Locals run at Spartan meet

By Donald Lambert - elambert@civitasmedia.com

ALBANY, Ohio — The Athens boys and girls cross country teams won their respective events on Wednesday at the 2015 Spartan Invitational in Athens County.

The Bulldogs paced the field with 30 points — with four runners finishing in the top-10 — followed by River Valley in second with 61 points and Meigs in third with 81 points. Southern finished fourth with 108 points. Belpre’s Cray Sistrunk lead the field of 106 with a time of 16:22.60.

The Tornadoes were led by sophomore Conner Wolfe (17:06.20) with a second place finish. Larry Dunn (18:13.10) placed 12th, followed by Tylar Blevins (18:56.70) in 26th place. Lucas Hunter (20:04.80) placed 42nd, while Dimitrius Lamm (20:25.10) and Ryan McCabe (24:06.80) placed 46th and 93rd respectively for the Purple and Gold.

Senior Jacob Swindell (17:30.20) led the Marauders with a fifth place finish. James Parsons (18:28.30) placed 14th for the Maroon and Gold, followed by Dillon Mahr (18:40.20) in 17th place. Nate Hoover (18:51.40) finished in 20th place, while Cole Betzing (19:07.60) and Tyler Fields (20:35.20) took 31st and 51st respectively.

Jacob Kemper (17:47.60) led the Raiders’ efforts with a sixth place finish, followed by Chance Gillman (18:01.30) in ninth place. Nathaniel Abbott (18:03.60) placed 11th, while George Rickett (18:54.40) and Caleb Mcknight (18:55.70) finished 22nd and 23rd respectively. Ben Moody (20:01.10) placed 39th for the Silver and Black.

The Lady Bulldogs took their respective event with 33 points — also with four runners finishing in the top-10. Morgan took second place with 45 points and Alexander finished third with 113 points. River Valley finished fourth with 188 points, while Meigs placed fifth with 120 points. Southern did not place in the event.

Sophomore Kenzie Baker (20:59.60) led the Lady Raiders with a ninth place finish. Ieva Katkauskaite (22:08.40) placed 19th, followed by Josie Jones (23:56.70) and Bailey Hollingsworth (24:03.10) in 36th and 38th respectively. Freshman Julia Nutter (24:11.40) placed 40th, while Leanne Hively (25:19.30) and Hannah Nutter (25:24.10) placed 46th and 47th respectively for the Silver and Black.

Complete results of the Spartan Invitational can be found on the web at www.baumspage.com

Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Donald Lambert