The regional cross country meet at Boardman High School last Saturday produced a number of local state qualifiers.
In the Division I girls race, both Westlake and St. Joseph Academy advanced to state as teams. The Demons finished fourth overall in the 24-team field with 180 points, while the Jaguars finished sixth with 210 points.
In Div. I races, the top eight teams and top 32 individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to the state meet, held this Saturday starting at 9 a.m. at Fortress Obetz in Columbus.
Hudson (143) had the top team score, while Mentor’s Savannah Dennison (19:30.5) had the top time. Locally, Westlake’s Sarah Peer led the way with a ninth-place finish (19:59.4). Rocky River’s Samantha Coleman qualified for state as an individual by finishing 18th (20:18.5).
Hudson (116) won the boys race, while Uniontown Lake’s Nathan Moore ran the top individual time of 16:26.2. Rocky River (400) finished 17th in the team standings, St. Edward was 20th (439) and Avon Lake was 23rd (509).
Locally, the top individual time was recorded by Evan Bork of St. Edward (17:43.3, 55th place). Lakewood’s James O’Donnell finished 57th (17:44.9) and Rocky River’s Luke Kishna was 59th (17:46.7).
The top six teams and top 24 individuals advanced to state out of the Div. II boys race, and the Bay Rockets were right at the top.
The Rockets advanced as a group, winning the regional championship with a low score of 77. Fairview Park (231) claimed the sixth and final qualifying spot.
Individually, Marlington’s Noah Graham had the top time (16:42), followed by Woodridge’s Ryan Champa (16:43.8). But right behind them were the Bay tandem of Will Warren (17:10.3) and Jude Ault (17:11.1). The Warriors duo of Nolan Krumhansl (17:29.2) and Ben Osborne (17:30.6) finished 11th and 12th, respectively, to help lead their team to a state berth.
Brookside’s Madison Palmer ran the girls race in 20:57.8, finishing 25th in a field of nearly 150 athletes. Teammate Jessica Gower was 75th (22:38.5).
Fairview finished 20th in the team standings (455), which were won by Woodridge (99). The top individual time in the girls race came from Ella Gilson of Gates Mills Hawken (19:11.4).
The top six teams and top 24 individuals qualified for state.