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The Inter-Valley Conference cross country meet took place Saturday, Oct. 13 at Claymont High School, where East Canton’s boys and Tusky Valley’s girls continued to dominate the league. Garaway’s boys ran a strong second while Garaway’s girls took fourth.
Boys IVC Cross Country
East Canton continued its dominant ways in cross country during the annual Inter-Valley Conference cross country meet, where the Hornets flexed their muscles and ran away from the field. The only team remotely close was Garaway, who finished a distant second to East Canton but rolled the rest of the field.
The very talented Dimitri Snellenberger of East Canton got out to a large lead and made it stand, winning the event in a time of 16:04.5. Garaway senior Julian Shrock tried his best to hang with Snellenberger, a junior, but had to eventually settle for second place in 16:30.7, where he snuck past T.C.C.’s Jackson Triplett, who finished third in 16:41.6. Snellenberger and Shrock ran one-two in the IVC race last season as well.
East Canton’s Kyeem Newell-Owens was fourth in 16:56 while his teammates Colt Hemphill (6th/17:07) and Mason Cain (8th/17:16) helped the Hornets grab first place as a team with just 25 points. Garaway strode home in the runner-up spot with 55 points, followed by Indian Valley, which was well back in third place with 100 points.
Perhaps one of the finest efforts of the day came from Garaway junior Kristian Stocksdale, who pushed to a seventh-place finish in 17:13. Teammate Noah Wentworth ended up in 11th place in 17:40.
Hiland’s Tyler Kuhns placed 21st in 18:26 while Garaway had strong efforts from Brandan Chapman (23rd/18:27), Quinten Schwartz (24th/18:30) and Parker Graf (25th/18:31). Heinrich Asbury ran a 19:36 to finish 39th while Zach Wicker (49th/20:10) rounded out the Pirates’ boys team.
Girls IVC Cross Country
To absolutely nobody’s surprise, Tusky Valley All-Ohioan senior Madisan DeBois ran away from the field and captured the 2018 Inter-Valley Girls Cross Country title. DeBois ran an 18:59 and was never challenged throughout the race. Her closest competition came from Buckeye Trail freshman Kathryn Williams, who ran second in 19:27.8.
The rest of the day belonged to Tusky Valley, who placed a total of five runners in the top-eight spots. In addition to DoBois, Trojans Sierra Williams (3rd/21:02), Kaylyn Lloyd (4th/21:09), Hannah Wyler (5th/21:10) and Hannah Hostetler (8th/21:29) rounded out an award-winning day for Tusky Valley.
The Trojans’ incredible score of 21 points easily earned them the gold as they crushed runner-up East Canton, which ended the day with 66 points, well ahead of third-place finisher Sandy Valley’s 114 and Garaway’s 118.
East Canton placed all five of its runners from 10th to 19th, led by Brianna Martino (10th/21:39). Isabella Kline (11th/21:43), Tori Reichard (12th/21:57) and Marie Murphy (14th/22:06) helped East Canton roll to second.
Sandy Valley’s Kiannah Sarver (6th/21:14) and Meredes Sarver (7th/21:19) helped nudge the Cardinals past the Lady Pirates and into third place.
Garaway was led by freshman Bethany Rider (17th/22:33) and sophomore Lauren Goehring (18th/22:41), and a host of Lady Pirates ran in the front half of the pack of 92 runners. Freshman Brianna Rider (27th/23:10), sophomore Megan Weaver (28th/23:16), Junior Rylee Wilhelm (35th/23:39) and junior Lydia Weaver (37th/23:57) created a strong performance for the youthful Lady Pirates.
In the middle school competition, Garaway’s girls pushed to a runner-up finish, their 55 points not far off the winning score of 41 set by Indian Valley.
The Braves ran one-two with Alisha Shaw winning in a time of 13:31, one second ahead of teammate Rylee Raymond, who chased her to the wire in 13:32. East Canton’s Audrey Wade was third in 13:38.
Garaway was strong in the top 10, where Meghan Schwartz (4th/14:00), Melea Wicker (7th/14:49) and Natalia Flores (8th/14:53) provided great efforts for the young Lady P’s. Serena Asbury (27th/17:01) and Emily Rider (31st/17:50) rounded out Garaway’s day.
On the boys side of the middle school race, Buckeye Trail’s Wes Phillips won in 11:54, followed by the East Canton trio of Andrew Wade (2nd/12:21), Brylan Holland (3rd/12:34) and Lucas McCauley (4th/12:41). Indian Valley’s Zander Heil rounded out the top five by finishing fifth in 12:53 while Hiland’s George Malickey grabbed the final spot in the top 10, taking 10th in 13:37.