Worthington News

Cross Country

Thomas girls advance to state

The Thomas Worthington High School girls cross country team qualified for the Division I state meet Saturday, Nov. 2, at National Trail Raceway by securing the final qualifying spot at regional.

The Cardinals finished fourth (143 points) in the 16-team regional Oct. 26 at Pickerington North behind Gahanna (90), Upper Arlington (104) and Hilliard Davidson (118), as the top four teams and top 16 individuals advanced to state.

Dublin Jerome (202) finished fifth.

Senior Ariel Rittenhouse paced the Cardinals, finishing 22nd of 123 runners in 19 minutes, 55.26 seconds.

Also scoring were freshman Christina Nash (29th, 20:04.57), junior Laura Hill (32nd, 20:08.59), junior Holly Payne (38th, 20:20.52) and sophomore Annie Steele (42nd, 20:22.77).

The boys team finished 11th (279) in the 16-team Division I regional behind champion Jerome (66).

The Cardinals were led by junior Jonathan Kissell, who finished 33rd (16:54.37) of 122 runners.

Also scoring were junior Jonathan Allen (50th, 17:13.32), senior Jack Dotts (66th, 17:24.03), sophomore Ian Hohlbein (75th, 17:33.05) and junior Andrew Craig (88th, 17:48.09).

Kilbourne's Stoodley advances to state

Emily Stoodley of the Kilbourne girls team placed 13th (19:32.57) in the Division I regional meet to advance to state.

It will be the junior's first state appearance.

Kilbourne finished ninth (225) at regional, as senior Kaitlyn Napoli (40th, 20:21.87), freshman Camille Rider (41st, 20:22.5), senior Leanne Wegley (57th, 20:42.38) and freshman Beth Findell (104th, 22:03.44) rounded out the scoring.

The boys team did not have any regional qualifiers.

--Aaron Blankenship