GA runners fare well at Early Bird

By Bryan Walters - [email protected]

PROCTORVILLE, Ohio — The Gallia Academy girls finished second and the Blue Devils placed third Monday at the 2015 Dragons Early Bird Classic held on the campus of Fairland High School in Lawrence County.

The 2-mile cross country race drew a dozen teams between the varsity boys and girls divisions, with a total of 134 participants in those competitions. The Rock Hill boys and Fairland girls ultimately came away with the team championships at the event.

The Blue Angels posted a runner-up score of 48 points in the five-team girls field, trailing only FHS (48) by 10 points. Rock Hill (54), Spring Valley (80) and Ironton (129) rounded out the team placing for girls.

GAHS junior Mary Watts beat out 45 other competitors to win the girls race with a time of 12:45.2. Classmate Mesa Polcyn was second with a mark of 13:00.7.

Cassidy Starnes was 14th overall with a time of 15:47.8, while Caitlyn Caldwell (16:52.9) and Abby Cremeans (17:37.3) rounded out the team scoring with respective finishes of 20th and 28th. Sabrina Manygoats (18:05.9) and Elizabeth Evans (18:46.7) also placed 29th and 32nd overall.

The Blue Devils were third out of seven squads with 52 points, trailing only RHHS (36) and Fairland (44) in the boys standings. Huntington (113), Spring Valley (153), Green (162) and Ironton (211) rounded out the team scores.

The Redmen came away with the top two individual spots as Seth Miller (10:26.4) and Brendon McCormick (10:32.8) beat out the 88-participant boys field.

Junior Kaleb Crisenberry led GAHS with a third place effort of 11:08.9, followed by Kyle Greenlee (11:09.8) and Caleb Greenlee (11:12.3) with respective finishes of fourth and fifth.

Devon Barnes (12:13.0) was 19th overall and Cade Mason (12:25.9) rounded out the team tally by placing 23rd. Kobe Cochran (12:34.1) and Tanner Allen (12:44.0) also finished 26th and 31st, respectively.

Complete results of the 2015 Dragons Early Bird Classic are available on the web at

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

By Bryan Walters

[email protected]