HILLSBORO — The Frontier Athletic Conference held its first-ever cross country meet Thursday, Oct. 12 here at Liberty Park.
It was a successful evening for both Washington High School and Miami Trace High School as their runners excelled.
The Miami Trace High School boys won the team meet and Maddy Garrison and Kameron Morris of Washington High School took individual honors.
Garrison beat a field of 37 other runners, including a talented team from Chillicothe. The Lady Cavaliers did handily win the high school title with 26 points. They had five runners finish in the top 10.
Garrison clocked in at 19:33.
Abby Sullivan (19:39), Laikin Tarlton (20:13) and Ella Cuzzolini (21:05) claimed spots two through four.
Mazie Wechter of Jackson was fifth (21:36), Mollie McCreary of Hillsboro was sixth (21:51) and Cloe Copas of Washington was seventh in a time of 22:33.
The top seven finishers are considered all-conference, according to FAC Commissioner Terri Tutt.
Morris and Garrison are Runners of the Year for 2017.
Morris won in a time of 17:37.
For Miami Trace, Simon DeBruin was third in 17:56 and Henry DeBruin placed fourth in 17:58.
Max Greishiemer of Chillicothe was second in 17:54.
Also of Chillicothe, Ricky Villareal was fifth in 17:59 and Oscar Mikus was sixth in 18:32.
Hillsboro’s Bailey Lucarello placed seventh for the final all-conference spot in 18:34.
McClain’s Reece Schluep was the Tigers’ first runner over the line in 18:44.
Miami Trace boys won the conference by one point, 44 to 45 over Chillicothe.
Hillsboro placed third with 74 points.
The Washington Blue Lions were fourth with 90 points, followed by McClain with 123 and Jackson with 142.
Also for Miami Trace, Caleb Brannigan was ninth in 18:46; Mcale Callahan was 12th in 19:12; Bo Little was 16th in 19:45; Wyatt Cory was 17th in a time of 19:53 and Nick Foody was 23rd in 21:02.
Skylar Lyons was 29th for the Panthers in 21:44; Matthew Warner placed 30th in 21:45; Jake Atwood was 36th in 22:26; Cole Howland was 38th in a time of 22:36 and Brad Yerian finished 39th in 22:47.
Also for the Blue Lions, Brandon Underwood was 15th in 19:43; Connor Lane was 20th in 20:31; Will Baughn was 24th with a time of 21:08; Nick Geiler was 30th in 21:44; Grant Patterson was 32nd in 22:18; Cody Riley was 33rd in 22:21; Chris Conger was 41st in 22:57; Christian Grove placed 42nd in 23:29; R.G. Crabtree was 49th in 26:03; Gabe Pickerill finished 51st in 27:15; Keiya Satoh was 52nd in 27:25 and Jordan Rohrer was 54th in 28:52.
“Kameron decided last spring that he wanted to excel at cross country, so he set some high goals and has worked really hard to meet them,” Washington head coach Ryan Day said. “We are ecstatic that he is the FAC champion and are looking forward to watching him compete at the District Meet.
“Maddy has picked up where she left off last year, as she has continued to excel in her senior season,” Day said. “She was really pushed by Abby Sullivan of Chillicothe, so I think that test will serve her well in the upcoming races.
“Cloe Copas has made amazing progress as a freshman — especially considering the fact that she had major knee surgery last winter,” Day said. “We’re enjoying watching her confidence improve with each meet.
“Many of our other runners ran really well, too,” Day said. “We’ve been pleased with our numbers and the work ethic of our teams all season. Our middle school teams are making great progress. (Our) middle school girls were champions and our middle school boys lost a tiebreaker for second place. Overall, this has been one of the best years for Blue Lion cross country.”
“This was the first league title for the program since 1998,” Miami Trace head coach Jeff Smallwood said. “It was a team goal since the first practice in early August. All the runners stepped up and competed even through some adversity.
“Sophmores Simon and Henry DeBruin finished with First Team, All-FAC honors and freshman Caleb Brannigan and Mcale Callahan will receive Second Team, All-FAC,” Smallwood said. “Bo Little ran with a ton of heart. After the two-mile (mark) he was sitting in sixth overall with a large gap between fifth and seventh. He was sent the wrong way by the wooded area of the course and had to backtrack about 200 meters.
“He stayed focused and was still our No. 5 runner as we edged Chillicothe by 1 placement. He could have given up but continued to push and that could have been the difference between a 1st or 2nd place finish. Wyatt Cory stepped up and ran one of his best times of the year as well.”
In the middle school meet, the Miami Trace boys won with 44 placement points.
Chillicothe was second with 55 points, tying with the Blue Lions of Washington. Chillicothe took second by virtue of the sixth-place finisher coming in ahead of the Washington sixth-place runner.
Hillsboro was fourth with 59 points.
For the girls middle school, only Miami Trace and Washington had enough runners to record a team score.
Washington was first with 26 points and Miami Trace was second with 29 points.
Mallory Conklin of Miami Trace won the race in 14 minutes flat.
Kaylii Merritt of Washington was second in 14:59.
Also for Miami Trace, Meghan Cory was third as a team member in 15:08.
Delaney Thomas was sixth in 16:50; Kelsey Pettit was ninth in 19:14; Mara Simonson was 10th in 19:20; Makayla Barnes was 11th in 19:27 and Loreli King was 12th in 20:28.
Also for Washington, Chloe Lovett was fourth in 16:18; Mia Moats was fifth in 16:23; Megan Sever placed seventh in 16:56; Jordan McCane was eighth in 18:15.
On the middle school boys’ side, Jacob Moore of Washington was second in 12:17. He was first as a team member.
Chris Hughes of Jackson won the race in 12:11.
For Miami Trace, Connor Bucher was second in 12:19.
Weston Melvin was fourth in 12:35 and Jadon Rowe was fifth in 12:46.
Cole Little was 14th in 14:18; Eli Miller placed 19th in 14:52; Max Trimble was 20th in 15:06; Isaiah Reisinger was 21st in 15:13; Christian Rossiter was 23rd in 15:13; Jacob Miller was 29th in 15:32; Kolton Moore was 30th in 15:56; Kaiden Thompson was 32nd in 15:57.2; Zach Warnock was 34th in 16:41; Gannon Phillips was 35th in 17:32; Wesley May was 37th in 17:36.
Also for Washington, Karson Runk was sixth in 13:12; Branton Dawes was 12th in 14:01; Ian Roush was 13th in 14:09; Justin Grove was 23rd in 15:25; Samuel Colter was 24th in 15:25; Ryan Elrich was 26th in 15:27.12; Jack Mead placed 38th in 17:36.2; Kylan Lawell was 41st in 18:50 and Brenton Dawes was 42nd in 19:58.
The high school Division II District cross country races are Saturday at the University of Rio Grande.