:26.03; Dani Blum (Northmor) 19:42.88; Lora Overholt (Teays Valley) 18:54.27; Mackenzie Butler (Licking Valley) 19:30.48; Natalie Grillot (Versailles) 19:43.15 SB; Lycia Hollon (Springboro) 18:55.69; Megan Roessler (Maysville) 19:34.02; Jasmine Smith (West Liberty-Salem) 19:43.89; Caroline Sauers (Hudson) 18:55.87 SB; Emily Franz (Bishop Hartley) 19:35.07; Selene Waters (Fort Loramie) 19:44.31 SB; Kinsey Robinson (Mentor) 18:57.60 SB; Katherine Anderson (Oakwood) 19:38.32; Alexis Anton (Gilmour Academy) 19:44.35 SB; Mackenzie Rankin (Louisville) 18:58.22 SB; Hannah Klein (Athens) 19:39.69 SB; Hannah Hartzell (Olentangy Orange) 18:59.49; Meghan Schulze (Johnstown-Monroe) 19:39.90; Melinda Renuart (Walsh Jesuit) 19:00.37 SB; Jennifer Muhlenkamp (Triway) 19:41.56 SB; Kelly Burrows (Lakota East) 19:00.90; Courtney Swain (Bellbrook) 19:42.20; Kristine Camper (Brunswick) 19:02.32 SB; Karlie Lieberth (Crestwood) 19:44.03; Rosie Menyhert (Sycamore) 19:02.97 SB; Miranda DiBiasio (Berea) 19:03.62; Dorrian Jaffe (Upper Arlington) 19:05.29; Lauren Wood (Mason) 19:06.41; Katie Kerr (Magnificat High School) 19:07.31 SB; Bridget McElhenny (Mason) 19:08.18; Abbie VanFossen (Lakota East) 19:08.24; Allison Hainer (Cuyahoga Falls) 19:08.80; Jillian Bajaksouzian (Brecksville-Broadview Heights) 19:10.51; Madison Connelly (Rocky River) 19:10.59; Moe Dean (Sylvania Northview) 19:13.85 SB; Caroline Hildebrand (Hilliard Davidson) 19:14.56; Taylor Monheim (Perrysburg High School) 19:14.77; Olivia Menden (Upper Arlington) 19:18.61; Meridith Rintoul (Centerville) 19:19.65; Selena Pasadyn (Brunswick) 19:20.22; Emma Hatch (Mother of Mercy) 19:20.79; Amanda Garlak (Chardon) 19:21.78 SB; Sarah Kaufman (Zanesville) 19:22.64; Amy Stephens (Hoover) 19:22.68 SB; Natalie Camardo (Strongsville) 19:23.83; Madison Hartline (Hudson) 19:25.92 SB; Heather Baruxes (Springboro) 19:26.32; Lauren Hoover (Hilliard Davidson) 19:27.89; Corinne Kule (Chardon) 19:27.99; Alexis Uber (Brunswick) 19:30.91; Heather Sandvik (Westerville North) 19:32.07; Danielle Beranek (Beavercreek) 19:33.91; Maureen Sinko (Walsh Jesuit) 19:35.96 SB; Lilly Saniel-banrey (Hilliard Davidson) 19:36.82 SB; Elise Horning (Magnificat High School) 19:37.14 SB; Lauren Greenlee (Brecksville-Broadview Heights) 19:37.38 SB; Erin Cullen (Shaker Heights) 19:38.79; Marissa Sinko (Hudson) 19:39.56 SB; McKenzie Maxson (Beavercreek) 19:39.82; Emily Saus (Hoover) 19:40.22; Tori Martin (Mason) 19:40.64; Natalie Vidacs (North Royalton) 19:40.74; Sydney Lautzenheiser (Hoover) 19:40.85; Tara Horton (Brunswick) 19:41.83; Catherine Hildebrand (Hilliard Davidson) 19:44.54 SB; Emma Hensley (Beavercreek) 19:44.92 SB;
- 5000 Meter Run - Samuel Prakel (Versailles) 15:19.34 SB; Tsehaye Hiluf (Reynoldsburg) 15:21.52; Steve Weaver (Napoleon) 15:25.09 SB; Ryan Polman (Independence) 15:24.31 SB; Sam Wharton (Tippecanoe) 15:24.98 SB; Abel Flores (Defiance) 15:41.53 SB; Willy Fink (Maumee) 15:26.53; Ryan Roush (South Range) 15:30.28 SB; Adrian Ross (Unioto) 15:52.61; Nick Pupino (Copley) 15:27.65 SB; Mike Seas (Coldwater) 15:30.36 SB; Drake Sulzer (Woodridge) 15:54.85 SB; Mark Hadley (Boardman) 15:31.48 SB; Cory Glines (St. Thomas Aquinas) 15:52.23 SB; Michael Tymoski (Shawnee-Springfield) 15:59.43 SB; Andrew Johnston (Olentangy Liberty) 15:31.94 SB; Clayton Murphy (Tri-Village) 15:53.35; Ryan Gallagher (Buckeye) 15:59.75; Nick Vogele (Anderson ) 15:41.12; Matt Pelletier (Berkshire) 16:01.46; Nate Orndorf (Bellefontaine) 16:06.66; Tony