Galion Cross Country Festival
By JON KLEINKNECHT
Inquirer Sports Editor
Six high schools claimed championship hardware in the Galion Cross Country Festival last Saturday at Amann’s Reservoir.
Boys’ teams doing so were: New Albany, Division I; Granville, Division II; and Seneca East, Division III.
Girls’ champions were: Brecksville, Division I; Lexington, Division II; and Liberty Center, Division III.
Locally, the Northmor girls were the top performing team, placing third in Division III out of 14 schools. Liberty Center had 32 points; runner-up Mount Gilead, 67; and the Lady Golden Knights checked in with 111.
Leading Northmor’s charge was senior Dani Blum. She finished second at 19:02.4. Liberty Center’s Brittany Atkinson was the champion with an 18:39.8.
Kendall Fout, 17th place, 20:57.54; and Isabelle Ditullio, 18th, 21:09.13 also placed in the top 20 for the Black-and-Gold.
In Division III, Colonel Crawford’s boys placed 10th out of 21 teams. Seneca East was tops with 52 points, while Columbus Grove placed second with 67.
The top runner for Colonel Crawford was Clay Martin. He placed 23rd (24th actual) with a clocking of 17:12.09.
Northmor’s boys were 17th. Jacob Hill was the Golden Knights’ fastest runner, placing 52nd (53rd actual) with an 18:04.16.
Jake Graham of Columbus Grove crossed the finish line first with a solid 15:49.71 — 17 seconds faster than the second-place runner.
In Division II, the Galion boys were 11th out of 28 teams, and the Lady Tigers, 17th out of 25.
For the Tigers, Chris McElligott was the top performer running to a 20th-place time of 16:40.94. Dominic Erlsten was next, finishing 33rd with a 167:58.49.
Buckeye’s Ryan Gallagher grabbed the top spot individually with a 15:45.38.
Granville’s 100 points was good enough for the team title. Bay Village was second, 37 points behind.
For the Lady Tigers, Michaela Slone was the top runner, placing 63rd (66th actual) at 22:12.5.
River Valley’s Hannah Campbell ran her way to the top spot with a time of 18:35.92.
Lexington scored 45 points for the team championship. Dover was runner-up with 68.
In Division I boys’ competition, Walsh Jesuit’s Brian Brennan turned in the fastest time of the day at 15:38.
New Albany won the title with 107 points. Walsh Jesuit was second at 112.
Claire Wiles — a sophomore from Olentangy Liberty — was the fastest girl runner of the day, crossing the finish line at 18:37.6.
Brecksville tallied 81 points for the team title. Olentangy Liberty was second with 95.
In middle school action (two miles), St. Edward’s Andrew Stump won the boys’ “A” race with an 11:24.08; Austin Hallabrin of Gilead Christian was best in the boys’ “B” race at 11:11.82; Mackenna Curtis-Collins of Lexington was tops in the girls’ “A” race with a 12:34.73; and Granville’s Destiny Braden placed first in the girls’ “B” race at 15:25.96.
Team champions were: Berlin-Milan, boys’ “A”; Dempsey, girls’ “A”; Perkins, boys’ “B”; and Liberty Union-Thurston, girls’ “B”.
Top runners for Galion were: Colin McCullough, boys’ “B”, 30th, 12:41.61; and Abby Barre, girls’ “B”, 28th, 13:51.69.