Hiland senior Hunter Yoder continued to put together a memorable final cross country campaign at the Sandy Valley Cross Country Invite Saturday, Sept. 24, while East Canton ranaway with a title in the boys’ race.
Yoder continued to amass a very nice resume on the season by placing seventh in a time of 17:54.
East Canton dominated the front of the race, with Demetrius Snellenberger taking first in a winning time of 16:07, while his teammates Kyeem Newell-Owens and Tony Capillo placed third and fourth respectively in times of 17:18 and 17:35.
Dalton’s Mason Kutz was sixth in 17:48, while Sandy Valley was paced by Aleks Rymer’s eight-place time of 17:58.
Newcomerstown’s Jacob Robinson rounded out the top 10 in 18:15.
East Canton won the event with 63 points, while Newcomerstown was third with 87, behind Western Reserve’s 69. Sandy Valley was fourth, Fairless fifth, Dalton sixth, Hiland seventh and Ridgewood eighth.
Other placers for Hiland in the 63-man field included Matt Troyer (36th/20:32), Alijah Chupp (40th/21:04), Alex Ventura (44th/212:17), Tyler Kuhns (49th/21:48) and Nathaniel Yoder (56th/22:57).
While the Lady Hawks didn’t have enough runners to participate in the team game, senior Melissa Hostetler managed to cruise home in 12th in the girls small school; race in a time of 22:39. The winner of the race was Fairless’ Sophie Wentling, who crossed the finish line in 20:36.25, just four-tenths of a second in front of teammate Ella Pumneo. Fairless also had great runs from Erycka Byer (4th/212:10), Lyndsay Cole (5th/21:18) and Kinsley Austin (7th/21:48).
Dalton’s Latrice Schlabach placed third in 21:07, while her teammates Madee Kutz (8th/2158) and Lily Baechle (9th/21:59) also performed well.
Hiland’s Brooke Miller finished 37th in 25:26 in the field of 59 runners, while Strasburg was led by Jewell Lewis’ 35th place finish in 25:06.
Fairless easily won the event, finishing with a ridiculously low total of 19 points, while Dalton took second with 50 and Sandy Valley earned third at 50 points.