HEBRON — Granville and Hilliard Davidson added to their already impressive résumés with fine showings in the state cross country championships Nov. 2 at National Trail Raceway.
Granville took home the runner-up trophy in Division II, and Davidson was third in Division I.
With 83 points, Lexington won its third straight Division II title. Granville (170) notched its 11th consecutive top-10 finish, spanning both Division I and II.
“Lexington came to run again today, and we had no doubt that would happen,” Granville coach Bart Smith said. “We didn’t get out quite as quick as we wanted, and we had a bit of a game in the middle of our lineup.
“You never want to say you’re disappointed when you take home a trophy from the state meet. But we have heightened expectations here, and we would have liked to have performed a little better.”
Nationally ranked Beavercreek used a one-two finish to defend its title with 51 points. Liberty Township Lakota East (121) outscored Davidson (132) for runner-up.
“We came here hoping to take a trophy home, but compression matters a lot in this kind of race, and our pack wasn’t quite as strong today as it could have been,” Davidson coach Nathan King said. “Lakota East had its fifth runner in before our third.”
Taylor Ewert put on a show in repeating as individual champ, setting a course record in 17 minutes, 22.4 seconds.
Davidson teammates Lindsay Stull (18:05.8) and Sophia Hoersten (18:13.8) took eighth and 10th, respectively. Regional champion Daniella Santos of Hilliard Darby was 15th (18:19.8).
“Our individual goals were all geared toward the team, so we’re a little disappointed,” Stull said.
In Division II, Madison Eyman of Fairfield Union took 13th (18:46.6), just a step ahead of regional champion Reilly Zink of Granville (18:46.9).
“I’ve raced Reilly a lot, and I know she’s an extremely good runner,” Eyman said. “My idea was to go with her and catch her if possible.”
Said Zink, “It was probably not one of my better races. I was just a little off, and this isn’t the place you want to do that.”
Minster won its fourth straight championship in Division III with 79 points. Mount Gilead took fifth (160) and Centerburg sixth (221).
Maddie Engel of Springfield Catholic Central won easily in 17:46.9. Mount Gilead teammates Allison Johnson (18:57) and Baylee Hack (19:00) placed ninth and 11th, respectively. Freshman Louie Hallabrin of Cardington took 13th (19:04.8).
“Given what we’ve done the past two years, I think Baylee and I are both a little disappointed in our places, but we’re proud of the way we performed,” said Johnson, who took fifth in 2017 and 13th last year.
Hack placed third and fifth the previous two years.