Davidson boys, girls win district
Colin Burdette and Lilly Saniel-Banrey each won a Division I district title, helping the Hilliard Davidson High School boys and girls cross country teams capture district championships Oct. 19 at Watkins Memorial.
With four runners placing in the top 10, the boys team won the district 1 meet, totaling 29 points as 14 teams scored, and advanced to the regional meet Saturday, Oct. 26, at Pickerington North. Also advancing were New Albany (46), Thomas Worthington (94), Pickerington North (112) and Olentangy Orange (125).
Burdette finished first in 16 minutes, 6.59 seconds. Garrett Knapik placed second (16:13.99), followed by Luke Hoover (sixth, 16:26.97), Johnny McKeown (eighth, 16:34.8), Ryan Whitney (12th, 16:42.64). Adam Hoover (23rd, 17:23.75) and Spencer Schlecht (33rd, 17:43.54).
With two of the top three finishers, the girls team finished first (48) in the district 1 meet as 11 teams scored. Also advancing to regional were Thomas (61), Worthington Kilbourne (94), Pickerington Central (98) and Westerville North (110).
Saniel-Banrey won in 18:25.52 and Jane Onders placed third (18:56.41). Also competing were Catherine Hildebrand (11th, 19:38.71), Lauren Erdman (15th, 19:48.9), Lindsey Ruff (18th, 19:53.08), India Johnson (22nd, 20:18.98) and Jane Haines (27th, 20:34.48).
The top four teams and top 16 individuals at regional advance to the state meet Nov. 2 at National Trail Raceway.
Bradley boys, girls advance to regional
The Bradley boys and girls teams both advanced to the Division I regional from the district 3 meet Oct. 19 at Watkins Memorial.
Eric McCabe finished third (16:02.96) to lead the boys team, which placed fifth (146) behind Lancaster (36), Olentangy Liberty (55), Olentangy (99) and St. Charles (111) as 16 teams scored. Teays Valley (179) secured the sixth and final regional-qualifying spot.
Daniel Butchko (25th, 17:18.71) was the Jaguars' second-highest finisher, followed by Ryan Gross (32nd, 17:38.45), Ahmed Hamed (39th, 17:52.79), Eric O'Neil (47th, 18:03.35), Alex Lewis (59th, 18:09.54) and Darian Sorensen (63rd, 18:12.14).
The girls team placed fifth (127) behind Upper Arlington (64), Dublin Jerome (112), New Albany (114) and Watkins Memorial (121) as 17 teams scored. Dublin Coffman (148) also advanced.
Tes Corea paced the Jaguars, finishing 12th (19:53.4). Also competing were Sarah Hevener (18th, 20:06.68), Colleen Grainger (28th, 20:34.5), Alex Anton (29th, 20:39.36), Elaina Alpeter (40th, 21:01.19), Clairmar Segarra-Ibanez (47th, 21:15.38) and Eliza Alpeter (54th, 21:22.6).
Darby boys move on to regional
With two runners finishing in the top nine, the Darby boys team qualified for the Division I regional from the district 2 meet Oct. 19 at Watkins Memorial.
Chase Hampton (fifth, 16:19.) and Daniel Reynolds (ninth, 16:37.8) led the Panthers, who placed third (106) behind Jerome (23) and Coffman (75) as 14 teams scored. Gahanna (122) and Westerville South (129) also advanced.
Also competing for the Panthers were Spencer Strohm (21st, 17:04.74), Gage Akers (35th, 17:31.99), Jamey Ehret (36th, 17:32.37), Jayson Shoemaker (43rd, 17:44.35) and Carter Williams (58th, 18:19.2).
The season has ended for the girls team, as it finished eighth (199) in the district 1 meet.
Emily Melnik (31st, 20:54.85) led the Panthers. Also competing were Dani Deshuk (33rd, 21:04.56), Sarah Vermillion (40th, 21:29.52), Randi Saito (45th, 21:43.66), Hanna Kunze (51st, 21:59.15), Alyssa Cannon (52nd, 22:01.37) and Lydia Rohrer (63rd, 22:51.12).
The top 20 individuals advanced to regional.
-- Brad Emerine