Colonel Crawford turned in a dominant performance in cross country for the second consecutive weekend at Amann Reservoir Park.
This time, the Eagles captured the boys championship at the Crawford County Cross Country Meet, claiming five of the top six spots in the individual standings. It marked the fourth consecutive year that Colonel Crawford has won the boys county team title.
Sophomore Chad Johnson and juniors Brad Bauer and Nick Studer finished 1-2-3 in the standings, while senior Brandon Long and sophomore Wade Hopkins placed fifth and sixth, respectively. Johnson’s time was 15 minutes, 58 seconds, which was six seconds off the winning pace he set the previous Saturday during the Galion Cross Country Festival at Amann. Nevertheless, it was still nearly a full minute faster than his nearest competitor.
“Chad has really come out of his shell from last year,” said Eagles head coach Jody Grove. “He’s really coming into his own.”
Bauer finished in 16:45.96. Studer crossed the finish line in 17:22.64. Long’s time was 17:45.53. Hopkins completed the course in 17:52.01.
Carson Pirnstill of Bucyrus ruined Colonel Crawford’s bid to claim the top five places without interruption. The Redmen junior placed fourth, posting a time of 17:43.47.
The Eagles tallied 17 points. Bucyrus placed second with 54 points and Galion came in third place with 67 points. Wynford took fourth place with 74 points and Crestline finished fifth with 141 points. Buckeye Central entered only two runners in the meet and did not figure in the team results.
“The team seems to have a real good chemistry right now,” Grove said. “It’s fun to watch them in practice and the locker room. I guess they have bowling date nights. They really have fun together. That’s important as a team. If you have that kind of chemistry, you tend also to perform well together on Saturdays.”
Following are the rest of the results for the Eagles at the county meet: Braxton James (25th, 20:19.65), Zach Leonhart (26th, 20:20.05), Brandon Bauer (33rd, 21:21.93), Grant Pfeifer (40th, 22:22.45).
The rest of the top five runners for Bucyrus were Devon Sigler (9th, 18:25.63), Dakota Hedrick (11th, 18:53.55), Noah Johnson (14th, 19:20.3) and Tyler Rittenhour (16th, 19:35.7).
Senior Casey Barker was the top placer for Galion, finishing in eighth place with a time of 18:25.02. Junior Lucas Conner placed 10th with a time of 18:48.58. Sophomore Luke Eisnaugle came in 13th, posting a time of 19:19.45. Freshman Westan Rose placed 15th with a time of 19:22.85. Junior Colin McCullough rounded out the top five runners for the Tigers, finishing in 22nd place with a time of 20:12.29.
Freshman Spencer Guinther came in 23rd place, crossing the finish line in 20:12.63, and junior Thomas Shawk finished 24th with a time of 20:13.43.
“We had some outstanding runs by our underclassmen,” said Galion head coach George Guins. “Westan and Spencer were very good. We continue to work hard and are improving.”
Following are the rest of the results turned in by Galion runners: Mikey Stover (31st, 21:03.22), Kyle Bauer (32nd, 21:20.87), Kurt Ensman (37th, 22:13.02), Bryce Barnhart (38th, 22:19.6), Bailey Franks (46th, 25:54.47).
Crestline’s Kaleb Carver was the top runner for the Bulldogs at the county meet. The junior placed 20th, crossing the finish line in 19:53.64.
Sophomore Kevin Winkler finished in 28th place, posting a time of 20:25.41. Noah Hunt, also a sophomore, came in 35th place with a time of 21:46.18.
Senior Brian Wonder and freshman Trenton Gray finished in 41st and 42nd place, respectively, for the Bulldogs. Wonder’s time was 22:42.81. Gray completed the course in 23:24.31.
Sophomore Wesley Patrick came in 47th place and junior Andrew Burton finished in 48th place. Patrick’s time was 28:14.87. Burton posted a time of 29:07.
Senior Matthew Hall was the top runner for Wynford. He placed seventh with a time of 18:02.97.
The other Royals who scored points were Donnie Brooks (12th, 18:55.54), Timothy Chandler (17th, 19:38.11), Seth Karcher (18th, 19:40.55) and Joshua Rose (21st, 20:04.71).
Trenton Langhar of Buckeye Central placed 19th with a time of 19:47.61. James Cronau finished 44th with a time of 23:39.66.
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