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September 20, 2017

9/14/2017 3:31:00 AM
CROSS COUNTRY: Lady Vikings win Zane Trace Invitational

Sports Editor

KINNIKINNICK - The Vinton County girls' cross country team placed five runners in the top-20 and finished in first-place at the 2017 Zane Trace Cross Country Invitational on Saturday.

In just her fourth race of the 2017 season, sophomore Riley Fee continued her streak of being the first Vinton County runner to cross the finish line, as she finished in second-place with a time of 20:22.60. Coming in 35-seconds behind Fee was junior Lilly Chevalier, who ran 20:57.36 for fourth place.

Freshman Olivia Mayers was the next to cross the finish line for the Lady Vikings with a time of 21:12.06 and a fifth-place finish.

In addition, sophomore Lexi Walker cross the finish in 13th-place in 22:16.80 and freshman Emily Reynolds was 16th in 22:37.54.

Sophomore Alyssa McKinniss was 22nd and junior Hope Saunders was 30th in times of 23:10.46 and 23:54.68, respectively.

With five Lady Vikings scoring among the top-20 finishers, Vinton County's 38 points was 23 points ahead of the hosts of the event, Zane Trace, who finished as runner-up in the team standings with 61 points. Westfall (111), meanwhile, was third, followed by Eastern (131), River Valley (135), Washington (163), Adena (190), Jackson (197), Nelsonville-York (232), New Lexington (233), Huntington Ross (233) and Southeastern (285).

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The Ironladies finished in the top half in the team standings, coming in eighth place.

Sophomore Mazie Wechter (20:43.86) led the Ironladies with a third-place finish. Following her was junior Becky Bergert, who finished in 28th-place with a time of 23:47.42. Freshmen Jacqueline Bragg (27:40.84) and Olivia Sheward (28:22.25) finished 65th and 70th, respectively for Jackson, while Cora Smith was 107th with a time of 36:15.22.

Junior Aubrey O'Bryan ran 38:00.33 for Jackson and sophomore Zada VanBibber ran 39:07.88 to finish in 109th and 110th, respectively.


In the boys' race, Eastern scored 64 points to finished first in the team-standings, while Piketon (91) was the runner-up. Miami Trace (98) was third, followed by River Valley (125), Belpre (154), Hillsboro (209), New Lexington (233), Huntington Ross (252), Vinton County (252), Westfall (254), Zane Trace (263), Adena (307), Washington (324), McClain (355), Paint Valley (376), Southeastern (444), Jackson (446) and North Adams (491).

Junior Austin Hitte was the top runner for Vinton County, as he finished in 28th-place among 173 competitors and led the Vikings to a ninth-place finish.

Senior Timmy Bunnell earned a 46th-place finish in 19:46.81 and freshmen Ty Davidson came in with a time of 20:02.06 and 51st place.

Freshman Anthony Swaim was the fourth Viking to cross the finish line, in a time of 20:32.85, good enough for 67th place, while freshman Koen Travis was 75th with a time of 20:47.07 to round out the scoring for Vinton County.

Also, Riley Kuhn (21:06.46) and Blake Holsinger (21:30.95) finished in 85th and 91st places, respectively.

The Jackson boys earned a 17th-place finish in the team standings and was led by sophomore Mitchell Ogdin, who cross the line in a time of 20:15.17 and a 60th-place finish.

Keelan Kilgour was 78th with a time of 20:56.89 and Jake Simpkins (21:28.04) came in 89th for the Ironmen.

Morgan Bridges (28:46.98) and Adam Sheward (31:36.81) rounding out the scoring for Jackson, as they finished in 166th and 170th, respectively.

Jackson's boys' and girls' cross county teams will hit the course again on Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Aaron Reed Memorial Invitational at Southeastern High School. Vinton County will host the Ryan Seitz 5K Run in McArthur on Saturday at 10 a.m.

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