The season ended for the Central Crossing High School boys cross country team at the Division I regional at Pickerington North last Saturday as it finished 11th (274) behind champion Hilliard Davidson (76).

The season ended for the Central Crossing High School boys cross country team at the Division I regional at Pickerington North last Saturday as it finished 11th (274) behind champion Hilliard Davidson (76).

The top four teams and top 16 individuals advanced to the state meet Saturday at Scioto Downs.

Chris Yanichko led the Comets by finishing 47th in 17 minutes, 9 seconds as Davidson's Yoshi Shimizu won in 16:05.

"We did not feel very good about the way we ran," said Matt Shaffer, who was the fourth runner to finish for the Comets by placing 75th (17:35) behind teammates Chris Aldea (64th, 17:24) and Jeremy Reckner (69th, 17:38). Andrew McCloud was 77th (17:36), Kelley Jones was 117th (18:25) and Lance Gardner was 128th (18:56).

Shaffer said the goal was to qualify for the state meet. The team decided it would need two runners in the top 20 and three more in the top 40 to make that happen.

"We planned on getting fourth if we did what we were supposed to do," he said. "I think we overthought things. We just weren't ready."

Shaffer said he went out too fast.

"I used too much energy at the beginning and just died," he said.

Only three of Central Crossing's seven runners -- Shaffer, Reckner and Aldea -- are seniors.

"I think they'll be pretty good next year," Shaffer said. "(Having run at regional) gives them good insight on the atmosphere and what to expect. It should help them work hard to try to get back."

In the district 3 meet Oct. 18 at Watkins Memorial, the Comets finished fourth (124) behind champion Davidson (31).

Central Crossing, which qualified to the regional for the third year in a row, also finished behind Dublin Coffman (56) and Thomas Worthington (121).

The Comets had beaten Thomas (114-123) to take fourth at the OCC-Central Division meet on Oct. 11. Davidson won the league meet with 33 points followed by Hilliard Darby (49) and Coffman (61)