GALION — Chad Taylor of Galion enjoyed a record-setting performance on a hot day at the 2021 Galion Cross Country Festival.
The talented sophomore placed 17th in the individual standings and helped pace the Tigers to a 12th-place finish (313 points) in the team standings on Saturday at Amann Reservoir. His time of 17:33.3 is a new personal best, Galion head coach Cindy Conner said.
“Chad Taylor had a great race with a lifetime PR,” Conner said. “He took advice and didn’t go out with the front of the pack. This gave him the advantage of being able to move up in the race as he went along the course. I am excited to see just how low he can go with his time this season now that he knows how these times can feel.”
Unioto captured the team championship with 39 points. Shelby was the runnerup with 85 points. Cloverleaf placed third with 93 points.
Chris Tooms of John Glenn High School won the boys individual championship, recording a time of 16:10.7.
More than 2,500 runners from across Ohio competed in the event.
“Amann’s is usually a very fast course and traditionally most of our athletes run personal best times at the festival because of all the spectators, the first home meet, etc,” said Conner. ”The heat (Saturday) definitely played a part in only a few of our athletes running their best times. Fortunately, they were well hydrated so they shouldn’t be feeling the effects today (Sunday).”
Galion senior Kellen Kiser finished in 65rd place with a time of 19:07.9. Sophomore Erik Hilario was close behind. His personal best time of 19:20.9 was good for 70th place.
Junior Caleb Brutchey posted a time of 20:16.5, which was good for 86th place. Freshman Anthony Ferini had a personal best time of 20:23.2 for Galion, good for 90th place.
“The boys’ team finished higher in the standings than they have since I have been coaching. They are a very determined group of kids. They are seeing time drops across the board and reaching for limits they didn’t know they had,” Conner said.
Cannon Butler finished in 104th place with time of 21:20.8. Tyler Fraizer placed 107th with a time of 21:28.1.
Following are the Galion boys results from the Division 2/3 open race: Josue Hilario, 92nd, 21:57.4; Ryan Sutton, 138th, 23:52.7; Riley Gabriel, 145th, 24:15.9; Ashton Faulds, 183rd, 28:27.7; Wyatt Estep, 189th, 30:14.6 (personal best time).
Galion Cross Country Festival 2021
Division 2 Boys Team Results
1. Unioto 39
2. Shelby 85
3. Cloverleaf 93
4. Tallmadge 141
5. Lexington 157
6. John Glenn 201
7. Pleasant 212
8. Upper Sandusky 224
9. Huron 255
10. Highland 273
11. Perkins 287
12. Galion 313
13. Edison 321
14. Johnstown 338
15. Willard 343
16. Padua Franciscan 393
17. Eastwood 470
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