Pickerington High School North senior Kristen Eisenhauer will be making her third consecutive state cross country appearance when she travels to National Trail Raceway for the Division I girls race Saturday, Nov. 3.
In the regional meet Oct. 27 on her home course, Eisenhauer finished eighth (19 minutes, 13.85 seconds) as the Panthers were 10th (246) of 16 teams.
Hilliard Davidson won the team title with 50 points, and Upper Arlington (113), Dublin Coffman (115) and Dublin Scioto (129) also qualified for state. Reynoldsburg's Leah Wallace won the individual title in 18:44.9; the top 16 individuals advanced.
Eisenhauer was 104th (19:47.9) at state in 2010 at Scioto Downs and 96th (20:02.76) in the first state meet at National Trail Raceway a year ago.
"This is the best I've ever done at regionals, so it feels great," Eisenhauer said. "I just wanted to be with the top 10 to 16 runners at the mile and I was right where I wanted to be."
Also competing for North at regional were senior Fayth Greegor (50th, 20:34.3), freshman Kat Lowe (55th, 20:42.99), juniors Sinclair Stockard (75th, 21:06.25) and Jordan Potts (83rd, 21:20.49), senior Cortney Palmer (104th, 21:50.03) and junior Kelsey Waite (108th, 22:00.89).
Seasons end for other squads
The Central girls team placed 13th (305) in the Division I regional.
Junior Elizabeth Weed was 30th (20:09.26) to lead the Tigers. She was followed by junior Stephanie Gase (49th, 20:33.66), sophomore Madison Cheyunski (72nd, 21:04.83), senior Julia Filby (89th, 21:28.75), sophomore Jayla Doggette (93rd, 21:31.8), junior Morgan Richardson (96th, 21:35.45) and senior Danielle Trunzo (102nd, 21:46.86).
In the boys Division I regional, North was seventh (194) and Central placed 15th (401) of 16 teams. Westerville North (79), Davidson (88), Olentangy Liberty (108) and New Albany (114) advanced to state.
Westerville North's Jacob Dumford ran 15:51.81 to edge teammate Kent Ford (15:51.95) for the individual title.
Senior Brent Pritchard was Pickerington North's top finisher, as he placed 35th in 16:55.48. He was followed by sophomore Ryan Kronk (37th, 16:59.24), junior Brian Lanier (38th, 16:59.53), sophomore Zach Zimmerman (40th, 17:00.54), senior Donald Sisco (64th, 17:22), junior Nick Hagihiri (81st, 17:38.22) and senior Evan Mutha (116th, 18:18.77).
Central was led by freshman Steven Bauers, who was 71st (17:31.34). He was followed by sophomore Evan Jaynes (85th, 17:40.62), juniors Terry Peppers (87th, 17:41.65) and Maaz Shafi (105th, 18:06.46), freshman Robert Hoagland (106th, 18:06.74), sophomore Sean Phillips (109th, 18:11.95) and senior Luke Forshey (123rd, 18:48.59).