Howkins (Walsh Jesuit) 15:41.69; Daniel Gardner (Paint Valley) 16:03.52; Patrick O'brien (St. Vincent-St. Mary) 16:10.28 SB; Adam Davidson (Dublin Coffman) 15:42.28 SB; Kyle Polman (Independence) 16:04.21 SB; Zak Geiger (John Glenn) 16:12.23; Jacob Dumford (Westerville North) 15:42.30 SB; Kody Wolfe (Southern-Racine) 16:05.35 SB; Jared Fleming (Van Wert) 16:14.15; Ty Kawalec (Chardon) 15:43.07 SB; Tim Nichols (South Range) 16:05.72; Tanner Mattie (Fairland) 16:15.82; Danny Meyung (Olentangy Orange) 15:43.53 SB; Wyatt Hartman (Maplewood) 16:06.73 SB; Evan Bialosky (Padua Franciscan) 16:16.72 SB; Matthew Krakora (Walsh Jesuit) 15:43.79; Jason Willman (Seneca East) 16:09.59 SB; Raine Wireman (Fairland) 16:20.50; Jim Pappas (Olentangy Liberty) 15:43.93 SB; Patrick Kunkel (McDonald) 16:11.44; Josh Laney (Fairless) 16:24.35 SB; Nick Jackosky (Lakewood) 15:46.24 SB; Kyle Kistinger (Cincinnati Country Day) 16:14.41 SB; Matt Bromley (Sheridan) 16:26.33; Jake Mandel (Dublin Jerome) 15:47.13 SB; Josh Schleappi (East Canton) 16:16.67 SB; Pete Ryan (St. Francis De Sales-Columbus) 16:27.68 SB; Jordan Redd (Fairborn) 15:48.75; Kyle Joynes (McDonald) 16:19.42 SB; Garrett Crichlow (Twinsburg) 15:49.74 SB; Jonathan Albaugh (New London) 16:21.93; Dan Zupan (Berea) 15:50.03 SB; Logan Kettlewell (Garaway) 16:24.56; Jack Miller (St. Ignatius) 15:50.89 SB; Nate Dornback (Berkshire) 16:26.09 SB; Mitch Baum (St. Ignatius) 15:55.96 SB; Luke Evans (Grandview Heights) 16:26.78 SB; Antony Parnigoni (Turpin) 15:57.04; Denny Hanreck (Smithville) 16:27.26; Jacob Mills (St. John's Jesuit) 15:57.94 SB; Bobby Johnson (McDonald) 16:28.69 SB; Trevor Norris (Avon Lake) 15:58.17; Jesse Moreno (Stebbins) 16:00.01; Wes Cochran (Warren) 16:00.09 SB; John Sotos (Dublin Coffman) 16:00.67; Ryan Cauley (Hilliard Davidson) 16:02.19; Lou Styles (Midpark) 16:02.89; Kevin Blank (Solon) 16:05.17 SB; Pat Osborne (Nordonia) 16:06.09 SB; Rob Scanlon (Brecksville-Broadview Heights) 16:06.16; Artur Meller (Sycamore) 16:07.44 SB; Nick Hall (Stow-Munroe Falls) 16:08.59 SB; Grant Onken (Dublin Coffman) 16:09.11 SB; Michael Hall (St. Xavier) 16:09.84; Blake Meyer (Oak Hills) 16:10.54; David Ryland (Brecksville-Broadview Heights) 16:11.03; Kent Ford (Westerville North) 16:14.01 SB; Brian Brennan (Walsh Jesuit) 16:14.74; Josh Steible (Centerville) 16:15.46; Nick Elswick (Chardon) 16:16.35; Robert Robinson (Medina) 16:17.76; David St. John (St. Francis De Sales-Toledo) 16:18.26 SB; Brian Seymour (Bowling Green High School) 16:19.27; Troy Kelleher (Hilliard Bradley) 16:20.80; Aaron Matheus (Kings) 16:21.09; Drew Michel (LaSalle) 16:21.79; Austin Bach (New Albany) 16:22.08; Austin Fasciana (Avon) 16:22.50; Andrew Galang (St. Ignatius) 16:22.63 SB; Jordan Shepherd (Walsh Jesuit) 16:23.33 SB; Kameron Powell (Anderson ) 16:23.56; Collin Burdette (Hilliard Davidson) 16:23.62 SB; Henry Murakami (Centerville) 16:24.38; Alex Wind (Massillon-Jackson) 16:24.68 SB; Mike Miller (Strongsville) 16:24.71; Josh Cottrill (Olentangy Liberty) 16:25.19 SB; Dan Urbanek (Solon) 16:25.62 SB; Khalid Omar (Reynoldsburg) 16:25.86; Bryan Warden (Kings) 16:25.92; Mitchell Leitch (Dublin Jerome) 16:26.29; Tom Clark (Mason) 16:27.38; Matthew Chojnacki (Hudson) 16:27.51 SB; Brannon Kidder (Lancaster) 16:27.52; Thomas Gibbons (Clay-Oregon) 16:27.78; Vince Bartram (St. Ignatius) 16:28.31 SB; Jake Grabowski (St. Xavier) 16:29.18; Anthony Caviolo (Hilliard Davidson) 16:29.52; Kyle Lach (St. Francis De Sales-Toledo) 16:29.97;