Running normally isn't considered a team sport, but Johnstown-Monroe High School cross country country coach Eric Hamner said that concept has helped make his runners better individually.

Running normally isn't considered a team sport, but Johnstown-Monroe High School cross country country coach Eric Hamner said that concept has helped make his runners better individually.

The boys and girls teams qualified for regional races last Saturday at Pickerington North. The top four teams and top 16 runners advanced to the state meet Saturday at Scioto Downs.

The girls team finished second in the Division II, district 2 meet Oct. 18 at Watkins Memorial with 55 points, one point behind Canal Winchester. The two other qualifying teams were Granville (83) and New Albany (99).

"I think the girls have been gaining confidence throughout the season in their abilities and now, if they had any doubts, they're all gone as to what they are able to do," Hamner said of the Johnnies' district performance. "Everyone ran their best (at district) and I was glad to see that they all did it on the same day.

"The thing that impresses me is how much they work for each other. They are not just running for themselves, but for each other and I think that has helped them run their best."

Stephanie Loshbough ran a program-record 19 minutes, 35 seconds to take fifth at district. Erin Radigan was seventh (20:01) followed by Kaila Cramer (eighth, 20:11), Karlee Michel (15th, 20:24), Ashley Mast (22nd, 20:53), Kaitlyn Sapp (24th, 20:56) and Emily Johnson (25th, 20:57).

"Erin Radigan was a little under the weather, so I think she might have another 10 or 15 seconds she can take off," Hamner said. "If that happens, we might even have a chance at winning a regional title."

Jeremy Hornick led the boys by finishing second (16:18.47) behind champion Bryson Wade (16:16.74) of Newark Catholic as the Johnnies were fourth (116) in Division III, district 1 behind Grandview (37) Liberty Union (93) and Cardington (104).

Matt Wall was seventh (16:45.78), followed by James Platt (31st, 18:08.85), Drew Jenney (36th, 18:34.91), David Harper (45th, 19:18.91) and Keith Wilbur (56th, 21:02.01).

"We knew (the boys) team had a good chance of getting out (to regional) and Matt and Jeremy had a great shot at getting out to state." Hamner said. "Jeremy had the fourth-best time and Matt had the 18th-best going into the regional."

•The Northridge cross country teams did not have participants from the district races advance to the regional meet.

The boys team finished last (274) of 10 teams in the Division III, district 2 race behind regional-qualifiers Fredericktown (50), Galion Northmor (60), Mount Gilead (78) and Centerburg (113).

The top runner for Northridge, Michael Derringer, did not run at district because he was ill with chicken pox. The freshman set the program record Sept. 10 at the Fairfield Union Invitational in 17:23.

Senior Derek Hull (33rd, 18:52.3) led the Vikings followed by junior Josh Parkinson (47th, 19:44.66), freshmen Paul Hager (65th, 22:57.32) and Joe Larson (70th, 25:53.0) and senior Jesse Irvin (72nd, 26:12.0).

In the Division II, district 1 girls meet, Northridge finished last (271) of 10 teams behind regional-qualifiers Bexley (66), London (88), Hartley (94) and Highland (99).

Sophomore Emily VanNess (38th, 23:25.29) led Northridge followed by junior Jessica Parkinson (60th, 25:41.56), senior Holly McKimmins (63rd, 25:47.96), sophomores Danielle Hume (65th, 26:33.91) and Kelsey Garrabrant (66th, 26:34.42) and senior Brooke Fox (69th, 30:19.62).

In the MBC meet Oct. 11 at the Hartford Fairgrounds, the Vikings were last (158) of seven teams behind Fredericktown (29), Johnstown (80), Utica (87), Centerburg (97), Loudonville (114) and East Knox (122).

Derringer (21st, 18:40) led the Vikings followed by Hull (22nd, 18:50), Parkinson (34th, 19:58), Larson (65th, 26:47) and Irvin (66th, 27:39).

The girls team was fifth (137) behind Johnstown (21), Centerburg and Fredericktown (both with 60) and East Knox (130) and ahead of Loudonville (146). Utica participated, but did not have enough runners for a team score.

VanNess (20th, 23:48) led Northridge followed by Parkinson (35th, 26:32), McKimmins (38th, 27:22), Hume (39th, 27:45) and Garrabrant (40th, 27:56).

The Vikings boys team will lose seniors Hull and Parkinson. Expected to return are freshmen Derringer, Hager, Larson and Joe Pileski.

The Northridge girls will lose seniors Fox and McKimmins. Expected to return are junior Parkinson and sophomores Garrabrant, Hume and VanNess.

The Vikings are led by Mike Dudgeon, who has coached the program for 30 seasons.

•The Johnstown boys soccer team finished 12-5-1 after falling to Bloom-Carroll 2-0 last Wednesday in a Division III district final.

The Bulldogs were 12-3-4 before playing top-seeded Worthington Christian in a district final last Saturday.

Noah Adkins scored 1 minute, 19 seconds into the game for Bloom-Carroll and John Muryn gave his team a two-goal cushion with 20:07 remaining in the first half.

"We had nine seniors and they had nine seniors, and no one wanted to go home," said Johnstown coach Josh Stranges, whose team lost to the Bulldogs 2-1 on Sept. 9. "We played well in the second half and even outshot them (10-7). Even though it was scoreless, we outplayed them."

Byron McElwee had six saves for the Johnnies.

•The Northridge boys soccer team finished 9-9-1 after falling to second-seeded Columbus Academy 10-0 in a Division III district semifinal last Wednesday. Academy was 13-2-2 before playing third-seeded Fairbanks last Saturday in a district final.

Northridge reached the semifinal by routing West Jefferson 8-0 in the second round Oct.18.

•The Northridge girls volleyball team finished 7-13 overall after a 25-13, 25-10, 25-13 loss to top-seeded Pleasant on Oct. 18 in the second round of the Division III district tournament at Big Walnut.

The Vikings beat Mount Gilead 25-13, 18-25, 25-22, 25-22 in the first round.

Northridge finished 5-9 (sixth) in the MBC behind champion Fredericktown (14-0).

The Vikings will lose three seniors in hitters Annie Kiebel, Falon Warner and Bethany Webb.

Expected to return are juniors Jessica Johnson (hitter), Alysha Smith (defensive specialist/setter) and sophomores Lauren Cornwell (middle hitter), Jessica Simmons (libero) and Dana VanDervort (outside hitter) complete the varsity.

Northridge defeated Johnstown twice -- 25-18, 19-25, 26-28, 25-17, 15-11 on Sept. 2 and 25-19, 25-20, 14-25, 25-19 on Sept. 25.

The Vikings were led by sixth-year coach Christine Demas.