Crawford hosts Early Bird Invite


NORTH ROBINSON — Three area high schools found themselves at Colonel Crawford High School on Saturday, August 26 to compete in the Early Bird Invite. In total, there were 13 boys teams and 10 girls teams in action and two of the local teams were crowned champions when all was said and done.

On the boys side, the hosting Colonel Crawford Eagles took the title over runner-up and Northern-10 Athletic Conference foe, the Carey Blue Devils. The Northmor Golden Knights finished third overall in the 13-team field.

Other schools and their placements at the Early Bird were: 4. Plymouth; 5. Western Reserve; 6. Elgin; 7. Upper Sandusky; 8. Bucyrus; 9. Cardington; 10. Lucas; 11. Pleasant; 12. Clear Fork and 13. Buckeye Central.

Crawford senior and defending Division III state cross country champion Chad Johnson ran away from the field to win the individual title for the Eagles. Johnson won the 3.1 mile event with a finishing time of 14:54.88. Runner-up Justin Paul from St. Thomas Aquinas finished in a time of 16:32.86.

Johnson had a slew of teammates running in the event on the day as well, with four finishing in the top 25 of the field. Braxton James ran the course in 17:22.13 which was good for fifth overall and Wade Hopkins rounded out the top 10 on Saturday with a time of 17:31.87. Mason McKibben finished in 16th with a time of 17:57.24 and Alex Mutchler ran the course in 17:59.76 to finish 17th.

Other Eagles’ times on the day were: Zach Leonhart, 19:42.94; Alex Lawson, 20:07.32; Jacob Hoffman, 20:08.23; Brandon Bauer, 22:21.90 and Bryce Tieben, 24:42.25.

For the third place finishing Northmor Golden Knights, there top finisher on the day was Austin Amens. Amens finished with a time of 17:25.40, good for 7th. Three other Knights took top 25 honors on the day as well. In 13th overall, Gavin Keen crossed the finish line in 17:44.95. Ryan Bentley took 22nd in 18:31.03 and BJ White rounded out the top 25 in 18:41.46.

Other Knights’ times on the day were: Chase Hoover, 19:14.95; Kaleb Hart, 19:27.47; Alec Moore, 19:29.53; Manny Heilman, 20:10.61; Kyle Price, 20:26.01; Mostyn Evans, 20:26.76; Cooper Keen, 20:29.28; Kolton Hart, 20:50.81; Sam Weaver, 22:25.41; Zach Govoni, 22:27.97 and Austin Lewis, 22:42.67.

Crestline also had three finishers in the invite. Gavin Balliett ran the course with a time of 20:08.64. Blane Barker (27:11.04) and Wesley Patrick (27:49.47) were also in competition for the Bulldogs on Saturday.

For the girls, Northmor took home the title of Early Bird Invite champions, defeating runner-up, Western Reserve.

Other schools and their placements on Saturday were: 3. Upper Sandusky; 4. COLONEL CRAWFORD; 5. Carey; 6. Riverdale; 7. Buckeye Central; 8. Cardington; 9. Plymouth and 10. Bucyrus.

The Lady Knights Jessica Duryea won the event with a finishing time of 20:37.00. Samantha Peters (10th) crossed the finish line in 21:08.32 and Brooke Bennett (14th) in 21:50.71. Northmor also had three additional runners finish in the top 25 on the day. Julianna Ditullio took 20th overall (22:17.14), Julia Kanagy earned 21st in 22:20.72 and Sabrina Kelley (25th) in a time of 22:39.81.

Other Lady Knights in competition were: Kristie Wright, 22:45.49; Olivia Goodson, 24:19.59; Carolyn McGaulley, 25:11.81; Francesa Cutrupi, 26:31.88; Kenadie Hart, 27:14.47; Tori Carver, 30:51.43 and Vivienne Cutrupi, 31:31.15.

Colonel Crawford’s Lady Eagles saw three runners finish in the top 20 on the day. Leading the way for Crawford was Courtney Britt. Britt took 9th overall with a time of 21:07.94. Teammates Ally Hocker (21:54.78) took 15th and Kari Teglovic (21:55.26) finished 16th for the Eagles.

Other Lady Eagles in competition were: Hannah Willacker, 22:40.09; Kaisey Speck, 22:52.26; Alison Manko, 23:51.36; Katie Hopkins, 25:13.36; Alivia Payne, 26:14.31; Abby Hocker, 27:08.85; Annalyssa Leone, 30:00.57; Emma Swisher, 30:23.37 and Macie Dicus, 30:58.04.

The Lady Bulldogs from Crestline had Caitlin Harley in action on Saturday. Harley finished the 5k with a time of 23:45.15.

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The Northmor Lady Golden Knights won the girls championship at the Colonel Crawford hosted Early Bird Invite. Overall champion for the girls was Northmor’s Jessica Duryea, finishing the race in 20:37.00.
http://www.galioninquirer.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/38/2017/08/web1_Golden-Knights-Logo-5.jpgThe Northmor Lady Golden Knights won the girls championship at the Colonel Crawford hosted Early Bird Invite. Overall champion for the girls was Northmor’s Jessica Duryea, finishing the race in 20:37.00.

Colonel Crawford’s boys team won the championship at the Early Bird Invite on Saturday. Individual champion was the Eagles Chad Johnson who coasted to victory in a time of 14:54.88.
http://www.galioninquirer.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/38/2017/08/web1_Colonel-Crawford-Eagle-3.jpgColonel Crawford’s boys team won the championship at the Early Bird Invite on Saturday. Individual champion was the Eagles Chad Johnson who coasted to victory in a time of 14:54.88.
Eagles and Lady Knights run to titles

By Chad Clinger

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