McARTHUR, Ohio — It was a good day of work for the Athens cross country program Saturday as both teams came away with the championships at the 2014 Vinton County Invitational held at Vinton County High School.
The Bulldogs won the boys crown by 37 points and the Lady Bulldogs won the girls title by 68 points in their respective races. The AHS boys posted a team score of 42 points and the girls finished the day with 29 points.
Rock Hill was second in the boys event with a team tally of 79 points, followed by Waverly in third place with 81 points. Meigs (90) and Gallia Academy (105) rounded out the top five spots in the nine team field.
Seth Miller and Brendon McCormick — both of Rock Hill — finished 1-2 in the boys competition with respective individual times of 17:20.2 and 17:46.8. There were a total of 108 runners in the boys event.
Jacob Swindell paced MHS with a sixth-place time of 18:36.1, followed by Dillon Mahr (20:05.0) and Nate Hoover (20:15.4) with 18th and 19th place efforts. Tyler Fields (20:55.4) and Jared Kennedy (21:00.3) rounded out the team tally with respective finishes of 25th and 26th.
James Parsons (21:02.3) and Tyler Williams (21:03.2) were also 27th and 28th for the Marauders.
Kyle Greenlee led GAHS with a ninth-place effort of 19:32.7, followed by Caleb Greenlee (19:37.0) in 10th and Kaleb Crisenberry (20:04.6) in 17th place. Cade Mason (21:12.7) and Devon Barnes (22:05.0) rounded out the Blue Devil scoring with respective finishes of 31st and 43rd.
Kobe Cochran (22:32.8) and Ezra Blain (22:57.9) were also 48th and 53rd overall for the Blue Devils.
Alexander was second to Athens in the girls event with 97 points, followed by Waverly in third place with 115 points. GAHS (121) and Vinton County (134) rounded out the top five team scores, while Meigs finished seventh out of 10 teams with 158 points.
Elyse Black of Jackson beat out 102 other competitors to win the girls race with a time of 19:55.4. Allyson Malone of Alexander was the overall runner-up with a mark of 20:19.0.
Mary Watts paced the Blue Angels with a fifth-place time of 21:45.7, followed by Mesa Polcyn with an eighth-place effort of 22:02.9. Cassidy Starnes (25:55.8) was 39th, Hayley Petrie (28:02.6) placed 53rd and Akeisha Saunders (28:30.4) was 60th to round out the team tally.
Nacoma Smith (28:35.5) and Elizabeth Evans (29:37.8) also finished 61st and 69th for GAHS, respectively.
Gracie Hoffman led the Lady Marauders with a 13th place time of 22:57.8, followed by Haley Kennedy (25:43.6) in 36th place and Madison Stewart (26:28.9) in 42nd place. Cheyenne Gorslene (28:20.5) and Caitlyn Rest (29:20.0) rounded out the team tally with finishes of 59th and 64th.
Ariann Sizemore (29:20.0) and Sadie Fox (29:55.0) were also 68th and 70th, respectively, for Meigs.
Complete results of the 2014 Vinton County Invitational are available on the web at baumspage.com