Chad Johnson wins N10 title, Eagles boys claim team honors

ATTICA — The Colonel Crawford cross country teams traveled to Seneca East High School last Saturday morning to compete in the Northern-10 Athletic Conference championship meet.

The Eagles’ boys team was crowned the N-10 champions, edging out the Carey Blue Devils despite finishing with the same final points tally. The individual conference champion was Chad Johnson from Crawford. Johnson crossed the finish line in a remarkable time of 15:09.49. Johnson was also the Galion Cross Country Festival Champion this season.

Also gaining first team all-conference honors for the Eagles were Brad Bauer and Nick Studer. Bauer finished in third place with a time of 16:32.13 while Studer crossed the finish line in fifth place with a time of 16:52.57. Wade Hopkins earned second team all-league status, finishing in 14th place with a time of 17:46.11.

Other runners for the champion Eagles were: Alex Mutchler (22nd), Braxton James (23rd), Zach Leonhart (31st) and Cain Hayes (76th).

The girls team for the Eagles finished the league meet in second place behind the champion Carey Blue Devils. The race winner was Destiny DeFeo from Carey, finishing in a time of 19:59.52.

Anna Reffey and Emily Kemper were both named to first team all-conference spots with their finishes on Saturday. Reffey finished in second place at 20:03.64 while Kemper grabbed third with a time of 20:04.23. Courtney Britt finished in 14th place with a time of 21:58.64 and earned second team honors. Finishing in 17th place with a time of 22:28.60 was Katie Hopkins. With that finish, Hopkins earned all-league honorable mention honors.

Also running for the girls’ squad were: Sydney Studer (24th), Kari Teglovic (32nd), Courtney Lyons (34th) and Macie Dicus (73rd).

The distance squads for the Eagles will be back at it on Saturday Oct.22 at Amann’s in Galion to compete in the District meet. Last year, the boys team from Crawford was the District champions. Johnson was the individual winner by nearly a full minute over the second place finisher. Johnson would continue on to finish fourth in regionals and seventh overall at the state meet as a sophomore. Also for the boys team last year at disctricts, Bauer finished third, Studer in fourth and Hopkins in 11th place. The Eagles’ girls team finished third overall last season to advance to the Regional event. Reffey finished in fifth place last season and was joined in the top 10 by Kemper (7th) and Britt (10th).

By Chad Clinger

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