Bucyrus has put an end to Galion’s dominance in girls cross country in Crawford County.
Led by a pair of freshmen, the Lady Redmen won the Crawford County Cross Country Meet, just edging past Colonel Crawford in the team results on Saturday at Amann Reservoir Park. The Lady Redmen finished with 31 points, while the Eagles tallied 35 points. Galion, the county champion for nine consecutive years, placed third with 76 points.
Wynford came in fourth with 108 points and Buckeye Central finished fifth with 115 points. Crestline had only two runners entered in the race and did not figure in the team standings.
Freshman Shaylee Campbell of Bucyrus had to beat two Colonel Crawford runners to the finish line to win the individual championship. Her time of 20 minutes, 48.73 seconds was good enough to outlast Eagles juniors Anna Reffey and Emily Kemper. Reffey finished second in 20:53.89, while Kemper was stride for stride with her teammate, posting a time of 20:54.57 to earn third place.
Eagles sophomore Courtney Britt came in fourth, finishing in 21:12.58. However, Bucyrus claimed three more top 10 spots to earn the team title. Freshman Mirium Everett came in fifth place with a time of 21:49.15. Junior Julia VanVoorhis finished sixth with a time of 21:59.14. Senior Desiree Sigler took eighth place, posting a time of 22:43.21. Senior Jessica Campbell was the Lady Redmen’s fifth runner, finishing in 12th place with a time of 22:57.89.
Rounding out the top five runners for Colonel Crawford were freshman Haley Laughbaum and senior Alyssa Spears. Laughbaum came in 10th place with a time of 22:50.25. Spears placed 17th, turning in a time of 23:37.62.
Other Eagles runners competing in the county meet were Taylor Price (19th, 23:49.05), Courtney Lyons (21st, 24:12.6), Kylie Keller (37th, 28:33.5) and Kennedy Speck (38th, 28:33.97).
“They’ve come a long way since we opened up in August,” said Colonel Crawford head coach Jody Grove. “They’ve been, by leaps and bounds, improving. We’ve talked a lot in the locker room about that. We told them last week that they could challenge for the county title. I’m very much pleased with their progress.”
Galion freshman Sari Conner continued her breakout rookie season and was once again the top runner for the Tigers. She placed seventh with a time of 22:22.28. Junior Megan Zier also finished in the top 10, earning ninth place with a time of 22:47.88.
Tigers freshman Ashlie Sallee placed 15th, posting a time of 23:27.05. Junior Abby Barre finished in 22nd place with a time of 24:27.9. Sophomore Kelsey Hoffman was Galion’s fifth-fastest runner, finishing with a time of 24:56.68 to claim 26th place.
The rest of the Galion team turned in the following results: Lauren Huggins (30th, 25:21.81), Cheyenne Blair (34th, 27:32.24), Lexi Hadamuscin (35th, 27:38.3), Sophie Carson (42nd, 30:50.63), Alexis Link (44th, 32:42.65), Ashleigh Wright (45th, 33:53.58).
“Our underclassmen had some outstanding runs at the county meet,” said Galion head coach George Guins. “Sari and Ashlie were especially good on Saturday. Our girls just continue to improve and continue to work hard.”
Freshman Caitlyn Harley was Crestline’s top runner. She finished in 11th place with a time of 22:57.6. Sophomore Summer Mowry came in 41st place, finishing with a time of 30:28.7.
Sophomore Morgan Beaschler was Wynford’s top finisher. She placed 14th with a time of 23:14.12. The rest of the Royals’ top five featured Annie Fienning (23rd, 24:31.27), Madison Schiefer (24th, 24:35.97), Katherine Hall (25th, 24:52.7) and Hannah Weithman (28th, 25:02.76).
Junior Tamara Metzger was the best placer for Buckeye Central. She finished 13th with a time of 23:11.31. Other athletes among the Buckettes’ top five were Kendra Stahl (16th, 23:33.21), Zoe Rutledge (32nd, 25:58.42), Haley Kalb (33rd, 26:20.02) and Jordyn Kaple (36th, 27:48.17).
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