Marauders finish 3rd at Wellston CC meet

Bryan Walters

August 26, 2013

WELLSTON, Ohio — Both Meigs and Southern combine for 10 top-25 finishes individually, and the Marauders claimed third place overall in the boys race Saturday at the 2013 Golden Rocket Cross Country Invitational held on the campus of Wellston High School in Jackson County.

The Marauders scored six top-25 in the 100-competitor boys division, which earned the Maroon and Gold a third place finish with 74 points. Vinton County came away with top team honors with a score of 50, followed by Athens in second place with 72 points.

Freshman Dillon Mahr paced MHS by finishing eighth with a time of 18:38.25, followed by sophomore Jacob Swindell in ninth place with a mark of 18:59.08. Isaiah English (20:17.72), Mitchell Howard (20:18.77) and Brandon Mahr (20:19.35) respectively finished 20th through 22nd to round out Meigs’ team scoring.

Jaxon Meadows (20:30.60) finished 23rd overall for the Marauders, while Jared Kennedy (22:14.70), Aaron Durham (25:52.76) and Colton Atkinson (26:54.65) respectively placed 51st, 85th and 89th.

Southern — which finished ninth out of 11 boys teams with a score of 216 — was led by Bradley McCoy with a 13th place effort of 19:39.85. Joseph Morris was next in 32nd place with a time of 20:59.08, while Lucas Hunter finished 61st overall with a mark of 23:17.52.

Dimitrius Lamm (23:36.31) and Chris Yeater (23:42.65) respectively completed the SHS scoring by placing 67th and 68th. Jacob Weddle also finished 78th with a mark of 24:20.23.

Sam Stevens-Jones of Athens won the individual boys title with a mark of 17:28.70. Brett Radabaugh of VCHS was the overall runner-up with a time of 17:55.10.

Neither Meigs nor Southern had enough runners for a team score in the girls division, which Athens (20) won by 50 points over runner-up Vinton County. Allyson Malone of Alexander won the individual girls championship with a mark of 20:16.58 and Emily Cass of Athens was the overall runner-up in the 95-participant girls race with a time of 20:52.25.

Haley Kennedy led the Lady Marauders with a 13th place finish in a time of 23:05.67. Lara Perrin also scored a top-25 effort for MHS by finishing 20th with a mark of 23:36.08. Gracie Hoffman (25:37.58) and Tara Walzer-Kuharic (29:31.76) also respectively finished 33rd and 66th for MHS.

Joyce Weddle was the only participant for the Lady Tornadoes, as the senior placed 23rd overall with a time of 24:19.81.

Complete results of the 2013 Golden Rocket CC Invitational are available on the web at