Thomas girls finish fourth to reach regional
The Thomas Worthington High School girls cross country team qualified for the Division I regional meet on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Pickerington North.
The Cardinals scored 115 points and placed fourth in the 10-team district 3 meet Oct. 20 at Watkins Memorial behind champion Upper Arlington (49), as the top six teams and top 24 individuals in district 3 and the top five teams and top 20 individuals in district 1 and 2 advanced to regional.
Cheyenne Buckingham paced the Cardinals, placing second in 19 minutes, 26.89 seconds. Also scoring were Laura Hill (15th, 20:23.57), Ariel Rittenhouse (23rd, 20:46.3), Natalie Frank (38th, 21:26.57) and Ashley Forte (39th, 21:30.84).
The top four teams and top 16 individuals at regional advance to the state meet Nov. 3 at National Trail Raceway.
The Thomas boys team scored 161 points to place sixth in the 12-team district 2 behind regional-qualifiers Hilliard Davidson (34), Lancaster (59), Hilliard Bradley (99), Hilliard Darby (131) and Dublin Coffman (141).
Scoring for the Cardinals were Jack Dotts (25th, 17:36.86), Jonathan Kissel (28th, 17:49.22), Jonathan Allen (31st, 17:56.04), Zachary Emptage (38th, 18:07.53) and Oscar Lisa (39th, 18:08.22).
The Kilbourne girls team scored 189 points in district 3 to place eighth. Kaitlyn Napoli qualified as an individual by placing 16th in (20:24.17). Also scoring for the Wolves were Jenna Boue' (30th, 21:05.95), LeAnne Wegley (36th, 21:21.99), Katie Dyer (52nd, 22:09.92) and Lily Fang (61st, 23:07.82).
The Kilbourne boys team scored 264 points in the 14-team district 1 meet to place 10th behind champion Westerville North (45). The fifth and final regional qualifier was Pickerington Central (152).
Jonathon McIntyre qualified as an individual by placing 17th (17:35.4671).
Also scoring for the Wolves were Ben Highley (55th, 18:43.86), Jacob Durant (58th, 18:48.47), Reed Costello (66th, 19:05.93) and Alex Brothers (68th, 19:09.53).
-- Aaron Blankenship