HEBRON — East Knox cross-country coach Ron Fannin knew senior Emilie Schworm had made school history Saturday. But he wasn’t exactly sure to what capacity.
“I’m losing track of her records,” Fannin confessed.
Schworm didn’t establish a school record at the OHSAA State Cross-Country Championship races in Hebron. But her time of 18:47.6 was good enough for 12th place in the Division III girls race, making her the first All-Ohioan in East Knox history.
“This has been my goal since I started high school,” Schworm said. “This is amazing.”
Schworm wasn’t the only one with a good day at National Trail Raceway. The Fredericktown Freddies finished 12th as a team in the same race — the second-best result in team history.
In the boys Division III race, Wyat Harmon finished his Fredericktown career with a 57th place finish.
Schworm was in the middle of the first pack of runners after the first mile. The pack began to separate after the second mile, when the runners hit the biggest hill of the course.
“The first mile was hard, then I was feeling better as I was passing people,” Schworm said. “It looks like this course is flat, but it has some sneaky little hills in the trees. I had to work through it.”
The top three Freddies in the girls race finished together. Molly Linhares (20:17.4) was the first one to cross the finish line at 84th. Nichole Groseclose and Rachel Tumbleson each finished about two seconds behind.
“I think this was my favorite cross-country season, and not necessary because of time,” Tumbleson said. “Our team got really close this year.”
Miranda Baker (20:32.4) was 96th. Lauren Davis (21:31.3) came in 134th.
Also competing for Fredericktown were Ashlyn Shrimplin (21:41.0) and senior Emily Cobb (21:42.4).
“It’s huge. It’s nothing like any other race this season,” said Cobb, who ran for the second year in cross-country. “People are cheering through the whole thing. There are little places where it’s quiet, and it gives you a chance to see where you actually are. Otherwise, your mind just shuts off and you worry about running.”
Harmon (16:55.9) was part of the first pack of runners at the first mile. He didn’t begin to fade until hitting the hill after the second mile marker.
“The first mile was good, because I got stuck behind some people so I didn’t go out too fast,” Harmon said. “I tried to catch up in the second mile, but I just got tired. I hit those hills and I got tired.”
Austin Hallabrin helped lead Mount Gilead to a fifthplace finish in the Division III boys race. Hallabrin came in sixth overall with a time of 16:00.6. He was followed by Casey White (16:16.6, 15th), Liam Dennis (16:59.9, 61st), Nick Weiss (17:12.7, 82nd) and Kyle White (18:01.9, 146th). The Indians were 16th in the girls race, with Baylee Hack (19:40.8, 43rd), Hannah Bush (20:08.7, 76th) and Darcy Picker (20:51.1, 111st).
The Northmor girls came in 13th in the D-III girls race. Kristen Duryea led the Knights with a 53rd-place finish (19:49.6).