Raiders win Jackson CC title

By Bryan Walters - [email protected]

JACKSON, Ohio — The River Valley boys and Logan girls came away with top honors Thursday night during the 2015 Jackson Cross Country Invitational held on the campus of Jackson High School in the Apple City.

RVHS, Gallia Academy and Meigs each took part in the annual event, and all six programs — three boys teams and girls teams — finished no lower than sixth in the double-digit fields.

In fact, the boys race featured quite a local feel as the Raiders scored 77 points to win the title. The Blue Devils were the runner-up out of 14 teams with 81 points, while the Marauders placed third with 83 points. Waverly (84) and Logan (109) rounded out the top five team spots on the boys side.

Hunter Hoover of Waverly defeated 135 other runners for the individual boys title with a time of 16:53.9. Evan Leist of Pike Eastern was the overall runner-up with a mark of 17:09.1.

Jacob Kemper was the fastest local and placed fourth overall for RVHS with a time of 17:17.9, while teammate Nathaniel Abbott was 10th with a mark of 18:01.8. Chance Gillman (18:22.9) and Garrett Young (18:48.6) also had respective finishes of 14th and 22nd.

George Rickett (19:17.5) rounded out the winning tally by placing 30th, while Ben Moody (20:20.7) and Caleb McKnight (20:27.1) finished 46th and 47th for the Raiders.

Kaleb Crisenberry paced the Blue Devils by finishing sixth with a time of 17:49.8, followed by Kyle Greenlee (17:54.9) and Caleb Greenlee (17:56.0) with respective efforts of seventh and eighth. Kobe Cochrane was also 28th with a mark of 19:11.4.

Devon Barnes (19:34.5) rounded out the GAHS tally by placing 34th overall, while Cade Mason (20:12.1) and Ethan Rider (20:44.2) also finished 44th and 52nd.

The Marauders — who ironically served as the first team to have five runners finish the race — were led by Jacob Swindell with a ninth place effort of 17:59.6. James Parsons (18:12.9) was next in 11th place, while Dillon Mahr (18:33.5) and Cole Betzing (18:49.9) respectively finished 16th and 23rd.

Nate Hoover rounded out the MHS total by finishing 27th with a mark of 19:02.3. Tyler Fields (20:28.8) and Brad Logan (20:59.0) also placed 49th and 58th for Meigs.

The Lady Chieftains posted a winning score of 48 points in the 11-team girls division, defeating runner-up Waverly (68) by 20 spots. River Valley (130), Vinton County (133), Gallia Academy (145) and Meigs (146) completed spots three through six in the field.

Marissa Smith of Logan defeated 110 other runners for the individual title after posting a winning mark of 19:51.4. Taylor Clarkson of Adena was second in the girls race with a time of 20:04.6.

Kenzie Baker led the Lady Raiders with a seventh place finish of 20:53.2, followed by Julia Nutter (23:41.7) and Bailey Hollingsworth (24:25.6) with respective efforts of 27th and 35th. Josie Jones also placed 39th for RVHS with a time of 24:33.7.

Leanne Hively (24:45.4) wrapped up the River Valley score by finishing 42nd, while Hannah Nutter (25:54.4) and Natosha Rankin (27:58.3) also earned respective placements of 55th and 82nd.

Mary Watts was the fastest local and placed fourth overall for Gallia Academy with a time of 20:19.6, while teammate Mesa Polcyn was fifth with a mark of 20:31.1. Abby Cremeans (24:29.4) and Elizabeth Evans (26:57.6) also had respective finishes of 36th and 69th.

Hayley Petrie (27:08.3) rounded out the team score by placing 72nd overall, while Sydney Rose (29:34.8) and Nacoma Smith (33:11.1) respectively finished 96th and 106th.

Gracie Hoffman led the Lady Marauders with an eighth place time of 21:19.8, followed by Caitlyn Rest (23:42.0) in 28th and Taylor Swartz (24:21.0) in 34th. Sadie Fox was also 54th overall for Meigs with a time of 25:52.7.

Ariann Sizemore (25:59.9) rounded out the MHS scoring by placing 57th. Carmen Doherty (26:40.6) and Madelyn Hill (29:21.2) also finished 65th and 95th for the Lady Marauders.

Complete results of the 2015 Jackson CC Invitational are available on the web at

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

By Bryan Walters

[email protected]