HILLIARD — The Centerburg girls cross country team continued its outstanding roll this fall, winning the Division III Section II race Saturday in Hilliard by 50 points to move to regionals as a team.
Senior Dreanna Perry paced Centerburg. She was first to the mile-mark in a tight pack, before dropping to fourth by the second split, crossing just about the same time as freshman teammate Avery Tucker.
“It feels good to have someone there that you know and you’ve trained with because you know what they can do and what you can do with them,” Perry said. “It pushes you harder sometimes. It’s nice to know that your teammate is right there with you because we are encouraging each other throughout the whole thing.”
By the finish line, Perry snagged the bronze with a time of 20:06.5.
“My goal in the race today was to get in to the 19:00’s but I was like four seconds off,” Perry said. “That wasn’t quite achieved, but I still raced well.”
Just behind Perry, Tucker snagged the fourth slot with a time of 20:07.9.
Sarah Thatcher crossed the line next for the Trojans, finishing ninth with a time of 20:39.6, followed closely by Aeryn Walters (21:03.9) and Abigail Dickhof (21:08.8), who snagged 11th and 13th, respectively. Elise Tucker, in 20th, and Rebecca Scholl, in 46th, rounded out the Trojans with times of 21:34.7 and 23:49.2, respectively.
Centerburg snagged the top spot with 37 points as a team. Led by Kristie Wright (10th, 21:02.3) and Julianna Dutillio (15th, 21:18.8), Northmor finished second, 50 points behind Centerburg. Fairfield Christian Academy secured third with 94 points and Columbus Academy (112) took fourth to take the final qualifying spot. The top four teams and top 16 individuals all will run in the regional race.
Northridge did not qualify as a team, but Megan King, who snagged first with a time of 19:51.2, and Olyvia Ashbrook, who earned sixth with 20:13.4, both qualified as individuals.
East Knox ran in the same race, but did not have enough girls to qualify in the team standings. Taylynn Morningstar turned in a 23:17.2 to take 42nd, followed next by Alexandria Magers’ 23:28.9. Lilly Thomas slid into 59th with a time of 24:57.0.
Fredericktown took the second spot as a team in the other Division III race. Nicole Groselose led the way for the Freddies with a sixth-place finish (20:20.1). Lydia Stute (20:53.5) and Georgie Caputo (20:56.3) finished back-to-back in eighth and ninth, respectively.
The Freddies dominated the top-15. Miranda Baker snagged 12th with a time of 21:17.3, followed by Macy Thorne’s 21:17.8 (13th). Sammy Maglott (21:19.4) and Emma Linhares (21:20.0) were all a part of the Freddie pack, taking 14th and 15th, respectively.
“Our motto is that it’s not about yourself, it’s about the team,” Fredericktown coach Bob Geiger said. “Saturday was about learning how to run together and gain confidence and we did that.”
Mount Gilead won the race as a team, with Allison Johnson (18:24.2) and Baylee Hack (18:26.5) leading the way for the whole race, taking first and second.
The Indians charted 46 points on the day, followed closely by Fredericktown’s 48. Columbus School for Girls had 109 points and Newark Catholic had 110 points on the day, with all four schools qualifying for the regional race.
The Highland girls posted a team score or 246, earning ninth. Although the team did not qualify for regionals, Camberly Schade notched a time of 20:24.6, earning ninth to earn a spot at the regional meet.
Mia White was the next Scot to cross, taking 42nd with a time of 22:12.7. Elizabeth Jensen (23:00.0) and Julia Pauley (23:09.2) finished close to each other in 60th and 62nd place, respectively. Joanna Pauley (24:37.1) took 83rd, Hayley Dailey (24:54.4) 86th and Morgan Wilhelm (25:23.9) 89th.
Utica’s Greta Buckenberger was the lone Redskin girl to run, finishing 70th with a time of 23:43.5.
The Mount Vernon girls team finished 12th in the team standings of its Division I race Saturday. Chloe Dailey paced the Jackets with a 37th-place finish, turning in a time of 21:53.8. Hanna Sims (23:18.0) snagged 64th and Allison Page (23:25.8) grabbed 68th.
Joy Neighbarger’s time of 23:37.4 earned her 72nd, while Jozlyn Burky (23:42.3) took 75th. Meghan Foos (23:52.0) and Jillian Baker (23:57.2) rounded out the Jacket runners, taking 79th and 80th, respectively.