Last updated: July 26. 2013 4:11PM - 78 Views
Bryan Walters
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RIO GRANDE, Ohio — For the first time in eight years, the Gallia Academy girls team failed to advance to regionals after placing fifth Saturday at the Division II District Cross Country Championships held on the campus of the University of Rio Grande.


The Blue Angels posted a team score of 137 in the District I event, which was 25 points behind fourth-place Warren (112) for the final regional qualifying spot. GAHS last missed the regional meet as a team in 2004, when the Blue Angels placed sixth overall at districts.


The Angels, however, has two juniors advance individually — as Madison Holley and Hannah Watts respectively placed ninth and 10th to secure a spot at Saturday’s regional race at Pickerington High School North. The top four teams and 16 runners in each race qualify for regionals.


It will be the third regional appearance for both Watts and Holley, the only girls from the Ohio Valley Publishing area to qualify for D-2 regionals. Meigs finished seventh in the District I event with 179 points and River Valley was 10th overall in the District II event with 282 points. The Lady Raiders lost a tiebreaker with Miami Trace because it didn’t have a sixth runner.


On the boys side of Division II, GAHS sophomore Michael Edelmann was the lone male qualifier from the OVP area after placing 11th overall in the District II race. The Blue Devils were seventh in the District II event with 176 points, followed by River Valley in eighth with 204 points.


Meigs did not have enough runners for a team score in the District I competition and had nobody qualify for regionals.


Complete results of the 2012 Division II District Cross Country Championships at Rio Grande are available on the web at ohsaa.org.


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GIRLS


District I Race (70 runners)


Team Scores: 1. Sheridan 42, 2. Zane Trace 45, 3. Circleville 82, 4. Warren 112, 5. Gallia Academy 137, 6. New Lexington 154, 7. Meigs 179, 8. Waverly 185, 9. Westfall 280.


Top-three: 1. Jessie Proehl, Zane Trace (19:30.36), 2. Jenna Liston, Circleville (19:53.39), 3. Andrea Mick, Sheridan (19:58.40).


Gallia Academy: 9. Madison Holley 20:58.57, 10. Hannah Watts 20:59.30, 37. Elizabeth Holley 23:39.49, 49. Jenna Bays 25:38.01, 51. Britnay Angel 25:41.98, 58. Morgan Foster 27:01.60, 61. Aliza Warner 27:33.16.


Meigs: 21. Haley Kennedy 22:30.44, 26. Lara Perrin 22:54.45, 43. Cheyenne Gorslene 25:05.87, 59. Tara Walzer-Kuharic 27:04.53, 62. Maggie Smith 27:55.11.


District II Race (70 runners)


Team Scores: 1. Fairland 45, 2. Athens 46, 3. Unioto 97, 4. Alexander 111, 5. Hillsboro 134, 6. Fairfield Union 154, 7. Logan Elm 171, 8. Vinton County 181, 9. Miami Trace 282, 10. River Valley 282.


Top-three: 1. Emily Cass, Athens (19:27.13), 2. Jessica Swaim, Fairfield Union (20:14.25), 3. Allyson Malone, Alexander (20:17.08).


River Valley: 53. Ramsey Warren 26:33.20, 60. Kasey Eblin 28:00.60, 61. Keyana Ward 28:09.14, 65. Megan Martin 29:02.47, 66. Kayla Browning 29:11.68.


BOYS


District I Race (76 runners)


Team Scores: 1. Unioto 40, 2. Vinton County 68, 3. Hillsboro 90, 4. Athens 100, 5. Westfall 124, 6. Fairfield Union 132, 7. Jackson 158, 8. Logan Elm 209, 9. Miami Trace 253, 10. New Lexington 298.


Top-three: 1. Anthony Edwards, Unioto (17:13.75), 2. Ethan Richter, Unioto (17:19.17), 3. Shawn Stewart, Vinton County (17:21.53).


Meigs: 45. Mitchell Howard 20:01.64, 46. Brandon Mahr 20:02.18, 48. Jaxon Meadows 20:16.27, 57. Forrest Nagy 21:22.72.


District II Race (76 runners)


Team Scores: 1. Fairland 52, 2. Sheridan 55, 3. Zane Trace 84, 4. Piketon 111, 5. Circleville 161, 6. Minford 162, 7. Gallia Academy 176, 8. River Valley 204, 9. Waverly 205, 10. Washington Court House 244.


Top-three: 1. Matt Bromley, Sheridan (16:25.30), 2. Raine Wireman, Fairland (16:53.18), 3. Cory Miles, Zane Trace (17:11.09).


Gallia Academy: 11. Michael Edelmann 17:37.37, 40. Cole Tawney 19:37.53, 42. Quenton McKinniss 19:47.14, 45. Joel Craft 20:02.13, 46. Jeremy Wilson 20:05.78, 47. Griffin McKinniss 20:17.48, 57. Scott Mash 21:14.82.


River Valley: 19. Aaron Oehler 18:02.78, 38. Austin Hamilton 19:33.86, 50. Andrew Brown 20:21.67, 52. James Jackson 20:29.53, 61. Kyle Randolph 21:32.73, 62. Ethan Hersman 21:37.11, 68. John Oehler 22:08.46.


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