By Bob Evans
November 4, 2013
HEBRON: A young Carrollton girls cross country team took part in the 36th annual State Girls Cross Country meet last Saturday at National Trail Raceway in Hebron.
Running in the Division II race, the girls turned in a solid performance, placing 12th with 281 points.
“The girls performed perfectly today,” said head coach Lisa Baker. “They approached the pomp and circumstance of the event with great poise, confidence and humbleness. They went to the starting line knowing they were prepared and were excited to race. This showed as the race progressed and they continued to move forward and fight for places. From the gun to the finish line, they gave it their all.”
Freshman Maddie Dunlap led the way for the Lady Warriors with an 11th place finish with a time of 18:57.20 to earn first team All-Ohio honors. The top 25 finishers in each division earned All-Ohio honors.
She was also the top placing freshman in the race.
“We are very proud of her (Dunlap) this season,” noted Baker. “She ran today like a veteran runner, very smart and with her usual courage.”
Following Dunlap was freshman Hailey Wells, who placed 64th with a time of 20:06.60. Seniors Naomi Young and Taylar Bennett placed next with times of 20:24 and 20:41.50 to finish 82nd and 96th. Junior Janesa Bell placed 127th with a time of 21:47.40, freshman Maddie Formet 135th with a time of 22:08.80 and senior Lindsey Schandel 137th with a time of 22:27.40.
The season would not have been the success it was without the leadership of its three seniors - Young, Bennett and Schandel.
“They have been solid leaders for us,” Baker said. “They have been fantastic mentors for the ‘rookies’, demonstrating a sense of team. As they move on in life, they are leaving the Carrollton Distance Warriors with a fine legacy, which we are truly grateful for.”
Taylor Vernot from Wauseon was the overall winner with a time of 18:04.40 and Mary Kate Vaught from Oakwood a close second with a time of 18:05.70.
Dover placed 9th with 220 points and Claymont 11th with 249 points.
Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary won their fifth straight Division II championship with 101 points; Bay was second with 119 and Woodridge third with 140.