GALION — Dozens of runners from Galion, Colonel Crawford, Bucyrus, Wynford, Crestline and Buckeye Central took to the cross country course Saturday at Amann Reservoir to prove their superiority at the annual Crawford County meet.
Colonel Crawford was the winner in the boys race, finishing with a final score of 26 and grabbing four of the top five spots on the day. Chad Johnson, also the winner in is race at last week’s Galion Cross Country Festival, won this race, with a time of 15:26.85. Johnson’s time was more than a minute better than teammates Brad Bauer and Nick Studer, who finished in second and third place, respectively. In fifth place on the day was Wade Hopkins, also running for the Eagles.
Galion finished in third place on the day, behind the Eagles and the Bucyrus Redmen.
Braxton Tate was the top finisher for the Tigers, with a time of 17:38.76, which was good enough to earn him sixth place. Lucas Conner finished with a time of 18:18.0, Colin McCullough crossed the finish line in 18:50.26 and Luke Eisnaugle finished in 18:52.81 for Galion. Other participants on the day for Galion were Spencer Guinther, Matt Sparks, Garret Murphy, Mikey Stover, Weston Rose, Kyle Bauer, Brendon Ganshorn, Kurt Ensman, Nick Oehler, Bryce Barnhart, Austin Rinehart and Darren Brooks.
The Eagles were also victorious in the girls varsity with their collective final score of 24. The Crawford County champion, as well as second and third place finishers were all from Colonel Crawford. Anna Reffey finished in the top spot with a time of 20:11.26, just seconds ahead of teammate Emily Kemper. Courtney Britt finished in third for the Eagles in a time of 21:39.32.
Galion’s girls found themselves finishing second behind Crawford, with 58 points.
The top runner for the Tigers Sari Conner. She crossed the finished line in 21:53.63, which was good enough for her to land in fifth place. Theresa House wasn’t far behind, finishing in seventh place for coach George Guins. Also finishing towards the top of the pack was Megan Zeir. She finished the race in 23:03.29 and grabbed 11th place.
Both Galion teams will once again take to the course on October 1 for the North Union Invite.
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