Reynoldsburg High School's Tsehaye Hiluf joked he will set a course record in the Division I state boys cross country meet Saturday, Nov. 5, at National Trail Raceway in Hebron.

Reynoldsburg High School's Tsehaye Hiluf joked he will set a course record in the Division I state boys cross country meet Saturday, Nov. 5, at National Trail Raceway in Hebron.

Since this is the first time that course will play host to an OHSAA event, the senior has as good a chance as anyone else - maybe better. The past two weeks, Hiluf has dusted the field just fine.

Hiluf, a three-time defending district champion, ran a course-record 15 minutes, 44.03 seconds to win the Division I regional meet Saturday, Oct. 29, at Pickerington North.

"I knew it was going to be muddy. It was a little bit slow, at least for the first mile," said Hiluf, who ran 15:53.95 to win the district 1 meet Oct. 22 at Watkins Memorial and was 15th in the 2010 state meet. "I didn't want to mess around. I wanted to get out and get the lead. … I really didn't see anybody after the first mile."

Brannon Kidder of Lancaster finished second in 16:00.52.

Olentangy Liberty scored 91 points to win its first regional championship and advance to its first state meet. Dublin Coffman was second (100), followed by Hilliard Davidson (115) and Westerville North (153).

The top four teams and top 16 individuals advanced to state.

Andrew Johnston was fourth (16:05.82) and Jim Pappas sixth (16:13.35) to pace Liberty.

"We gained a lot of points in the second half of that race," Patriots coach Jared Mills said. "It was so close today because of the mud, and everybody's running in the same stuff that everyone just toughs it out. … On a day like today, you're just spending a lot of energy because you're not getting a lot of energy in return. Running a smart race and a tactical race was advantageous to us."

Despite a start that left him far back in the field, Jacob Dumford was third (16:04.81) to lead Westerville North.

"I slipped behind the line and got blocked off by a lot of people," said Dumford, who was 33rd at state last year as the Warriors finished 15th. "There were probably 30 or 40 people ahead of me at the beginning. I was about 20th by the first mile and then I just gradually started to move up."

The remainder of the top 16 included Olentangy Orange's Danny Meyung (fifth, 16:10.99), Vincent Warren's Wes Cochran (seventh, 16:14.64), Davidson's Ryan Caulley (eighth, 16:15.37), Dublin Jerome's Jake Mandel (ninth, 16:16.46), Hilliard Bradley's Troy Kelleher (10th, 16:17.76), Coffman's Adam Davidson (11th, 16:17.84), Jerome's Mitchell Leitch (12th, 16:18.86), New Albany's Austin Bach (13th, 16:20.37), Westerville North's Kent Ford (14th, 16:22.57), Reynoldsburg's Khalid Omar (15th, 16:23.98) and Coffman's John Sotos (16th, 16:24.54).