TIFFIN — On Saturday morning, the Galion High School cross country teams headed to Tiffin to compete in the Old Fort Invitational.
Tiffin Columbian and Liberty Center would dominate both the boys and girls fields on the day as over 475 runners took to the field over three separate races.
Columbian won the boys race, tallying 93 points on the day while Liberty Center finished as the runner-ups with 108 points. Galion came in 14th place as a team with 354 points.
Leading the way for the Tigers’ boys squad was once again senior Braxton Tate. Tate finished his race in a time of 16:14.09 to finish as the individual champion in the field of 153 finishers.
Braeden Horn and Holden Gabriel were the only other runners for Galion to record top-100 finishes on the day as Horn (19:19.72) took 62nd and Gabriel (19:56.92) finished in 93rd.
Also in the field for the Tigers on Saturday were: 102. Kellen Kiser; 104. Garrett Murphy; 123. Mathias Breinich and 128. Simon Shawk.
There was also an “open race” for the boys that included an additional 121 runners. Carter Fittro of Columbian won the open race with a time of 19:13.52. Fremont Ross took the team title with 41 points while Upper Sandusky nabbed runner-up honors with 89.
Three Galion runners participated in that race, led by a 31st place finish by Zach Slone in 21:11.29. Sean Clark (21:31.18) finished 46th for the Tigers and Grayson Willacker (23:29.93) came in 57th.
Over on the girls side of the invitational, Liberty Center won the team title, holding off Columbian; 55-76. The Galion Lady Tigers tallied 177 points, good for fourth overall in the field of 203 runners. Hope Oelkrug of Liberty Center claimed the individual championship in a time of 19:20.89.
Galion had five runners finish in the top-50 on the day, led by Brooklyn Gates. Gates crossed the finish line in 22:16.04, good for 27th overall.
Zaynah Tate was right behind her, claiming 28th in 22:18.38 with Airyona Nickels finishing 40th in a time of 22:46.89. Emily McDonald ran her race in 23:14.15, good for 47th while teammate Ava Smith took 48th overall with a time of 23:15.31.
Other placements for the Lady Tigers in Tiffin were: 76. Jasmine Clingman; 81. Kaitlyn Bailey; 90. Natalee Perkins; 116. Danielle Manring; 157. Micah Brown; 174. Kaylee Ramsey; 182. Amara Ratcliff and 199. Hannah Daniels.
Up next for the Galion squads will be a trip to Crestline to participate in the Crestline Invitational on Tuesday, October 1. On Saturday, October 5, the Tigers will head to the Mount Gilead Invite.
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