PATASKALA — One team knew as its first runner crossed the finish line that it was a district champion.
The other spent its time counting points and waiting for the official announcement.
Both teams won.
The Fredericktown Freddies, as they expected, claimed first place as a team in the Division III race at the OHSAA Central District cross country meet. The Highland Scots won the first-place trophy in the D-II race. Both teams move on to this Saturday’s regional meet at Pickerington North High School.
“I can’t even explain how much this means to all of us,” said Highland’s Logan Ebersole. “This whole season, we’ve had that one goal in mind, to come out on top. It showed it today. Everything came together.”
Two area individuals — Mount Vernon’s Stephen Rowe and Centerburg’s William Thatcher — also qualified for regionals.
The D-II showdown between Highland and Granville was expected to come down to the wire. It did — Highland finished six points ahead of the Aces. No one on either team knew for sure until the official results were read over the PA nearly 45 minutes later. The celebration could be heard on either end of the course.
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