October 28, 2013
PICKERINGTON: The miles and miles of hard work came to a reality last Saturday for the Carrollton girls cross country team.
The Lady Warrior team ran its way to a fourth place finish at the Pickerington Division II regional.
Running in the cold and with winds gusting over 40-miles per hour, Carrollton finished with 147 points.
The top four teams and the top 16 individuals not on a qualifying team qualified for this Saturday’s State meet at National Trail Raceway at Heath.
“The coaching staff has been impressed with the girls since the beginning of the season,” said Head Coach Lisa Baker. “They have made great choices and made their team a priority since our summer running. Their success can be credited to their awesome attitudes, natural talent and a lot of hard work. I am just so happy for them.”
Freshman Maddie Dunlap paced the Warriors with a third place finish with a time of 19:16.43.
Dunlap was the only freshman to place in the top 10.
She was followed by freshman Hailey Wells in 26th place with a time of 20:26.53, senior Naomi Young in 32nd place with a time of 20:37.48, senior Taylar Bennett in 36th place with a time of 20:50.22, freshman Maddie Formet in 71st with a time of 22:07.59, junior Janesa Bell in 74th with a time of 22:13.91 and senior Lindsay Schandel in 88th with a time of 22:52.85.
This will be the fourth trip to the state meet for a Carrollton girls team. They qualified in 1999, 2001 and 2002.
The Sandy Valley girls placed 14th with 299 points. Sophomore Andra Lehotay led the way for the Cardinals with a time of 20:30.62; good for 27th place.
Junior Allyson Malone from Alexander won the race with a time of 19:14.61 and Olivia Warther from Dover placed second with a time of 19:15.41.
Claymont won the team title by one point over Dover. Claymont finished with 97 and Dover 98. Athens placed third with 108 points.
For Carrollton boys, it was a disappointing day. They finished 15th with 325 points.
But, on the bright side, all seven will return next season.
Junior John Brown, who had qualified for the state meet the two past seasons, placed 46th to lead the Warriors with a time of 17:48.96; freshman Cole Lovett was next in 57th place with a time of 18:02.77, sophomore Joey Knipp finished 91st with a time of 18:52.91, sophomore Gabe Owens finished 101st with a time of 19:05.74, junior John Dunlap finished 103rd with a time of 19:12.23, freshman Quinton Huggett fin ished 104th with a time of 19:12.75 and sophomore Luke Leslie was 111th with a time of 19:26.07.
The Sandy Valley boys placed 13th in Division II with 286 points.
Brandon Wallace and John Mahaffey placed 66th and 67th, respectively, with times of 18:12.54 and 18:12.81.
Minerva had one representative in the race, junior Duncan Freeland, who placed 32nd with a time of 17:37.20.
Sheridan won the overall team title with 66 points. They were led by Matt Bromley, who ran a 16:01.99 to place first and Joey Palumbo with a time of 16:31.85 to place second.
The girls will run Saturday morning at 11:45. Tickets are $9 and can be purchased at the gate.