The Columbus School for Girls cross country team concluded its season in the Division III regional meet Oct. 27 at Pickerington North.

The Unicorns placed 14th (289 points) of 16 teams, behind champion Centerburg (57), as the top five teams and top 20 individuals advanced to the state meet Saturday, Nov. 3, at National Trail Raceway.

Freshman Rebecca Tepper led CSG, finishing 60th of 137 runners in 22 minutes, 5.4 seconds.

She was followed by freshman Natasha Spivak (66th, 22:18.7), seniors Eleanor Richardson (80th, 22:55.8) and Sarah O’Dell (87th, 23:12.5), freshman Lauren Sloan (95th, 23:35), senior Elizabeth Tierney (103rd, 23:56.5) and freshman Molly Pawlik (111th, 24:20.1).

CSG had qualified for regional as a team despite not having any runners who would have advanced individually from the district 1 meet Oct. 20 at Hilliard Darby.

“That was rare because it had been since 2007 that a team advanced that would not have had an individual qualifier,” coach Patrick Helgerman said. “It shows we have good, solid runners without those top-end runners. But we’re young, so that could change next year with continued hard work. I’m proud of what the girls were able to do this year. They made the most of their ability.”

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