Roble aims to lead way for Central Crossing boys
Central Crossing High School junior Isse Roble is hoping for a similar postseason to last year, when the boys cross country team qualified for the Division I regional meet.
Roble and his teammates will compete in the district 1 meet Saturday, Oct. 20, at Watkins Memorial. The top five teams and top 20 individuals advance to regional Oct. 27 at Pickerington North.
"I'm trying to live up to a legacy that was taught to me by four runners," Roble said of 2012 graduates Will Doering, Kyle Dyer, Stanley Gates and Donovan Wonacott. "At first, it was I was good because I was just next in line. I wasn't good because I ran the qualifying times. ... I told myself at the beginning of the year no matter what happens come championship season that I'm just going to put it all on the line and run like a top runner."
Central Crossing is seeded 37th at district. Westerville North, which will compete in district 1, is the top seed.
Last season in the district 1 meet, Central Crossing was third (92) behind Hilliard Davidson (42) and Dublin Jerome (58) as the top five teams advanced to regional.
Roble was 41st in 18 minutes, 29.3 seconds.
The Comets' season ended with a 14th-place finish at regional, where Roble was 93rd in 18:22.53.
Central Crossing finished seventh (210) in the OCC-Central Division meet Oct. 13 at Hilliard Darby, behind Davidson (28), Olentangy Liberty (39), Dublin Coffman (86), Thomas Worthington (128), Upper Arlington (141) and Marysville (142) and ahead of Westland (226).
Roble was 24th in a personal-best 16:47.48. Also competing were junior Kyle Pessel (54th, 17:55.15), sophomore Cody Calafatis (61st, 20:12.08), senior Tyler Tope (62nd, 20:13.22) and freshman Brandon Marcum (65th, 21:02.44).
"This race really sets Isse up well for regional qualification," coach Doug Boggs said of district. "Hopefully, that's his mindset and that's what we'll be talking about all week."
The girls team will compete in the district 2 meet at Watkins Memorial and is seeded 36th. Coffman, which will compete in district 2, is the top seed.
The top five teams and top 20 individuals advance to regional.
Last season, Central Crossing was 13th (397) in the 15-team district 3 meet behind champion Davidson (43).
The Comets finished seventh (196) in the league meet Oct. 13 behind Coffman (43), Davidson (51), UA (51), Liberty (102), Thomas (107) and Marysville (188). Westland did not have enough runners for a team score.
Senior Molly Lalonde was 19th (19:53.3), followed by sophomore Kristina Myers (41st, 21:97.9), senior Caitlin Ritter (56th, 23:11.69), sophomore Jessica Stanley (57th, 23:17.78) and senior Sierra Nollette (60th, 25:02.92).
Greyhounds tune up for postseason
The Grove City boys and girls teams prepared for district competition by competing in the OCC-Ohio meet Oct. 13 at Lancaster.
"Things went as expected," coach Donny Thompson said. "Their personal times were pretty good."
The boys team finished seventh (196) behind Pickerington North (47), Lancaster (52), Newark (53), Gahanna (82), Pickerington Central (142) and Reynoldsburg (164). Groveport did not have enough runners for a team score.
Junior Josh Schaffer was 34th (18:13.4), followed by freshman Adam Glass (52nd, 19:22.7), junior Vinh Peters (54th, 19:49.6), senior Drew Artrip (56th, 19:59.8) and sophomore Alex Meister (58th, 20:06.1).
The 39th-seeded Greyhounds will compete in the Division I, district 3 meet at Watkins Memorial. The top six teams and top 24 individuals advance to regional.
Last season, Grove City was 13th (367) in the 16-team district 3 meet behind champion Coffman (58).
The girls team finished sixth (155) in the league meet behind Gahanna (40), North (59), Central (77), Lancaster (105) and Reynoldsburg (143) and ahead of Newark (163). Groveport did not have enough runners for a team score.
Senior Annie Winkler was 13th (21:21.6), followed by sophomore Kim Peters (30th, 22:39.6), freshman Michaela Mountain (39th, 23:45.2), junior Alexis Ewing (52nd, 27:16.9) and sophomore Destiny Camp (53rd, 27:19.3).
Grove City, the 34th seed, will compete in the district 2 meet. The top five teams and top 20 individuals advance to regional. Last season at district, Grove City did not have enough runners for a team score as Winkler was 28th (21:38.2).
"I am very excited," Thompson said. "It's my first big postseason meet. Annie Winkler has a good shot of advancing. Josh Schaffer has an outside shot of getting in there. With all of my underclassmen who are running, I'm very excited for them just to get that experience when most freshmen and sophomores don't have that opportunity to get into big meets like that and see what it's like to run in a district meet."