OBETZ – Local runners distinguished themselves at the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s State Cross Country Championships Saturday as Jonathan Alder’s Eliza Streit brought home All-Ohio honors for herself and the Marysville girls made their first appearance at the State Championships as a Division I school.
Streit finished 23rd in the girls 5000M race in Div. II at 19:28.10, earning 13 points for the Pioneers and All-Ohio honors for herself. The Pioneers finished in 20th as a team.
Also for Jonathan Alder, Ella Luker came in at 21:07.60 and Kayla Greiner broke the 22-minute mark in 21:56.80.
Oakwood’s Bella Butler won the Division II individual title in 18:09.80, while Granville won the team championship with 155 points. Marlington won the boys Div. II title with an eye-opening 55 points by placing three runners in the top five, and two more in the top 30.
In its first appearance at the State Championships as a Division I team, the Marysville girls finished 15th in the state.
The Monarchs were led at Fortress Obetz by Bryn Hothem, who finished in 53rd place in 19:30 flat and earned 33 points. Bailey Gross was 56th at 19:32.30 and earned 36 points for the Monarchs and Ava Elliott was 99th, earning 70 points in 20:13.20. Also for Marysville Lyla Channell crossed the line in 20:41.40 and Kylie Andrews finished in 20:55.10.
Katie Clute of Olmstead Falls won the individual girls title in a course-record time 17:25.10 and the team title went to Mason, which placed two runners in the top ten and all five in the top 25 in the girls Div. I race.
In the Div. I boys meet, Marysville freshman Keaton Sanford represented the Monarchs and finished 95th in 19:54.10 out of 178 runners.
For the Division III girls, Fairbanks was represented by Racheal Hoover, who came in at 20:38.80 and Mara Vicari who crossed the line in 21:51.90.
Minster won the girls Div. III team title with 63 points by placing four runners in the top 20 and the fifth at 21st.
Paige Steinke of Anna blistered the Div. III girls field for the individual title as the only runner to come in under 18 minutes, breaking the tape at 17:46.10, about 15 seconds faster that the second-place finisher.