The Hiland Hawks cross country team traveled to Meadowbrook High School to participate in the annual Colt Carnival Saturday, Sept. 17.
The Hawks finished 13th out of 16 teams, accumulating 331 points, and got a nice effort from a very familiar face.
Leading the pack for Hiland was senior Hunter Yoder, who flew to an 11th place finish overall in 17:38. Yoder clipped Sam McClelland of Harrison Central at the wire by .005 seconds in a fantastic sprint for the wire.
The other four Hawks ran well as a pack, placing 87th to 103rd.
Matt Troyer rolled home in 87th place at 20:32, Alijah Chupp continued to improve, placing 92nd and coming in at 20:41, Alex Ventura finished 98th in 20:52 while Nathaniel Yoder came in 103rd at 21:00.
Levi Pemberton of Caldwell won the race in a time of 16:18, whole Harrison Central’s Zack Henry was second in 16:27.
Caldwell won the competition with 37 points, while runner-up Marietta tallied 82 points and third-place St. Clairseville ended up with 138.
On the girl’s side of the ledger, Fairless ran away to the title, led by Ella Pumneo’s run of 20:22. That time was good enough to place her second overall, behind only champion Mary Kate McElroy, who won in a landslide in 19:18.Teammate Sophie Wentling also ran well, earning sixth place with a time of 20:55, while Lyndsay Cole came in at seventh place in 21:02.
Hiland’s Melissa Hostetler ran well, earning 21st place overall with a time of 22:24. Teammate Brooke Miller placed 64th out of the field of 132 runners, finishing in a time of 25:23. Emily Troyer was 119th in 31:37.
Dover brings home the middle school gold
At the middle school level, Dover came up big, easily winning the competition with a total of 37 points, well ahead of runner-up Warren’s total of 100.
Dover’s Emerson Rainsburg led the way in 12:52, while her teammate Grace Nolen was right behind in 12:59. They placed fourth and fifth, respectively. Also running well were Ella Neading, who finished eighth in 13:14 and Hannah Perkowski, who ran to 10th in a time of 13:37. The counting scores were rounded out by Madison Hertzler, who finished 12th in 13:55.
Trying to chase down the Crimson Tornadoes was New Philadelphia, who had a fine effort but eventually had to settle for third place behind Warren. The Little Lady Quakers were led by Rebekah Stoneman, who ran a sensational race in 12:59, placing her seventh as she battled Nolen to the wire. Audrey Stanley finished 18th in 14:09, while Emilee Cardani (15:42) and Lanie Alderman (15:43) were neck-and-neck at the wire, placing 47th and 49th, respectively.
Hiland’s Annie Troyer ended up in 78th place overall in the field of 117 runners, finishing in 17:37.
In the boys’ middle school race, Fairless placed second behind winner Belpre, in a massively tight fight for the top spot. Belpre collected 52 points to the Falcons’ 58. Not far off the pace was Dover, which placed third with 64 points.
Fairless was paced by Logan Thomas, who ran an 11:54, good for fourth place. Hunter Campbell (12th/12:20), Peyton Figueroa (17th/12:30), Brandt Marchand (20th/12:32) and Max Kirby (23rd/12:42) rounded out the Falcons who scored.
Dover was led by Mitchell Wallick, who placed seventh in a time of 12:09. His teammates also ran well, including David Caswell, who was on Wallick’s heels, finishing ninth in 12:13. Other Dover runners included Owen Hamilton (16th/12:28), Matt Howell (25th/12:45) and John Telle (27th/12:48).
New Philadelphia may have placed eighth overall, but the Quakers got a fabulous effort from Chris Taylor. Taylor burned up the course, finishing in 11:37, which trailed only champion Eli Fullerton of Belpre’s winning time of 11:00.
Hiland’s Colten Hershey placed 45th overall in the field of 99 runners with a time of 13:59.