By ANDERS LARSON
ThisWeek Staff Writer
The Granville High School boys cross country team led all area Division II teams by finishing second at the regional meet last Saturday at Pickerington North.
The Blue Aces had 95 points, finishing behind St. Clairsville (59). St. Clairsville was seventh in the state last season.
Granville was led by a tight pack out front, including Nick Burger who finished 18th (18 minutes, 41.23 seconds), Erik Sneckenburg who was 19th (18:43.76) and Cody Washka who finished 22nd (18:51.93).
No other area boys teams qualified for the state meet Saturday at Scioto Downs.
Bexley's Zach Arace was the only individual qualifier from the area, finishing sixth in 17:53.54. As a team, Bexley had the second-best area finish, taking sixth with 167 points.
In the girls race, Granville and Big Walnut each earned bids to the state meet. Granville scored 85 points to finish third, behind St. Clairsville (29) and Minerva (83). Big Walnut was fourth with 131 points.
Granville was led by Anna Lamb in 12th (21:07.33), and just behind her was Big Walnut's Lincoln Green in 13th (21:12.87).
Melissa Thompson of DeSales earned a trip to her third state meet, finishing 10th in 21:02.06. Thompson said with traditional power St. Clairsville in the field this season, she had to make sure she stayed at her own pace.
"I told myself to stick with the top five, knowing that St. Clairsville was here and not knowing how fast they were," Thompson said. "I didn't want to go out to fast and die and be in the red zone. All in all, making it to states is fine. I would have liked to be up there a little more, but I'll take it."
Michelle Kaiser of Ready also qualified to state, finishing 15th in 21:18.27.
Division II Cross Country
By ANDERS LARSON